Review by Mega Man 5
"The Pac is back. The best of the three versions!"
A new Pac-Man adventure! This is cool. Anyways, onto the review!:
Pac-Man in 3-D! The graphics are detailed, bright and colorful. They are very realistic, and they also have a little bit of a cartoon look/feel. These graphics are, of course, slightly more detailed than the PS2 version.
Very smooth. The game runs at 60 FPS (Frames Per second), and it doesn't matter how much appears on the screen, the game never slows down. There are also simple animations, like Pac-Mans face expressions or his blinking.
Play Control: 9/10
The Play Control is good, but it is sometimes hard to control the camera. Half of the time you don't even have control of the camera, even in places where you really need it! But control Pac-Man is simple. The Controls are easy, A to Jump, A and B to do a Flip Kick, A and A to do a Butt-Bounce, etc. So the camera is the only real problem, but you'll get used to it eventually.
Some of the best music ever in a Pac-Man game. All the music is near-perfect and fits in all the stages. There is underwater music, Haunted music, Volcano music, etc. The music is great!
Pac-Man games usually don't have the greatest plots. This one, however, is different, and it has to be the best Plot in a Pac-Man game. There is no Ghost Witch or Gum Monster (Pac-Man 2, SNES, 1994), but the ghosts are back, and a new guy arrives. In the opening of this game, the ghost sneak into Pac-Village at night, when everyone in Pac-Village was asleep. They find a huge tree with Golden Fruit. They take the Golden Fruit. Then, the tree shakes. Something black and evil was under there. This new evil guy tells the ghosts to take the fruit. When it was morning, Pac-Man gets up and stretches. Then he is told about the Golden Fruit and finds out that the Fruit was used to keep that evil guy, who's name is Spooky, under that tree. There is more, but I don't want to spoil it. Not the most exciting Plot, but it's still alright.
Really good. Over 20 levels, like underwater, forest and volcano stages. The Pac himself also has some new moves, like the Rev Roll, which can be used go farther than a normal jump. Classic Pac-Man action is back: Eating Pac-Dots and gobbling up Ghosts with a Power Pellet. Lot's of that is available in the Normal levels. There are a ton of mazes, which are, of course, the same thing as classic Pac-Man action (Which is good). There is also an Arcade, with 4 classic Pac-Man games like Pac-Man, Pac-Mania and Pac-Attack. Pac-Man will need to collect Tokens in the levels before he can play these.
The first levels are basically practice levels, so they're very easy. However, once you get halfway through the game, you'll find that the levels are almost impossible to complete. Yes, they are that hard, especially in the Haunted stages.....
Replay Value: 10/10
There is lots of Replay Value. There are Pac-Dots, Tokens, Melons, Oranges, Apples, Strawberrys, etc., which you have to collect to get 100% in the levels. There is also a Time Trial after you complete the levels.
BONUS: Pac-Man vs! The Nintendo GameCube version of Pac-Man World 2 has finally earned the Player's Choice, and it includes another game: Pac-Man Vs, a 3-D version of the original Pac-Man game. 4-Players play: 1 Controls Pac-Man on the GameBoy Advance in the classic 2-D version of the board, while the other 3 control the ghosts in a new 3-D version of the board.
Buy? Rent? Or Borrow?
Definitely buy! The Nintendo GameCube version (This version) is the one to get, because it includes Pac-Man Vs. Since the game has earned the Player's Choice, it is available brand new at a cheap price now.
Reviewer's Rating: 5.0 - Flawless
Originally Posted: 05/09/04
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