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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The lineup of available arcade classics covers a wide range of styles and stories. Some games involve rescuing friends or saving the world, others are simply fighting for the sake of fighting.
Positive Role Models
Game protagonists run the gamut from cute and cartoony to grim and dark, each with different and diverse personalities and motivations. E.g., ECO Warriors has characters working to save the planet from ecologic disaster; Darkstalkers features monsters fighting for self-preservation.
Features a lineup of 32 arcade classics with a wide range of characters -- e.g., Street Fighter series features strong female characters as well as characters of different ethnicities and cultures from around the world. Other games, though, have little diversity or fall into cultural stereotypes.
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Ease of Play
Many of these arcade classics were difficult by design, with original idea being for players to constantly feed coins into the machines. This collection, though, adds features like variable difficulties, adjustable speeds, even a Rewind feature to roll back the gameplay and try again after making a mistake.
Violence & Scariness
Onscreen violence varies from game to game. Some games simply show planes, spaceships, enemies, etc., blowing up or disappearing when defeated. Other games, though, show more in the way of combat, blood, use of weapons, and other graphic depictions of violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some games feature female characters wearing revealing outfits and presented in a sexualized manner.
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Some games feature mild profanity, such as "damn," or lines like "just as long as I piss you off."
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Products & Purchases
Base game can be downloaded for free but includes only one title, SonSon. Other games can be purchased individually or in a $39.99 bundle that includes all 32 titles. Some gameplay features, such as "Invincibility," can be unlocked via download, as can various cosmetic features.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some titles in the collection show or reference characters drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium is a collection of classic arcade games, available for download on the Xbox Series, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Windows-based PCs. The game includes 32 total titles, available as individual purchases or in a complete bundle. The collection includes a wide range of game types, including side-scrolling beat-'em-ups, arcade shooters, fighting games, and puzzle games. Some of the games in the collection feature more mature content than others, such as mild profanity, blood and gore, sexualized characters, and references to alcohol and tobacco use.
Is It Any Good?
The 2021 release of Capcom Arcade Stadium gave gamers a chance to revisit 32 of Capcom's classic titles from its arcade heyday. That was just the beginning, though, as Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium pulls another 32 titles from the company's roughly four decades of arcade hits. The sequel doesn't do much to differentiate itself from its predecessor, carrying over the same look, the same interface, and the same features from the first Stadium. That includes adjustable game speeds, saving and loading on the fly, and even rewinding the gameplay to get a second chance at a missed opportunity. In fact, Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium could just as easily have been released as an expansion to the original Stadium and none would be the wiser. This isn't a bad thing, though, as the first collection was near perfect, and releasing this as a new batch keeps players from having to sort through more than 60 different titles.
While the fundamental elements of Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium are the same as in the first release, it's the new selection of games that makes this collection truly shine. Fighting game fans will relish the inclusion of three games from the Darkstalkers series, five from the Street Fighter series, and even extra-cute fan favorites, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix. Mega Man fans will also be happy to see both of the Blue Bomber's arcade outings in this mix. That's not to say there aren't a few head scratching additions to the lineup, but the collection is filled with more hits than misses by far. Even the lesser known titles like the quirky puzzle game Pnickies manage to have an oddly addictive quality that make them hard to put down. Whether you're taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane or are being introduced to these arcade classics for the very first time, Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium delivers a retro experience that gamers of any age will appreciate.
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