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Reviewing a release such as Legends Power-Up presents certain difficulties. I can't really comment on the usual suspects like graphics, sound, frame rates, etc, simply because this isn't a single game. At the same time, even if I wanted to attempt dissecting each of the 25 offerings here, I would be faced with trying to comment on long-established classic titles that are more or less beyond critique. At most, I can say, "These ROMS work; they won't crash your PSP." That alone is enough to tell you whether or not it's worth your time and money to pick this up. From where I stand, it really is worth adding Legends Power-Up to your collection. It's a good value and offers plenty of replay. What more can one ask for, besides more?
The exclusive games and PSP-tailored options are welcome, but they can't make up for the fact that the compilation as a whole is lacking some of Taito's best games.
If you've been looking for these arcade titles, Taito Legends Power-Up is worth your $20. Each of the games runs smoothly, features crisp controls and should satisfy anyone who has been aching to play Lunar Rescue on the bus. However, the fudged features and in-room only multiplayer are big issues considering that there's a handful of compilations out there letting folks play each other online at will.
If you can overlook Taito's rather calculated and wholly predictable decision to pack out this collection with filler material, then there's a decent amount of quality retro gems to get your teeth into when you've got a few minutes to fill. Sadly though, most of Taito's real big hitters that would have made this an instant must-have aren't here. As much as we love The New Zealand Story, to have it alongside Bubble Bobble and Rainbow Islands would have made a whole lot more sense than surrounding it with obscurities. Even so, for the right price, this is a solid, worthy selection of relics that works superbly on the PSP.
While it misses some of the company's best games (Bubble Bobble, Darius Gaiden), Taito Power-Up contains more than enough great arcade ports to warrant a purchase. If you're a fan of Taito's classic arcade games then this PSP disc should already be in your collection!
Essentially Taito Legends Power-Up is a decent compilation of some great games and a fair amount of mediocre ones. The problem is if you’re a fan of the great games that have been included, you have probably already acquired them in one of the other compilations that have been released over the last year or so. The games all look quite decent on the PSP (provided you don’t change from the default game resolution) and there aren’t any real complaints with the controls. The games are all fine for deaf gamers due to their use of simple beeps and sounds that don’t really convey any important information. Load times are bearable, although it’s a mystery why they last more than a few seconds with games this basic. The remade games also look quite good too. On the whole it’s an average quality compilation but it’s only going to appeal if you don’t already own the better games the compilation contains.
La nostalgie a ses limites, Taito les a un peu franchies. Autant certaines compils peuvent trouver grâce aux yeux de tous les publics, autant celle-ci aura du mal à satisfaire d'autres joueurs que les vieux briscards, les seuls à pouvoir trouver leur compte dans ces retrouvailles avec leur prime jeunesse. Bonheur de courte durée, même si New Zealand Story et Cameltry justifient à eux seuls l'attribution de la moyenne. Et ben oui, moi aussi je suis un vieux.