As a teenager in the 1990s I grew up with Capcom arcade games. Between the hundreds of hours I put into Street Fighter II and my undying love for Strider, I have always had something of a soft spot for Capcom. That's why I'm always excited when Capcom releases a collections package, it gives me a chance to go back and remember some of my favorite games of the past twenty years. But while most of Capcom's collections manage to offer genuine hits, they rarely go back and look at the companies smaller and more obscure titles, the games that meant so much to me when I was young.
In many ways Capcom Classic Collection Remix for the PSP addresses that concern, offering some of the best games ever made alongside some of their long-forgotten titles. This UMD contains 20 Capcom arcade hits, including a few that are just now seeing their first console release. The 20 titles include: 1941, Avengers, Bionic Commando, Black Tiger, Block Block, Captain Commando, Final Fight, Forgotten Worlds, Last Duel, Legendary Wings, Magic Sword, Mega Twins, Quiz & Dragons, Section Z, Side Arms, The Speed Rumbler, Street Fighter, Strider, Three Wonders, and Varth.
There are a few key games that make this set a must-own. Strider, for example, is easily one of the greatest action games to ever grace the arcade. It features a futuristic ninja and one of the best weapon effects of the 90s, this game alone is nearly worth the price of admission. Final Fight is another classic, a game that defined the brawler genre. Captain Commando, one of Capcom's most underrated brawlers, is also here in full effect. The diverse Three Wonders also makes a showing in this set, and although you probably haven't played this Metal Slug rip-off before, I guarantee you're going to love every second of it. Both Magic Sword and Black Tiger find a home in this collection, two games that are just as much fun today as they were 15 years ago.
These six games alone make Capcom Classic Collection Remix worth buying, they are the types of games you are actually going to want to pull out and play over and over, and best of all, most of them aren't that long. Most of those games were either not released on home consoles (Three Wonders, Black Tiger) or severely edited when they got ported (Final Fight, Captain Commando). Now you can experience the complete games on a screen that really gives them good representation.
Thankfully Capcom's portable collection doesn't just have six great games, it actually has a few other stand outs that are worth checking out, even if you wouldn't buy the game specifically for them. A perfect example of this is the original Street Fighter, a game that pales in comparison to the Street Fighter II, which is still considered one of the greatest games of all time. This game is slow with terrible controls, the graphics are laughably bad and the action is hard to keep track of. But no matter how crummy it is by today's standards, the fact that this is the first time the original Street Fighter has been released on a console since the TurboGrafx-CD makes it well worth having in the collection. Capcom has had plenty of chances to put this game in a collection (most recently their Street Fighter Anniversary Collection), but failed to do so until now. You may not want to play this game for very long, but chances are you will want to have this part of Capcom's history with you.
Another game that is interesting to play through is Bionic Commando, which is not the NES version that everybody fell in love with. Instead this is the arcade port of Bionic Commando, which is inferior in just about every way. The good news is that it's still very playable and a whole lot of fun, even if it is littered with cheap deaths.
Some gamers may be interested in the collection of shooters, many of which are real winners. The side scrolling games (Side Arms, Forgotten Worlds) work best, while the overhead shooters (1941, Varth) are somewhat hard to see thanks to their tiny vertical screen. All of these games are fun to play, they offer four unique takes on the shooter genre, but you might find games like 1941 to be too hard on the eyes after awhile.
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