Review by aaronmykyta
"Namco Classic Portable."
If you're like me, you've grown up with arcade games like Pong. Those old classics are the games that we always refer to as "the good ole days." I'm old school, and you probably are too.
But we are also very naive. Most games in the past don't rise up to what games are now. You probably hear people saying "Mortal Kombat II is better than the new MKs." For some points, they're right, but the classic fighting gameplay of that game doesn't really rise up to the new fighting mega-game Mortal Kombat: Deception. It is just the new technology that is so appealing.
I have spent so much money on the old arcade machines, and as the thousandth recollection of old arcade games under the name of Namco Museum Battle Collection, you do get your quarters worth. The game features both sides of Namco's old days, as this game features some great classics beside some terrible failures.
This games featured in Namco Museum Battle Collection all have a good variety, as the game features 20 games. Those games are Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, The Tower of Druaga, Rolling Thunder, Mappy, Bosconian, Xevious, Rally-X, New Rally-X, Dig Dug I & II, Galaga, and Galaxian. Most of those games should sound familiar to any old gaming fan. Dragon Buster, Motos, King & Balloon, and Grobda are the bad games in this collection, but you can easily avoid them.
All the GOOD games have been ported with excellence, which is good to hear for people like me. Pac-Man is still yellow, Galaga is still incredibly hard, Dig Dug is still weird as hell, and Mappy has the most addictive music loop ever in a video game. Rolling Thunder, a 007-esque Shinobi game, has some graphical flaws that revolve around the shadowing, which can really annoy you. It doesn't really matter about the flaws of any of these games, because if you liked them before, you'll like them now and vice-versa.
Since the PSP's screen is more horizontal-geared towards gameplay, you have the option of changing this by changing the 'ratio' and 'rotate' options. You can play the game in the normal setting, but the game is small, literally, or you can change to Full Screen mode, which enlarges the game, but does stretch the resolution a fair bit. Rotating allows you to (guess what?) rotate the game screen, which gives the game more of a arcade-like feel.
To make Namco Museum Battle Collection differ from all the other recollection games, they have added updated versions of four of the games: Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, and Rally-X. It isn't much, but the graphics are updated and small gameplay tweaks have been added. For example, Pac-Man now features speed panels and the ability to eat "pulsating" dots. It doesn't really allow for any reason to replay any of the old games.
Namco Museum Battle Collection sports two multiplayer options. If two players only have one game disc, the one without the game can download the first levels from ten games from the other person's PSP (just like of the one-cartridge DS multiplayer). The other way is to play the Arrangements (the updated games) with your friends, but they do require individual discs.
The museum is kind of empty, seeing how there are no extras featured in the game at all. There are no box art to look at, no developer interviews from the people who made these legendary games, nothing. It is kind of sad that the game still costs around $40.
But if you're looking for a game that features all your favorite classics, Namco Museum Battle Collection has what you're looking for. Near-perfect emulation of almost all the games equals for one fun time.
-...But Some Shouldn't Have Been Emulated At All.
-Should Cost Less, Seeing How These Games Are Just Ports.
Reviewer's Rating: 2.5 - Playable
Originally Posted: 09/06/05
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