Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection
We really hope that Konami will treat the upcoming Castlevania and Contra collections with much more love and attention to details, because this first outing in the retrogaming market is far from remarkable.
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With the addition of region-select, Konami's Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection has become the easy recommendation it deserves to be. An eclectic array of games is included in this set, and most of them are still quite entertaining. The newly-added region-select option allows players the chance to study how different approaches to difficulty can affect a title. It's rather fascinating how a few simple changes can create new challenges. All in all, it's a worthwhile pick-up for arcade fans.
The result of all of this is a highly limited package that doesn't do Konami any favours. For a company to have such an incredible heritage - including two of the most influential games of all time in Frogger and Track & Field - and then to ignore all of that for a range of early era SHMUPs (and one platformer) that few will remember is bemusing, to say the least. There is some limited appeal in there for people who are fans of the one particular genre, but even then, the package does a very barebones job of celebrating that.
Recommending the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection is a bit of a mixed bag. If you're a fan of the Gradius games or a shmup fan, the collection is a solid, if basic, way to get these classic games on console. The lack of features and the wireless controller bug make it difficult to recommend for anyone who is merely curious about Konami's history. The emulation may be solid, but the package around it has some pretty rough edges.
Don’t go into it with lofty expectations, and Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection will serve you just fine.
It also has a feature that allows you to watch playthroughs of each game and hop in when you feel like it. Even the SNES Classic has a rewind feature that lets you jump back in time to retry a particular segment. A lack of online leaderboards or any type of achievement system also lowers the replay value of the Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection. Unless you are terribly nostalgic for the games in this package or a die-hard shoot-em'-up fan, I can't fully recommend it when there are such better value propositions out there.
If you're as much of a Konami shoot 'em up fan as I am then you'll have an enjoyable time with Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection.
First compilation in honor of Konami's 50th anniversary, a compilation of arcades from the 80s that, although it includes some classics that gave Konami fame and prestige, it also includes some more questionable titles. The selection of the arcades that make up the compilation, both in quality and quantity, is also questioned, it could have been done a little better. But it must be recognized that the included digital book helps to save the furniture in a more than dignified way, leaving us with an interesting compilation but that could have gone further.
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Arcade Classics is a really fun package with a ton of addictive score chasers with only one of them being not as fun to play (Haunted Castle) unless you’re a really dedicated player. The overabundance of shooters may seem a bit off at first, since Konami had other fun games that weren’t shooters, (Roc N Rope, Track N Field and Shaolin’s Road to name a few favorites) but all of these shooter picks are quality choices.
The Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection is a technical well ported Collection of various Shooters from the glorious days of Konami in the arcade of the 80`s, which contains with the exception of the horrible Haunted Castle and two more historical interesting games a variation of good games with a great gamedesign, which manage to deliver a fair amount of fun for Shoot em Up fans even to present days. Even when the execution of the Bonus Book is rather weak and a couple of other great and important titles are missing, fans of games like Gradius and videogaming history in general should think about a purchase of this collection.
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