Capcom Arcade Stadium Review (PlayStation 4)

It’s time to go back, it’s time to revisit the sweaty smoke-filled room that is the arcade. Having originally been announced for Nintendo Switch, It’s the PlayStation 4s turn. Capcom is tapping into this nostalgia so let’s take a look and see how they do with our Capcom Arcade Stadium Review.

Capcom Arcade Stadium Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 1.96GB Download size.
  • 20 trophies.
  • Triumphs-own in-game achievements.
  • Arcade game compilation gameplay taking in shooter, fighting, platformer, and more.
  • Tutorial pop-ups constantly as you enter menus and settings.
  • Free to start the game and then you buy games packs.
  • 29 games.
  • Each game has two versions-English and Japanese versions of the game.
  • Graphic settings can be done on a per-game basis or all at the same time.
  • Screen orientation-four ways including TATE mode.
  • Works on Playstation 5.
  • Full online leaderboards for each game.
  • Arcade-each game has an arcade cabinet and you can edit/change them individually or all at once.
  • Filter games by-favorites, action, shooter, fighting, playable, download, and all.
  • Status-stats screen, total playtime, play sessions, and more.
  • Class-as your earn CASPO your class goes up and unlocks new rewards like filters and cabinets.
  • CASPO (Capcom Arcade Stadium POints) are earned by playing games.
  • State save and load feature.
  • Rewind-infinite uses and rewind timer.
  • Each game has its own manual.
  • Can add/remove favorites and curate a list.
  • 3 game modes in each game start the game, score challenge, and a special challenge mode (usually event-based).
  • The screen can have filters applied, 3D or 2D cabinets, fullscreen or small.
  • Attract mode support for sound.
  • Every game has a choice of difficulties and the amount varies by game.
  • Game speed-very slow, slow, normal, fast, and very fast. Can be changed per game.
  • Auto upload scores on/off.
  • Cheats-you can buy invincibility from the PSN store for real money.

Capcom Arcade Stadium Cons:

  • No Platinum trophy.
  • Limited customisation options.
  • The manuals are generic-looking.
  • Local only multiplayer.
  • Cabinets are all basic ones.
  • You can buy an invincibility cheat for real money.

Capcom Arcade Stadium:

Official website

Developer: Capcom

Publisher: Capcom

Store Links- 

Nintendo Switch

PlayStation 4/5

Xbox One/Series S|X

Steam

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.4/10

Summary

The first thing to hit you in Capcom Arcade Stadium is the presentation, they have all the games laid out in a row of cabinets, every game has the screen rolling the demos. This alone transports you into a time when games were crazy, a time when gaming is all that mattered and coins got you happiness. Every game (all 29) has English or Japanese versions, every game has its own manual and block of settings and leaderboard. I didn’t like that the menus were all generic blocks of text with the odd image but whatever, the choices for each game are outstanding. Display options give you a whole load from being able to see the cabinet in both 3D or 2D, scan line filters and so much more, you can change the orientation of the screen allowing tate mode. I found that Capcom clearly valued the gamers but also their history as they make a definitive version of classic Capcom games and give so many options to tweak it’s quite remarkable. Yeah alright, it’s stingy on trophies and it kinda sucks about how you buy the games and the cabinets are generic but the performance of each game feels fantastic. With small file sizes and online leaderboards, Capcom Arcade Stadium is a must-own for retrogamers and gamers in general. Capcom has done you a solid for the games themselves but let you down in terms of aesthetic have screwed the pooch with no original cab art or manuals.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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