Capcom Fighting Evolution Review

Joe Dodson
Capcom Fighting Evolution Info

genre

  • N/A

players

  • 1 - 2

Publisher

  • Capcom

Developer

  • Capcom

Release Date

  • 01/01/1970
  • Out Now

Platform

  • PS2
  • Xbox

rating

Ryu kidding me?

Old age can be a bummer, but for professional fighters, it’s the pits. Just look

at Evander Holyfield. Ten years ago he was young, burly and unstoppable;

now he’s 42, can’t land a punch to save his life and is developing a rather interesting

speech impediment. Age doesn’t

just creep up on fighters, it beats them down.

This is why we feel Capcom needs to stop making Street Fighter games,

period. Their latest, Capcom

Fighting Evolution
for the PS2, is the video game equivalent of a Hollywood

Squares
episode. Everyone is washed up, no one is having a good time, and

you just wish Capcom would change the damn channel.

The

game is allegedly an opportunity for hardcore Capcom fans to finally kick Street

Fighter
ass as their favorite Dark Stalker, and vice

versa. The five represented games include Street

Fighter II
, Street Fighter III, Street

Fighter Alpha
, Dark Stalkers and Red

Earth
. Since no one aside from the Red Earth developers

has a favorite Red

Earth
character, Fighting

Evolution
boils down to three flavors of Street

Fighter
versus Dark Stalkers.

But get this – there are only four Dark Stalkers characters

to choose from, four Street Fighter II characters,

four Alpha characters,

four Street Fighter III characters, and four (ugh)

Red Earth characters. Ingrid, the only new character, plays

just like SNK‘s Athena,

which is to say she’s a worthless

gimp you’ll only use when you’re letting your girlfriend beat you. There are

also two unlockable characters, and we aren’t going to tell you who they are

because we don’t want to ruin what little fun you might find in their discovery.

For a game based on the premise of allowing players to duke it out as their favorite

Capcom fighters, Fighting

Evolution
has a conspicuously small, anonymous cast. Is anybody out

there really attached to Urien, the naked rock-guy from Street

Fighter III
? Or

what about the awful Red Earth characters? Why were they included

instead of beloved Capcom mascots like Strider, Mega Man and Viewtiful Joe? Regardless, Fighting

Evolution
‘s

questions are best left unanswered.

There

are a whopping three modes to choose from: Arcade, Versus, and Training. The

Arcade mode is a string of six matches that culminates in a boss fight and then

closes with a bunch of nonsensical, comic-book style panels. In Versus mode you

can fight a friend, and in Training mode you can practice your moves. You can’t

play online at all. The number of choices is dismal, as are the modes themselves.

The new spin is that you get to choose two characters for any given fight. You

can’t tag in and out like you could in the Marvel

Vs.
games,

though. Instead, you just have the option of changing your fighter between

rounds. This method makes learning a new character a bit more viable, as you

can begin a battle with the new guy and then switch to a character you’re comfortable

with if you need to win a round.

Even though the various schools are represented poorly by the measly selection

of fighters, they do retain most of their super-moves, super-meters, and signature

moves. Street Fighter III characters can parry high and low attacks as well

as use any of their three super-moves, while Alpha characters can alpha-counter

and Dark Stalkers can strike foes while they’re down.

As a result, some of the match-ups can be pretty interesting. For example, Jedah

is highly mobile and has several ranged attacks that can pin down opponents.

While the other Dark Stalkers have some natural defenses against

him, he can be a real tough nut to crack for some of the old Street

Fighter
guys.

But

even such a nuance can’t help the game’s rough, dated look. As opposed to

redrawing each character and applying some sort of graphical standard, the

game gives you a bunch of different fighters from a bunch of different games

without changing the artwork to reflect any continuity. In turn, some

of them look decent, while others look terrible. The crummy backgrounds are almost

as detailed as those found in the original Street Fighter II,

which is to say they would have looked great in 1991. And though there are plenty

of cameo appearances throughout the various levels, these only serve to remind

you how many characters were left out of Fighting Evolution.

Hey look! It’s Sagat in the background! *weep*

The music is typical Street Fighter metal garbage, the sound

effects are the same as they have always been, and there’s no voice-acting other

than a typical “Round 1!” announcer. You’ve heard this game before.

If Capcom Fighting Evolution is any indication of things to

come, then here’s to the extinction of the species. There is no reason to buy

or play this game. It’s

a thin, worthless piece of spam on a hook that will hopefully be gobbled up

by the countless better games available this holiday season. Even if you get

nothing for Christmas, be thankful you didn’t get this.

 

REVOLUTION REPORT CARD

0.5
Rating
Interesting fighter match-ups
Will make you hate Street Fighter
Not enough fighters
Pitiful modes
Awful graphics
ENOUGH. PLEASE.