Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium – Xbox One Review

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Developed and published by Capcom. Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium is another compilation of some of the classic Capcom games from the 80s and 90s. It was released for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC on the 21st of July 2022.

Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium – The Hits Just Keep Coming

Capcom has done it again and released another compilation of some classic games. But this time it doesn’t just solely rely on fighting games! There is a pretty good mixture from the giant developers and with being a huge retro gaming fan, It was certain that I was going to give 2nd Stadium a thorough playthrough.So if you enjoy this review then why not check out my previous one here?

Choose your weapon

Gameplay

If you grew up playing video games in the 80s and 90s then the Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium Collection is definitely one for you. The content that is on display here is mind-blowing. There are 32 classic games that spread through almost every genre in gaming. From the original Street Fighter to the addictive Capcom Sports Club.

There is something in there that will cater for every gamer. While the game is almost the same as the previous game in the entry Capcom Arcade Stadium. There are a few changes that make playing each game a bit more fun to play. As mentioned there are 32 games to sink yourself into and to write a review for each game would have you reading this for a few days so let’s just break it down a bit.

Of course, when it comes to Capcom collections there gonna be the Street Fighter games and in this bundle, there is the original Street Fighter which is the first time it has been released on a console for decades. Along with Street Fighter. Street Fighter Alpha Collection, as well as Super Gem Fighter. Each game feels like they have had some little touchups when it comes to playing them. For some reason, they seem to run and play really smoothly on a next-generation console.

Just spam the fire button

Some new games added that will tickle some retro gamers’ fancies are Knights of the Round. A great action beat-em-up. Block Block is a game that is addictive as Tetris. The crazy puzzle game Three Wonders. A full list of the games is below

  • SonSon
  • Savage Bees (Exed Exes)
  • GunSmoke
  • The Speed Rumbler
  • Side Arms: Hyper Dyne
  • Hissatsu Buraiken (Avenger)
  • Black Tiger
  • Street Fighter
  • Tiger Road
  • 1943 Kai
  • Last Duel
  • Rally 2011: LED Storm
  • Magic Sword
  • Three Wonders
  • The King of Dragons
  • Block Block
  • Knights of the Round
  • Saturday Night Slam Masters
  • Eco Fighters
  • Pnickies
  • Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
  • Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
  • Street Fighter Alpha
  • Mega Man: The Power Battle
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Mega Man 2: The Power Fighters
  • Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire
  • Capcom Sports Club
  • Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3
  • Hyper Street Fighter II

Some welcoming additions to Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium are the rewind feature so that if you ever get stuck on a level then with just the press of a button you can rewind time and do things differently. The difficulty has also had a redo in the options so it’s up to you in you want an easy game or a brutal game.

If you have even played one of these games in the past and have always found it impossible to complete then you now have the option to turn on invincible mode. So you can now breeze through each game without a care in the world. But turning on this mode renders any trophies or achievements mute as they won’t count.

Co-op is here once again so play with a friend or play online in multiplayer against players from all around the world and compete for the top score in each game.

Graphics and Audio

The graphics are what you would expect from the 16bit era. Bright, colourful, easy on the eye and just bring back so many memories while seeing them. Each game in the collection is in the form of an arcade cabinet so the whole look of it all gives you the feeling of being in the arcades. Sometimes it can feel like there is too much on the screen at one time but it’s nothing too serious.

Can’t remember this episode of Game of Thrones

The audio is absolutely brilliant. Once again it has the catchiest intro music I’ve heard in a long time. It gets you in the mood straight away. Nobody did sound effects and music like Capcom in the 80s and 90s and they don’t fail here either. On every single game, it sounded perfect.

Longevity

Well, you certainly won’t get bored quickly because with 32 games in total at your disposal. There could be literally hundreds of hours of gameplay. Not just in playing through and completing all the games but with the online features such as timed trials and world leaderboards. But it isn’t a game to do in one sitting. In fact, that would be impossible so just pace yourself and enjoy each game.

Final Thought

My final thought on the Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium collection is that it’s a game with so much content that it will last forever. The gameplay is great, the audio is absolutely fantastic and there is something for all ages across every genre. It can be fast-paced or slow as hell. The choice in gameplay is up to you. So it’s with pleasure for me to say that Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium gets the Thumb Culture Gold Award.

Disclaimer: A code was received in order to write this review.

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Been playing video games for as long as I can remember with the C64 being my first computer. While I do enjoy the games of today I'm more of a retro gamer who loves nothing other than getting in lost in a good old-fashioned RPG from the 80s. Be sure to check out my Twitter @Gareth_Trueman for more gaming stuff.