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"SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1" é uma coleção de respeito: são 16 jogos de grande qualidade, reunidos em uma interface simples e funcional, com um sistema de objetivos bastante interessante para os fãs da empresa. Mesmo os problemas de carregamento e na performance do modo multiplayer não devem espantar os aficionados, que irão adorar a sensação de carregar grandes clássicos do Neo-Geo para onde bem entenderem.
Each title brought something different to the arcades, and now players have a chance to experience the best of what SNK had to offer during its heyday with SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1. It's a great fit for PSP owners looking to expand their library with some old-school charm without breaking the bank or having to figure out the emulator scene. There's something here for everyone, whether you want to head out on the soccer field, play a few holes of golf, mix it up with a fighting game, or shoot your way through an enemy army. SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 is a solid purchase for players on the go who hope to relive the glory days of the arcades or learn more about the history of their favorite hobby.
SNK Playmore did a pretty good job of putting together a nice sampler of their classic titles. It's fun to poke around and play through these older games. Going through them almost gave me a sense of strolling through the dimly lit arcades of yesteryear, armed with a pocket heavy with quarters. If you consider how valuable some of these titles are to collectors, you could say that you're get thousands of dollars worth of games for your $20 (PS2) or $30 (PSP). If "old" is good in your book, this collection is definitely worth your time and money.
It's nice seeing these SNK classics being preserved through these compilations, and it's encouraging that they decided to drop a whopping 16 titles into the first volume without resorting to cheap filler titles. The SNK games have a certain charm to them that will stir up nostalgic feelings from longtime SNK fans and make newcomers to the brand wonder what else they might have missed out on over the years. For fans of classic gaming, there's no reason not to give SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 a chance.
All in all, Magician Lord on-the-go is enough to earn my recommendation. The fact that there's a lot more here -- not all of it good, but still, a lot more here -- should earn SNK Arcade Classics Volume 1 an enthusiastic thumbs up, right? Not exactly. The PSP has always been known for slow load times, but it gets a bit ridiculous with this collection. It takes ages just to exit games and return to the title screen, a big turn-off with any game, but especially considering how the unreasonable delays sit at odds with the frantic, pick-up-and-play appeal of old school games. The loading annoys me so much at times, that I toss the PSP aside for awhile. But then I remember how good a round of golf is on the can; I remember where I left off in Metal Slug. And I remember Elta.
If you missed out on the Neo Geo and you want to experience some nostalgic goodness, this compilation works well. The PSP version has some loading problems and wonky multiplayer, but gaming on your own is just fine. Even though there's a price increase from twenty to thirty dollars when jumping from PS2 to PSP, you're still only paying $1.90 for each title on the disc, which isn't a bad deal.
At $29.99, it's ten dollars more than the PS2 version. Still, it's not like that steep of a price for sixteen different games. In the end, you'll probably get the most mileage out of Metal Slug, KoF 94, Top Hunter, and Last Resort. SNK Arcade Classics never slips into a quantity over quality debacle, all except two or three of the games are competently designed, but there is rarely a compelling reason to donate more than five minutes to most of the titles. Of course, this information matters not to the SNK diehards, but they were going to buy it anyway, right?
If you're a fan of SNK games, it will probably be easy for you to look past the game's quirks and shortcomings. You get a lot of games for your money here. However, if you have no emotional ties to the games, the simplistic by today's standards gameplay and archaic graphics will probably keep you from spending too much time with Arcade Classics. Sixteen games on one disc is not much of a bargain if none of the games are all that appealing to you. SNK fans will enjoy the stroll down memory lane, but others should stick to the classics that they already know and love.
Die PSP-Variante zu empfehlen fällt dagegen ungleich schwerer: Aus irgendeinem Grund ist sie zehn Euro teurer, sie lädt sich dumm und dämlich, sie ruckelt besonders im Mehrspielermodus teilweise wie die Hölle - und der funktioniert nur mit zwei UMDs. Die reine Spieleauswahl ist in beiden Varianten dieselbe und verdammt gut, das clevere Bonussystem sorgt nochmal für einen Extraschub Motivation. Und nicht zu vergessen ist das Neo Geo bis heute eine der Hochburgen professionellen Engrishs. Besonders Fans klassischer Beat-em-Ups kommen an dieser Sammlung kaum vorbei.
It may seem as though this collection is full of simplistic, no-hoper games, but underneath the shocking presentation you can find a fair few games that you could happily spend hours on. Even the bad games have some beautifully nostalgic charm, and give you an insight into SNK’s far from perfect discography. At full price you may not be completely satisfied with SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, but otherwise it may very well be worth getting your retro on.
If you have a soft spot in your heart for any of these old big-cart classics, you'll probably be able to overlook the emulation issues and load times, but some of these early Neo-Geo games don't hold up so well today, so make sure you know what you're getting yourself into before you commit.