Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded is here and it’s a mixed bag of the good and the bad. Although, that isn’t to say these are bad games -- quite the opposite; these are classics. The problem lies with the selection on offer.

Some games have faired better than others have when it comes to the PSP’s wide screen. The side-scrolling beat-'em-ups and shooters have made the best conversions visually, while vertical-scrolling shooters with small characters are almost impossible to keep track of because the characters are so small.

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To fix this problem Capcom have included an option to adjust the screen to display vertical shooters horizontally. However, it feels awkward and defeats the point of being a vertical shooter. However, you can adjust the controls to use the analog stick fire shooting, although it’s hard on the thumbs and feels cumbersome to hold.

There are a few fillers in this collection. To be fair, they differ slightly. However, we don’t need three versions of what is essentially the same game. Making matters worse is that all three Street fighter 2 versions are simply listed as “Street Fighter 2” in the game menu so it’s impossible to tell the difference without loading them up.

Although some of them are fillers, some true classics have made the transition to handheld perfectly; Eco Fighter, for instance, works brilliantly with the analog stick and L and R buttons for targeting.

Difficulty options have been included, so you’re no longer stuck with the arcade defaults. However, the PSP's lackluster d-pad still makes it near impossible to beat Street Fighter 2. That said, when games were designed, it was to drain arcade gamer's pockets of all their cash. At this difficulty, the PSP would become potentially-lethal projectile -- it’s a good idea to include a difficulty option.

Some of the games such as The King of Dragons and Knights of the Round give you infinite continues, so you won’t run out and have to start again. This also means beating the games is only matter how much time you have. They usually take about an hour or so to complete.

After each game, you get coins for the slot machine in the main menu. The amount of coins depends on your score. There are a number of bonuses to obtain from this such as cheats, music, and art. This helps flesh out the pack nicely and adds to the longevity.

On top of that, almost every game has wi-fi support, which could extend the life of the games further, depending on how popular they become. Unfortunately, after checking several times for multiplayer games it seemed rather pointless, as no games were available. It is nice to have the option available though.

Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded is a great pack and manages to overcome some of the control problems inherit with the PSP hardware. The bonus system also works well if you have enough time to play the slot machine.

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