Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded Review

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded is a comprehensive, inexpensive and easy to recommend collection that anyone with a soft spot for arcade games will have a terrific time playing.

In a way, Capcom Classics Collection Remixed was a minor triumph for the developer. Although it wasn’t the best video game anthology ever made, Remixed featured a slew of Capcom classics that anyone who was old enough to remember the arcade era definitely enjoyed. The compilation was certainly not for everyone, but its niche audience was probably more than pleased with Remixed. In similar fashion, the Japanese developer brings us Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded another anthology that features a batch of the best Capcom games in a convenient (not to mention inexpensive) package packed with inviting extras.

Before moving on to the new features, these are the games that are part of the compilation: 1942, 1943, 1943 KAI, Commando, Eco Fighters, Exed Exes, Ghost n’ Goblins, Ghouls N’ Ghosts. Super Ghouls N’ Ghosts, Gun.Smoke, The King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, Mercs, Pirate Ship Higemaru, Son Son, Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting and Vulgus. As you can see, this compilation has a healthy dose of shoot ’em ups, platformers, fighting games and beat ’em ups.

It wouldn't be a Capcom Classics Collection without Street Fighter.

It wouldn’t be a Capcom Classics Collection without Street Fighter.

Although these are emulated versions of the original games, there’s a lot of content to take into account. The first innovation comes in the form of a slot machine that gives you unlockable items that you can purchase using coins. The extras include music tracks, artwork, cheat codes and more, but unlocking them is a tedious process that doesn’t make a lot of sense. You can also change the controls and map them to the buttons you prefer. When the screen is switched to vertical position in some of the shoot-em up games, so do the controls and certain games allow you to toggle rapid fire on and off which is terrific since you don’t need to mash buttons like a maniac to shoot fast. Finally, you can also change the background wallpaper and most of the games support auto-save which aren’t revolutionary additions, but they also don’t hurt.

In case you have a friend with a PSP, you can take advantage of multiplayer to play either competitively or cooperatively, depending on the game. It’s worth mentioning that the games only support Ad-Hoc mode (read: local multiplayer,) so your friend should be within 30 feet to be able to play together. There’s also Game Sharing support, so if the person you’re playing with doesn’t have a copy of the game, you can share certain games with him or her. This only works as a sort of demo and for most games, this translates into one or two stages and that’s it.

As it’s usually the case with classic games, some of them have aged well and others haven’t. To a certain extent, the new features mitigate the old design of certain games, but there’s only so much they can do. For instance, in 1942, seeing the bullets on the PSP is hard and the game requires fast reflexes. In other words, some of these games like to kill you often. Needless to say, most of the arcade games of yesteryear wanted you to die so that you’d spend more quarters on the arcade machine. That was part of their design and for better or for worse, Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded shows that as convincingly as possible.

Fans of beat 'em ups will be happy with this compilation.

Fans of beat ’em ups will be happy with this compilation.

Which leads me to my next point: the difficulty of some games is borderline offensive. This is a problem inherent with the games’ design and not the compilation in itself and newcomers or casual players who end up with a copy of the game will have a hard time with certain titles. I play games on a regular basis and I’m used to their high difficulty, but as soon as I started playing Ghosts N’ Goblin and I couldn’t make it past the first level, I wanted to stop playing that game forever.

As a way of mitigating the high difficulty of some of these games, you can use cheat codes, but you need to buy them using the insipid “slot machine” system. In this mode, you can bet the coins you’ve earned in the games in a slot machine. This is a random system that doesn’t add anything meaningful to the games and you can’t choose which cheats or extras you want to unlock first. Since I really wanted to check out these extras, I ended up playing the slot machine game more than some of the actual games from the compilation which is depressing. Eventually, I gave up on these extras, but I still feel like the requirements to unlock them shouldn’t be so severe.

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded is another solid compilation with some of the best arcade games made by Capcom. This is a balanced collection that features some of their most popular games and genres and despite some problems (insipid slot machine and a high difficulty,) Reloaded is a comprehensive, inexpensive and easy to recommend collection that any one with a soft spot for arcade games will have a terrific time playing.