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Namco Museum 50th Anniversary

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50 Years? Really? GameCube Guy Chapman (1745)

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GameCube 5 3.6
PlayStation 2 3 3.0
Windows 5 3.2
Xbox 3 3.0
Combined MobyScore 16 3.2


The Press Says

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GameCubeGameSpy
Long before there was ever a Pac-Man, or even a PONG, for that matter, there was Namco. The popular company actually began its life five decades ago creating mechanical rides for children. Eventually, Namco turned its eye towards the budding video-game industry and created the single most popular video game of all time: Pac-Man. Now the company is celebrating its golden anniversary with a new collection of some of its greatest arcade classics.
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GameCubeGame Informer Magazine
Although using the analog stick or d-pad doesn't compare to the arcade joysticks of old, I appreciate being able to tweak the number of lives you get for each game. With a nice price under $20, new-school gamers could learn a trick or two from getting some time in on these timeless classics.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine
Although using the analog stick or d-pad doesn't compare to the arcade joysticks of old, I appreciate being able to tweak the number of lives you get for each game. With a nice price under $20, new-school gamers could learn a trick or two from getting some time in on these timeless classics.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine
Although using the analog stick or d-pad doesn't compare to the arcade joysticks of old, I appreciate being able to tweak the number of lives you get for each game. With a nice price under $20, new-school gamers could learn a trick or two from getting some time in on these timeless classics.
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PlayStation 2Play.tm
Packed to the rafters with 14 magnificent games from the heyday of arcade history, Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary is an equal parts assault of entertaining variety and challenging frustration. For the most part, today's games gently walk you through carefully considered introduction, layered narrative, and evolving characters. By comparison, Namco's gathered classics throw you roughly in at the gaming deep end while demanding instant integration and superhuman reflex from the off - which is exactly how these games deprived us all of so much cash in the first place. Take heart though, because now is the time for gleeful revenge through continue after continue after continue.
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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic
To make this appear like less of a blatant rehash, Namco incorporated an arcade machine user interface and an upbeat 80's soundtrack. The catchy tunes include "She Drives Me Crazy", "Come On Eileen", and "Everybody's Working For The Weekend". Namco Anniversary might be considered a money grab, but it's hard to find anything objectionable about this collection of oldies-but-goodies.
75
XboxExtreme Gamer
Namco Museum is a fun collection of classics arcade games from the 1980s. Everyone should know a few of these games, of course we all know Pac-Man. It's good to see companies embrace their past to show all gamers how far the industry has come. With all the gaming compilations coming out lately M.A.M.E. has some serious competition, and I have another classic gaming collection to add to my shelf.
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PlayStation 2Daily Game
What is it about those old arcade games that keeps us coming back decades later? For some it is pure nostalgia, but what about those who didn't spend their younger years in an arcade? I know people who didn't set foot in an arcade until they were adults, yet they still love these games. Perhaps it comes from the fact that games are our passion, and these are our roots. Whether it be acknowledging the games that started it all or reminiscing about a misspent youth dropping our hard-earned quarters into games like Pac-Man, Galaga and Pole Position, there is no denying that these games hold a special place in gamers' hearts.
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GameCubeVGPub
In Namco Museum 50th Anniversary, one of the oldest companies in the video game business takes gamers back to the days when joysticks weren’t analog, pixels in character graphics were countable and it was necessary to leave the house with a pocketful of quarters. Ah, gaming in the ‘80s…
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PlayStation 2Next Level Gaming
In the end this game delivers what you would expect, a collection of classic titles from the days of yore. For the decent price of the title it’s not a bad little collection. There are some games on here I wish they would have replaced for others, but none the less there are still some decent games on here. If you long for some of these classics or just want to see what us old fogies grew up with then this may not be a bad game for you to check out. If you are unsure it may not be a bad idea to rent this one and see if there are enough titles on this collection to warrant your money.
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XboxGamer 2.0
Everything was a lot simpler in the 1980s; movies, music, and especially video games, which were just in their infancy at the time. Most people in their 30s can tell you a story about the old days of gaming, back when arcades were thriving for the first time. Soon after, the video game market crashed from over saturation and though the home game market flourished, the arcades never did recover fully (aside from a few years in the early 90s thanks to a little game called Street Fighter II).
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WindowsPC Powerplay
Im Hauptmenü ertönt "Come on Eileen", ich blättere von einem klassischen Automaten zum nächsten: Nostalgie pur! Mit Meilensteinen wie Pac Man oder Dig Dug geben die Namco-Mannen einen umfassenden Rückblick auf die glorreiche Zeit der Videospiele, allerdings sind nicht alle Titel der Kollektion hochklassig. Wirklich vermisst habe ich Hintergrundinfos zu den Spielen. Die Konkurrez von Taito liefert solche Goodys in den beiden Taito Legends schließlich auch mit.
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PlayStation 2Retro Gamer
The PSP version at least feels new; but this is essentially the same old (great) games being re-used yet again. Add in the fact that there are few options (none of the vertical games have a ’Tate mode for example) and this is a compilation that’s likely to only appeal to the more mainstream gamers out there.
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GameCubeRetro Gamer
The PSP version at least feels new; but this is essentially the same old (great) games being re-used yet again. Add in the fact that there are few options (none of the vertical games have a ’Tate mode for example) and this is a compilation that’s likely to only appeal to the more mainstream gamers out there.
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XboxRetro Gamer
The PSP version at least feels new; but this is essentially the same old (great) games being re-used yet again. Add in the fact that there are few options (none of the vertical games have a ’Tate mode for example) and this is a compilation that’s likely to only appeal to the more mainstream gamers out there.
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WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een ideaal pakketje voor al wie in zijn jeugdjaren wel raad wist met kleingeld. Puur jeugdsentiment voor gamesveteranen!
70
XboxGameSpy
Long before there was ever a Pac-Man, or even a PONG, for that matter, there was Namco. The popular company actually began its life five decades ago creating mechanical rides for children. Eventually, Namco turned its eye towards the budding video-game industry and created the single most popular video game of all time: Pac-Man. Now the company is celebrating its golden anniversary with a new collection of some of its greatest arcade classics.
70
WindowsStrategy Informer
Namco is going into their 50th year of business and as a tribute, to both themselves and their millions of loyal customers, they produced the Namco Museum 50th Anniversary. This special Anniversary edition reintroduces 14 of the classic arcade style games of the 1970-80’s to today’s generation of gamers. Sure, some of today’s gamers have heard of these games, mostly from their parents or older siblings, but the chances they have ever played any of them aren’t very high. The question that looms ahead, will the die-hard gamers with their simulation and intelligence and high-quality fighting games of today even like or appreciate the classics from earlier times? Namco sure hopes so.
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PlayStation 2Club Skill
50 years of Namco games, eh? That's strange, considering we'd always generally thought the 1950s to be rather a quiet time for video games - doubly so as Namco didn't even release a single microprocessor based game until 1978 (which MAME informs us is Gee Bee, fact fans). Still, we're never ones to rain on someone's parade, so Happy 50th Birthday Namco! Even though you've only made video games for 27 of those years!
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PlayStation 2GameSpy
Long before there was ever a Pac-Man, or even a PONG, for that matter, there was Namco. The popular company actually began its life five decades ago creating mechanical rides for children. Eventually, Namco turned its eye towards the budding video-game industry and created the single most popular video game of all time: Pac-Man. Now the company is celebrating its golden anniversary with a new collection of some of its greatest arcade classics.
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GameCubeN-Zone
Bereits auf dem N64 hat sich Namco in den USA als Lieferant von Klassikersammlungen einen Namen gemacht und kürzlich eine PSP-Compilation mit 16 Oldies und 4 Remakes veröffentlicht. Anlässlich des 50-jährigen Bestehens der "Nakamura Amuse-ment Machine Manufacturing Company" schnürt Namco nun eine Jubiläumsedition und packt 16 Klassiker auf eine Scheibe.
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XboxTeamXbox
1955. A year of history, of change, of…breakfast food? Yes, the year 1955 saw many historical events, such as Rosa Parks refusing her seat to a white man on a public bus, the birth of platinum haired, leather clad Billy Idol, and perhaps most importantly, the creation of instant oatmeal. But, aside from all of those history-making events, lies the creation of one of the most influential game companies to the early days of arcade gaming. So turn off the TV children and pull up a chair, as its time for a history lesson with the newest installment of the Namco Museum series, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection.
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GameCube4Players.de
Ich habe ein starkes Faible für Retro-Compilations, aber irgendwo muss auch mal gut sein – ich kann schon lange nicht mehr zählen, wie oft ich schon Pac-Man, Galaga, Rally-X oder Pole Position in anderen Sammlungen oder irgendwo als Bonusgame gesehen habe; mittlerweile dürfte es mehr Classics-Compilations als tatsächliche Classics geben. Wenn das Ganze wenigstens einen greifbaren Bezug zum 50ten Geburtstag von Namco hätte, aber auch hier gibt’s nichts zu sehen. Wenn ihr einen Namco-Rundumschlag haben wollt und noch keiner der Titel in irgendeiner Form bei euch zu Hause herumsteht – prima, greift preiswert zu! Wollt ihr jedoch eine Retro-Sammlung, die diesem Namen auch gerecht wird, dann empfehle ich auch dieses Mal gerne wieder die Capcom Classics Collection, die einfach alles richtig macht!
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PlayStation 24Players.de
Ich habe ein starkes Faible für Retro-Compilations, aber irgendwo muss auch mal gut sein – ich kann schon lange nicht mehr zählen, wie oft ich schon Pac-Man, Galaga, Rally-X oder Pole Position in anderen Sammlungen oder irgendwo als Bonusgame gesehen habe; mittlerweile dürfte es mehr Classics-Compilations als tatsächliche Classics geben. Wenn das Ganze wenigstens einen greifbaren Bezug zum 50ten Geburtstag von Namco hätte, aber auch hier gibt’s nichts zu sehen. Wenn ihr einen Namco-Rundumschlag haben wollt und noch keiner der Titel in irgendeiner Form bei euch zu Hause herumsteht – prima, greift preiswert zu! Wollt ihr jedoch eine Retro-Sammlung, die diesem Namen auch gerecht wird, dann empfehle ich auch dieses Mal gerne wieder die Capcom Classics Collection, die einfach alles richtig macht!
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Xbox4Players.de
Ich habe ein starkes Faible für Retro-Compilations, aber irgendwo muss auch mal gut sein – ich kann schon lange nicht mehr zählen, wie oft ich schon Pac-Man, Galaga, Rally-X oder Pole Position in anderen Sammlungen oder irgendwo als Bonusgame gesehen habe; mittlerweile dürfte es mehr Classics-Compilations als tatsächliche Classics geben. Wenn das Ganze wenigstens einen greifbaren Bezug zum 50ten Geburtstag von Namco hätte, aber auch hier gibt’s nichts zu sehen. Wenn ihr einen Namco-Rundumschlag haben wollt und noch keiner der Titel in irgendeiner Form bei euch zu Hause herumsteht – prima, greift preiswert zu! Wollt ihr jedoch eine Retro-Sammlung, die diesem Namen auch gerecht wird, dann empfehle ich auch dieses Mal gerne wieder die Capcom Classics Collection, die einfach alles richtig macht!
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WindowsAceGamez
I can sum up Namco Museum 50th Anniversary in five words: hit and miss and unfulfilling.
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GameCubeAceGamez
Remember the arcades? The deep-fried french fries, Coca Cola, a pocket full of change and a couple of friends playing games in the back? Pac-Man, Rolling Thunder, Galaxian... enough to make any evening complete. So, still munching through your snacks, you tip the machine a coin and the quest to put your initials on the illustrious high-score table begins. Must have been one hell of a quest! Unfortunately, I wasn't around to see it. I entered the world too late to see the glory days of the arcades, but, that said, I do carry a great love of giant black boxes with games in them. So, trying to see what I missed, I played through this collection of retro titles. Judging by this collection, that chapter in video gaming's life was filled with horrible music, lousy interfaces and boring multiplayer modes. Of course, it's not fair to judge it by today's standards, yet today's standards are where we're at, and Namco should have checked them before throwing this title out on the market.
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PlayStation 2Worth Playing
In all honesty, I can sum up Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary with one simple sentence that seals its fate: This compilation disc manages to make Ms. Pac-Man…not fun. Really, now. That in and of itself really should be cause for me to wrap up this review, send it off, and get some sleep. How do you make Ms. Pac-Man not fun anymore? I’ll tell you how. You stick it in the blandest, most bare-bones excuse for a compilation ever (even by budget-game standards)--and then you mess with her gameplay. I’ll take on each point one at a time.
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XboxGameSpot
It's official: There are now more Namco Museum compilations in Namco's library than there are actual classics. With constant releases for any platform that will support it, Namco seems desperately dedicated to making sure you can always find a version of Bosconian whenever and wherever you need it. With a standard list of games that's been given this same compilation treatment before, as well as a very low-frills presentation, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary is an ill-fitting tribute to such a long-lasting and classic collection of arcade games.
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GameCubeGameSpot
It's official: There are now more Namco Museum compilations in Namco's library than there are actual classics. With constant releases for any platform that will support it, Namco seems desperately dedicated to making sure you can always find a version of Bosconian whenever and wherever you need it. With a standard list of games that's been given this same compilation treatment before, as well as a very low-frills presentation, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary is an ill-fitting tribute to such a long-lasting and classic collection of arcade games.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot
It's official: There are now more Namco Museum compilations in Namco's library than there are actual classics. With constant releases for any platform that will support it, Namco seems desperately dedicated to making sure you can always find a version of Bosconian whenever and wherever you need it. With a standard list of games that's been given this same compilation treatment before, as well as a very low-frills presentation, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary is an ill-fitting tribute to such a long-lasting and classic collection of arcade games.
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Xbox1UP
Namco latest compilation of its early-80s arcade classics, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary, is roughly the dozenth attempt the company has made to cash in on video gaming nostalgia. Reviews of the five PlayStation Museum collections complained that the whole thing was getting stale almost a decade ago, and after all this time it's not really feeling any fresher.
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WindowsJolt (UK)
We’re not sure exactly how arcade emulation went from a bedroom hobby to a cult phenomena to a publisher cash cow, but the transition has certainly been a slow one. Although the past five years have seen plenty of official retro arcade compilation packages, the standard of these titles hasn’t really improved much in that time. In fact since the unofficial emulation scene peaked in the late nineties, original publishers have been content to cash in on their 20-year-old catalogues for the minimum possible effort.
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WindowsGameSpot
While the PC is the hottest of the hotbeds for the quasi-legal practice of emulating and playing old video games, it always seems to get the short end of the stick when it comes to legal compilations of classic games. After years of putting out its old games on the PlayStation and just about every other console and handheld out there, Namco's Museum series is now on the PC as well, with 16 of Namco's arcade games. The games are playable, but due to some weird screen-filtering options and unfortunate control options, this isn't quite the birthday celebration you'd expect.
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GameCube1UP
Namco latest compilation of its early-80s arcade classics, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary, is roughly the dozenth attempt the company has made to cash in on video gaming nostalgia. Reviews of the five PlayStation Museum collections complained that the whole thing was getting stale almost a decade ago, and after all this time it's not really feeling any fresher.
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PlayStation 21UP
Namco latest compilation of its early-80s arcade classics, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary, is roughly the dozenth attempt the company has made to cash in on video gaming nostalgia. Reviews of the five PlayStation Museum collections complained that the whole thing was getting stale almost a decade ago, and after all this time it's not really feeling any fresher. So the question is: How many times can Namco sell us the same games over and over again?
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Die Packung kündigt sie als die "ultimative Arcade Collection" an. Die 14 Spiele im Namco Museum gehören wirklich in die Hall of Fame. Pac Man, Galaxian, Pole Position oder Xevious haben Spielegeschichte geschrieben. Nur stellt man fest, dass der Glanz vergangener Tage nach einem Nachmittag verschwunden ist.
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GameCubeNintendo Life
If Namco had released more bare bones compilations of its classic IP in the past, the 50th Anniversary edition of Namco Museum could probably get a pass. Sadly, it fails to live up to its predecessors in the quality of the presentation or the breadth of content. As a consequence, it can only be recommended to Gamecube owners for whom better quality re-packagings are inaccessible.
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PlayStation 2Lawrence
As for the games themselves, some of them are hits some simply are not. If anything these retro games prove that regardless of processor speed, polys per second, and online play modes the underlying theme for any game worth mentioning is that it is fun to play. The games on this disc that are still significant do that.
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XboxGameZone
As in most things, hits come and go. Music, fashion, and video games all have their peaks and valleys. However, The Classics always resurface for new generations to sample and possibly enjoy. Namco has been around for five decades. No, they have not been making strictly video games in all that time, but their largest impact to the digital crowd was made in that genre. It's almost impossible to find someone, young or old, that has not heard of "Pac-Man.". However, those same people may not be familiar with other Namco hits such as "Rolling Thunder" or "Galaga '88." To take care of that, Namco has released "Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary" for various platforms, including Xbox.
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XboxIGN
If Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary is how Namco commemorates company milestones, I don't want to show up to any of its parties. This "celebratory" compilation is so tame and unenthusiastic that there's barely any pride inserted in its backlog of arcade games from more than two decades ago. Many of the games included in this package are still as pick-up-and-play friendly and as fun as they have always been, but that's all you're getting. No history, no cool development anecdotes, no creator notes. Nothing but the games. And for a commemorative package, that just doesn't cut it.
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GameCubeLawrence
Remember the excitement you felt the first time you laid eyes on Pac-Man in your local arcade? How about the exhilaration of taking the checkered flag in Pole Position or the thrill of facing down an armada of alien spacecraft in Galaga? Yeah, me neither.
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GameCubeIGN
If Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary is how Namco commemorates company milestones, I don't want to show up to any of its parties. This "celebratory" compilation is so tame and unenthusiastic that there's barely any pride inserted in its backlog of arcade games from more than two decades ago. Many of the games included in this package are still as pick-up-and-play friendly and as fun as they have always been, but that's all you're getting. No history, no cool development anecdotes, no creator notes. Nothing but the games. And for a commemorative package, that just doesn't cut it.
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PlayStation 2IGN
If Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary is how Namco commemorates company milestones, I don't want to show up to any of its parties. This "celebratory" compilation is so tame and unenthusiastic that there's barely any pride inserted in its backlog of arcade games from more than two decades ago. Many of the games included in this package are still as pick-up-and-play friendly and as fun as they have always been, but that's all you're getting. No history, no cool development anecdotes, no creator notes. Nothing but the games. And for a commemorative package, that just doesn't cut it.
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PlayStation 2Pro-G
Retro collections must seem like an awfully good idea at the time of conception. Grab a few old games and bundle them together in an elaborately named 'anniversary' pack or 'classic' collection and you're bound to be on the road to easy money. Namco is at it again in the shape of Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary. While you can't argue that most the games included are classics in one way or another, it's hard not to feel rather disappointed.
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XboxEurogamer.net (UK)
When Namco started trawling out arcade compilations over ten years ago, the idea was hugely compelling. For starters, MAME was still in its infancy, and most of us hadn't come into contact with the real cabinets since the mid 80s. The mere possibility of playing our childhood favourites was an intoxicating one, and Namco did a fine job of drip-feeding them over six volumes, six games at a time. They were pretty expensive for what they were, but the concept of emulation was still a novel one. The idea of being able to play the real Ms Pac Man and Galaga at home was something we'd dreamed about since before the Spectrum, so you could say there was pent up demand.
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WindowsBoomtown
Do you think that, if we all got together and wrote a really nice note to NAMCO, they would just stop it? I began to chuckle when the installation of this little virtual arcade asked me to enter a 20 symbol security code thingy. I mean, come on! Who in their right mind would pirate this pile of old nonsense?!
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PlayStation 2Jeuxvideo.com
En jetant un oeil en arrière, je me rends compte que Namco Museum 50th Anniversaire ne méritait pas un test aussi long. La démarche de Namco est en effet assez critiquable, dans la mesure où le titre n'est pas la compilation ultime qu'on nous annonçait. Les 14 malheureux titres proposés pour 40 euros ne justifient pas l'achat de ce soft qui n'est pas à la hauteur des autres compilations disponibles chez les concurrents. Dans le genre, tournez-vous plutôt vers Taito Legends 2 par exemple.
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GameCubeJeuxvideo.com
En jetant un oeil en arrière, je me rends compte que Namco Museum 50th Anniversaire ne méritait pas un test aussi long. La démarche de Namco est en effet assez critiquable, dans la mesure où le titre n'est pas la compilation ultime qu'on nous annonçait. Les 14 malheureux titres proposés pour 40 euros ne justifient pas l'achat de ce soft qui n'est pas à la hauteur des autres compilations disponibles chez les concurrents. Dans le genre, tournez-vous plutôt vers Taito Legends 2 par exemple.
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XboxJeuxvideo.com
En jetant un oeil en arrière, je me rends compte que Namco Museum 50th Anniversaire ne méritait pas un test aussi long. La démarche de Namco est en effet assez critiquable, dans la mesure où le titre n'est pas la compilation ultime qu'on nous annonçait. Les 14 malheureux titres proposés pour 40 euros ne justifient pas l'achat de ce soft qui n'est pas à la hauteur des autres compilations disponibles chez les concurrents. Dans le genre, tournez-vous plutôt vers Taito Legends 2 par exemple.
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WindowsJeuxvideo.com
En jetant un oeil en arrière, je me rends compte que Namco Museum 50th Anniversaire ne méritait pas un test aussi long. La démarche de Namco est en effet assez critiquable, dans la mesure où le titre n'est pas la compilation ultime qu'on nous annonçait. Les 14 malheureux titres proposés pour 40 euros ne justifient pas l'achat de ce soft qui n'est pas à la hauteur des autres compilations disponibles chez les concurrents. Dans le genre, tournez-vous plutôt vers Taito Legends 2 par exemple.
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GameCubePress Start Online
Add to the general feeling of disappointment some dreadful presentation, the inexcusable loading times for some of the games (not massively long, but still…) and the hopeless 80’s soundtrack - seemingly consisting of about 4 tunes on repeat play in the “arcade” hub where you choose your game, and one of them is “Come On Eileen” - and you’ve got a total waste of £20 on your hands.
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WindowsPC Action
Und dann vergessen die Entwickler auch noch, den überwiegend auf vertikale Automatenbildschirme ausgelegten Spielen eine Hochkant-Option für Bildschirmdreher zu verpassen. Pfui! Nur Pacmania, Galaga 88 und Dig Dug sind erträglich. Verstehen Sie uns nicht falsch: Wir lieben alte Spiele. Aber nur die, die auch heute noch Freude bereiten. Dass es die gibt, zeigen die gelungenen Taito Legends-Teile.