Capcom Fighting Collection Review
The FGC (Fighting Game Community) has decades of history and more, but often great games get lost over time, unless an individual has generation-old consoles or arcade cabinets. in his game sanctuary. The beauty of collections like these is that it introduces certain iconic games to new audiences and reconnects fans with weapon-grade nostalgia on modern consoles and PCs.
There’s a lot to unbox with the Capcom Fighting Collection, but I’ll focus on the games that I personally found the most exciting and playable. Cyberbots is an IP I’ve heard a bit about over the years, but never got to play it myself. I was really looking forward to this! So of course I had to start with this title especially since it has my boy Saotome Jin from Marvel vs Capcom featured as an in-game character! If giant battle robots don’t sound exciting to you, this game may not be to your liking, but my son and I had a blast playing the arcade mode. The controls are very responsive and the combos feel quite natural. If you’re a little higher in skill and looking to get more technical, there’s a list of commands and there’s even a save status slot which is a nice quality of life addition.
Red Planet was the next game we dove into and the visuals really took me back to my youthful days playing arcade fighters on the Neo Geo handheld console. I’m not going to mention exactly how many years ago that was… anyway, we’re moving on. It’s not just the graphics, but it’s the way they make the camera move across the map, that array of returning sound effects, and of course the epic soundtrack. Everything about this sounds so right and I’m sure most 2D FGC enthusiasts will agree that I’m on the button with my analysis.
Pocket Fighter is of particular nostalgic value to me because I remember renting it for my PlayStation from Blockbuster Video (an old obelisk where you could rent physical video games on a CD). Yeah I’m so old. Anyway, if you’re not familiar with the game, it’s basically Street Fighter but all the characters are chibi style. Chibi means the appearance of the characters is smaller and chubby. The usual characters are there such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-li, Akuma, Zangief and even Ibuki from SFIII. Quirky is the best way to describe it, but it’s a game you have to play to understand, words just won’t do it justice. It’s crazy fun. Plus, chibi Akuma is both terrifying and adorable at the same time.
About Street Fighter, the classic arcade brawler is also here, and I never need an excuse to play it. All day everyday, let’s go! Darkstalkers ended up taking up most of my time just because it’s an extremely rare gem. Morrigan is in several fighting games, but in general most of the roster hasn’t been playable as characters in other games. Bishamon has a lot in common with Garuda from Street Fighter EX+ but I was never sure if one drew inspiration from the other from a development standpoint. If Halloween is your favorite holiday, Darkstalkers and Vampire Savior will be your cup of tea. The fights are fast-paced but still require smart and quick decision-making skills to win the neutral game. Even after all these years, the visuals are surprisingly smooth. Of all the games in this collection, I think VSAV got me the most excited, though maybe that’s because I recently purchased the animated movie.
The Capcom Fighting Collection is a no-brainer for FGC enthusiasts and casuals who love fighting games. If you end up playing this collection after reading my review, I’d love to hear about your experience with the game. Drop a comment below!