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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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Next 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.
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.
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!
If you have never picked up any of Namco's previous Museum offerings, the 50th Anniversary is definitely the best place to start. The selection of titles put together is the most entertaining mix yet for the series. And for those of you who do own any of the other Namco collections, this one is still a great option to fill in some holes in your arcade scrapbook. While the game should have included at least a little bit of museum-quality extras, at $20 it's still a hard deal to pass up.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.