Taito Milestones Reviews
Overall, this is still a solid collection and there are some genuine gems tucked away here. I just feel that this collection could have been so much more and picked a better array of games to show off what used to make Taito such an arcade gaming powerhouse.
At least what is here is solid. These games feature the standard options and the emulation is genuinely solid in most cases. I had fun diving into each game, but again only a couple warranted a repeat viewing. This feels more like Taito Obscurities as opposed to Milestones. For the price it ends up cheaper than picking up each game individually, but that is assuming you want all ten games. As a collection this feels more like an afterthought than a solid purchase.
There may not be many games in here, but they do cover a broad range of genres and most of them are still great fun to play today. It's just a shame Switch owners have already had access to the majority of them, with the exact same features, for years already. The glaring lack of any extra features make it hard to appreciate the significance of the more obscure or basic titles unless you're prepared to go off and do some homework, and there are some very obvious milestones missing for no reason other than it allows Taito to make more money by splitting the games across multiple collections.
TAITO Milestones is a no-frills package of ten '80s-era arcade games, most of which are available separately in the Nintendo eShop. If you don't already own the ones you want, it's a decent collection with some obscure gems that may become your new favorites. A couple, however, don't make a smooth transition from their arcade controls to your Joy-Con.
There's no doubting that Taito's back catalogue of 1980s arcade titles still mostly hold up in Milestones. And if you haven't yet delved into the company's varied, genre-hopping history, than there's an argument for Taito Milestones being a sufficient if not entirely definitive investment.
TAITO Milestones is a nice collection of arcade games from the 1980s but one that most likely won’t be to everyone’s tastes. Many of these games can be quite ugly and may not hold your attention for long. It is a nice way to see how TAITO’s games evolved over the span of that decade though from Qix that released in 1981 all the way to The Ninja Warriors that released in 1987. Fans of retro classics should take a look at this collection while everyone else may want to approach it with a bit more caution.
Even in the six years between the earliest release and the latest of these 10 games, you can see a massive difference in quality and performance. While the lack of extra features and presentation is a tough pill to swallow, the online leaderboards for each title add excellent replay value to games that are all about chasing high scores. Going into these offerings and not expecting stone-cold classics is sure to be a refreshing and educational experience, and you might even find a few old-school arcade titles to keep on rotation.
Taito Milestones may simply contain 10 classic arcade titles and nothing else but some of these games offer timeless enjoyable challenges that you can spend hours trying to master. I just wish there was some kind of bonus content to scratch more of that retro itch.
Taito Milestones takes us back to the past, but that's not enough to qualify as a successful release.
Review in Greek | Read full review
Some of these are known classics, others are less resounding works. While the emulation is good enough to present a good, flawless experience comparable to the originals, there are several elements here that deserved better, namely the interface and additional information, which is very little and gives almost no insight into TAITO's rich arcade past.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
TAITO Milestones presents us with 10 classic Taito titles released for Arcade in the 80s. The selection is debatable but not bad for that, and the compilation's extras are conspicuous by their absence -beyond the configuration options of each game, the option to save status and online rankings-, but this type of product dedicated to the preservation of the classics is appreciated.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
Considering that even Konami’s collection had an exclusive interview section in it, Taito Milestones feels incredibly barren as can be: hopefully future volumes add some more bonuses such as key art and the such.
Taito Milestones is a very simple emulator that, for the general public, may be of little interest due to the simplicity of the works available here and the lack of extra features. I consider the selection of ten games too small comparing it to other collections previously released, such as Taito Legends e Taito Memories. Though they represent various genres, I felt the absence of titles of more value, more significance to Taito's legacy. I recommend this product to those interested in the history of arcades who wish to know Taito titles of various genres from their early works. If a specific title in the collection is desired, it may be more appropriate to buy it individually on the eShop.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Taito Milestones is a collection of arcade games selected from Arcade Archives, which includes some classics from the 1980’s Taito developed games. All games were ported perfectly and the best part is that the package is way more affordable than purchasing them individually. Due to the timeline of these old classic’s existence, the main audience of these games were aimed at gamers in their 40s. Although all games were great, it’s not the definitive top 10 of their 1st party developments. Since its purpose was only catered to Taito fans, it’s a well thought out movement to represent Taito branding with their calculated plans of optimal human resources put into the project. But in all honesty, these types of collections may even deny any future potential of expansion of their original IP.
Review in Korean | Read full review
Taito Milestones for me is an awesome collection of Taito arcade titles that showcase more of the company’s early work rather than their best. It’s a collection that will certainly turn the heads of the retro gamers that are looking to enjoy these titles on modern systems. There’s a pretty good variety of games which is welcome but some will click more than others. To me this milestone collection showcases originality and risk taking from the era where video games development was in its infancy. It’s just a shame we don’t see much of that innovation in modern gaming today. Taito Milestones may not be the best of Taitos past but it’s still a blast to play.
There are a few gems here, including Alpine Ski, Halley's Comet, and The Ninja Warriors, but also several middling or clunky titles. They might be milestones, but they're far from essentials.
Taito Milestones is a reminder that Taito has released more than just Space Invaders and Breakout clones. Sadly, it is also a reminder as to why none of the games included in this collection are fondly remembered.