• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Nov 16, 2004

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 33
  2. Negative: 9 out of 33
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  1. 65
    Evolution's problem is that each of the characters is distinct, but there aren't nearly enough of them for the game to stand on that concept alone.
  2. AceGamez
    The menus are cheap looking, the tunes tinny and the endings don't reward you in the way they should, being short and small. The whole thing has the feel of a title scrambled together at the whim of a marketing director keen to make a fast buck on the back of a wave of retro popularity.
  3. Capcom should be ashamed to put Ryu and other Street Fighter characters in there; as for the other two titles, what have they got on Street Fighter? Not even die hard fans would enjoy this title.
  4. With this, players get a nice crossover fighter between a good number of Capcom franchises, very responsive control, and a deliciously nostalgic, old school game experience. That’s certainly quite nice for the price.
  5. If it had flashier graphics or a simpler, more intuitive fighting system, it might appeal to everyone. As it stands, it's a curio and only of interest to completists and Street Fighter obsessives after a bargain exhibit to stroke in private. [PSW]
  6. Many of the characters that are included in this game are awkward to control or just plain boring. The gameplay itslef is fairly bare bones. [Holiday 2004, p.115]
  7. While there is nothing profoundly wrong with the game, it doesn’t put a unique twist on the game, it doesn’t have a large or comprehensive cast of characters, and it doesn’t look nearly as good as the competition.
  8. 60
    This isn’t a bad game, but just the same, the audience is certain to be limited to gamers who are still fans of the Capcom legacy.
  9. Game Informer
    For a game with the word "evolution" in its name, it's interesting that this title is so lackluster that it pushes the boundaries of ironic humor. [Dec 2004, p.175]
  10. 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.
  11. The wasted potential here is like a swift kick to the face. Still, it's worth a play if you live by the gospel of QCF + P.
  12. 70
    Too routine to stand out from the crowd--especially for Capcom fighting vets. After a few rounds, you should be more than satisfied.
  13. This could've been a fantastic crossover title that really highlighted some of the company's greatest games, but instead is a competent game that features solid fighting and little else.
  14. games(TM)
    It’s almost as though Jam can’t decide what kind of fighting game it wants to be, thanks to a dramatic clash of styles in terms of both combat and visuals. [March 2005, p.118]
  15. Honestly, I think you’d have to be a super fan of the 2D fighting games to really think this game was great.
  16. The game is clearly best suited for hardcore fans of Capcom's fighting games, who might enjoy exploring some of the nuances here, but probably won't find much reason to keep coming back.
  17. 50
    A game that shouldn't have been made. It's a hardcore product with next to nothing new to offer to the hardcore. Meanwhile, more casual people will be turned off by the confusing learning curve and the utterly awful aesthetics.
  18. It feels incredibly rushed. From the recycled visuals to the middling audio, I couldn’t help but shake the feeling that Capcom Fighting Evolution was shoved out too soon.
  19. A good fighter for those that really enjoyed the early Street Fighters, but it doesn’t live up to the standards Capcom has set for itself with more recent titles.
  20. The most unique thing about it is the chance to create match-ups between games with such different themes. Otherwise, most of these characters are available in other forms and in games you probably already have.
  21. GMR Magazine
    While this may at first seem like a great way to pit all of Capcom's best fighters against each other, in reality it makes for an unbalanced mess. [Jan 2005, p.102]
  22. 68
    For those looking for a true evolution of the fighting genre like the title implies, however, you're in for a severe disappointment; there's just not much to it that you haven't seen or experienced before.
  23. Just a step back and another nail in the coffin of the 2-D fighter.
  24. netjak
    An absolute mess.
  25. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    As bad as the roster is, the game itself is fine, and by fine I mean you couldn't have possibly made it more boring. [Jan 2005, p.109]
  26. Pelit (Finland)
    A dated 2D beat 'em up for purists only. [Feb. 05]
  27. Play Magazine
    For 2D fighting bliss, look no further than Capcom Fighting Evolution. [Dec 2004, p.64]
  28. PSM Magazine
    We can only hope the inevitable sequel offers more fighters and modes. [Holiday 2004, p.82]
  29. Certainly isn't the worst 2D fighting game ever made, but when you take into account the lack of effort on Capcom's part, the number of fan-favorite fighters that didn't make it onto the roster, and the complete lack of any sort of character building or online play features, it's tough to recommend this game to anybody.
  30. This isn't a terrible or bad fighting game, just an uninspired one.
  31. Jam just feels remarkably like the quickly cobbled together game it so obviously is, leaving it in the awkward position of being less balanced than "Alpha 2" or "Street Fighter III," less joyful than "Marvel Vs Capcom 2" and far uglier than "Guilty Gear."
  32. This one's for the hardcore players, kiddies. It's a perfect multiplayer game (especially if you have a hardcore fighting stick or two), but the casual fighting game fan sure isn't going to be entertained for long.

Awards & Rankings

#45 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. JimmiA
    Jul 5, 2005
    It´s a very good 2D fighting. But the can have some more worked arounde the Graphic. But the control (who it´sthe most important It´s a very good 2D fighting. But the can have some more worked arounde the Graphic. But the control (who it´sthe most important part) is excellent. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Feb 14, 2005
    The quotes from Armchair Empire and Gamer Feed are spot on. If I weren't such a fan of the genre and company I would have rated it a 6.
  3. ShidoXen
    Nov 17, 2004
    This game blows! I was very disappointed with it. There is a lack of characters, no online mode, and NO KEN!!!!! #$%^&*