COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Capcom Arcade Cabinet PS3 Review

Created: 03/04/2013 11:13 AM KSTP.com By: Aaron Chalich

I am a huge gamer and have been playing video games for over thirty years. I have been really enjoying all of the video games that have been coming out lately, but when a company like CAPCOM releases a compilation of their classic games, that’s when I get really excited.

I grew up playing video games in the arcade and I was lucky enough to experience the arcade atmosphere and all of the amazing games that were released back then. It was very exciting to go into an arcade and to see a new game, because back then there was no internet and you had no idea what games were being released.

Back then I played a lot of CAPCOM games like “Black Tiger,” “1943,” “Commando,” “Ghosts n’ Goblins,” and of course “Street Fighter.”

When CAPCOM announced last month that they were going to release some of their classic games for the PSN, I was giddy and extremely excited. I could not wait to go back and play some of my favorite games.

This past weekend I received a PSN code for “CAPCOM’s Arcade Cabinet” and it is everything I had hoped for and more. The games are exactly how they were released in the arcade and they look and sound exactly how I remembered them.

To play the CAPCOM games, you have to download the main “CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet” from the PlayStation Store. Once you download that then you can purchase each CAPCOM game individually, as a group or eventually the entire “CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet” library once it’s all available.  Every month different games will be released that you can purchase. 

This is awesome because you can pretty much build your own CAPCOM library of classic games. If there are games you don’t like, you don’t have to buy them.

Right now the only games that are available are: “Avengers,” Black Tiger,” “1943,” “Ghosts n’ Goblins,” “Gun Smoke,” & “Section Z.” 

Here are the release dates for the rest of the “CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet” titles:

Plus there are going to be a few bonus games that have not been announced yet.

When you start playing “CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet,” you are taken to a main hub where you can select the game you would like to play. You can see what games are playable because their titles are lit up on the top of the screen.

Once you select your game, you can do several things. You can read a brief history of the game, you can look at photos from the game that you have unlocked, and you can listen to music and sounds from the game.

You can also choose from a few different options to play the games. You can choose the classic “arcade mode,” and play the game exactly how it was released in the arcade and you can continue as many times as you want. You can play a mode called “Score Attack” and this ranks your game play ability and you can see how you are ranked with players from around the world. 

There is also a “training mode” where you can choose any level in the game and you can play just that level. Then there is a “casual mode” where the game is much easier and you can easily get through it.

There are a bunch of really cool features that I really liked about the “CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet” and I think that everyone will agree with me. When you choose the game you want to play, you can go online and play it with people from all over the world. Most of the games are co-op and you can play with a second player at the same time, so I think it’s great that you can find another player to play with.

Another thing that I really liked was that each game had unlockables and trophies. If you complete a certain task in the game, artwork or a trophy would unlock and that was really fun to see. I also think that this gives the games great replay value.

One feature that I thought was amazing was the “View Replay” feature. Your gameplay is automatically recorded and you can watch it at any time if you save it. So every time you play a game it is recorded and it can be saved on the PS3’s hard drive. You can then upload it to the internet and have other people watch it. 

I thought that this was really neat, because you can show off your accomplishments to other people from around the world.

Each game has their own controls and at any time you can pause the game and look at the instructions for each game. I thought that this was very helpful and I think other people will think so as well.

I really think that “CAPCOM’s Arcade Cabinet” is amazing and is a lot of fun to play. I also think that it’s great to be able to play a bunch of the classic CAPCOM games. I am also very happy with the selection of games and think that it’s a great collection. I know that people will really enjoy “CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet” as much as I am. 

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.