Overall - 70%
The Capcom Fighting Collection has some of the greatest CPS2 and CPS3 titles ever to be released, but this barebones package leaves something to be desired. It’s the best legit way to play these games, but don’t be surprised if it leaves you wanting more - unless you like Darkstalkers.
Capcom is bringing the fighting hits to living rooms with the release of Capcom Fighting Collection. Smash hits and deeper cuts await – should players quarter up, or should the past stay buried?
Capcom Fighting Collection Review
For those unacquainted with Capcom’s rich library, no need to fear – this collection of 10 titles serves as a great crash course of when the CPS2 and CPS3 arcade boards were all the rage. Puzzle fans will enjoy Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition is arguably the best version of the megahit fighting game, and even Red Earth is there for those who never got a chance to experience it in arcades.
It’s just a shame that a number of slots were taken up by the Darkstalkers series of fighting games. It’s a great series, to be sure; there’s a reason it has a cult following after all these years. However, five of the 10 titles feature Morrigan and her merry band of night warriors – it’s a bit lopsided in that regard. To add insult to injury, Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire feature minor variations between the two and are simply considered “what ifs” in its canon.
Thankfully, Capcom Fighting Collection is arcade perfect in every sense of the word – and then some. Controls, sprites, and sounds are just as detailed and crisp as you remember. The team also put in a number of bells and whistles for those looking for them. Seven different display filters, wallpaper borders, a quick save functionality, and different aspect ratios (including wide for the masochistic) are all present and accounted for. There’s even the ability to switch between the American and Japanese versions of these games – a nice touch for the hardcore fighter.
Of course, the games in Capcom Fighting Collection are meant to be played with others. Thankfully, the suite of options is up to the task. We ended up playing the title before the retail launch and unfortunately did not come across a single soul when trying both casual and ranked matches. There are ranked leaderboards, but we weren’t able to see anybody else at this time – this will likely fill up in due time. The online infrastructure’s got good bones, though – one can tweak input delay and can choose by connection strength.
It’s just a shame that Capcom didn’t take this collection to the next level. There are some Fighter Awards that are given out for completing every game with every character and other milestones, along with a gallery with concept art and promotional materials. The jukebox with each game’s original soundtrack is nice too, but the idea simply isn’t taken far enough. When considering how older collections like the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection had Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, this lack of material is a glaring oversight.
The Capcom Fighting Collection has some of the greatest CPS2 and CPS3 titles ever to be released, but this barebones package leaves something to be desired. It’s the best legit way to play these games, but don’t be surprised if it leaves you wanting more – unless you like Darkstalkers.
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