The Capcom Fighting Collection includes ten incredibly diverse titles. Among them, the most popular is Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition, the definitive edition of Street Fighter II which includes every character from previous releases starting from World Warriors to Super Street Fighter II Turbo. The collection also features the entirety of the Darkstalkers series, including Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers' Revenge and Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire (which never made it to the West before), Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, Red Earth (which makes its PC and home console debut with the collection), Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.
Except for Red Earth, all games included in the Capcom Fighting Collection don't offer much when it comes to single-player modes outside of the classic arcade modes. And, given how unfair the AI can be in certain games, even at the lowest difficulty setting, most players will want to enjoy the vast majority of these titles with other human players. All ten games in the collection can be played online, and the Casual Match, Ranked Match, and Lobby experience promises to be smooth thanks to rollback netcode and Spectator Mode that allows players in any given lobby who are not playing to watch the current match. At the time of writing, I couldn't test out the online modes thoroughly due to the limited pool of players, so this section will be updated after launch. However, one thing that I have to highlight is the lack of cross-platform play, which fragments the player base and will definitely impact the collection's longevity on some platforms.
While the price may be a little too high for what the package offers, it is undeniable that the Capcom Fighting Collection is a decent enough release featuring some of the best 2D fighting games ever released by the Japanese publisher. These games, however, are meant to be played with other real opponents, so if you do not play to enjoy them in local or online multiplayer, there may not be too many reasons for you to get the collection, as the games are, unsurprisingly, quite lacking when it comes to the single-player experience.
The Capcom Fighting Collection is a nostalgic trip through fighting game history enriched with new features like online multiplayer and an extensive Museum Mode that breathe new life into these all-time classics. The lack of cross-platform play and the extremely limited single-player modes, however, do damage the experience, making the collection a game a worthy purchase only for those who live and breathe fighting games.
Ten of Capcom's most popular arcade games in one bumper collection! A wide variety of titles are included from series such as Street Fighter and Darkstalkers, Cyberbots, and the first home console port of Red Earth! And of course, all titles support online play! 2b1af7f3a8