Capcom Fighting Collection game review

Capcom Fighting Collection game review

A past master in the art of compilation, Capcom offers a selection of its best fighting games. Alongside Street Fighter II or the little-known Red Earth, the entire Darkstalkers series is taking a European trip for the very first time. Enough to crack?

Faithful to the publisher’s compilations, Capcom Fighting Collection focuses, as its name suggests, on the good old digital fight. Inherited from the arcades, the range of games takes up the commonplaces of the two episodes Arcade Stadiummon already outthe other available on July 22. Bathed in a colorful interface, the player is thus invited to (re)discover in good and due form some of the licenses that have made the success of the legendary Osaka studio. A rather interesting invitation… provided you hang on to the saga Darkstalkers (Vampire Savior in Japan).

Some fight and a little prank

For this Fighting Collection, Capcom has bet on a variety of titles capable of delighting regulars and novices alike. In addition to the five episodes of the Darkstalkers franchise (Night WarriorsVampire Savior 1 & 2, vampire hunterDarkstalkers’ Revenge), the publisher has integrated the robotic combat game Cyberbots, the astonishing Red Earth (first time on console!) as well as a trilogy in homage to the eternal street fighter bringing together Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary EditionSuper Gem Fighter and… Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo ! Yes, you are not dreaming, even if the collection is called Fighting, namely fighting games, Capcom has still integrated the spin off (parallel episode) of its flagship saga. What a good game of reflection between two fights!

What is Darkstalkers?

Known as Vampire (Savior or Hunter depending on the episode) in Japan, Darkstalkers explores a much darker universe than Street Fighter. Released in arcades in 1994, this game immerses fighters in a world of fantastical creatures and environments inspired by gothic horror. There we camp pell-mell a mummy, a bounty hunter made up as Red Riding Hood, a samurai ghost, a vampire, a werewolf, a zombie, a succubus, a catwoman, a Frankenstein double, etc.

At the time, Capcom wanted to break free from its mega hit Street Fighter II (and its variations) and one of the employees came up with the idea of ​​fantastical creatures and monsters. This type of lore not having been exploited by the publisher, all agreed and this is how this license was born. The artists then imagined many creatures, many from Japanese mythology. As development progressed, they rebalanced the cast by drawing inspiration from Western mythologies and set aside multiple concepts (invisible man, tree-man, old man in a worker’s costume, etc.).

Capcom Fighting Collection: An essential fighting game compilation? Capcom Fighting Collection: An essential fighting game compilation?

In total, Darkstalkers has had 4 times more sketches and animations than Street Fighter II and it shows in the ultra-smooth movements of its characters. On the gameplay side, the license is based on six buttons (three for punches, three for kicks) and incorporates aerial blocks as well as a SUPER gauge which empties if it is not used when it is full. Giving pride of place to combinations (combos) and visually spectacular attacks, Darkstalkers was then optimized to appear in 4 sequels between 1995 and 1997. If you are not familiar with the series, this compilation has everything you need!

Gems, robots and crunchy faces

And because it’s not just Darkstalkers in life, players can fall back on Red Earth (War-Zard in Japan). Inspired by Japanese role-playing games, this title released in 1996 is surprising! In a fantastic universe, characters with magical powers compete in an evolving combat game where each victory grants hard and soft coins. You can then spend them to increase your skills (attack, defense, getting new hits, etc.). If it is totally unknown, it is because it has never set foot on European soil in its original arcade version. It’s an amazing and visually stunning game (at the time it used a very powerful system called CPS3), but it only has two to four playable characters (for a total of 12 fighters, including 8 bosses). For many, it will be a discovery, but do not expect mountains and wonders as it has gone unnoticed.

Cyberbots, meanwhile, takes the opposite view of all its colleagues. Here, it’s the nuts, the oil and the mechanisms that speak! Make way for robots and six pilots ready to do anything to fight it out! If it brings an original touch to this compilation, we must recognize that the title is quite rigid, despite an interesting gameplay. It is indisputably one of the choices that is likely to divide. But skeptics can make up for it with some great classics like the anniversary edition of Street Fighter II, but also and above all Super Gem Fighter and Puzzle Fighter II Turbo. What a pleasure to find the characters of Street in SD look (Super Deformed, in child mode), both in a supercharged fighting game and a thrilling puzzle game! Certainly the two most suitable titles for a family evening!

Compilation Additions

Obviously, Capcom Fighting Collection is not only the meeting of old titles. To enhance this return with some bonuses, the developers have integrated some new features compared to the originals. 2022 obliges, it is thus possible to take advantage, for each of the games presented, of an online mode accompanied by its netcode rollback. Behind this technical term hides a process that optimizes the reaction time between players competing online. Concretely, the latency time is reduced and the fights are thus more loyal. Ranked matches, for beginners or personalized, everything is there! It is also possible to watch a game as a spectator. During the test, there were still few people to take full advantage of it, but the few online games were very stable. We will not hesitate to update the test if we notice an anomaly.

Capcom Fighting Collection: An essential fighting game compilation? Capcom Fighting Collection: An essential fighting game compilation?

Retro compilation requires, Capcom has not forgotten the display filters to transcribe the sensations of the time. At the same time, players can take advantage of quick saves, modify their controls (with the “one button” option to trigger special moves very easily) and set the difficulty. Finally, and this is often what is criticized for certain titles that forget these bonuses, a Museum mode (Museum) hosts more than 500 historical pieces. Drawings, provisional concepts, new elements not appearing in the games, design documents… players can dive back into the manufacturing process! And if your thing is more music, you’ll be delighted to learn about the presence of more than 400 tracks, both retro and remixed!

Capcom Fighting Collection: An essential fighting game compilation? Capcom Fighting Collection: An essential fighting game compilation?

With all this, what to remember from this Capcom Fighting Collection? That it’s a rather interesting compilation, but one that poses a huge dilemma if you don’t hang on to the Darkstalkers universe. You will indeed only have five titles left, including Cyberbots, which is probably the least interesting game (along with Red Earth and its four playable characters). Everything will therefore depend on your feelings with regard to the ten games offered because we can only salute the content of the museum, the apparent stability of the online game or the different customization options. Too bad however that there is no crossplay (online game possible between the different platforms)!


Strong points

  • A museum with lots of documents and music
  • All Darkstalkers games in Europe
  • Many options (online game, customizable controls…)
  • The addition of Street Fighter stamped puzzle game
  • Super Gem Fighter, a delight!
  • Successful interface

Weak points

  • Questionable choices (Cyberbots, Red Earth)
  • No crossplay (cross-platform online play)
  • Too many Darkstalkers for one compilation…
  • … from only 10 games!

Overall, Capcom Fighting Collection is a decent compilation. With its various bonuses, options and new modes, it appears to be an ideal companion for lovers of 2D fighting games. On the other hand, some choices (Cyberbots, Red Earth) can challenge and the Darkstalkers saga represents half of the titles available! A daring bet that will not please everyone, but we must recognize that the Street Fighter trilogy, with the anniversary edition, the Super Gem Fighter and the Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, is worth the detour. Depending on how attached you are to the ten games in this compilation, it will have more or less pronounced interest.

Readers’ opinion

Give your opinion on the game!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *