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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. Expand
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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. I suggest if you are looking for something different, before the Xbox 360 comes out with ultra-realistic graphics step back in time to a time where games were much more simplified but still fun. Also, for $20 you can't go wrong.
  3. In the end this game delivers what you would expect, a collection of classic titles from the days of yore. For the decent price of the title it's not a bad little collection.
  4. A basic-yet-endearing trip down memory lane. Don't bother if you owned these games in a past life, though. [April 2006, p.92]
  5. I enjoyed the games and will play them again, but have seen Namco bring out better collections and know they can add special features, this has none of them included.
  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. Have you been-there-and-done-that with the previous Namco collections? Raided the MAME tomb? Been stung by other retro collections? If so, there's no need to bother with this one.

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  1. BlueFalcon
    Sep 3, 2005
    I expected more games, but the ones that are here are good quality. The 5 second loading screens are ridiculous considering the games probably 2% of the xboxes power. This package could also use some background info on these classic games. But as it is, I still think this is good value, as long as you don't own any namco museums from the past. It's also a complete rip off if you ever bought a previous namco museum. In that respect, I feel like Namco is milking it. Expand