Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection
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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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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 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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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.
The Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection is a great way to revisit these games, I just didn’t find them to be too enticing as a package.
If you want a taste of what arcade gaming was like in the 1980’s, then the Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection is a great place to start
With a scattershot selection of games and a slapdash presentation, Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection misses the mark. The games are playable, but this doesn't feel like the definitive way to preserve these classics. It instead feels like a school project thrown together during an all-nighter.
Konami's first anniversary collection for their 50th anniversary contains some notable arcade classics, but the fact they've been previously released digitally with more options should appeal to only the most ardent of nostalgic fans.
Konami Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection brings some classics home, while also reminding us how absolutely insane and brutal the arcade age was in its heyday.
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.