A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Because the games lack prominent story modes, there are very few direct positive messages in the collection.
Positive Role Models
While there are characters in the games that could be considered positive role models for their outlooks on life, very little of this is expressed in the games themselves.
The characters in the different games represent a broad variety of different ethnicities, genders, backgrounds and species.
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Ease of Play
The games in the collection are from an older era, and the traditional controls can be a bit complicated for newer players. Combos are harder to perform than most newer fighting games, and there are no tutorials to teach the basics of the systems. The collection does add training modes for all of the games, the ability to rebind controls, and adjustable difficulty for the single-player content. These touches, along with a single-button special move key rebind, can go a long way in letting less experienced players enjoy these older games.
Violence & Scariness
As fighting games, the primary gameplay element of each title is violent. The games in the collection are cartoonish, and the violence in them is similarly unrealistic. In the Vampire Savior series, the character Jedah features a number of attacks that simulate dismemberment and use his own blood, which may be too much for younger players despite the cartoony visuals. Some stages and cutscenes in the same series also show blood and minor gore, but the games also give options to censor some of those elements.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A number of female characters are dressed provocatively. Cammy in Hyper Street Fighter 2 and Morrigan, Lilith, and Felicia in the Darkstalkers series are the standout examples. Some attacks in Darkstalkers, especially the Midnight Bliss attack, are also sexualized.
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The game has infrequent use of mild profanity. Words used include "pissed."
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Products & Purchases
As a collection of various franchises, there are numerous other games and merchandise related to Street Fighter and Darkstalkers that are available for purchase.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One game features a character smoking on their victory screen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Capcom Fighting Collection is a collection of nine 2D fighting games and one competitive puzzle game for the Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. The different games have you choose a fighter and go into combat vs AI opponents in single-player arcade modes, or against other humans either locally or online. Some games show blood and light gore, and sexually provocative outfits for the female characters. The games can also be a little bit intimidating for new players, but some options introduced in the collection help make the games more approachable.
Is It Any Good?
This arcade fighting game collection packs a brand new punch. Capcom Fighting Collection takes a handful of older arcade fighting games, mixes them with modern improvements and a museum full of concept art, and produces a slick experience that can keep up with newer releases. The collection consists of ten games: Hyper Street Fighter II, Red Earth, Super Gem Fighter Minimix, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Cyberbots, and all five titles in the Darkstalkers franchise. These are traditional 2D fighting games, with the exception of Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, which is a competitive puzzler using Capcom characters as avatars. Vampire Savior 2 and Vampire Hunter 2 have never been available outside of Japan and Red Earth has never been released outside of arcades. Online play and training modes have been added to every game in the collection, as well as customizable difficulty features, the ability to customize button bindings, and multiple display filters. The collection also features a robust museum full of design documentation and concept art of the featured games.
Mechanically, these games hold up very well. The Darkstalkers franchise, particularly Vampire Savior, still play and animate beautifully. Red Earth has a unique boss rush single-player component, and has light RPG (role-playing game) elements that let you gain new special moves and combos over time. The improvements make the previously available titles the best editions of each one released to date. That said, these games don't come with extensive tutorials, and new players may struggle to adjust to the tight windows needed to perform combos that would feel easy in more modern games. Binding a special move to a button is an interesting option to make this easier to swallow, and the ability to lower the difficulty of the AI can help you tailor the experience to match your needs. The violence in these games is cartoonish and unlikely to trouble most kids, but some animations in the Darkstalkers games, particularly from the character Jedah, feature dismemberment and may be too much for very young players. Some stages and cutscenes also contain violent imagery, but that can be toned down through a menu option. Several games also feature highly sexualized female characters, which may not be appropriate for some children. This is most noticeable in the Darkstalkers franchise with Morrigan, Felicia, and Lilith, and Demitri's Midnight Bliss attack. But if the player is mature enough to handle the violence and sexualization, or is willing to avoid the five Darkstalkers games in the collection, the Capcom Fighting Collection is an excellent fighting game package for any fan of the genre.
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