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  • Namco is almost always the first thing to pop into my mind when I hear someone sayarcade

  • game.” The company has produced more great arcade titles than just about anyone. From

  • Galaga to Pac-man, Xevious and Dig Dug, Namco dominated the arcade age with some of the

  • best games ever made. Now recently, Namco’s best success has been as a publisher, with

  • titles like Dark Souls under the Namco Bandai label. That’s not to say that they haven’t

  • developed some great titles like Tekken or the too-harshly critiqued Star Fox Assault,

  • but Namco’s best games were released many years ago, and they aren’t afraid to point

  • it out with their Namco Museum games. This is Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary for the

  • GameCube. Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary is a really

  • simple title. When you start it up, youre immediately greeted with your choice of Namco

  • arcade game. Pretty much anything you could think of is available. Both Pac-man and Ms.

  • Pac-man, Dig Dug, Galaga, Galaxian, Xevious, Pole Position 1 and 2, Rally-X, Mappy and

  • several others. Now, I just reviewed an Atari arcade collection the other day, and although

  • that was on a handheld console and this isn’t, the amount of content is just stunning. I

  • was trying to think of any games they missed, and I just couldn’t. In fact, the only thing

  • about the collection that I didn’t care for was that Galaxian was included. Galaga

  • is a game that bested its predecessor in every way, and it’s always curious to me why Namco

  • always chooses to include both of them on these collections.

  • While the amount of content on the disk is incredible, the GameCube’s controls do not

  • do the games any favors. Pac-man and Pole Position are especially tricky, as neither

  • the analog stick or d-pad seem to want to cooperate. It really depends on the game,

  • though. While titles like Rolling Thunder and Bosconian feel a little sloppy with the

  • GameCube’s controls, Dig-Dug, Rally-X and Xevius all play excellently. It’s strange

  • to see, as the issue doesn’t even seem connected to particular genres.

  • At museums, some people like to sit back and enjoy how well art has stood up over time.

  • That’s what makes things classic, and why the items are in the museum in the first place.

  • For the most part, these games do just that. With a few, personal exceptions that I won’t

  • mention, as they are just my own tastes, every game on this disk is just as much fun as when

  • it first came out. My favorite Namco game is Dig-Dug, and blowing guys up with that

  • pump is still a blast. The visuals of the original arcade games also

  • remain unchanged in this collection. Every game looks exactly as you’d remember it,

  • and the game audio also stays the same. It’s kind of charming to hear how Namco used some

  • similar sound effects in different games to accomplish different things, and just because

  • your brain sees something different happening, it doesn’t sound the same.

  • Namco was the king of arcade games back in the day, and Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary

  • is a terrific collection of the best Namco had to offer. Maybe even get your older siblings

  • or parents to give it a try and see which games they remember.

Namco is almost always the first thing to pop into my mind when I hear someone sayarcade

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    阿多賓 posted on 2013/04/10
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