Worth every Zenny.
The widespread use of CD-ROM formats during the 32-bit era allowed space for decent retro game compilations on the PS1, but the potential of retro collections blossomed into larger libraries and extra features on the PS2 and PSP. The likes of Taito Legends, SNK Arcade Classics, and especially the various volumes of the Capcom Classics Collection set a new standard for any publisher compiling old games. Unfortunately, the messaging around Capcom Arcade Stadium is confusing from Capcom on PS4 by advertising it as a free download, with additional titles that are purchasable in three separate DLC packs. Ultimately, it’s simpler to consider buying Capcom Arcade Stadium as a full, traditional retro collection, which continues in the spirit of the PS2 and PSP’s compilations.
To take Capcom’s puzzling descriptions into account, this review specifically covers the entire package of Capcom Arcade Stadium’s 32 games. This includes the free download of 1943: The Battle of Midway, as well as Ghosts ‘n Goblins as a bonus, alongside the bulk of the main Capcom Arcade Stadium Packs 1, 2, and 3 – which combines 30 games, all digitally retailing for £32.99 as of May 2021.
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