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Namco Museum 64 Reviews (Nintendo 64)

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With six classic hits all in one package, fans of the original Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Galaxian, Pole Position, and Dig Dug will have much to rejoice in this collection from Namco. The arcade games have made a near-perfect translation to the N64, complete with sounds and music. For those who've missed the days of smelly arcades and the sudden weightlessness when quarters start disappearing from pockets, this is sure to be a hit. Of course, these games are exactly like the arcade classics, which means they can get pretty boring pretty quickly. If that's what you're looking for, however, this is one of the best conversion packages we've ever seen.
GameSpot (Dec 03, 1999)
The graphics and sound in the games are, of course, incredibly dated by today's standards, but, nonetheless, all remain almost as addictive today as when they first came out. Few classic-game collections come close to providing such a strong lineup. While many of Midway's compilations had a few standout titles, most that appeared were second-tier games or ones that didn't hold up to the test of time very well. The Namco Museum line for the PlayStation saw this even more than the Midway collections. And while some comps suffered from imperfect translations, the games on this one feel arcade perfect, save for some occasional trouble catching corners in Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man using the N64 controller. It's likely that you'll find at least one game among the six that will make the collection worth picking up for you, but it could certainly be all of them, making this the surest classic compilation to ever recommend.
Eine Kaufempfehlung kann man deshalb auch nur all jenen aussprechen, die diese Titel bereits aus ihrer Kindheit kennen. Von Rayman & Roadsters 2000 und Donkey Kong 64 verwöhnte Neueinsteiger werden den hoffnungslos veralteten Spielen nichts abgewinnen können. Nach heutigen Maßstäben ist die Grafik katastrophal, der Sound praktisch nicht vorhanden und das Gameplay unter aller Würde. Kennt man die Spiele jedoch noch aus der Spielhalle, sieht die Sache schon anders aus: Wer stundenlang Münze um Münze in einen Automaten versenkt hat, dem wird bei Namco Museum 64 ein wohliger Schauer über den Rücken laufen, denn die Spiele spielen sich wie die Originale. Besonders Pac Man, Dig Dug und das grandiose Galaxians haben auch heute noch durchaus ihren Reiz.
Total! (Germany) (Jan, 2000)
Aucch wenn die Spielesammlung nur hochkarätige und für damalige Verhältnisse sehr gute Titel beinhaltet, ist dieses Game nur den Nostalgie-Fans unter euch zu empfehlen, die schon die Automaten kannten. Alle anderen werden aufgrund der nicht mehr zeitgemäßen Grafik und Spieltiefe sehr enttäuscht sein.
IGN (Dec 01, 1999)
Namco Museum may only be 30 bucks but I think a better time might be had running out and finding these six games in an arcade somewhere and blowing five bones on each of them. I wouldn't recommend it for a rental because there's nothing new to try out here. What are you going to do? Check to see if Pac Man has arms and legs now? You either dig these games or you don't and so you should either purchase it or keep walking. I would think that any older videogame player, the kind that only has World Driver Championship and GoldenEye, in his or her library would really appreciate Namco Museum. If you want some nice familiar games to help you unwind or something safe and simple to entertain undemanding friends then this collection of games is right up your alley. Plus it seems to be a quick 30 dollar symbol of peace between Namco and Nintendo and that bodes well for the rest of us that want to see Tekken on the next generation Nintendo console.