The Capcom Fighting Collection is a nostalgic journey, full of fights that transports us to our childhood automatically.
The Capcom Fighting Collection, as its name clearly indicates, is a collection of fighting games from Capcom, most of them originally released in Japan and later brought to the Western market by public acceptance.
This is a somewhat special collection, since it is aimed at that great public of fighting games, and what better than some classics? I must warn fans of the famously dark Darkstalkers, this is your time.
I can summarize, apart from adding a short description of the games that the Capcom Fighting Collection brings us:
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
It is the first title in the Darkstalkers series of fighting games, developed and released by Capcom in 1994, originally for the CPS II arcade hardware. It was ported to the PlayStation by Psygnosis in 1996.
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
It is the second game in the Darkstalkers series of fighting games, developed and released by Capcom for arcades in 1995. Night Warriors was ported to the Sega Saturn home console in 1996, receiving generally very positive critical reception.
Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire
It was released in arcades in 1997. Vampire Savior is the third installment in the Darkstalkers series and introduces four new characters.
Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
I will not dwell on these, we already know what it is about
Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire
Well, not this one either.
Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition
I don’t think I need to say much about this, we all know him. By the way, have you heard about the new and highly anticipated Street Fighter 6?
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
The game’s title is a parody of Super Street Fighter II Turbo (called Super Street Fighter II X in Japan), as there were no other Puzzle Fighter games at the time, and the game includes music and interface elements that mimic Street Fighter II. Fighter. Alpha games and Darkstalkers. It was a response to Sega’s Puyo Puyo 2 which had been taking the Japanese arcade scene by storm.
Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix [Pocket Fighter]
Originally called Pocket Fighter in Japan, it is a fighting game published by Capcom in September 1997 that uses the CPS-2 arcade system. They made their port for Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation
Cyberbots: Full MeRed Earth
It is a fighting video game produced by Capcom in 1995, where pilots of giant mecha battle each other. It is a spin-off of the video game beat ’em up Armored Warriors (1994).
I must admit, this is too good a mix, these games can be played online or locally, plus they have added an achievement system. Options in combat include a full move list, controller customization, quick save/load and the ability to change wallpapers (there are three default and one option for none), display filters (seven and one option for none) and size (Full, Full 4:3, Original, Original 4:3, Wide).
Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix is incredibly dark and has only been released a few times overseas on select platforms (arcade, PS1, PS2). It’s a super weird chibi interpretation of the Street Fighter formula, complete with a gem gimmick and crazy specials like riding animals and wielding weapons in combat. I had a blast going back to it, and it ended up being one of the highlights of the collection. It is quite interesting to try these types of games that I think very few of us were able to play them in their respective original releases.
I like that you can tell they put a little love into the launch of this collection since it has an option for new or novice players, it helps them with the difficulty, even some games have options where you can perform special moves just by pressing a button .
It has The Museum, which is a space where you find lots of illustrations and development materials from the different video games. It also has unpublished art that has never been shown before. And a lot of recorded music tracks. This will definitely benefit the most veterans and collectors.
I can say that at the graphics level it is something super standard, nothing to be surprised about, there is no remastering here, or anything like that, it runs perfectly well on PS5.
I can say that I have done quite well playing the Capcom Fighting Collection: although it would have been nice to perhaps expand the list a bit. While this is a decidedly 2D collection, bringing back a game like Powerstone would certainly draw more attention than a bunch of Darkstalkers games and some weird titles from Capcom’s past. Still, most of the games here have a lot of merit, as their legacy lives on to this day.
This review was done on PS5, thanks to a PS4 copy provided by Capcom