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  • Summary: Namco celebrates their 50th anniversary by packaging 14 of their best classic arcade games onto one disc. The interface lets you browse a virtual game hall with each game shown in its original arcade cabinet. The games included in this collection are: Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Pole Position, Pole Position II, Rolling Thunder, Rally X, Bosconian, Dragon Spirit, Sky Kid, Xevious, and Mappy. Collapse
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  1. Although using the analog stick or d-pad doesn't compare to the arcade joysticks of old, I appreciate being able to tweak the number of lives you get for each game. [Oct 2005, p.128]
  2. It might not have a shiny package, but it's everything we loved about the arcade.
  3. Unlike Midway's Arcade Treasures series there's nothing in the way of background, historical or inside information on the titles.
  4. Despite the lackluster presentation, the games hold their own.Shooting for Galaga '88 High Scores is still as fun today as it was back in 1987.
  5. For an anniversary edition, Namco's latest compilation just rehashes some of the classics, and doesn't bother with anything else.
  6. But this compilation serves up all their gaming hits and, apart from proving just how far, thankfully, gaming has come in the last 25 years, it also manages to deliver nostalgia by the bucketload.
  7. Great games (well, some), cynically recycled. Unless you can find 50th Anniversary for a couple of quid or less, this is the worst value on GameCube. [Aug 2006, p.63]

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  1. DParker
    Oct 7, 2006
    It's a mixed bag but definately better than the first collection. Out of this lot, only Mappy and Sky Kid come off as throwaways. The graphics are not crips and are a bit blurry but I doubt if that could be helped and it's not that big a deal. The presentation is very minimal and the videos are horrible, they could use subtitles to make out what is being said. Worth it for Ms Pac-Man, Rolling Thunder, Dig Dug and Galaxain alone. Expand