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Worth Playing (Nov 30, 2008)
Even with these menu and presentation issues, Namco Museum Virtual Arcade is definitely worth picking up at the current price for classics like Dragon Spirit, Galaga '88, Mappy, Super Pac-Man and a few others that are worth trying, in addition to the XBLA content. I'd definitely suggest giving it ago, provided you don't already own the Arcade content in other forms or on other discs.
Retro Gamer (Jul, 2009)
While there's a solid range of varied and truly excellent titles, it's a sloppy package. Take a good 20% off the final score if you're not online.
Frictionless Insight (Nov 19, 2008)
The games all feature a clean interface and controls that are at least as responsive as the original games. While there are some classics to enjoy, these games are best thought of as icing on top of the XBLA cake, unless you just have an insatiable hankering to relive your Rolling Thunder glory days. The only disappointment with these classic games is that they don't earn the player achievements or Gamerscore points, but given that the assembled XBLA games provided in this compilation offer a total of 1,800 points, that's not a big deal.
GameSpot (Nov 21, 2008)
The price of Namco Museum Virtual Arcade is significantly less than the price of admission for the component Live Arcade games. Although most players are likely to already have one or more of the included games, many of the scores of other games are just as enjoyable now as they were back in the day. Despite reduced resolutions of some back-catalogue games, there are some superb shooters buried in this uneven collection that are likely to satiate even the most discriminating player. It is those precious few that make this collection so valuable.
Gaming Age (Nov 25, 2008)
I think Namco has covered their bases on this, their most complete collection of titles on one disc. If nostalgia is your thing, then you are already on XBLA and have a good assortment of these titles. But if you are new to the 360, this is the cheapest way to get all these classics at once, as most are at least 5 bucks a piece on XBLA! Now you just have to wonder when we will start to see games made in the 90's and afterwards in a future Museum collection.
The Video Game Critic (Feb 10, 2009)
My main beef with Virtual Arcade is that it's one-player only! Also, the historical material from the original museum disks is nowhere to be found. It's a flawed package, but the timeless gameplay of these classic games cannot be denied.
74 (Jan 17, 2008)
The bottom line is simple. If you are a fan of classic Namco games, there is no reason to not buy this disc. If you have not yet bought any of the games available on Xbox Live, this is the way to do it because you are getting more than your money worth. There are some games on this compilation that are sub-par, but considering how low the price tag is, no one should be complaining.
TeamXbox (Nov 20, 2008)
Despite all this chafe in the wheat, Namco Museum Virtual Arcade is a pretty decent package for the price. The newer Xbox Live remakes are definitely not to be missed, either by downloading this or buying them individually. And there are a few hidden gems here as well to stoke your nostalgia. I only wish there were a few two-player options, even the old-fashioned 2up system would be nice. But it still feels, on the whole, like you’re getting your money’s worth.
Video Game Talk (Nov 30, 2008)
When it comes to classic video games, if you haven't heard about it, there's probably a good reason for it, as there are few old games that are unknown and excellent. With Namco's long history though, they can boast a few of them, with several titles in this collection likely to catch players by surprise. Though there's not much more to this release than the 25 classics and nine previously-available XBLA games, and the presentation isn't nearly as clean as it could be (likely because of technical requirements for the online play) there's a lot of fun to be had with these games, and with the XBLA games running five bucks a pop, this collection is a genuine bargain (if you like the XBLA games, that is.) If you have a taste for the old-school, this is an good choice (despite some rather mediocre inclusions) making it the best retro compilation on the 360 (at least until February '09 and Sega's Genesis collection.)
IGN (Nov 06, 2008)
If you haven't yet downloaded Pac-Man C.E., Galaga Legions, Dig Dug or some of the other top-notch Namco XBLA offerings, Namco Museum Virtual Arcade is well worth the budget price tag. All the company’s XBLA games are here at a discount, and most are worth dealing with the awkward menu system. There are a few other classic games worth having here too, but many of the best have already been released in past compilations. If you already have these XBLA games or have access to Xbox Live, skip this one, though. The retro games along aren't worth the purchase.
65 (May 18, 2009)
Avec Namco Museum Virtual Arcade, l'éditeur propose enfin une compilation dotée d'un bon rapport qualité/prix, qui devrait ravir les adeptes de rétrogaming sur Xbox 360. Entre la trentaine de grands classiques, proposés pour la plupart dans leur version d'origine, et les remakes Xbox Live Arcade, il y a vraiment de quoi s'offrir un bon gros trip nostalgique. Dommage que cet excellent contenu souffre d'une certaine redondance quand on regarde de près la liste de jeux (6 Pac-man, 3 Dig Dug, 4 Galaga... ça fait quand même beaucoup !). Les acheteurs avertis ne regretteront toutefois pas leur dépense.
GameZone (Nov 26, 2008)
It's nice to have these classic games on hand in case I get the urge to host an impromptu Pac Man tournament. I might pull it off the shelf from time to time, I admit. And for the price, it's not a bad deal. But I like to recommend the type of game that you're not going to want to stop playing, and Namco Museum never gave me that feeling.
GamesRadar (Dec 08, 2008)
These three concerns are the reason Namco Museum Virtual Arcade didn’t score as highly as we’d have liked. But don’t let that deter you from picking it up if you have an interest. For the right buyer, this is a gleaming golden treasure even with bits of tarnish here and there.
60 (May 13, 2009)
Namco Museum Virtual Arcade biedt heel veel games voor weinig geld, maar voelt niet als een zorgvuldig samengesteld totaalpakket. Tussen de klassiekers zit veel middelmatige opvulling.

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