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Namco Museum Battle Collection (PSP)

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4.2
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A very good classic collection for PSP. Joel Mitchell (3) unrated

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Overall MobyScore (5 votes) 4.2


The Press Says

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95
Kombo.com
If you're a fan of the classics and you haven't already burned yourself by purchasing the other 15 or so versions of Namco Museum that have been released over the years, or if you're just looking to take an arcade-perfect version of Galaga around with you in your pocket, the PSP edition of Namco Museum's a good choice. While you could ask for a few more frills here and there, it has a great list of games, and they're presented just fine.
85
Worth Playing
Namco Museum Battle Collection is one of my favorite compilations so far. It really does serve as a museum, showing the great all the way down to the mediocre, and throwing in a bit of a modern feel on top of it all. The multiplayer in each title is superb, bringing me back to the fun old days of heated score competitions, and, best of all, this is one of the few PSP releases to support wi-fi download play, so my few friends with PSPs don't have to charge out and spend $40 just to play a few rounds of Dig Dug. With a few friends, Battle Collection could easily spend more time in your PSP than any other release so far. While Midway will probably manage to put this collection to shame, for right now, this is the best way to get a professional classic fix on your PSP.
81
Game Chronicles
It probably sounds like I am complaining a lot but many of the games in this collection are permanently burned into my brain from countless hours and tokens spent back in the 80’s, so when I get a perfect visual representation of those games that don’t play the same way as I remembered it kind of bugs me.
80
Retro Gamer
Add in the fact that every title is perfectly emulated and it shows just how much care and attention has been placed on this fantastic little compilation. Okay, so we’re not too happy about the loading times, and the price tag is a bit of a sore point, but if you’re looking for a selection of arcade classics that you can play wherever you want, there really is no alternative.
80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
It would be perfectly understandable to complain about this set, given the rather high $40 price point, and the total lack of extras. A few pieces of cabinet art or retrospectives, an expected set of features for compilations now, would have gone a long way. As it is in completed form, you'll get the largest selection of games from Namco's long running lines of re-releases, superb remixes, and some of the industries best games ever. It's a personal call whether or not the price tag is worth it.
80
GameSpy
It's also slightly disappointing that there's no actual "museum" content to be found here. I'm not expecting interviews or anything like that, but a few art galleries wouldn't have hurt. Still, with 21 games to choose from (and most of them bona fide classics), one can hardly complain too much. It may sound odd, but one of the best titles available for PSP is a collection of 20 to 25-year-old games. Hardcore retro fans will love how great the games look, and the casual player will enjoy playing Ms. Pac-Man for a few minutes on the bus. I just feel bad for the Japanese fans who will undoubtedly have to purchase Namco Museum Final U.S. Mix Plus Alpha at some point in the near future.
75
IGN
Having all of these games on a portable makes the package a lot more desirable even for occasional arcade players than the console game. Whether or not this has that 50th Anniversary emblem on the package, Namco Museum Battle Collection on PSP looks to be the best way to celebrate Namco's contribution to arcade gaming. We would have liked for some "Museum" elements to have been included -- this is just a menu of games -- but the extra Arrangement modes are clever diversions to make up for it. We wouldn't say that Namco went all-out to make this a must-own for every PSP player (and as a full-priced PSP release, its value comes at a steep cost), but Namco Museum Battle Collection a good-sized collection of games and special features that's handy to have in your portable collection.
75
GameSpot
If you're a fan of the classics and you haven't already burned yourself by purchasing the other 15 or so versions of Namco Museum that have been released over the years, or if you're just looking to take an arcade-perfect version of Galaga around with you in your pocket, the PSP edition of Namco Museum's a good choice. While you could ask for a few more frills here and there, it has a great list of games, and they're presented just fine.
73
4Players.de
Okay, die Remakes sind wirklich nicht übel, gerade Pac-Man und Galaga machen in der frischen Version viel Spaß. Der Rest allerdings? Gut, wir bekommen hierzulande immerhin zehn Spiele mehr als die Japaner, aber darunter befinden sich Rumpelkammerkandidaten wie Dragon Buster oder The Tower of Duaga, die aus gutem Grund keiner kennt. Zum Drüberkucken ganz nett, aber nicht mal das Game Sharing ergibt hier viel Sinn – schade eigentlich. Insgesamt also eine knappe Empfehlung an Oldschool-Spieler und alle, die es werden wollen. Alle anderen dürften die meisten Spiele in der einen oder anderen Form eh schon haben oder sich gar nicht erst dafür interessieren.
71
Gamesmania
Ohne Zweifel, früher haben mich Pac-Man und seine Konsorten richtig in den Bann gezogen. Es gab nichts cooleres als sich stundenlang mit Pixelmonstern ein Katz und Maus Spiel zu liefern oder in Galaga als tapferer Weltraumkämpfer Aliens vom Himmel zu holen. Aber mal ehrlich, wen fasziniert heutzutage so was schon noch? Ich war ein klein wenig erschrocken, das ich den Titeln außer einem kleinen Schmunzeln nicht mehr viel abgewinnen konnte. Nichts für verwöhnte Zocker der letzten 10 Jahre. Jeder, der sich aber für Oldies interessiert, Lust auf harte Kurzweil hat und mal sehen will mit was sein älterer Bruder so groß geworden ist, darf gerne einen Blick riskieren.
70
Softpedia
This collection made me nostalgic and I felt like a child again, although these games were oldies already when I was born. Playing them made me realize what a game really is behind its eye candy and catchy soundtrack: a fun experience and a way to pass the time.
70
TTGamer
Namco Battle Collection does have its problems (like the perspective of some of the games, top down, with borders) but overall fans of Namco arcade games from the eighties will really get into this, especially the arranged versions. It’s also a title that allows you to pick up the PSP, play two minutes, and turn it off without losing too much progress.
70
3DAvenue
Namco Battle Collection does have its problems (like the perspective of some of the games, top down, with borders) but overall fans of Namco arcade games from the eighties will really get into this, especially the arranged versions. It’s also a title that allows you to pick up the PSP, play two minutes, and turn it off without losing too much progress.
70
Gameplanet
The arrangement of games include several additional features, all of which add to their appeal and replay factor: you can select from three difficulty levels, continue from where you left off (very handy if you have to switch the unit off in a hurry), play with friends in wireless mode - either co-operatively or battling it out, plus the free play option is good for a quick gaming fix.
70
Portable Review
With about 13 original games (after weeding out the clones) and 4 arranged, this compilation has a lot to offer to different types of gamers. Personally, I enjoy the Pac-Man arrangement and Rolling Thunder with a side of New Rally-X arrangement from time to time. If you’ve updated to 2.0, this is a great way to pick up your retro fix. If not, the arrangement games may prove to persuade your purchase.
39
Fragland.net
I’ll be honest with you. I don’t feel like writing a full-length review about a game you likely won’t (or at least shouldn’t) buy. It’s a waste of my and your precious time. After all, would you like to spend fifteen minutes reading about some crappy games that date from the stone age of entertainment software? Ok, bronze age. Anyway, I’ll just give you reasons why and why not to buy this game. Saves us both some time. You’ll thank me later…
30
Jeuxvideo.com
Bien que ce musée Namco soit le plus réussi jusqu'à présent, on s'interroge sur la portée d'un tel projet. Les collectionneurs auront déjà certainement tout acheté depuis belle lurette tandis que ceux qui n'ont pas connu ces titres en version originale se contenteront de passer leur chemin. En clair, l'achat peut valoir le coup uniquement si vous vous habillez tous les jours en jaune pour chasser les fantômes et que vous ne possédez pas déjà la plupart de ces jeux. Sinon, je suis certain que vous trouverez autre chose pour nourrir votre PSP.