Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. 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.
  2. Namco Museum is an impressive collection of classics that spans the entire history of arcade gaming.
  3. I think Namco has covered their bases on this, their most complete collection of titles on one disc.
  4. 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.
  5. Despite all this chafe in the wheat, Namco Museum Virtual Arcade is a pretty decent package for the price.
  6. 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.)
  7. Namco Museum Virtual Arcade is an impressive release from Namco Bandai that could have been even better.
  8. 65
    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.
  9. A collection like this should be extremely quick, easy fun, and Museum's quirks detract too much from that. [Holiday 2008, p.74]
  10. It's nice to have these classic games on hand in case I get the urge to host an impromptu Pac Man tournament.
  11. For the right buyer, this is a gleaming golden treasure even with bits of tarnish here and there.
  12. Namco Museum Virtual Arcade offers a lot of games for a low price, but it doesn't feel as if Namco thought the whole thing through when they assembled the compilation. Classic meets crap meets classic meets crap.
  13. Namco Museum: Virtual Arcade will probably find a place in the hearts of old gen players. With 25 classic games and 9 live arcade this game could be a good choice for players that wants to revive the golden age of the videogames: the glorious '80!
  14. Absolutely savaged by constant loading screens, it’s hard to appreciate the seven or so gems in Namco Museum.
  15. A curio piece lacking enough quality games to justify the price tag. [July 2009, p.83]
  16. This is a way to acquire the entire set at a lower price, but only hardcore retro collectors need apply. [June 2009, p.93]

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