When I saw the roster in this massive arcade compendium I was already pretty impressed, but having jumped into the Arcade 2nd Stadium experience for myself I’m now truly a fan. You can review the list of titles ranging from top-notch fighters (including the Street Fighter Alpha titles that weren’t in the Fighting Game compilation) to old-school classics (Magic Sword and Hyper Dyne Side Arms come to mind) to Japan-Only goodies (I love 1943 Kai) to some decidedly more obscure titles to see what suits your taste, but stepping back to give it a look I can’t help but be pleased and impressed. The real kicker, though, is a feature I didn’t even give much thought to before starting it up, and that’s how it does an amazingly-effective job at directly capturing the experience of being in an arcade, better than any other compilation I’ve played. You’ll move through the line of available titles in their cabinets, and then once you choose your game you’ll not only see the game presented in a cabinet-like presentation, complete with it being angled slightly and being able to see the what’s on the machines next to you in the top corners. Perhaps younger generations than mine won’t connect the way I did with it, but it really hit me in the feels and made me an even bigger fan of the effort this team put in on the title. If the more “realistic” presentation isn’t your bag you can alter the settings in a variety of ways (including playing it in vertical orientation if you’re so inclined [or maybe rotated]) as well as make a wide variety of visuals tweaks to either add classic scanlines and noise or remove them entirely. With the option to buy them all in bulk for a pretty reasonable price or go ala carte to just get what you want, I really appreciate what Capcom has put together here and look forward to more releases from their classic library (like where’s a collection with Marvel Vs. Capcom?!?!).
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.6]