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Although using the analog stick or d-pad doesn't compare to the arcade joysticks of old, I appreciate being able to tweak the number of lives you get for each game. With a nice price under $20, new-school gamers could learn a trick or two from getting some time in on these timeless classics.
Namco Museum is a fun collection of classics arcade games from the 1980s. Everyone should know a few of these games, of course we all know Pac-Man. It's good to see companies embrace their past to show all gamers how far the industry has come. With all the gaming compilations coming out lately M.A.M.E. has some serious competition, and I have another classic gaming collection to add to my shelf.
Everything was a lot simpler in the 1980s; movies, music, and especially video games, which were just in their infancy at the time. Most people in their 30s can tell you a story about the old days of gaming, back when arcades were thriving for the first time. Soon after, the video game market crashed from over saturation and though the home game market flourished, the arcades never did recover fully (aside from a few years in the early 90s thanks to a little game called Street Fighter II).
The PSP version at least feels new; but this is
essentially the same old (great) games being
re-used yet again. Add in the fact that there
are few options (none of the vertical games
have a ’Tate mode for example) and this is a
compilation that’s likely to only appeal to the
more mainstream gamers out there.
Long before there was ever a Pac-Man, or even a PONG, for that matter, there was Namco. The popular company actually began its life five decades ago creating mechanical rides for children. Eventually, Namco turned its eye towards the budding video-game industry and created the single most popular video game of all time: Pac-Man. Now the company is celebrating its golden anniversary with a new collection of some of its greatest arcade classics.
1955. A year of history, of change, of…breakfast food? Yes, the year 1955 saw many historical events, such as Rosa Parks refusing her seat to a white man on a public bus, the birth of platinum haired, leather clad Billy Idol, and perhaps most importantly, the creation of instant oatmeal. But, aside from all of those history-making events, lies the creation of one of the most influential game companies to the early days of arcade gaming. So turn off the TV children and pull up a chair, as its time for a history lesson with the newest installment of the Namco Museum series, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection.
Ich habe ein starkes Faible für Retro-Compilations, aber irgendwo muss auch mal gut sein – ich kann schon lange nicht mehr zählen, wie oft ich schon Pac-Man, Galaga, Rally-X oder Pole Position in anderen Sammlungen oder irgendwo als Bonusgame gesehen habe; mittlerweile dürfte es mehr Classics-Compilations als tatsächliche Classics geben. Wenn das Ganze wenigstens einen greifbaren Bezug zum 50ten Geburtstag von Namco hätte, aber auch hier gibt’s nichts zu sehen. Wenn ihr einen Namco-Rundumschlag haben wollt und noch keiner der Titel in irgendeiner Form bei euch zu Hause herumsteht – prima, greift preiswert zu! Wollt ihr jedoch eine Retro-Sammlung, die diesem Namen auch gerecht wird, dann empfehle ich auch dieses Mal gerne wieder die Capcom Classics Collection, die einfach alles richtig macht!
It's official: There are now more Namco Museum compilations in Namco's library than there are actual classics. With constant releases for any platform that will support it, Namco seems desperately dedicated to making sure you can always find a version of Bosconian whenever and wherever you need it. With a standard list of games that's been given this same compilation treatment before, as well as a very low-frills presentation, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary is an ill-fitting tribute to such a long-lasting and classic collection of arcade games.
Namco latest compilation of its early-80s arcade classics, Namco Museum 50th Anniversary, is roughly the dozenth attempt the company has made to cash in on video gaming nostalgia. Reviews of the five PlayStation Museum collections complained that the whole thing was getting stale almost a decade ago, and after all this time it's not really feeling any fresher.
As in most things, hits come and go. Music, fashion, and video games all have their peaks and valleys. However, The Classics always resurface for new generations to sample and possibly enjoy. Namco has been around for five decades. No, they have not been making strictly video games in all that time, but their largest impact to the digital crowd was made in that genre. It's almost impossible to find someone, young or old, that has not heard of "Pac-Man.". However, those same people may not be familiar with other Namco hits such as "Rolling Thunder" or "Galaga '88." To take care of that, Namco has released "Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary" for various platforms, including Xbox.
If Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary is how Namco commemorates company milestones, I don't want to show up to any of its parties. This "celebratory" compilation is so tame and unenthusiastic that there's barely any pride inserted in its backlog of arcade games from more than two decades ago. Many of the games included in this package are still as pick-up-and-play friendly and as fun as they have always been, but that's all you're getting. No history, no cool development anecdotes, no creator notes. Nothing but the games. And for a commemorative package, that just doesn't cut it.
When Namco started trawling out arcade compilations over ten years ago, the idea was hugely compelling. For starters, MAME was still in its infancy, and most of us hadn't come into contact with the real cabinets since the mid 80s. The mere possibility of playing our childhood favourites was an intoxicating one, and Namco did a fine job of drip-feeding them over six volumes, six games at a time. They were pretty expensive for what they were, but the concept of emulation was still a novel one. The idea of being able to play the real Ms Pac Man and Galaga at home was something we'd dreamed about since before the Spectrum, so you could say there was pent up demand.
En jetant un oeil en arrière, je me rends compte que Namco Museum 50th Anniversaire ne méritait pas un test aussi long. La démarche de Namco est en effet assez critiquable, dans la mesure où le titre n'est pas la compilation ultime qu'on nous annonçait. Les 14 malheureux titres proposés pour 40 euros ne justifient pas l'achat de ce soft qui n'est pas à la hauteur des autres compilations disponibles chez les concurrents. Dans le genre, tournez-vous plutôt vers Taito Legends 2 par exemple.