PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2

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PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 is ranked in the 73rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 46 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

62%

Critics Recommend

Based on 46 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 16, 2016

Championship Edition 2 has followed confidently in the footsteps of the first game and is one of the most addictive and enjoyable games I’ve played in quite some time.

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Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Sep 14, 2016

Despite messy design decisions, Pac-Man's latest still manages to come together.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Sep 20, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 doesn’t understand the series’ timeless appeal

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Scored Reviews

ZTGD
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition II is a really fun game. It changes up the formula enough to keep things feeling fresh, its look and feel is fantastic, and the overall package will keep fans playing for hours on end. It really is a sequel worth the Pac-Man name, and I for one absolutely love it. I think many of you will as well, and I highly suggest giving it a shot.

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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Sep 13, 2016

The Adventure mode might be too laborious for some, but the score-based and practice modes give you everything you need to enjoy the new changes to Pac-Man

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Miketendo64
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 3, 2018

It is certainly worth investing in as even the most casual Pac-Man players will find themselves coming back to it again and again.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

Familiar Pac-Man gameplay with an added twist, offering near endless fun.

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The Jimquisition
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 15, 2016

There’s no doubt in my mind that this is the cleverer of the two titles, boasting an inventive central mechanic that informs some thoroughly brilliant level design. Regardless of which may be the superior Pac-Man, this second round of Championship remains a bloody terrific time.

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DualShockers
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2016

While not without a few minor sound problems, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is the definitive evolution of the Pac-Man series, adding enough new mechanics while improving the main game so much that the title is worth a purchase from any arcade game or Pac-Man fan. While some series veterans might not be a fan of the radical changes to this game’s gameplay, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 shows that there is still a lot of life and innovation to be found in this 36 year old series. This game was truly the power pellet that the entire series needed, and now that it has been rejuvenated, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pac-Man sticks around for another 36 years.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Sep 12, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is simply an incredibly fun and addictive arcade experience that once again reinvents the arcade classic in a compelling way. The visual style feels timeless, looking as great as it did back in 2007. I sincerely hope that Bandai Namco has more tricks up its sleeve with their back catalogue, perhaps even a Dig Dug Championship Edition? I can only dream!

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PlayStation Universe
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2016

Boasting a wealth of challenge and a litany of well considered changes, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 feels like a Grandmasters Tour of series architect Toru Iwatani’s magnum opus. Accessible and compelling, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is one of the finest arcade games you can buy on PS4.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Oct 12, 2016

A perfect balance of old and new with a wonderful presentation. Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is simultaneously inventive and nostalgic, and worth playing for anyone who likes arcade style games.

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IGN Italy
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

While Pac-Man CE 2 can't live to all the expectations of those who deeply loved the first game, is still pure old/new-school gaming bliss.

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GameCrate
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2016

If you can play it with an open mind and forgive the lack of multiplayer, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is a game which could easily suck up hours of your time as it continues to challenge you in new and exciting ways.

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Digital Chumps
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Sep 18, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is a tough, uphill experience that might have a few things going against it in terms of frustration, but the game also has a lot going for it in terms of challenge. Gamers generally cry about games being too quick and easy, so Bandai Namco Studios has created something that goes against that grain. Certainly this is the Dark Souls of the Pac-Man series.

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Next Gen Base
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is clocking in at about £10 on the PSN store, which makes sense. It has the feel of a highly polished game that can kill 30 minutes or so at a time rather than instigate hours of play. If that’s what you’re looking for then you’re in luck, friend; here be a game that is both simple and immersive for short periods of time, to divert your brain away from real issues and solely into ‘where the fuck is the fruit oh no there’s a ghost train EAT IT YES HA!’. If you’re after a happy dose of nostalgia and an engaging half hour then this is the power pill for you.

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We Got This Covered
Sep 13, 2016

Some nice gameplay additions and a great look mean that you shouldn’t underestimate the refreshed addictive powers of Pac-Man.

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GamingTrend
80 / 100
80 / 100
Sep 30, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is a faster, more frantic, and fresh take on the old Pac-Man series, and this sequel does a great job of furthering what the original Championship Edition presented. The game is fun, and Pac-Man fans will enjoy the game while also getting a new set of challenges to face. In the end, the game is fairly simple and something you’ve seen before many times, but if you are craving a return to Pac World, this is a great place to look.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 14, 2016

An unexpectedly brave attempt to once again rewrite the rules on Pac-Man, resulting in another near-classic arcade experience.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is everything you may want out of a puzzle game and more. It looks simple at first glance, but there’s a surprising amount of depth. It can be annoying have to jump through so many hoops to unlock that content, but the jumping is very entertaining. If you don’t come into this expecting to just beat levels, and instead want something you can spend days or weeks trying to master, you’re in for a great time.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Oct 6, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 isn’t necessarily a bad game. The original and the DX versions were just about perfection, and you just can’t improve on perfection. It is simply a case that Bandai Namco needed to make it different enough to set it apart from the other Pac-Man games. On that count I have mixed feelings. The ultimate success story is that Bandai Namco can take Pac-Man as it is in its basic form and still find amazing new, and very modern, ways to apply that formula.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Sep 12, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 represents another strong, well-produced arcade title for this classic character, cementing his continued relevance multiple decades later in a way only a few non-Nintendo franchises have been able to.

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GameSpot
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 16, 2016

Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2 builds on the success of its predecessor, reinvigorating classic Pac-Man gameplay with new mechanics and eye-catching visuals.

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TrustedReviews
Sep 12, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 may have a few additions for the sake of it, but it’s still one of the best score-attack games you could hope to play.

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Rice Digital
Sep 23, 2016

This game is fantastic and arguably the pinnacle of Pac-Man.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Sep 18, 2016

Adds a lot of excitement to an already fast paced game that makes Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 a very worthy follow-up on its predecessor.

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Marooners' Rock
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2016

With competitive leaderboards, fun twists on the gameplay, a number of levels and goodies to unlock and a solid presentation, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is a fun sequel that continues to buck the trend for one of gaming’s biggest titans. Here’s hoping it continues for more competitive efforts down the road…I mean, aren’t we do for a Battle Royale sequel any day now?

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Shacknews
8 / 10
8 / 10
Sep 13, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is an amalgam of excellent new augments, though for the most part it stays the same and implements new looks and skins. I'm not sure there's enough that it actually changes from the other game, but there's still plenty here to enjoy and hungrily devour, like Pac-Man and ghosts, if you're a diehard fan or even have a passing interest in the game. Ghost trains are where it's at, and you'll most likely agree.

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Video Chums
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 mostly retains the spirit of the original while offering a ton of content and plenty of fresh gameplay mechanics.

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Everyeye.it
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2016

Pac Man Championship Edition 2 is a solid title; rich, funny and well developed. Still, it can not match the incredible Championship Edition DX.

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Reno Gazette-Journal
3.75 / 5.0
3.75 / 5.0
Oct 10, 2016

“Pac-Man Championship Edition 2” is a fun remix of the classic Pac-Man gameplay, featuring zippy action and crazy maze mechanics. As a followup, it doesn’t quite have the same freshness of the original Championship Edition. The incredibly fast pace of the game also can be overwhelming for some and tiring for others after extended play. All that being said, it’s an enjoyable and entertaining re-imagining of Pac-Man that builds on the classic formula’s solid foundation instead of shoehorning the round mascot in the square peg of a different gaming genre.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2016

It might be a case of sky-high expectations, but this sequel doesn't live up to its sublime predecessor Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+. Still, I'm not so sure it ever could -- that game was damn near perfect, putting Bandai Namco in a tough spot when creating a follow-up. Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is worth playing for its frenetic new style and ruleset, but it's no replacement.

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IGN
7.5 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7.5 / 10.0
Sep 20, 2016

I had a good time with Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, even if it meant I had to wade through a lot of white noise to find it. For every excellent addition like being able to jump back to the start of a map, there are a few that aren’t as well thought out and feel more like limitations than tools for expanding your options. Figuring out the fast-paced puzzles based around all the new tweaks is still a good retro-arcade challenge, but it doesn’t come close to recapturing the magic of the first Championship Edition.

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Worth Playing
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Oct 5, 2016

At the end of the day, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is a solid sequel that suffers from trying to add too much to a formula that was almost perfect. It's still plenty of fun to play but feels too excessively bloated compared to the excellent original. If you're a fan of Championship Edition,then you'll find a lot to like in the sequel, and newcomers should find it an accessible place to start. It's an interesting evolution of the Pac-Man gameplay and makes for a solid pick-up-and-play title for players of any age. It is, after all, still Pac-Man at heart.

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GaminGuardian
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Mar 2, 2018

the classic experience of a classic pacman adapted to the new times, with a thrilling gameplay and challenging levels

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Game Revolution
Sep 13, 2016

Maybe that’s what peeves me most about Pac-Man Championship Edition 2. There’s a solid idea at the core of the game, one that’s endearing and compelling despite some major changes to the formula. But nothing backs up that idea. It’s just that—an idea, and not much else, though the familiar Pac-Man gameplay still holds up. While I’ll probably attempt to best some of my own scores in the coming weeks, though, there’s not enough engaging content to keep me hooked in the long run.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Feb 2, 2017

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is an addictive throwback to the original classic; however, there is a lot of new game mechanics that work well to modernise the formula, without taking away any of the nostalgia. Those looking for a new Pac-Man game will find plenty to love here, including the pellet eating and the ghost trains, combined with the fruits meter, the bomb jump, the jump pads and the ability to bump into the ghosts. Each stage features a sequence of mazes in Adventure mode, while Score Attack tests even the toughest of Pac-Man players who are looking at posting up some high scores. This is a fun adventure that can be enjoyed by fans of the old, as well as younger fans being introduced to the franchise for the first time.

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MonsterVine
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Sep 21, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is a fun variation of the classic Pac-Man formula you know and love.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Sep 12, 2016

Pac-Man never really changes his ways, but Championship Edition 2 proves that a three-and-a-half decade old videogame star can still pull a crowd. This is a smart set of takes on what may genuinely be a timeless mechanical formula.

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High-Def Digest
Sep 18, 2016

This is not your father's 'Pac-Man'. 'Pac-Man: Championship Edition 2' is faster and busier, and the purity of the original has been sacrificed for variety and a more forgiving difficulty level. That being said, it's still a great score attack game, one that I will be enjoying whenever I'm in need of an hour or so of sparkly, candied arcade goodness.

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Arcade Sushi
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2016

Namco-Bandai wanted to create a sequel which retained the core of what came before it, while expanding where necessary, and the result is a sequel which suffers from that most crippling of sequel problems... mediocrity.

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CGMagazine
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 12, 2016

Championship Edition 2's drastic changes to the classic Pac-Man feels like a misstep. You can touch the ghosts without dying and the speed and danger of the original are missing because of this.

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TrueGaming
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Sep 24, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 did not take the direction everyone would have preferred. But great respect goes to the development team for trying to do something different than the usual formula.

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Saving Content
Sep 12, 2016

Where PAC-MAN 256 pushed PAC-MAN forward, PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 takes a single step backwards over iteration and innovation. PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 just isn’t the second coming of the “PAC-MAN Jesus” we’ve come to praise with its first installment onto XBLA all those years ago.

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TheXboxHub
Sep 16, 2016

Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is a fun little arcade game that channels the inner spirit of old school Pac-Man, but manages to create its own little niche. It’s overpriced for the amount of content, but those with the patience of a saint and a compulsion to top leaderboards will certainly get their money’s worth. For anyone else, the fun factor may be exhausted before the euphoric beats of the soundtrack subside. And it’s all a bit of a shame really, because it’s an interesting and fresh take on an age-old game. There just isn’t enough of it.

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Kill Screen
40 / 100
40 / 100
Oct 7, 2016

The creators of Pac-Man CE 2 had the difficult task of remixing a game that has already been expanded upon and reworked to the point of refinement, and they chose to pile on the complexity anyway. The result is a Frankenstein’s Pac-Man—a mess of features and modes that, despite all the power pellets and fruit and ghosts, still left me feeling hungry.

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