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Namco Museum Archives Vol 1

Namco, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment
Jun 17, 2020 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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65 / 100
The Games Machine
6.4 / 10
7 / 10
Push Square
6 / 10
Nintendo Life
7 / 10
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7.5 / 10
Digital Chumps
7.5 / 10
Just Push Start
4 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Namco Museum Archives Vol 1

Namco Museum Archives is a collection of the company's NES classics, no more, no less. While the emulation is great and the original games are a good touch, the "Museum" part of the title rings hollow.

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A Namco-centric collection of classics, which will be interesting exclusively to ex-Nintendo owners. Not exactly a mandatory buy for the others.

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The name "Museum archives" perfectly embodies the essence of the Namco Museum Archives - Volume 1 collection. Not all games have retained their fascination, but this is a great way to look at the game history through the early works of Namco.

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If it were one complete collection it’d be easily recommended but, as two separate purchases, these are for hardcore Namco fans only.

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NES and Namco fans will be happy with the titles on offer here. Some of them have never been released in the west before and the star of the show – Pac-Man Championship Edition – is an entirely new NES port created just for this collection. Each of the 11 games has at least some value, but the bare-bones nature of the presentation is a little disappointing: for a game with Museum in the title, we'd hoped each game would have been celebrated a little more with art and behind-the-scenes info.

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A fascinating collection that brings attention to a crucial moment in video game history. These aren't all the best ways to play these games (and some of them are just not fun at all), but that isn't necessarily the point. Unreleased games and new "bonus" titles not available anywhere else make this a must-have for history enthusiasts.

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Overall, the two-volume set that honors the NAMCOT brand is worth a go, especially if you revel in 8-bit history. It's a neat departure from the usual Museum releases, but there are certainly some forgettable titles amongst the bunch.

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For the most part, you're getting 11 games in Namco Museum Archives Vol 1, at least three of which are classics, fewer lesser-known ones, and at least one you've probably never played for one low price. This makes it easy to recommend, as classics like Pac-Man are likely to be a hit regardless. As long as you understand these titles aren't perfect and enjoy classic shooters, arcade-style games, and silly hack and slash titles, you'll probably get your money's worth.

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