Namco Museum Archives Volume 1 and 2 bring back classics in two separate collections, each offering 11 games. Titles originate from both arcade and home console, and span an acceptable range of genres, as well as including its most famous IPs, such as Pac-Man and Galaga.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, both volumes lean into the shmup genre the most, and include the likes of Gaplus, Super Xevious and the excellent Dragon Spirit. Otherwise, there’s a good selection of platformers, one or two RPG titles, arcade essentials like Dig Dug, and Japanese exclusives like the adorably horrifying Splatterhouse: Wanpaku Graffiti. Each game emulates well in terms of sound quality and inputs, though multiplayer is somewhat lacking as almost every title that offers it uses the original ‘one player at a time’ system in lieu of creating something more communal.
Volume One also includes a demake of 2007’s Pac-Man Championship Edition, which boasts the most complete ‘Pac’ experience yet as well as a refreshingly rocking soundtrack. Most classics are accounted for across both volumes, though with three Pac-Man games it seems odd that Ms. Pac-Man is notably neglected.
Both Museum Archive volumes utilise the same basic user interface and generic retro music that is serviceable, if a bit dull. They also employ the same settings, including a screen size modifier and a rewind system that makes any game laughably easy when abused. Having exactly the same functionality in both games also raises the uncomfortable question of why these collections had to be separated into two volumes at all.
Still, they both offer a good selection of nostalgic gems, the odd so-so title like the frustratingly sloppy Mappy-Land, as well as a disappointing lack of unlockable extras. If it were one complete collection it’d be easily recommended but, as two separate purchases, these are for hardcore Namco fans only.
The Mrs Pac-Man thing’s all tied up in legal battles. It’s an interesting read though!
These are NES versions rather than arcade versions I think?
Never understood the separate purchases.
Wish Pac-Man CE had been brought over from the ps3! I thought the prices were somewhat "ooof!" but then I saw the Darius Arcade $55AU & Darius Console $78AU compilations! :-/
Ms Pac-man has an interesting history. The game was developed by midway, I think. Ms Pac-man is the best Pac-man game imo.
If this is ever the right price I'll download it. I'm presuming it's download only.
Edit; It is getting a physical release. I'd like that
Getting two times the money a simple reason.
I wasn’t aware that some of the games were the arcade versions. Which game is what?
@Sinton I think they are all NES versions, I think this is a port of the 'Namcot Collection' originally released on Switch.
Why can’t they release a proper collection of old classics
No Pole Position 1/2. No purchase. Also a re-release of original Monaco GP would be nice.
These are all NES ports of the arcade originals, right? That seems like a pretty important piece of information. A more thorough review might comment on which ports are close to the arcade originals and which differ more drastically (for better or worse).
I do have a bit of nostalgia for some of these games but having recently purchased the Evercade handheld console with Namco collection 1 & 2 (which has few different games on it) I wont be double dipping on the PS4.
PS Mappy land is excruciatingly annoying!
It's a disservice not to call out that these aren't the arcade versions when every other museum release has been. These are the NES versions. Huge mistake for Namco.
For people who want Ms. PAC-MAN...
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