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Capcom Classics Collection - Volume 2 Review - PS2

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Gameplay: 8 stars 8
Graphics: 6 stars 6
Audio: 6 stars 6
Multiplayer: 8 stars 8
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Introduction

Old School titles have seen a large revitalisation lately. For publishers, the development cost is low, as the graphics, sound and gameplay has already been created, and previous recognition will help sell the title. With Microsoft offering a lot of titles over Xbox Live, Nintendo offering it's 'Virtual Console' titles, and Sony jumping on the bandwagon with it's upcoming Playstation Network for PS3 – there are a lot of titles to choose from now. A few years ago, this may have once required you tracking down the original systems, or the sometimes hit and miss of an emulator. Unfortunately for gamers, while not too expensive on their own, at about $8-15 each title - the cost of downloading several of these can easily add up. But there is a solution - Capcom Collection Volume 2 gives us 20 retro classics on one disc for the Playstation 2, which has no troubles emulating these fairly basic titles.

The original Capcom Classics Collection - Volume 1 for PS2 was released about 2 years ago and featured 80's and early 90's big classics such as Ghouls N' Ghosts, Street Fighter II Turbo, 1942 and several more. Doing fairly well with the original release, Capcom is back again with Capcom Classics Collection Volume #2, featuring a lot of the titles they missed the first time around. We dive in and give a low down of the different games you'll find in the collection.


1941

The last of the series came in the early 90's following the most famous 1942, and it's sequel 1943 in the 80's. It follows the similar formula of a vertical-scrolling shoot em' up set in World War II, in which you shoot down endless planes, and attack ground vehicles from above.. This game seemed a lot easier than the other incarnations in the series, and is quite easily to breeze through. Things are a little bit more polished than the earlier games, but not massively so.

Avengers

If you like simple-minded kicking and punching, you might enjoy Avengers. It is a fairly basic vertical scroller from 1987 in which you fight various thugs and bosses as you aim to save captured girls on each level. Some of the game graphics are maybe reminiscent of the classic Karateka with a bit of an eastern feel. Watching you kick and punch from overhead is also amusing to watch.

Black Tiger

Black Tiger is a bit of a combination between Konami's Castlevania and Capcom's Ghouls n' Ghosts. It is a platformer which has you dishing out your spinning chain and daggers at enemies as you venture through castles, attack bats, skeletons and other things you would expect to find in any other medevil type setting. The game can be quite difficult ... (continued next page)