Entertainment · June 23, 2022

Capcom Fighting Collection Review: An Outstanding Selection of Games Ported Admirably – Eugene Sowah

Capcom’s long-awaited Fighting Collection is finally here, filled with many coveted classic titles

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Capcom has been working really hard to re-release many of its classic titles over the past few years.

In recent years, there have been several anthologies that offer players the opportunity to finally get their hands on games that may have only been released in arcades or in Japan.

Capcom’s latest release is a Fighting Collection that includes classic titles that fans have been waiting for a revival.

Capcom Fighting Collection features ten classic fighting games including the entire Darkstalkers series and finally Red Earth.

Also included is Armored Warriors spin-off Cyberbots, starring Jin Saotome, who fans will recognize from Marvel vs. Capcom.

Rounding out the list are three Street Fighter titles, including Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition, Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.







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Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo might not be a fighter, but it’s a great addition that will add a bit of variety to the collection.

Although some of these titles are already available in other collections, it’s a great selection of games.

But what’s even better is that Cyberbots actually offers an online game that wasn’t included with the release of Capcom Arcade Stadium.

The beauty of this collection is that there are some titles that are being released for the first time in the west and outside of the arcade.

The famous Darkstalker series was huge when it released in the 90’s and introduced fighting game fans to a new roster of characters inspired by horror stories.

This collection allows players to play all five releases, including Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire, released only in Japanese arcades.







Red Earth is finally being ported to home consoles for the first time
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Each of the games remain untouched and retain their original revisions from the arcades.

This is a big treat for fighting game fans who can finally experience this cult classic series and play online with Rollback Netcode.

Red Earth, or War-Zard in Japan, is being ported to home consoles for the first time since its release in arcades in 1996.

Red Earth is a very unique game that features two-mode play, with the single player being an RPG-style boss rush adventure that pits players against powerful enemies in one-on-one battles.

The multiplayer turns the game into a fighter, allowing players to choose one of the four heroes and fight against their friends.

This version of the game keeps the password system and preserves its authenticity for new players.







Each game is an authentic port that recreates the original experience
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Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness is the fighting game spin-off of the classic beat ’em up Armored Warriors released in 1995.

It’s Capcom’s only mech fighting game and the original game by fan favorite Jin Saotome.

Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix was a fighter that included the super deformed characters from the Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.

It plays like a traditional Street Fighter game, complete with the character’s signature moves and some additional comedic ones.

The main difference is that in each game, players can collect orbs that can charge their characters or be used as weapons.

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo is the only non-combat game included in the collection. It is a puzzle game where players have to stack and destroy gems by connecting the corresponding colors.

Super deformed Capcom characters will attack each other based on how and when gems are destroyed.







There are several quality of life inclusions that enhance the overall experience
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Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition is a modified version of Super Street Fighter II Turbo in which players can control any versions of the main characters from the five Street Fighter II games.

It’s a great way for players to choose their favorite version of their main character and test them against other variants.

Capcom Fighting Collection has done a great job of keeping these games as authentic as possible.

Players will be able to choose between English and Japanese versions of eight of the games, with Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire only available in Japanese.

This is great as it gives players the additional option to play the game in the way that suits them best.

All games run smoothly and I’ve never experienced any lag or frame drops since reviewing this title on the Switch. Playing in undocked mode was also flawless.







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The Capcom Fighting Collection includes several quality-of-life additions that make the experience that much more streamlined.

The most useful feature is the ability to quickly save at any time, even during a heated battle, and load from that save point.

This is great as it allows players to take a break and come back at any time.

There are various display options that allow players to enjoy the game in its native aspect ratio, square (4:3) or widescreen.

I’m really impressed with the widescreen option in this collection as previous games have really struggled porting classic titles to widescreen so everything looks really stretched out. But here games look natural in 16:9, making this a very viable option.

The collection also includes seven different display filters, which is a wide range to choose from, but the difference between them is very small as most games look best without them at all.







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This collection features extensive button customization, allowing players to literally assign buttons to whatever they want.

Players will even be able to assign specific moves to a button, essentially offering the ability to create simplified controls for newcomers or casual gamers.

This level of customization is greatly appreciated as it makes these classics much more accessible to a wider audience.

Capcom has also included a practice mode for most games, allowing players to practice to their heart’s content.

The collection features extensive settings controls that allow players to really be in control of how they play.

For example, in games like Vampire Hunter 2, the graphics content can be turned off.

There really isn’t much to unlock, but the game features Fighter Awards, which are various tasks that players can participate in for that extra part of the challenge.

Hardcore fans will simply love the museum, which is filled with additional content such as music, original design documents, and artwork from the start.

Capcom Fighting Collection also allows players for the first time to play these games online with a rollback netcode.

There are a few modes that can be selected for each game, including spectator mode, which is particularly amazing for Red Earth considering this is its first console release.

Unfortunately, when writing this review, I wasn’t able to test the online mode.

Verdict 4/5

Capcom Fighting Collection is a fighting game fan’s dream come true as these classic titles are perfectly ported while keeping all their original features.

The quality of life additions and customizations make this an accessible experience for all to enjoy.

Fans can only hope Capcom treats their gems the same way they did Marvel vs. Capcom.

Capcom Fighting Collection will be released on June 24th for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC

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