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The games are accessed through a nifty menu screen featuring a killer techno soundtrack. There is some bonus material, but it's generally limited to text and sales flyers. Each game is fully configurable, and high scores and settings are saved to memory card. Initially all games are set to "easy" difficulty, but I'd recommend bumping them up to medium. When it comes to value for your money, you really can't beat a massive compilation like this.
Of course, as great as Taito Legends is,
it’s far from being the perfect compilation. There’s no lightgun support for Operation Wolf,
Thunderbolt and Space Gun so you have to
make do with a cursor instead. While it works
fi ne, it does detract from the original arcade
experience. A bigger worry however, is that
there have been several rumblings on various
forums that many of the games (Bubble
Bobble being the most notable example)
are poorly emulated. While it’s true that a
different team worked on the UK compilation,
we’ve not been able to see any massive
differences ourselves. All we know is that the
likes of Zoo Keeper, Rainbow Islands, Super
Qix, Tube It and of course, Bubble Bobble
remain just as much fun to play as they ever
did, and at less than 50 pence a game, we’re
not arguing at all.
With 29 Taito titles, including indisputable classics like Space Invaders, there's a little something for everyone on this disc. Trips down memory lane have peaks and valleys, but this one is definitely worth taking.
Taito Legends is particularly exciting for the retro fanatics as there are some true gems in there – games absolutely worthy of being described as classics. Naturally, there’s a ton of filler too, but even the crappier efforts afford an enlightening glance back at a long gone era.
Taito Legends has some great games in it, especially for those that either have a flair for the nostalgia, or who truly want to see what it was people like me grew up playing. And like other compilations you can look at original posters, cabinet pictures, and extra information about each game. You can setup the original aspect ratio of each game so you can see it in it's original form. And you can check out developer interviews and other Taito related stuff. If you want to play some great classic arcade games, this is your game.
At around £15, the price is right and Taito has pulled us all a cracker from gaming history, in one of the most well-balanced and well-priced classic compilations of the lot. This heartwarming gestalt is a lovely and joy-bringing piece of our history, and anybody who ever popped a shiny round coin in any one of these machines' welcoming slots owes themselves a copy, today. Your nostalgia glands will thank you for it. And remember, if you take the duck over the finishing Kiwi in 2:1, there's a warp to 3:4. A bit of a word to the wise.
Taito is a gaming company that has been around for years. You might be scratching your heads wondering who they are, well let me tell you the one game that made this company famous: Space Invaders. This company has made plenty of great games that spans from the beginning of gaming. The popular trend it seems lately is to release a “collection” of classic games and release it on current generation systems, and they wanted to cash in on this trend as well and thus Taito Legends was born. Read on to find out more about this collection of classic Taito games.
There are really two reasons to pick up a classics compilation. The first is to take a trip down memory lane with some older software, and the second is to fill in the gaps of a game library with a collector's item. While Taito Legends contains some great examples of early arcade magic, it mainly caters to collectors with a clean presentation and an assortment of extras.
Tadellos emulierte Arcade-Klassiker: etwas planlose Titel-Auswahl, dafür ist viel Gutes drauf.
Retro game compilations have descended upon the games industry like wrinkly retirees in polyester pants upon a Florida beach community. It seems there's plenty of room for them, though, if for no other reason than simple economics. The prospect of a dozen or more games on a budget-priced disc is a compelling offer for most gamers.
Nonetheless, you can't argue with 29 games for 20 bucks. You just can't! Taito Legends is a winner just based on value alone, but it also happens to contain a few truly milestone games (and some less memorable ones). If you enjoy retro collections, you've gotta get this one.
Taito's one of those classic corporations that, over the years, has been responsible for a lot of great games. The crown jewel of the Taito empire is Space Invaders, but the company's catalog goes much deeper than that. 29 of the company's arcade games are collated in Taito Legends, an easy-to-digest package from Empire Interactive and Sega. While some control issues get in the way on a couple of the games, the emulations are sharp enough.
Even so, a package like Taito Legends is all about the games. Considering that you can pick this one up for less than $20, it’s one of those no-brainers for anyone who misses the days of old. If you’re the sort that has to have pretty visuals in your face at all times, stay as far away from this compilation as humanly possible. Everyone else, pick it up immediately. Now, let’s just hope they release a second North American collection that fills in those gaps. I want more Taito!
Taito may not be a household name to casual gamers, but it still deserves respect. After all, the company is responsible for one of gaming's first great achievements, Space Invaders. Taito's been no slouch since, developing many solid releases. However, history is written by those who control the present. Taito was recently sold to Square Enix, though curiously Sega and Empire are putting out this budget-priced compilation. That mish-mash doesn't make for the best odds for an epic collection, and while the name says Legends, very few of the 29 games here fit into that category.
Taito Legends mise tout sur la nostalgie. Et mine de rien, ça marche. Si vous avez connu le jeu vidéo dans les années 80, la trentaine de titres réunis ici devrait forcément vous rappeler quelques souvenirs. En revanche, si Bubble Bobble ou New Zealand Story ne vous disent rien, vous pouvez tranquillement passer votre chemin. Il n'y a rien à voir pour vous.