Capcom Battle Collection is a sound collection of unique fighters. Do you want a fighting game with vampires and mummies? How about a fight between two giant robots? Maybe you want to play as a humanoid lion and face giant bosses? Or maybe you want a chibi street fighter? Whatever your preference, Capcom Battle Collection got you covered, and I was thrilled to review the game.
Old arcade games with modern tweaks
Here is the list of titles featured in the collection:
- Darkstalkers: warriors of the night
- Night Warriors: Revenge of Darkness
- Vampire Savior: Lord of the Vampires
- Vampire Hunter 2: Revenge of the Darkstalkers – Previously unavailable outside of Japan
- Vampire Savior 2: Lord of the Vampires – Previously unavailable outside of Japan
- Red earth – Released for the first time outside the arcades
- Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness
- Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
- Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition
- Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix
Every game here has been reproduced to play exactly as it did in the arcades. There are also some modern gameplay touches. Most titles have a practice mode where players can practice combos, play online with restore netcode, adjustable difficulty settings, quick saves, and display filters. Newcomers can also use customizable controls that include one-button special moves. Additionally, there are Fighter Awards for completing specific challenges, such as beating a game without continuing and performing multi-hit combos. They unlock illustrations in Capcom Battle Collection‘s Museum.
Speaking of the museum, it’s a great insight into Capcom’s history. You can find over 500 pieces of artwork from all featured games, including concept art, promotional materials, and design documents. There are also over 400 music tracks to groove to (the main menu song is particularly good.) some of which are brand new remixes. A few of these remixes, as well as artwork by various artists paying homage to these classics, can only be obtained by pre-ordering Capcom Battle Collection.
A multitude of fighters
There are nine fighting games in Capcom Battle Collection and a puzzle title.
Red earth had never been released outside of the arcades. It’s a unique game that contains a Quest mode where you choose from four fighters and face giant bosses. It has an RPG level system, as well as passwords to continue your progress where you left off. Health doesn’t fully recharge when you complete a battle, adding a touch of difficulty to the game. Unfortunately, multiplayer only has you and a friend battling among the title’s roster. I was hoping for a co-op mode so you could take on the dreaded bosses together. Never mind!
There are a total of five Dark Stalkers games in this collection. The first three were already available, but the two vampire hunter 2 and vampire savior 2 had never been released outside of Japan. These are alternate versions of Vampire Savior: Lord of the Vampires instead of full sequels, containing different characters, movelists, and backgrounds. It’s fun to see the vampire Morrigan and the cat lady Felicia again, and I hope this collection does well so Capcom can see there’s interest in making a new one. Dark Stalkers Title. stay away from Darkstalkers: warriors of the night on the default difficulty, however, as it is way too hard.
Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness is another fascinating game featured in this series of fighters. Players can customize robots known as Variant Armors and participate in giant robot battles. It has a cool story mode with talking character artwork, a perfect encapsulation of the 90s. And players will probably recognize Jin, who appeared in the Marvel vs. Capcom series of titles (without robot).
To complete the package are the street fighter Games. The star for me is Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix. It has cute miniature versions of Dark Stalkers, Red earthand street fighter characters. There are simplified combos and controls, and there are gems you can collect to power up your attacks. These adorable chibi fighters also appear in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, where players must match gems of the same color and blast them with the corresponding sphere. Finally, there is Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition. This title brings together fighters and move lists from all SFII original game up Super Street Fighter II Turbo. You can choose any variant and fight it, but it’s super hard and the damage values are insane.
The disadvantages and the problem of the stadium
There are problems with Capcom Battle Collection. Many relate to the fact that these games are almost unchanged from the arcade. If you play a round with a buddy and one of you loses and gets a rematch, the winner can’t switch fighters if they want to try someone else. Likewise, each title has an English and Japanese version to choose from, except for the two Japanese-only versions. Dark Stalkers brawlers. That in itself is great, but if you hover over any of these two games, your settings will automatically change to Japanese for all the other games in the menu. Also, and this is a personal nitpick, the trials featured in games such as Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition. They were a great way to practice specific combos that were a gateway to experimenting with your own.
There’s Capcom’s own Capcom arcade stadium serial problem, too. Between the first Stadium and its sequel launched on July 21, seven of the titles featured in Capcom Battle Collection ride. These collections also contain more genres than just fighters/puzzlers, including platformers, shooters, etc. Of course, if you want unique remixes, artwork, and the ability to play Red earth and Japanese exclusivity Dark Stalkers games, you want Capcom Battle Collection. Pre-ordering it also earns you Three Wonders free to use in Capcom Arcade Stage 2. And physical purists can pick up a cartridge or a disc copy of Capcom Battle Collectionunlike all digital Stadiums.
The verdict of the review on Capcom Fighting Collection
Taken on its own merits, Capcom Battle Collection contains a fun set of games. Previously unavailable titles are perfect for finally being tuned into gamers’ hands, and the modern touches are much appreciated. While I would have liked a more robust practice mode and less overlap with other Capcom collections, the variety presented here was clear and I enjoyed jumping in and out of each title presented. Give it a try, especially if you want to experience Red earth.
Release date: June 24, 2022
Publisher: Capcom USA, Inc.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
A PlayStation 4 review code for Capcom Battle Collection was provided by the publisher.