A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Capcom Arcade Stadium is a collection of classic arcade games available for download on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The base game is a free download and includes on arcade title, 1943: The Battle of Midway. Players can purchase the other 30+ available games in packs of 10 or as a complete package. Games in the collection range from side-scrolling beat-'em-ups, arcade shooters, fighting games, and more. Some games in the collection feature more mature content than others, including some mild profanity, blood, and some sexualized characters. The mature titles also feature some characters drinking and smoking cigars.
What's it about?
Take a trip back in time to your favorite arcade with CAPCOM ARCADE STADIUM. This collection includes nearly two decades' worth of Capcom classics from back in the heyday of arcade gaming. Players will begin with the WWII dogfighting shooter, 1943: The Battle of Midway, before adding more than 30 additional titles to their library. Each game is a perfect port of the original arcade release, complete with virtual arcade cabinets, scan lines, and ROMs of both English and Japanese releases where available. You can play the classics in brand-new ways with special features such as gameplay rewind, speed adjustments, and the ability to save or load your progress at any point. You'll be able to test your mettle in Timed and Score Challenges or try out scheduled Special Challenges, which alter core gameplay and add an extra layer of difficulty. You can also earn global bragging rights by posting and comparing your scores online against others on a ranked worldwide leaderboard. But the best thing of all about this portable arcade? Never running out of tokens to play.
Is it any good?
This collection will tap into the fond memories of old-school gamers longing for their time of dropping tokens into machines to get high scores for bragging rights among their friends. Capcom Arcade Stadium brings back all of those nostalgic feelings in the form of a virtual arcade that fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. Players can give each game a bit of personal flair, customizing the presentation as they see fit, whether it's playing on a 3D-style arcade cabinet with old-school visual effects that perfectly replicate the look and feel of an original machine or switching things up and rotating the screen to play the system in vertical orientation. Custom settings can also be saved to each individual game or applied across the entire library.
Each game is a near perfect re-creation of its original release, with many including options to play using either the U.S. or the Japanese ROM. It's interesting to see some of the minor changes between the two regions' versions of some games. While purists will love these games in their original glory, other players will have a blast making use of the extra features added to the gameplay. Rewind, which has become a frequent addition to these collections, allows players an instant do-over when making a critical misstep. The Save feature doesn't just give players a chance to take a break from the action, but also allows for trying out different strategies and tactics. And the variable speed feature let's players really test their skills by ramping up the on-screen action to a blistering pace. If there's one small knock to have against the Capcom Arcade Stadium, it's the game's lack of any online multiplayer. But local couch co-op support still allows for friends to join in the fun and winds up creating an even more realistic arcade experience. Only in this arcade, you never need to worry about running low on quarters.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the evolution of gaming. What are some of the ways that video games have changed over the years, from the days of crowding around machines at the local arcade to playing in the comfort of home on current-generation consoles?
What's your preferred level of difficulty in gaming? When does a game stop being challenging to you and become frustrating instead? What's the appeal in overcoming a particularly difficult game?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Pricing structure: Free
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Capcom
- Release date: May 25, 2021
- Genre: Arcade
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Superheroes, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: T for Violence, Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco
- Last updated: December 14, 2021
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