When it comes to retro arcade games, few companies have as impressive of a library as Capcom. Thankfully, they're still porting their classics to modern consoles and this time, they've collected 7 super-fun beat 'em ups.
As someone who loves Capcom's classic arcade games, I had to check out this collection. Capcom Beat 'em Up Bundle consists of 7 old-school brawlers that are still fun to play in this day and age. Each one of the included games is an arcade port so you can trust that their quality is top-notch. Thankfully, the emulation is fantastic and I didn't experience any slowdown, graphical glitches, or audio issues at all while playing them. Anyway, beat 'em ups definitely aren't as fun solo so it's awesome news that you can play either locally with friends or take the fight online. Very few classic game compilations allow you to do this and it's quite fitting for this particular collection as multiplayer adds a ton of enjoyment to beating up the hordes of enemies and tough bosses. Overall, even if you're not nostalgic for a good old beat 'em up, what's included here can still provide some good times.
List of games in Capcom Beat 'em Up Bundle
- Final Fight (1989)
- The King of Dragons (1991)
- Captain Commando (1991)
- Knights of the Round (1991)
- Warriors of Fate (1992)
- Armored Warriors (1994)
- Battle Circuit (1997)
As you can see, the list of games isn't extensive but what's here still makes for a solid compilation. I own both volumes of the incredible Capcom Classics Collection for PlayStation 2 so Final Fight, The King of Dragons, Captain Commando, and Knights of the Round are already familiar games that I thoroughly enjoy. However, Warriors of Fate, Armored Warriors, and Battle Circuit are completely new to me and I must say; each one of those 3 newcomers is very unique and fun. Plus, Armored Warriors and Battle Circuit were never released for any console before this and as far as I know, Warriors of Fate was only on console in Japan. Armored Warriors is an action-packed mech-based game where you can shoot powerful guns, Warriors of Fate has a cool ancient Chinese setting where you can ride horses, and Battle Circuit is full of wacky characters and crazy scenarios. It's great to finally be able to play these long-lost gems.
On the other hand, I wish more games were included. Although all of the games featured here are arcade titles, it would have been awesome if they threw in some console releases, especially Final Fight 2, Final Fight 3, and Mighty Final Fight. There are also quite a few arcade games that aren't included likely due to licensing issues such as Alien vs. Predator, The Punisher, and Cadillacs and Dinosaurs.
Along the same lines, Capcom Beat 'em Up Bundle could have used more options and museum-style content. It only contains basic configuration options and doesn't even have any screen or filter settings as you can just choose from different wallpapers and that's it. The museum content merely consists of images which are great but I would have liked to see soundtracks, interviews, etc.
Finally, I don't mean to complain much because this is a very cool collection but man, are these games simple. Every single game except for Armored Warriors only uses two face buttons: one to attack and one to jump. Of course, you can use them together and time attacks for combos, throws, and such but there's no denying that these are all incredibly simplistic games. Armored Warriors has a sub-weapon button which adds a surprising amount of variety but I'm still rather disappointed with the simplicity of the other games.
If you're a retro arcade fan then picking up a copy of Capcom Beat 'em Up Bundle is a must. That being said, don't expect it to be a comprehensive compilation because it's far from it.
- + Contains seven classic arcade beat 'em ups in one collection
- + Being able to play online is great
- + Includes a few rather rare titles
- - Could use additional options and more museum-style content
- - Most of the games are very simple
- - Not a comprehensive collection