Namco Museum 50th Anniversary
|a game by||Namco Ltd.|
|Platforms:||XBox, PC, Playstation 2, GBA|
|User Rating:||6.8/10 - 8 votes|
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|See also:||Namco Games, Namco Museum Series|
50th Anniversary? You know, I never realised Namco's videogame heritage stretched back to the 1950s - the graphics back then must have been really shit. Namco Museum is a collection of 14 retro arcade games including Galaxian, Galago, Dig-Dug and Pac-Man, and with the exception of one or two, all are genuine classics that you should play if you have any interest in our videogame history. However, the problem is that Namco are charging you 20 quid for a very lacklustre package that has a 'retro-cool interface' featuring the coin-op cabinets - and bugger-all else. No interviews with the creators, no facts and figures, no promo sheets or adverts from the time - nada.
In their place is a piss-poor soundtrack consisting of a handful of obscure 1980s tracks, with the only recognisable tune being Come On Eileen by Dexy's Midnight Runrfers, which incidentally, brought back painful memories of a party I went to in my teens when the girl I fancied got off with someone else. Probably because I was too busy playing Pac-Man down the local fish and chip shop to chat her up.
But I digress. We love retro games such as Galaxian, Xevious et al - check out our redesigned Retro Zone on page 116 - but would we pay money again for these ageing titles when there's Prey to fire up? I'll say nowt else except direct the uninitiated towards the website.