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I was ready to lay into this game for being more of the same. Then I played the excellent arrangements of Dig Dug, Galaga, and Pac-Man, which maintain the integrity (and brilliance) of the originals. Then I noticed it was only $30. Then I said to myself that things aren't so bad. Galaxian and the Pole Positions are dead weight in my opinion, but everything else on here is the cream of the classic crop.
One thing's for sure: you will never grow tired of playing these timeless gems. For those who already own these games, this disc includes "arranged" versions of Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig Dug. These new, turbo-charged versions incorporate additional stages, flashy graphics, and power-ups. While not as challenging or addictive, I will commend these games for staying true to the spirit of the originals. Otherwise the compilation feels pretty light, especially compared to the Namco Museum collection for the Playstation One which contained 29 games and a ton of historical material (spread over five volumes). Apparently Namco forgot the museum! There aren't many options to play around with, and no auto-save for high scores. Namco didn't exactly go all-out with this compilation, but it certainly contains some heavy hitters that every gamer should own.
This is a great collection of games and their additional arrangements, and in other cases, sequels, that still represent some of the beast arcade games of their day. They're still fun, but they definitely aren't pretty.
The compilation on the whole is a great buy at $29.99, even if you already own the Namco Museum series for the PlayStation. The arranged mode and Pac Attack, none of which previously appeared in Namco Museum compilations, are worth the price of admission alone.
In the end, if you don't own any of these games on other versions of the Namco Museum series, or if you're a fan of the arranged games that make their home debut in this package, then this game will satiate your appetite for classic gaming. You could make the argument that several other classic Namco games should have been included, given the small size of the old Namco games and the fact that lots of them ran on nearly identical arcade hardware, but this package contains the major hits that most fans are after.