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on October 15, 2006
This is definitely a nostalgia trip.

Even if you have the other museum titles it's worthwhile to pick this one up. Galaga 88 is the reason why you need this game. Galaga 88 is worth the price of admission alone. Also packaged are some other great titles (although almost all of them are already in other museum titles). You get:


Ms. Pac-Man



Galaga 88


Dig Dug

Pole Position

Pole Position II

Rolling Thunder

Rally X


Dragon Spirit

Sky Kid



Most of these games are great. A few of them I don't play very much namely Rally X (just never got into this one I guess) Pac-Mania and Mappy. A lot of people don't like Sky Kid, but I love that game.

If you don't have any of the Namco Museum games then you definitely need to pick this up!

There are a few downsides though. The games are great of coarse and they're all restored to their original goodness, but Namco sure didn't do much to celebrate their 50th anniversary. No history, no interviews, none of that. The only *bonus* you get is you can unlock Pac-Mania and Galaga 88 if you can get a high enough score in Pac-Man and Ms Pac Man and if you get a high score in Galaga. The scores really aren't very hard to reach though so you should unlock them within the first couple hours of play. I really wish that Namco would have done something to make this release special but they didn't. But that's okay, i'm over it :)

In closing *ahem*galaga88*ahem* I would like to say *galaga88* that this game is *galaga88* definitely worth *galaga88* the price *cough*galaga88*cough*
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on June 18, 2009
The games included in this set are great, but the process of navigating the menus and saving your data is VERY annoying. TOO MANY LOADING SCREENS! And besides that, the loading screens take WAY too long for a PS2 title that is this simple (it's not exactly God of War, programming-wise). You sit through a LONG loading screen while the main menu comes up. Then you select your game. Another LONG loading screen. You decide you want to switch games, so you exit the one you are playing. Another LONG loading screen. Plus, let's say you've gotten really good at one of the games, to the point where you're really competitive about your high scores. You turn on the game, you screw up and die on the first screen. "D'oh!" you think to yourself, "I gotta start this one over!" But you can't. You CAN'T reset the game, there's no such option. You have to play through all your lives until you get game over, and THEN re-start. Why? Because the only other option is to select "EXIT GAME," sit through the #$%!%$$!ing loading screen again while you're taken back to the main menu, then RE-SELECT the game, SIT THROUGH THE @#$#$ING LOADING SCREEN AGAIN, and then start over.

Also, you would think a game like this would autosave your high scores, such as other titles from the "anthology genre," like Capcom Classics, Midway Arcade Treasures, or Atari Anthology. But not on this one!!! If you set a new top 10 score or high score, you have to exit the game, sit through the loading screen, and then go into the options screen, and save the scores for that INDIVIDUAL game. That's right, EACH game has its own save requirement, so if you play the game for 2 hours and set high scores on Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig-Dug, for example, this means you have to scroll back over to Dig-Dug, select the options screen, click "Save," say "Yes" to confirm you want to save, and then scroll around to Pac-Man, do the EXACT SAME THING for Pac-Man, and then do it all over again a third time for Galaga. There's no way to just have the game save everything you've done on all the games so far, which is a real hassle. And over and above the requirement to save each individual game, WHY in the world would it not just autosave? Why on earth, on a title like this, would anyone get a high score and NOT want it saved????

Basically the games themselves are all wonderful classics,all faithful to their original versions as far as I can tell, but a title like this should be optimized for SMOOTH and SEAMLESS transition from game to game; people want to sit down with a title like this, gather their friends around, and take a stroll through a classic virtual arcade and go from game to game! The setup of this game makes that EXTREMELY difficult to do as you and your friends will VERY quickly get tired of sitting through the same ugly overlong loading screen TWICE every single time you want to get in and out of another game, and likely you'll get frustrated and move on to something else before you even have played all the titles on this disc.
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I sometimes wonder why when it often comes to video games, many of the younger generation, doesn't simply appreciate the moments when the classics seem to matter. Maybe they haven't witnessed those powers back in the 80's the arcades used to maintain. Nevertheless, Namco was one of the very few coompany that have still been a presence into the video market. While there have been classics like Donkey Kong, Centipede, and the legendary eater Pac Man, those classics keep coming back all over again. A few years ago, Namco made a compilation that was absolutely breathless, and now it has been restored.

Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade collection for the Playstation 2, is a compilation of over a dozen of the most enjoyable classic video arcade games you could ever imagine. The collection maintains it worth in quarters. It includes some of the best from the past including Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Dig Dug, the classic aerial shooter Xevious, and the fast and sometimes furious Pole Position II. The menu also hits the mark quite graciously, by bringing some great classic pop songs of the 80's into the mix including She Drives Me Crazy by the Fine Young Cannibals, and the one-hit wonder Dexy's Midnight Runners classic Come On Eileen. The games remain just as infectious and exciting as they were back then, and have been restored and remastered quite beautifully. Although you don't get the specialized arrangement versions of Pac Man and Did Dug like you did from the previous edition, it doesn't take away any of the fun at all.

This nostalgia in a box, the Namco Museum 50th Anniversary Arcade Collection for teh Playstation 2, is a must have for older and younger gamers alike, who just care about the classics, without the expense of gobbling away money to the machines. I really do recommend this classic gameplay for anybody old or young alike.

Graphics: B

Sound: B+

Control: B 1/2-

Fun & Enjoyment: B

Overall: B 1/2+
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on September 2, 2005
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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on June 7, 2016
This video game has nostalgia written all over it. Some of our favorite arcade games all wrapped up into one and they don't cost a quarter a go. You can play a game or two, or you can play for hours it's up to you. Great present idea for parents or grandparents who grew up playing these same games in arcades and laundry mats. There is one slight complication with this idea though. My mother LOVES Galaga, but since she was so used to playing these games with a joystick, it kind of threw her off. With a little practice it got easier. They all look the same, and play the same. All the secrets are still there to use and all in all, it's the only game my mother plays regularly.
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on December 6, 2005
Sometimes, that's where the good memories start to roll through because you want to remember the games in the past and keep playing them until this day. It's fun to play Pac-Man and Galaga, Ping Pong, which is fun for 2 Players. I just like playing Pac-Man, Galaga, Pole Position I and II, Ms. Pac-Man. And they are memorable games from the Atari, I wish they had Donkey Kong from Atari, which I that was a lot of fun to play with. The special feature is the Adventure games in Galaga and Pac-Man and those games you won't die. So, this is a game to play and remember.
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on June 12, 2013
I got this about 2 weeks ago and this has got to be one of the most fun games I have for the PS2! This game features some of the best games made by Namco from the 1970's and 1980's. This is such a great game for 13.00. Here's a list of all 16 games...

Dragon Spirit
Galaga '88
Ms. Pac-Man
Pole Position
Pole Position 2
Rolling Thunder
Sky Kid

It says it comes with 14 games, but there is 2 that you have to unlock before you play them. You have to unlock Pac-Mania and Galaga '88. love most of the games on there, especially Mappy. Mappy is my favorite game. I probably wouldn't have bought this if Mappy wasn't on there. The only bad thing about this game is the loading times. You'll feel as if you are stuck in a time machine. It can take up to 45 seconds to load up the main menu where you select the game. Loading the game up should only take a few seconds. The shipping speed for this game was pretty fast, it only took a few days to ship from California to Nebraska, which I'll say is pretty good. I highly recommend this game even though the price went up 1 day after I bought this game. It is worth every penny. When family comes over, this is the game I have them play. They love it so much. Although 16 games is a decent amount, I feel they could have fitted a few more on there since they are games from the '70's and '80's. Overall, this is the game to get if want a trip back into the 1980's! They are the actual real games, no altering of any kind unlike my plug and play versions of these games. You won't regret buying this game. Hope you consider getting this! Sincerely,

Garrett Bice
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on October 28, 2005
Yes, this is yet another re-packaging with slow menus and a lack of new features. All of that is moot, however, as it includes Galaga '88. I still count Galaga as one of my favorite video games of all time. Preferably this collection would jettison some of the garbage games and add other Galaga-based classics like Gaplus.

Considering that the only other way I know of to play Galaga '88 is on Turbografx-16, the $20 for this collection is worthwhile.
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on February 19, 2013
Here is a good selection of games to play with back in the Atari era. They are classic arcade games. Family and friends should get together and have fun. Easy to pick up controls and plenty of games to choose from. Though wish they had added more games for the price. Buy it for a low price.

Pac-Man (1980)
Ms. Pac-Man (1981)
Galaga (1981)
Galaxian (1979)
Dig Dug (1982)
Pole Position (1982)
Pole Position II (1983)
Rolling Thunder (1986)
Rally-X (1980)
Bosconian (1981)
Dragon Spirit (1987)
Sky Kid (1985)
Xevious (1982)
Mappy (1983)
Pac-Mania (1987)
Galaga '88

A good selection of games to have fun with.
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on December 11, 2013
These Namco games are amazing and fun just like they were in the 80's.

This was a gift for a child who is very happy with it. I have played too, wheeee!

Rolling Thunder, Mappy, and DigDug and Galaga never get old....
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