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Namco Museum 50th Anniversary - Xbox
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2005
Platform for Display: Xbox
This compilation is a "new and improved" version of Namco's previous efforts of giving us some of their great arcade classics to play at home in their original versions, with no quarters required! Each game is represented on-screen by a stand up cabinet complete with marquee, all arranged in a circle inside the "arcade." You can even watch the games show their demo modes on their miniature screens. The translations of "Pac-Man" and "Ms. Pac-Man" are the closest to the real thing that have ever been made available to play at home. Gone are the altered graphics and sound effects, lame art on the screen sides and what I came to know as the old "Ghost-will-beat-you-to-the-power-pill-every-time-if-it's-too-close-to-call" glitch found in every version of these games since 1995's "Namco Musuem Volume 1" for the Sony Playstation. This time, they are NEARLY perfect translations. They still seem to be ever-so-slightly off, but this is likely as good as it will ever get for them at home. This disc also contains 12 other games available from the start (Bosconian, Dig-Dug, Dragon Spirit, Galaga, Galaxian, Mappy, Pole Position, Pole Position II, Rally-X, Rolling Thunder, Sky Kid and Xevious), as well as two more unlockables (which start out with a very cute handwritten "Out of Order" sign taped to their screens until you meet the requirements to access them), "Pac-Mania" and "Galaga '88". The requirements to unlock them are very easy, so you will have access to them as well in no time. Also included on the disc are a handful of 80's tunes that play while you're on the machine selection screen, including "Come On Eileen", "Talking In Your Sleep" and "Working For the Weekend", among others. With this disc being priced so low and the number of games it contains, you can't miss with it if you are a child of the 80's like me or just have a soft spot for those games from back in the day when no rating system was required!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display: Xbox
There is so much to say with nostaligic video games these days. Yet, with so many different games that have been coming back and definitely remaining a constant in the industry. That has been the case with Namco and their brand of video games. We've seen classics from their main attraction, Pac Man revive the company over and over again to still stand as a popular favorite for every video game system. That also was shown with the Namco Museum reflection of the classic video game library. While the games have all been released for each of the ssytems, another edition was over the horizon, without a quarter to place into the slots.

Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade collection for the Microsoft Xbox, is a collection of 14 games for everybody to love and enjoy. The collection of games is mostly nothing new for people who bought the previous edition. Neverthless, for anybody who hasn't played these classic gems, that is another story. The games here have all been restored and remastered nicely, with a main menu soundtrack that feaures classics from the 80's like the Fine Young Cannibals hit She Drives Me Crazy. The compilation includes so many greats that still stand including Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Dig Dug, the original driving machine Pole Position, and Galaga. While the game doesn't showcase the arrangement editons of games like Pac Man, and Dig Dug, the classic editions still stand still, and just remain as good guilty pleasures. The control for these games is very simple and easy for all gamers alike old and new.

While so many people might not seem interested in the classics right now, and are just considering newer games like Need For Speed: Most Wanted, and Project Gotham Racing, Namco Museum's 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection for the Xbox is a great buy for any gamer who has a feeling for the arcade greats.

Graphics: B+

Sound: B

Control: B 1/2+

Fun & Enjoyment: B 1/2+

Overall: B+
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2005
Platform for Display: Xbox
This is a great collection of Namco's classic games. If you bought the Namco Museum for XBox, then you know about the jerky movement of both Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man. Very distracting but they are gone in this set. Plus there are more games and they added the classic Galaga '88'. All you need is to score 40000 on Galaga and it's yours but why even bother because 40000 on Galage should be no problem for moderate to pro players. There's also Pacmania on the game and you need 15000 on Pac-Man and 20000 on Ms. Pac-Man to unlock. If you already have the Museum, this is still a must buy so you can get Rolling Thunder along with the bonus game of Galaga '88'. If you buy the Museum, 50th Anniversary and the Battle Collection for the PSP, you actually wind up having 4 different versions of Galaga. The Arrangement version on the PSP is different then the one on Museum and a whole lot more fun. At any rate, buy this game.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2005
Platform for Display: Xbox
Namco may be 50 years old, but the games in this collection aren't even half that.

Not that it matters. Pac-Man and Ms.Pac-Man are the two definitive video games of the 80's.

Galaga: the best of the space-invaders type games.

Pole Position I and II: the first modern racing games.

Dig Dug: the only digging tunnels and pumping enemies up game

Xevious: futuristic top-down scrolling shooter

Plus Rolling Thunder, Rally X, Bosconian, Dragon Spirit, Sky Kid, Mappy and Galaxian.

Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection is a must-buy, it completes the trilogy of classic arcade compliations, along with Atari Anthology and Midway Arcade Treasures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2006
Platform for Display: Xbox
This is a good colection of some of the classics, the main reason I got this was for Rolling Thunder and Xevious (since I've never seen them on any other collection of games). I used to love those 2 games when I was a kid. Most of the other games are cool but a good bit of them are already on other classic games out there (like Pac-man, mrs pac-man, galaga, dig dug ect...). The only things I didn't like was the load times and that you couldn't continue on Xevious or Dig Dug, which is kindof annoying. Other than that it's $20 of my hard earned cash well spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This was a great way to introduce my 4 year old to the games I grew up playing. Pac Man and Ms. Pac Man are still as fun as the arcade versions I remember as a child and are still fun and challenging to play. It's fun to watch my daughter play these old games...now I need to get the old atari arcade game collection!
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on December 20, 2007
Platform for Display: Xbox
Judged on just the extras, menus & features, this title is far from special. Compared to what Capcom has delivered with their "Classics" series, a few extra features like save states and shorter load times would have been nice.

However, I bought this title for the Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man and Galaga emulations, and on that note 50th Anniverary delivers. First off, the graphics & sound for Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man & Galaga are spot on, a vast improvement over the terrible distortions of the original Namco Museum (Xbox) title. Ghost behavior in the Pac-Man games is about as close to the arcade as you'll probably find in an emulation. Sit spots, passing through ghosts, and the little quirks of each monster from what I can tell are exploitable just as they were in the arcade. As far as grouping behavior goes, I'm not an expert in that arena, so your mileage may vary if your questing for a perfect game and want to test out your favorite arcade tricks.

I only wish I could praise the Galaga emulation as highly. Graphics & sound are as they should be, but an unfortunate input lag will cause some frustration when your pounding away on the fire button. Of course, having played the arcade quite a bit during the 90's, I became accustomed to creaky old stained cabinets with faded screens and half working controls.

As for the rest... I'll have to give the other games a try, but for the big 3 this disc does deliver the goods.
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on May 25, 2011
Platform for Display: XboxVerified Purchase
Sadly by no fault of Namco, Xbox is, and was not designed to play these games.
There are no after market original xbox joy sticks on the market making this game
really hard to play.
I rated it a 4 though because it is 100% authentic, well done game.
There look to be no joy stick in site in the future either as Xbox originals are now
on their last legs and there is no need for aftermarket suppliers to make one.
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on May 11, 2010
Platform for Display: XboxVerified Purchase
Excellent! Brings back the joys and excitement of video games in the 80s. Even my children love to play these "retro" games! Now this generation is embracing the 80s technology as their own. Everyone can share in the joys of gaming back then and you can relive a piece of your childhood.
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on March 17, 2015
Platform for Display: XboxVerified Purchase
im 50 years old and i still love these games throw back from the past i use to play in the arcades after school my moms gave me ten bucks i spent it on the game lol well now i can play them for free every time thank you namco for making it so accessible to the the game concoles
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