Namco Arcade Pak (Switch)

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Namco Arcade Pak (Switch)

Postby VideoGameCritic » December 31st, 2018, 3:06 pm

I'm a little disappointed with this. On the good side, there's a fine selection of classic arcade games including old favorites like Dig Dug, Pac-Man, and Galaga. Fine new additions include Splatterhouse and Rolling Thunder 1 & 2. Loved playing the arcade versions for the first time.

But there are issues. First, I had to agree to an endless EULA. WTF? the games are constantly prompting me to upload my rankings, which is annoying when your system isn't online. Next, where is the museum? Previous Namco compilations had all kinds of historical material, but this is pretty barebones. The user interface is terrible, and the Pac-Man Championship game? I think that series is past its expiration date. They keep making it more and more confusing.

There are some great games here but the overall packaging tarnishes the experience. Going to be tough to grade.

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Re: Namco Arcade Pak (Switch)

Postby Atariboy » January 1st, 2019, 4:24 pm

It's unimportant, but just for the sake of curiosity and since I'm a fan of the franchise, I wanted to clarify that the original Rolling Thunder actually isn't new to the series.

Ignoring Namco Museum Encore for the PS1 since it was a Japanese exclusive (Essentially Namco Museum 6), it has actually been a semi regular inclusion since the PS2 days for the Namco Museum franchise. The PSP collection, the Xbox 360 collection, and the 50th Anniversary Collection for the PS2/GCN/Xbox all have included it.

Nice to finally see Rolling Thunder 2 escape the vault. And I'm happy that Splatterhouse is here. Almost bought the modern Splatterhouse game on the 360 more than once that includes it as an unlockable, but really didn't want to play through the 3D revival any.

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Re: Namco Arcade Pak (Switch)

Postby VideoGameCritic » January 1st, 2019, 11:13 pm

Thanks for the info Atariboy! To be honest I kind of lost track of which games were new additions and which were old. Thanks for clarifying.

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Re: Namco Arcade Pak (Switch)

Postby GameOfThrones » January 2nd, 2019, 6:01 pm

I am looking forward to this review. The retro offerings have been very limp of late.

If you want a laugh go onto steam and search for the coleco collection but do not buy it. It sounds like the worst retro compilation ever.
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