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[PSN Review] CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet - 1987 Pack

Capcom’s pedigree arcade games are back! Take on players from around the world in ‘score attack’ and even play together with online co-op! (Only for titles that support this feature.) Check out these classic games, now loaded with a ‘casual mode’ geared towards newcomers and other new features. Play the full game of ‘Black Dragon’ for free!

Remember all the fun you used to have at the Arcades when you were young? All the great games such as Ghost and Goblins, 1943 or Gunsmoke? Well, CAPCOM definitely remembers, and they’ve decided to give us a chance to enjoy their Arcade releases from the comfort of your homes! CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet is a platform with an idea similar to Zen Pinball 2: download the free demo of the game to have access to trial versions of the games before you decide to buy them.

The platform has been created with great care to detail, and you’ll be able to play the games just the way you want to. You can change the aspect ratio, add scanlines, apply a smooth filter to blend pixels, and even flip the display so that you can move your TV to a vertical position to enjoy an experience that is as close to a real arcade as you can get without buying one! You can also access a virtual Dip Switch set to change the difficulty, life count and several other settings, just like arcade operators used to do back in the day to suck down your quarters. To make it even more interesting, you can enjoy either local or online multiplayer to make the most of your purchase, and you can upload your highscores to the online leaderboards to show everyone how good you really are. And for those of you that had a hard time beating the games at the arcades, there is now a casual mode for ALL games in the collection and this mode adds new tweaks and twists that allow even the most inexperienced player to have a good time.

But wait, there is more! All games in this collection feature unlockable bonuses that you can trigger by completing specific levels or even the full game, playing for a long time, or by unlocking the PSN trophies for each game. These rewards go from the original arcade flyers or the art used in the actual arcade cabinet to the audio tracks for each game or even a special piece of bonus art created for this collection. If you think your really THAT good at a game, you can even upload replays directly to YouTube (which is a PS3 exclusive feature) so that others can comment on your skills.

Each game will be priced at $3.99 by itself, or at a special price in a bundle. The bundle lets you save $2 for every 3 game pack, and $3 for the first pack that includes 1943 and Avengers and unlocks the Black Tiger trophies. Here is a list of the packs and their tentative release dates:

Game Pack 1 – Available February 19/20 for $4.99
-Black Tiger
-1943: Battle of Midway

Game Pack 2 – Available March 5/6 for $9.99
-Ghosts ‘n Goblins
-Section Z

Game Pack 3 – Available March 19/20 for $9.99
-Side Arms
-Legendary Wings

Game Pack 4 – Available April 2/3 for $9.99
-The Speed Rumbler
-Exed Exes (Savage Bees)

Game Pack 5 – Available April 16/17 for $9.99
-Pirate Ship Higemaru


Lets talk about the first pack of games available for purchase. The 1987 Pack includes vertical scrolling beat ’em-up Avengers, a game in which you are tasked with rescued six girls who have been kidnapped by the evil criminal Geshita and his army of crazy henchmen who will stand in your way trying to kill you at all cost. Two players can enjoy this game by taking control of Ryu and Ko, and you can punch, kick and roundhouse your way through each of the stages in order to reach the end and face one of the bosses the game throws at you. When fighting bosses you must be extremely careful while you try to decipher their pattern or else they can kill you in a matter of seconds… and you must do all of this before the timer runs out! The ladies from Paradise City need your help, and you must rise to the occasion and fight for a new tomorrow.

The other game in the 1987 Pack is 1943: The Battle of Midway, a great CAPCOM classic. Here you are put in the pilot seat of a P-38 Lightning and you must destroy and avoid all the enemies making their way towards you in this vertical scrolling shooter. It is a sequel to 1942 and, like said game, you control your plane with only two buttons: one is used for firing your weapon and the other one is used to call in a special attack that damages all enemies on screen, but at the cost of losing some of your health. You can destroy special formations of red planes to obtain weapons and items that refill part of your energy, and shooting around the stage can unlock special icons that increase your score or give you an extra bonus. It has 16 levels in total and it has the distinction of being one of the longer games in the collection.

There is one more game that deserves to be mentioned: Black Tiger! This is included with the base download for CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet, and it is a very fun game with a lot of content to enjoy. You take on the role of a barbarian who must go on an adventure to kill 3 dragons that have terrorized the kingdom. You will fight hundreds of monsters on this journey while collecting zenny (the in-game currency) and saving old wise men who have been converted to stone. Some of them will offer you advice, others will give you zenny or a potion, but some open up a store for you to upgrade your weapon an armor or to purchase keys to open chests or potions to cure poison. Upgrading your weapon is very expensive, but once you buy an upgrade it is yours to keep. Armor, on the other hand, works as your life bar and every hit brings you closer losing your armor and getting killed in one more hit. It is a great game that feels like an evolution on Ghost N’ Goblins (a game that was just released in the 1985 Pack for CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet) and it is a must have.

The 1987 Pack has a great game (1943) and a interesting game (Avengers) while also giving you a chance to play and unlock all bonuses on Black Tiger and, at only $4.99, is definitely a great pack to download for CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet. It will take you about 3-4 hours to complete all 3 games which doesn’t even take into consideration replaying them at a higher difficulty setting or enjoying some online or local multiplayer.

[review score=”90″ pros=”Lots of content for only $5.

Great ports of the arcade originals.” cons=”Having to wait until May to be able to play all the games in the collection.”]


This review is based on a PS3 copy of the 1987 Pack for CAPCOM Arcade Cabinet provided by CAPCOM.