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Namco Museum doesn’t bring any new technological
feats into the picture, but it does bring a ton of gameplay fun, in a compact
size. Try fitting the full size arcades in your house, you’ll see
what I mean! Namco Museum is Highly Recommended
to all fans of the original, retro titles. Newcomers, or should I say ‘Younger
Adults‘ who are not familiar with the games, should take a look at the
title and see if it offers them the same level of satisfaction that it has offered
to millions of others in the past.
Arguably, there are other classics that should have been included, but it's an excellent sampling and a nice blast from the past if you're interested in walking down memory lane. At only $30 retail, it might even make a nice gag gift for the hardcore gamer on your holiday shopping list. For those of you who miss the days of games that never end and high scores that stand the test of time, pick up Namco Museum, put a quarter next to the TV and enjoy a bit of gaming history.
I'd like to see a better interface between the games and the menus- And perhaps a few additional videos, or unlockables would have really helped as well. For my $30 dollars, I really expected a bit more out of this game, seeing as how Namco has offered gamers (pretty-much) this same package for years now spanning several different systems. Do something to give this game a bit more staying power as well- It'd be a fun one to bust out when all of your (older) friends come over, but all-in-all, what does this game deliver than an emulator, or for that matter, our very own XBA arcade can't? Whitesnake rules!
There is something about human nature that makes us seek out things from our past. Perhaps it gives us a sense of the passage of time, where we were, where we are, and where we are going. It amazes me that something as simple as a video game can stir up memories of my high school and early college days. Namco Museum brings all of those memories into your living room for the budget price of $29 – that’s about 1/100th of what most of us spent in quarters playing the originals.
In the end, if you don't own any of these games or other versions of the Namco Museum series, or if you're a fan of the arranged games that make their home debut in this package, then this game will satiate your appetite for classic gaming. You could make the argument that several other classic Namco games should have been included, given the small size of the old Namco games and the fact that lots of them ran on nearly identical arcade hardware, but this package contains the major hits that most fans are after.
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If you are the type of gamer who sighs nostalgic anytime someone mentions Pac-Man or Galaga, then this is definitely the game for you. If, however, you only have a passing-interest in these classic titles, a rental will be more than adequate. The arrangement spin-offs of Galaga, Pac-Man, and Dig-Dug are appreciated additions though, mainly because this marks their debut on a non-arcade platform, though the novelty of these remakes are fleeting. With an MSRP of $30, Namco Museum won’t break your piggy-bank, but considering that Namco has been releasing this game, or something like it, for nearly every popular console over the last six years, including the GBA, PS2, GameCube, and Dreamcast, this title just doesn’t bring enough new elements to the table to warrant a purchase.