We like a good retro compilation, with the Taito Legends duo, Sonic Mega Collection and the first two Midway Arcade Treasures collections being the very definition of good. Capcom Classics Collection Remixed – released on PSP only a few months ago – didn’t make that list, as it was missing Street Fighter II and Ghouls ‘n Ghosts. But now that they’re here, on both this tiny UMD and in our hands, we’re reminded of an old saying: be careful what you wish for.
Street Fighter II – available in normal, World Championship Edition and Hyper Fighting flavours – brought back plenty of gooey nostalgia, but the PSP’s d-pad isn’t really suitable for pulling off dragon punches and whatnot. Don’t even try to do it with the analogue slider – more often than not Ken and Ryu ending up jumping all over the place instead of performing a hurricane kick. Wouldn’t it have been wiser idea to include Super Street Fighter II over Hyper Fighting anyway? We would have even settled for the digitised Street Fighter: The Movie. Well, maybe.
Thankfully Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts fares better. It’s the best game present by far, putting up a solid challenge and still looking and sounding pretty good. Ghosts ‘n Goblins isn’t bad, but why have a burger when you can have steak? Other titles worthy of attention include Eco Warriors – a neat 2D shooter with an anti-pollution theme – and the almost indistinguishable medieval hack ‘n’ slashers Knights of the Round and King of Dragons.
Scrolling shooter Mercs is alright, but the rest of the games – 1942, 1943 and 1943 Kei aside – just seem to be on here because they were knocking around the Capcom archives. We’re looking at you, Vulgus, Son Son, Higemaru and Exed Exes.
One thing we do like, though, is the ranking screen that appears when completing or exiting a game. Here a host statistics are gathered, from how long you played a game to how many times you pushed the X button. They’re then turned into a score, which is then transformed into credits that can be used in a fruit machine. The prizes from playing include artwork, music and cheats. Amusingly, you earn extra credits for playing games at obscure times, like in the middle of the night.
When we reviewed Capcom Classics Collection Remixed we suggested that this would be the better compilation, but we were wrong: Remixed is the better of the two. That had Strider, Final Fight, Forgotten Worlds, Mega Twins, Three Wonders and Block Block on it – more than double the number of decent games on offer here. Our advice is to either get that, or Ultimate Ghosts ‘n Goblins on PSP and a dirt cheap copy of Hyper Street Fighter II – The Anniversary Edition on PlayStation 2. It means missing out on Eco Warriors and a few others, but at least you’ll be able to hear “Shoryuken!” every time you press down, forward, punch.