Test – Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium: Here We Go Again

A little over a year after delivering its first “Arcade Stadium” compilation, Capcom returns with a new selection of “classic” titles.

The first Arcade Stadium compilation surprised us very pleasantly. Indeed, Capcom had brought together 32 of its classics in a digital compilation, with à la carte purchase options to purchase each of the titles independently. With its careful presentation, its accessibility options and its top selection, we loved the compilation. The publisher offers a second layer a year later with Arcade 2nd Stadium, which uses the exact same formula and price tag.

32 new games are in the program.

As in the first part, the 32 games in this second compilation are presented to us in the form of arcade terminals that the player can freely access. We go from one terminal to another to test all the titles of the selection. The economic model is also attractive as Capcom offers a lot of flexibility to players, who can choose to buy the games individually at an attractive price, in packs of 10 at a price of €14.99 or as a single pack at €39. €99. A price that is still a bit high for a selection of very old games.

That said, it’s clear that the publisher has put a lot of work into this 32-title compilation, which benefits from a flawless presentation with its menus that scroll through arcade terminals, its options for customizing frames, and its many bonus options that you don’t were t there before. While the compilation is primarily aimed at purists, newbies will be able to take advantage of many assists that weren’t present in the original games with a handy rewind feature, action slowdown, and unlimited lives. Convenient to revisit these high-difficulty classics at ease! If we regret the absence of more bonuses that gave a background to each game, new challenges have been integrated to challenge the experts. Purists will also be pleased to be able to choose between the Western version of the games or the Japanese version.

Several episodes of the Street Fighter saga are on the show.

On the side of the selection, without repetitions compared to the first part. Be warned though, there are repetitions compared to the newly released Capcom Fighting Collection and the publisher’s Street Fighter compilation, as three DarkStalkers games have infiltrated this compilation, but also Gem Fighter and Puzzle Fighters 2, which were part of Fighting Collection, and five episodes of the Street Fighter saga… If you had fallen in love with these two compilations, it is likely that you felt a little offended by the operation…

In general, the selection is also a little less attractive than in the first part. Indeed, there are many relatively unknown titles in the publisher’s catalog, uninteresting sequels (let’s think of 1943 in particular, which was only released in Japan), and repetitions at all costs, between the first two MegaMan -already included in the Megaman compilations -. -, the three DarkStalkers, Hyper Street Fighter II, Street Fighter, Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors’ Dreams, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3. Clearly, we think Capcom couldn’t help but include some important licenses in their selection. to attract the general public. However, for fans of retro games, this compilation is of much less interest than the first edition, except perhaps for the few titles that were never released in the West. But in general, we can’t help but think that a gap separates the two teams.

The excellent Street Fighter Alpha 3 made the trip.

Arcade 2nd Stadium also suffers from the same flaws as its predecessor, with the absence of additional content. There are no documentaries or playlists to unlock. Here everything is based on the gaming experience… It’s a shame, because it was precisely the opportunity to mark the occasion.

Please find the full list of titles below:

  • 1943 Kai
  • black tiger
  • block block
  • capcom sports club
  • Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
  • ecological fighters
  • Gan Sumoku (Gun Smoke)
  • Hissatsu Buraiken (Avengers)
  • Hyper Dyne Side Arms
  • Hyper Street Fighter II: Anniversary Edition
  • knights of the round
  • last duel
  • Magic sword
  • Mega Man: Battle of Power
  • Mega Man 2: The Mighty Fighters
  • Night Warriors: Revenge of the Darkstalkers
  • gingerbreads
  • Rally 2011 LED Storm
  • Saturday Night Teachers
  • Wild Bees (Exed Exes)
  • Grandson
  • Street Fighter
  • Street Fighter Alpha: Warrior Dreams
  • street fighter alpha 2
  • street fighter alpha 3
  • Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • the king of dragons
  • The Speed ​​Rumbler (Rush & Crash)
  • three wonders
  • tiger road
  • Vampire Savior: Lord of the Vampires

conclusion

A little less striking than the first compilation due to a less attractive selection of titles, and above all some rather vulgar repetitions compared to other compilations from the publisher, this second selection of vintage games from the publisher Capcom has more difficulty in seducing than its predecessor . . There are a total of no fewer than 32 games, but players can choose to purchase the titles individually or in a “10-pack”. Among these are some great classics from the publisher’s catalogue, including Megaman 1 and 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors. Of the 32 titles, however, most have not really marked history. Still, as with its first compilation, Capcom marked the occasion with a thoughtful presentation, accessibility options like rewind, slow motion, and unlimited lives, and a flawless finish. Collectors will get their money’s worth, even if the selection is a little less interesting than last year.

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