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You can get the missus on the hard drive for only 400 MS points, which is pretty cheap considering many of us played this difficult coin-op at twenty five cents a pop when gas was less than a buck per gallon. We recommend that classic and compilation gamers scoop Ms. Pac-Man up if they have the joystick or if they can put up with a few movement mistakes with a normal controller. Younger gamers may also want to check Ms. Pac-Man to see just how “bad” it was back in before they were born.
If you've studiously dodged it for all these years then Ms. Pac-Man is definitely one of those all-time classics you almost have a duty to have in your games collection (Needless to say, if you weren't there at the time, then don't expect to get what all the fuss was about, ok?). Despite being perfectly emulated, it suffers a little from the same control niggles that seem to affect all the retro arcade games on Live, but apart from that is represented in fat-free form, just as nature intended (unlike this flash version). In summary, Ms. Pac-Man is still a joy to play. Simplicity itself, elegant, addictive, manic and somehow timeless. Download the trial and see for yourself.
In all, Ms. Pac-Man is a satisfying game. I've been hooked on it for years and my brother and I still have competitions for high scores. Younger players who haven't tried Ms. Pac-Man should understand that the biggest difference between Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man is that the original, Pac-Man, only offers one map. You play the same one over and over again. Ms. Pac-Man has about 256 maps, 250 of which you'll never likely to see. It's also tough. But watching a really good player is impressive and encouraging. I hooked a few younger IGN staffers and they now love Ms. Pac-Man. And really, shouldn't everyone love Ms. Pac-Man?
In the end, Ms. Pac-Man is still a video game classic and it holds up just as well today as it did almost 25 years ago. Playing with the Xbox 360 controller is a hassle, so this version shouldn't be held up as the gold standard by anyone, but the added Achievements and Leaderboard options make it slightly more appealing. If you've already got a version of Ms. Pac-Man on any of the dozens of collections its already appeared in you probably don't need this one. But if not, and you've got five bucks to spare, you really can't go wrong with Ms. Pac-Man.
But beyond those control issues, this is a fine emulation of a classic arcade game. If that's all you're looking for, you'll find it here. But when you consider that most other classic arcade games on Xbox Live Arcade are receiving more substantial updates and options, such as online play or optional graphical updates, Ms. Pac-Man feels a bit flat by comparison.
"Ms. Pac-Man" para Xbox 360 é uma emulação perfeita do fliperama mais vendido da história. Mas levando em conta a qualidade dos jogos para a Live Arcade - que geralmente acompanham multiplayer online e gráficos ligeiramente atualizados -, o jogo fica bem abaixo da média. Para quem deseja somar pontos ao seu perfil os cinco dólares será um bom investimento. Talvez seja esse o intuito dos produtores da Namco.
Waarom wel: klassieke Pac-Man-gameplay is behoorlijk tijdloos
Waarom niet: toevoeging van savegames haalt alle uitdaging uit de game, gameplay-concept blijft niet lang genoeg boeien
Overall the 400 points that you’ll need to spend on this arcade title are more than likely better used to enhance your Lumines Live! experience, especially if you’ve already been bitten once by the Pac-Man bug. Gamers who absolutely need this title may enjoy the game for a short time, but other gamers will be feeling a bit of buyer’s remorse not long after obtaining the easiest 170 gamer points around. Skip this title and help spur innovation on the arcade.
It’s hard to stick up for Pac-Man’s wife/girlfriend/significant other in situations like this. Sure, she’s prettier and has more to offer, but she’s asking far too much for her services. That rarely leads to a successful sale.