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October 20, 2005
Capcom Classics Collection - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
28/11/2005CapcomDigital Eclipse1-4$49.95
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1943 Kai.
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Cody in Final Fight.
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Bionic Commando.

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Mercs was awesome.
Oh my god. I can't believe that Capcom are bringing this out to PAL territories. It's phenomenal, it's sensational, and it's potentially the best damn retro compilation that we've ever seen. You see, Capcom are porting an impressive 22 games from the late 1980's and very early 1990's to this disc on Playstation 2 and there aren't many second rate games either with titles such as Final Fight, Mercs, Street Fighter 2 and Ghouls n Ghosts headlining the impressive line-up. As you read through the list of titles, older gamers especially will remember many of these games, and younger gamers should have an interest just to see how far gaming has come in a very short period of time.

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So far we know the following titles will be included on the compilation 1942 (released in 1984), 1943 (1987) and 1943 Kai (198?) are widely regarded as being among the best shooters during the late 1980's. With a top-down perspective and vertical screen the World War II based games were tremendous fun and a worthy inclusion. Bionic Commando (1987) was originally released in Japan with Nazi enemies however this was removed for the American release. Still, a superb side scrolling action title. Commando (1985) was an inspirational game with top-down viewpoint. Several later titles used Commando as an inspiration for their gameplay. Exed Exes is one of the lesser known titles announced for the compilation but is a very old school shooter.

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Forgotten Worlds.
Next up is confirmation of one of the greatest beat 'em ups of the 16-bit era - Final Fight (1989) which will include all three main characters - Cody, Guy and Hagar - rather then the two found in the cut down SNES version. Forgotten Worlds is widely regarded as one of the best side-scrolling shooters of its era which still holds up pretty well today. Next up is three of Capcom's most loved titles Ghosts n' Goblins (1985), Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1988) and Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (1991). Those unfamiliar with the series are in for a massive treat as all three games are among the best side scrolling action/platform games available. They were rock hard though with pixel precision needed for King Arthur to land jumps and kill enemies but for fans of the series their inclusion is worth the price of the package alone.

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Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts.
Gun Smoke (1985) and Legendary Wings (1986) are both lesser known titles. The former being a shooter set in the old west and the latter a top-down shooter where you character has wings to fly around the levels. The next game however, Mercs (1990) is one of the newer titles on this compilation and a fantastic top-down shooter often referred to as the spiritual successor to Commando. The graphics and gameplay were engrossing and this is certainly one of this compilations highlights. Pirate Ship Higemaru (1984) and Section Z (1987) are, to be honest, games we'd never heard of until now but is are both very early Capcom titles. Both SonSon (1984) and Trojan (1986) are side scrolling games - both quite highly respected in their day so they are likely to have a few fans. Vulgus (1984) is another top-down shooter which we aren't familiar with here at Future Gamez.

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The original Street Fighter 2!
It's an impressive list but there's one game which may sway more people to buy it then any other - Street Fighter 2 (1991). Yes, Capcom are including their biggest fighting game of all time. Not only that but they are also including Street Fighter 2: Champion Ed. (1992) and Street Fighter 2 Turbo (1992).

Each game will support the same number of players that the original arcade versions did and we can also expect bonuses such as original artwork and remixed music. This really is a compilation you can't ignore - possibly the greatest classic collection of all time. The only disappointments are the non appearance of two of our personal favourites - Strider and U.N. Squadron. Can't have everything I guess. Expect this sensational collection to be released in late November for the very generous price of $AU49.95.