Review: Capcom Fighting Collection explained to parents

Capcom Fighting Collection Featured Ecran Partage

What parents need to know

Capcom Fighting Collection is a compilation of 10 fighting games released between 1994 and 2003 by game developer and publisher Capcom.

Capcom Fighting Collection Boxart Shared ScreenRelease date: 24 June 2022

Developed by: Capcom
Published by: Capcom
Available on:
PC (Steam)
Xbox One (Xbox Series Compatible)
Playstation 4 (Playstation 5 Compatible)
and Nintendo Switch

Game Type: Compilation of fighting games

Average duration of a game: about 10 minutes

Estimate of the total duration of the game:
Infinite

Themes: Fantasy, cartoon, manga, combat

Business model: Need to buy the game

Number of players:
1 to 2 players locally
1 to 2 players online

Available in digital and physical formats.
Playable in English and Japanese

The game was provided by the publisher for its review.
It does not influence our opinion.
Players3+ 7+ 12+16+18+
Neophytes
Intermediate
Experienced
Difficulty
Jauge Orange Ecran Partage

These are arcade games, which were therefore intended for players to put a lot of money in the arcade cabinet every few minutes in order to continue playing after losing. It is possible to reduce the difficulty a little, but it remains difficult.

Violence, fear, nudity?
Jauge Orange Ecran Partage

Presence of blood when the fighters clash. Female characters are often with wide necklines and have many suggestive poses. Many allusions to sex appear. Some attacks make the chest of the characters enlarge, their buttocks, cut them into 2, turn them into other monsters. All this is animated as in a cartoon, depending on the sensitivity of the people, it can shock, or be innocuous and ridiculous. These are games from the 90s mainly, so the representation of the characters is tinged with this Japanese patriarchy.

Language level used
Jauge Jaune Ecran Partage

Very little dialogue. Provocations at the end of the fights and sometimes sexual allusions in the dialogues.

Positive message
Jauge Orange Ecran Partage

Representations of women in sexy poses and in small outfits.

Minimum reading level required
Jauge Vert Pale Ecran Partage

Must know how to read for a few years to understand the menus.

Additional costs ?
Jauge Verte Ecran Partage

none

Minimum level of execution on the controller required
Jauge Orange Ecran Partage

Each game is very hard and time-consuming to learn. Some can be enjoyed by playing occasionally, but they are much better when you exploit their potential to the fullest. Many complex manipulations are required to perform the movements of most fighting games. It’s even difficult to play it with an ordinary controller and we recommend playing with an arcade stick, because the games were originally intended for this.

Principle of the game

Capcom Fighting Collection is a compilation of the following 10 games in their versions as they were released in arcades at the time:

  • Vampire: The Night Warriors / Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (1994)
  • Vampire Hunter: Darkstalkers’ Revenge / Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge (1995)
  • Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire / Darkstalkers 3 (1997)
  • Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge (1997) (Available in Japanese only)
  • Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire (1997) (Available in Japanese only)
  • Cyberbots / Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness (1995)
  • Warzard / Red Earth (1996)
  • Super Puzzle Fighter 2 X / Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo (1996)
  • Pocket Fighter / Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix (1997)
  • Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition (2003)

Above, in bold, the international name of these games. The other name is the Japanese name.

All 10 games are great titles. The top two on the list have aged the worst, and will only be pleasant for fans.

Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo is not a fighting game, it takes the characters of Street Fighter but makes them compete in a puzzle game. To win, you will have to eliminate many blocks on your screen in order to attack the opponent. Like other games of the genre, we lose when our screen is filled with blocks.

Hyper Street Fighter 2 is a compilation of the 5 updates to Street Fighter 2 released before this game. It allows you to face characters from Street Fighter 2 against those from Super Street Fighter 2 for example.

Each game is very good, and is interesting to discover or rediscover. The selection of titles is however weird.

Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix are the most affordable games of the lot.

8 of the games are available in Japanese and English versions. 2 games are exclusively available in Japanese, and that’s a shame. It would have been possible to translate them, given the little dialogue, but we do not miss anything and they are dialogues available in Darkstalkers 3.

Local game mode

It is possible to play in Arcade mode to each of the games. A second player can join the game at any time and face the first player.

A Training mode has been added for each of these games as well, while this did not exist in the Arcade versions.

A Gallery mode with hundreds of illustrations spread over the 10 games. That’s a lot of material that was used for the promotion of each of the games at the time.

You can also listen to the music of each of the titles in the museum mode.

Online gaming modes

Each of the games is playable online. You can either play it in “Casual Match”, no points taken into account and possibility to activate the simplification of manipulations for shots.

There is also the “Ranked Match” mode, with points taken into account, and simplified moves disabled.

Finally, it is possible to create lobbies to group 9 players and alternate fights with several players.

In all game modes, it is possible to choose several games to play, and if an opponent comes online, you will automatically switch to that game. This is a great feature that allows you not to divide the user pool into 10, for each game.

Conclusion

The quality of the compilation is much better than what we had seen before. We greatly appreciate the multitude of options at our disposal. Unfortunately there is no crossplay. That is, you can not play with opponents on other consoles or computers than yours. Since the game was released on 4 different consoles and computers, this means that the user pool is divided by 4. It’s a real shame because there are already very few expert players of fighting games who appreciate this kind of compilation, if in addition they can not play together, it spoils the interest of the compilation.

A very nice compilation but whose opponents are already very rare online, a few days after the release.

More information on the official website.

Recommendations

If you like Capcom’s compilations of old arcade games:

Our article on: Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

Official website of the compilation Capcom Arcade Stadium and Capcom 2nd Arcade Stadium

About Marc Shakour

Former video game programmer, columnist, teacher, competitor ... Marc has always been very familiar with the world and industry of video games. He decided to help neophytes about it, to discover new universes, worlds and fantastic creatures.

View all posts by Marc Shakour

Leave a Reply