Capcom Fighting Collection review: A stellar selection of games that have been superbly ported – Eugene Sowa

Capcom’s long-awaited Battle Collection is finally here, filled with many popular classics.

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Over the past couple of years, Capcom has been really hard at work re-releasing many of their classic games.

Several anthologies have been released over the past few years, giving gamers the chance to finally get their hands on games that could only be released on slot machines or in Japan.

Capcom’s latest release is the Fighting Collection, which brings together classic games that fans have been waiting for to be resurrected.

The Capcom Fighting Collection includes ten classic fighting games, including the entire Darkstalkers series and finally Red Earth.

Also included is a Cyberbots Armored Warriors spin-off that features Jin Saotome, who fans will recognize from Marvel vs Capcom.

The list ends with three Street Fighter games, including Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition, Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix, and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.







Capcom Fighting Collection includes ten classic games
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Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo may not be an action game, but it’s a great addition that just adds a bit of variety to the collection.

Even though some of these games are already available in other collections, this is a great selection of games.

But what’s even better is that Cyberbots actually supports online play, which wasn’t included in the Capcom Arcade Stadium release.

The beauty of this collection is that there are several games that are being released for the first time in the West and outside of Arcade.

The acclaimed Darkstalker series was huge when it launched back in the 90s, introducing fighting game fans to a new roster of characters inspired by horror stories.

This collection allows players to play all five titles, including Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire, which were only released for Japanese arcades.







Red Earth is finally being ported to home consoles for the first time
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Each of the games remains intact and retains their original slot machine versions.

It’s a huge treat for fighting game fans who can finally experience this cult classic series and play online with a rollback netcode.

Red Earth or War-Zard in Japan are being ported to home consoles for the first time since they were released for arcades in 1996.

Red Earth is a very unique game that offers two game modes: The single player mode is an RPG-style boss adventure where players will fight against powerful opponents in one-on-one battles.

Multiplayer will turn the game into a fighting game in which players can choose one of four heroes and fight with their friends.

This version of the game retains the password system, keeping it authentic for new players.







Each game is an authentic port that recreates the original experience.
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Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness is a fighting game spin-off of the classic Armored Warriors released in 1995.

It is the only fighting game from Capcom and an original game by fan Jin Saotome.

The Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix was a fighter that included super deformed characters from Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.

It is similar to a traditional Street Fighter game, including the character’s signature moves and some additional comedic gimmicks.

The main difference is that in each match, players can collect orbs that can either power up their characters or be used as weapons.

Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo is the only non-fighting game included in the collection. This is a puzzle game where players have to stack and destroy gems by matching matching colors.

Super deformed Capcom characters will attack each other depending on how and when the gems are destroyed.







There are several quality of life inclusions that enhance the overall experience.
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Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition is a modified version of Super Street Fighter II Turbo in which players can control any version of the main characters from the five Street Fighter II games.

This is a great way for players to choose their favorite version of their main character and compare it to other options.

Capcom Fighting Collection has done a great job of keeping these games authentic.

Players will have the option to choose between English and Japanese versions of eight games, with Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire only available in Japanese.

This is great as it gives players an extra opportunity to play the game the way they want.

All games run smoothly and I’ve never experienced any lag or frame drops since I’ve reviewed this game on the Switch, playing in undocked mode was also flawless.







Capcom Fighting Collection allows players to choose between the English and Japanese versions.
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The Capcom Fighting Collection comes with several quality-of-life add-ons that make the gameplay much easier.

The most useful feature is the ability to quickly save at any time, even during a heated battle and load from this save point.

This is great as it allows players to take a break and come back at any time.

There are several different display options that allow players to enjoy the game in native aspect ratio, square (4:3) or widescreen.

I’m really impressed with the widescreen option in this collection as previous games really struggled with porting classic games to widescreen, which made everything look very stretched out. But here games look natural in 16:9 format, which makes this option very viable.

The collection also comes with seven different display filters, which is a lot to choose from, but the difference between them is very minimal and most games look best without them at all.







Players will be able to fight online with no rollback code
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This collection features extensive button customization, allowing players to literally assign buttons to whatever they want.

Players will even be able to assign specific movements to a single button, essentially making it possible to create simplified controls for beginners or casual players.

This level of customization is entirely welcome as it makes these classics more accessible to a wider audience.

Capcom has also included a tutorial mode for most games, allowing players to practice at their own pace.

The collection comes with extensive customization controls, allowing players to really control how they play.

For example, games like Vampire Hunter 2 allow you to disable graphical content.

There aren’t really many things to unlock, but the game does have Fighter Awards, which are various challenges that players can take part in for that extra part of the challenge.

Hardcore fans will absolutely love the museum, which is packed with additional content from the get-go, including music, original design documents, and illustrations.

Capcom Fighting Collection will also allow players to play these games online for the first time with an online rollback code.

There are several modes to choose from for each game, including a spectator mode, which is especially good for Red Earth, given that this is its first console version.

Unfortunately, I was unable to test the online mode at the time of writing this review.

Verdict 4/5

The Capcom Fighting Collection is a dream come true for fighting game fans: these classic games have been perfectly ported over while retaining all of their original features.

Add-ons and quality-of-life tweaks make this an affordable experience that everyone can enjoy.

Fans can only hope that Capcom feels the same about their gems like Marvel vs Capcom.

Capcom Fighting Collection launches June 24 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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