'Capcom Arcade Cabinet' for PS3 and Xbox 360.
In this day and age of powerful home gaming consoles and instant game downloads onto one's iPhone, quarters seem to be losing their appeal. Back in the '80s, everything operated with them -- pay phones, parking meters, buses, and so on. One of the most prominent beneficiary of this circular currency was the now-ever-extinct Arcade.
Arcades: If you grew up in the 1980s and '90s this was your digital playground. Cheaper than any home console with the ability to make friends you wouldn't have otherwise met, the atmosphere they produced was like nothing other. Now, in this day and age, players are lucky enough to get through a game without someone criticizing your skills. Well, Capcom remembers them and has brought them to life onto consoles with Capcom Arcade Cabinet.
Celebrating 30 years of entertainment, Capcom has brought back some of the greatest classics to bring to players. Fifteen in total, Capcom is releasing a few games and bundles at a time from February until May 19. This includes favorites like Ghost N' Goblins to lesser known games like The Battle of Midway. These are great for taking some time off from some of the big spring releases.
Arcade Cabinet is a very cool idea. It's much like app where you can buy game packs or games individually where players can choose what games they want to pick and not have to get stuck with games they don't want to play. All of the games will also feature a Casual Mode, which lets less experienced players still enjoy the experience and online leaderboards have also been confirmed. One of the best features that Capcom Arcade Cabinet has over its predecessors is the ability to save a game's progress. Furthermore, achievements and trophies are supported while each game will have unlockable rewards, such as audio tracks, banner art and more.
Also available is a music player where players can create custom 8-bit arcade chiptune playlist while they play. For Xbox 360 users, you'll be able to upload screenshots directly to Facebook; while on the PS3, players can record and upload replays directly to YouTube.
While there has been re-released hi-res versions of classic games in the past, this is the first time that a company has offered this kind of access to a collection without a retail disc. The games offered are a good start, but if can Capcom can expand on the growing library or possibly offer something more in line with classic systems 16-bit and 32-bit games releases (Genesis, Super Nintendo, etc.) they will broaden their appeal. With that stated, Capcom Arcade Cabinet offers a lot of fun at low price point where you pay for what games you want, and avoid the ones you don't.
- By Sebastian Marco for news10.net's Game Guys
(Capcom provided this title for review.)