of old arcade games is depending on one of two things to propel sales: nostalgia
or value. Capcom's recent release of Capcom Classics Collection for
the Xbox and PS2 combined both of these and made the $19.99 price a ridiculous
bargain. It included some heavy hitters from Capcom's venerable arcade lineup
including Commando, 1942, Ghosts N Goblins, Mercs, Final Fight,
and three different versions of Street Fighter II, just to name
the PSP, Capcom decided to do two strange things. First, they removed
most of the heavy hitters and replaced them with titles that certainly
had me scratching my head trying to recall ever seeing them before, much
less playing them at all. Second, they raised the price on the collection.
So, if you want to take your Capcom gaming fix on the road with you,
you'll pay twice as much and you'll get a bunch of games you've probably
never seen or played before.
is included with Capcom Classics Collection Remixed? The package
includes the fantastic Strider, Final Fight, Black Tiger,
It also includes some arcade versions of some games that acheived their
classic status on the NES or the Sega Master System rather than the arcade,
like Bionic Commando and Forgotten Worlds. Other games
are just filler material like the dated trivia game, Quiz
& Dragons. Also included, in lieu of the Street Fighter
is the original Street Fighter. It's definitely not in the same
league as its sequels.
cool thing about the collection is that it gives you a lot of flexibility
in the display configurations. For example, for the vertical shooters
like 1941 and Varth, you can turn the PSP longways and preserve
the original screen ratio of the game. (Or you can play it holding the
with a much smaller visible playing area.)
PSP's wireless multiplayer functionality enables you to search for opponents
who may be close-by and allows them to jump into games quickly and easily
just like they might if they were standing next to you in the arcade.
not cool is the control in some of the games. Block Block, a
Arkanoid clone, is rendered unplayable by the lack of a paddle
type controller. Neither the d-pad or the analog stick really allow
a game to last more than a few minutes due to their poor
response. And some games, like Avengers and Speed Rumbler,
well, they're just terrible.
people may get more mileage out of this collection than others. Had
it included some of the games included in the Xbox and PS2 version, like
one version of Street Fighter II and Commando, I'd have been much happier