I'm a fan of retro games, even though I'm not very good at them. I enjoy it because I played these games in the arcade as a kid. But, thisI'm a fan of retro games, even though I'm not very good at them. I enjoy it because I played these games in the arcade as a kid. But, this collection is CLUNKY. It's just not well done, feels thrown together without much thought put into it. The XBL games have achievements which is very cool, and the rest of the classic emulated games ran fine. But, loading times throughout are unacceptably slow. These ancient games are only about 256kb roms at most, so it's not like they have to stream content off the disc, they should come up immediately. I'm not impatient but by the time you wait for every game to load it's not easy to just jump in for a quick romp through a few old games--a-la popping in a quarter, like it should be. Why is it so slow? When I'm in the mood to play these games, I don't want it to be a small ordeal to get to playing. It's not convenient or pleasant, in other words. It's maybe a trite complaint but multiply it by 30 games and you have a frustration-inducing arcade experience--quite the opposite of what you want to feel when firing up ancient games for a little nostalgic fun.
I was a little disappointed in the sluggishness of the emulated games, as well as the menus. There's obvious screen tearing in several games which hints at poor emulation running on the 360. The loading time for the menus and the disc startup is unacceptably slow. There is no title screen, just a menu to go to the XBL editions or the classic emulated versions. That's all there is for a title screen, so why does it take so long to load? I wouldn't think more than 2-3 seconds is needed. Also, after an XBLA game is finished, you're dumped back into your Games list, not Namco Museum, so you have to RUN IT ALL OVER AGAIN!
I also had trouble getting the games to work well with my Street Fighter IV fightstick (which emulates the D-pad). Most games worked with it but responded poorly to the D-pad, as if the games are given priority control with the LS instead? I won't speculate, just disappointed that D-pad control is not very good. Dig Dug, for instance, is almost impossible to play with the stick, despite the fact that this and the other games were originally designed for exactly that kind of input. I won't fault the product for that, since it does not claim to support it, but basically that means D-pad input doesn't work very well. Why? I can guess that the delays in emulation have something to do with it, poor framerate, sluggish input. A casual player might not ever notice, but try playing with just the D-pad instead of LS.
Since I'm so unhappy with it, I'm returning the game. I'll go back to Midway. If you enjoy just the Live Arcade remakes, then it's probably worth the purchase but the disc has to be inserted to play them!
Live Arcade Games (with achievements):
Dig Dug II
Dig Dug Arrangement
King & Balloon
Pac & Pal
Pole Position II
Sky Kid Deluxe
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