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Review: Capcom Arcade Cabinet (PSN)
This blast from the past is a fun way to play some of the oldies. A bit like the Zen Studios pinball games, you can get the arcade cabinet for free. Then within it you can purchase individual games or sets of games. The packs seem to be broken up by year of the games’ release.
One of the things I liked best was the option to go into the ‘history’ of games from the main menu (even the ones you haven’t bought). They are categorized by the year released and if you pick an individual title you get some more details. It includes a little excerpt describing the game, the month and year of release, the genre, playable options (1P only, 2P co-op, etc.), and whether online play is offered.
Avengers, not to be confused with Marvel’s Avengers, is a top down martial arts and action game. I liked it, even if the angles of attack were a little lopsided. It made me think of the old TMNT games in the early ‘90s.
1943: The Battle of Midway is your classic arcade style air combat game. The stuff you remember from the arcades and later the early consoles. I find it interesting because I’m used to the more traditional horizontally scrolling air combat games. 1943 is a “vertically scrolling shoot-‘em-up.” Definitely makes for interesting game play on a TV versus an arcade screen.
Black Tiger is a bit more out there as a side scrolling fantasy game, which of course made it my favorite. I still sucked horribly at it, but I only really rocked arcade games like pinball, racing, and Gauntlet. Also, beware the bad grammar and writing that appears on screen. You can tell the difference from today and the beginning of gaming in arcades just by this.
The games offer a “classic” option (the default choice), which basically means playing the game the way you would in an arcade. Limited lives, hard enemies, and the continue screen that always dismayed you with the requirement of extra coins (minus the coins this time). If that’s a little too hard for you (like it was for me), then you can switch to casual mode. This mode gives you all kinds of editing options (such as more lives, time, starting with more health, etc.) and while easier, you will not earn Trophies playing in this mode.
Since the display format matches to what you would see on an arcade machine, the actual game only takes up about half your TV screen (in the middle of course). It makes me feel like I should act as if I’m in an arcade and get really close to the screen. There is a setting to adjust that to full screen, but it’s kind of hidden in a lot of other options.
- Reminds me of playing on an actual machine at the arcade. On screen at least.
- The original games, unaltered.
- Live your dream of controlling the arcade machine! Use Casual mode to make player friendly game edits.
- Only uses about half your TV screen on default settings.
- Unaltered means with all the original mistakes as well.
The Final Word
While an awesome concept to bring back the opportunity to play games from the arcade era, these seem to be more about nostalgia. The games appear and play exactly as they did in the 1980′s. If you played and enjoyed them, this may very well be worth your money. But at $4.99 for the first game pack, I think you’re better off appreciating the classics that helped launch the game industry rather than actually playing them. Some of the other titles may well be worth it, but these 3 games while enjoyable, just didn’t equal the cost.