A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
A few games have themes involving rescuing others or (in case of multiplayer games) working as a team. But most are just set up to have players fight bad guys and survive long enough to save the day ... or at least gobble up a few more coins.
Positive Role Models
Collection of classic arcade games, each with its own story. But most plots are water-thin or simply nonexistent, outside of stereotypical "good guys vs. bad guys" plots.
Ease of Play
Most of the games, while simple to play, have a steep level of difficulty by design. Score, Times, and Special Challenge modes add extra layers of difficulty. But players can save their progress at any point, as well as "rewind" the action to avoid mistakes.
Violence & Scariness
On-screen violence varies depending on game being played. Some show planes, spaceships, enemies, etc. simply exploding and/or disappearing when defeated. Other games, though, show more blood splatter, character injuries, lethal weapons, other more graphic depictions of violence.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some games feature female characters wearing revealing outfits and shown in a sexualized manner.
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Mild language, such as "damn," occasionally appears in dialogue of some games.
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Products & Purchases
The free, base download comes with one arcade title, 1943: The Battle of Midway. Other games can be purchased for the virtual arcade as 10 packs for $14.99 each, or as a complete collection for $39.99. The Ghosts 'n Goblins game can be added to the library as well for $1.99.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some titles show characters drinking alcohol and smoking cigars.
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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.
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.
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