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ZTGameDomain (Sep 15, 2016)
Pac-Man Championship Edition II is a really fun game. It changes up the formula enough to keep things feeling fresh, its look and feel is fantastic, and the overall package will keep fans playing for hours on end. It really is a sequel worth the Pac-Man name, and I for one absolutely love it. I think many of you will as well, and I highly suggest giving it a shot.
Game Informer Magazine (Sep 13, 2016)
Pac-Man Championship 2 is an outstanding example of a franchise reinventing itself. Bandai Namco adds just enough twists on Pac-Man to make it fresh for modern audiences while making sure the game is still Pac-Man, making for one of the best arcade-style games in recent years. When we talk about how so many franchises mine our nostalgia instead of trying something new, it’s because games like Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 prove that with some revamping, our old favorites can be timeless.
Gamers' Temple, The (Oct 03, 2016)
PAC-MAN Championship Eidtion 2 certainly takes a number of liberties with the traditional PAC-MAN gameplay, but it stills manages to feel like a PAC-MAN game at its core. The dual challenges of trying to clear the mazes as quickly as possible and building large ghost chains to maximize your score forces you to make choices on the fly and keeps the game from being an exercise in maze memorization. It's a challenging arcade game that simultaneously requires quick reflexes as well as your mind as you need to keep thinking two moves ahead. Anyone looking for a casual, classic PAC-MAN arcade experience should avoid this iteration of the franchise, but anyone else looking for a challenging arcade game will find it here.
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 represents another strong, well-produced arcade title for this classic character, cementing his continued relevance multiple decades later in a way only a few non-Nintendo franchises have been able to. Despite a highly-questionable decision to neuter the lethality of the series’ central enemies, the core gameplay coupled alongside the electronic presentation proves to be one of the most addictive combos on the market, with the three-star perfection of Adventure mode and the constant climb up the leaderboards in Score Attack providing key motivations to continue returning to the title for another near-decade.
Shacknews (Sep 13, 2016)
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is an amalgam of excellent new augments, though for the most part it stays the same and implements new looks and skins. I'm not sure there's enough that it actually changes from the other game, but there's still plenty here to enjoy and hungrily devour, like Pac-Man and ghosts, if you're a diehard fan or even have a passing interest in the game. Ghost trains are where it's at, and you'll most likely agree.
GameSpot (Sep 16, 2016)
Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2 creates an exciting dynamic where ghosts are still dangerous, but the overall game is more forgiving than the original--and it’s more entertaining as a result. Arcade ports tend to be games we play in short bursts--mostly for the nostalgia factor. Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2 certainly relies on that nostalgia to a point, but it handles the classic game in a way that plays with expectations to surprise you. It’s the same game enhanced in the right directions to be make an old concept fun, innovative, and challenging all over again.
76 (Sep 19, 2016)
Il team ha lavorato duramente per rielaborare ancora una volta il classico cabinato con creatività e oculatezza, ma il risultato non eccelle: da un lato abbiamo apprezzato le nuove dinamiche relative ai malvagi fantasmini, le quali contribuiscono ad offrire ritmi ancora più frenetici che in passato, dall'altro però le Boss Fight si sono rivelate deludenti, incapaci di assumere una propria identità nel contesto della già vasta offerta ludica. Pac Man Championship Edition 2 non riesce quindi a compiere un decisivo passo in avanti, limitandosi a perfezionare (e non sempre riuscendovi) una struttura che non sorprende come accaduto sei anni fa. Eppure l'enorme quantità di contenuti sbloccabili e gli inediti labirinti di gioco contribuiscono a confezionare un prodotto indubbiamente curato e divertente, da non lasciarsi scappare se si è fan della saga o se si adora la tipica filosofia arcade.
Destructoid (Sep 12, 2016)
It might be a case of sky-high expectations, but this sequel doesn't live up to its sublime predecessor Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+. Still, I'm not so sure it ever could -- that game was damn near perfect, putting Bandai Namco in a tough spot when creating a follow-up. Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is worth playing for its frenetic new style and ruleset, but it's no replacement.
Link Cable Gaming (Sep 28, 2016)
“It’s just too similar in gameplay and presentation to make it feel like you’re getting something new.”
Arcade Sushi (Sep 19, 2016)
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 shines in all the same ways as Pac-Man Championship Edition, just with a light that's a little duller. Levels are still fun, they're just not as fun. The action still has a funky, flow-y groove, just not as funky or flow-y.
Affectionately and respectfully stylised, with a whole host of customisation options for camera angles, soundtrack, maze architecture, and ghost designs, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 drifts a delicate path between reinvention and reverence. It carries the same compulsive urge towards high scores as the original, and introduces smart mechanics to drive the eternal loop of pursuer-turns-pursuee-turns-pursuer-again in slightly new ways. Anything that gets me enthused about a 36 year old game must be doing something right, and the parts of the weekend I just lost to Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 indicate this title is another sturdy reinvention of that familiar, forever-munching face.
Game Revolution (Sep 13, 2016)
Maybe that’s what peeves me most about Pac-Man Championship Edition 2. There’s a solid idea at the core of the game, one that’s endearing and compelling despite some major changes to the formula. But nothing backs up that idea. It’s just that—an idea, and not much else, though the familiar Pac-Man gameplay still holds up. While I’ll probably attempt to best some of my own scores in the coming weeks, though, there’s not enough engaging content to keep me hooked in the long run.
While Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 isn’t exactly a bad game, the changes to the ghost mechanics are a step in the wrong direction, which ruins the speed found in its predecessor. The adventure mode is pointless fluff that requires being a pro to complete, and the new mazes aren’t all that fun. While serviceable, I know I’ll be going back to play Championship Edition DX+ whenever I have a hankering for Pac-Man, and I suggest you do the same instead.
Kill Screen (Oct 07, 2016)
I find that, in music, the best remixes are the ones that either build up simple tracks or strip down complex ones. The creators of Pac-Man CE 2 had the difficult task of remixing a game that has already been expanded upon and reworked to the point of refinement, and they chose to pile on the complexity anyway. The result is a Frankenstein’s Pac-Man—a mess of features and modes that, despite all the power pellets and fruit and ghosts, still left me feeling hungry.