Pac-Man, one character synonymous with gaming itself, has been revamped considerably, and possibly given his first actual sequel since his early ’80s masterpiece dropped and milked quarters from all of the young boys and girls. Nowadays, we can just go and download an emulator and enjoy damn near all of Pac-Man’s classic library, but it fails to capture the absolute magic of playing the game in an original arcade cabinet. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX+ manages to bring that magic back, as well as injecting a rollicking, high-octane magic of its own.
Think of the most hectic game of Pac-Man you’ve ever played. Now, add 80 ghosts following narrowly behind, and at a speed of 120 MPH. That is every single game of DX on expert mode, the only way (in my opinion) to properly play the game. The premise is that you are Pac-Man, and you eat pellets, while ghosts chase you. Yes, this is all of the story that Pac-Man needs. For the first time, Namco has managed to make a Pac-Man sequel that both stays familiar to the original formula, while also not being a carbon copy. This is unlike any Pac-Man game you’ve ever played, while also having goals that are immediately recognizable to anyone who has played the original Pac-Man for more than 3 minutes. That is the epitome of a well-designed sequel- being different enough to seem viable, while also not becoming completely unrecognizable compared to the rest of the franchise. The game improves upon every aspect that made the original so good, while also housing a few surprises of its own. This is undeniably Pac-Man, and can’t be faulted for it. This is also the best he’s ever been.
This Pac-Man is absolutely jam-packed with content, unlike the original which after level 20 was the exact same pattern until the kill screen. Each very well-designed stage features at least 2 score attacks, a ghost combo, and dozens of time attacks. These are quite time-consuming, and each game only gets more hectic, frantic, and fun as each minute passes. You can customize the visuals, character models, and BGM to suit your tastes and liking. My favorite would have to be Visuals C, with the add-on BGM Pac-Steps. The score is phenomenal and electrically-charged, while the graphics are excellent, with characters and elements being easily recognizable yet fresh and awesome.
The polish and perfection of the fast-paced arcade masterpiece may be forgone, seeing how its such a simple game. This, however, does not detract from how stunning and unbelievably good of a time you have playing it. I give this game my fullest recommendation, to all who appreciate what makes a good game so damn good, and can afford its $10 price tag. This game was made for the gamers; made for the people who don’t need fluffy story cutscenes and visceral violence, but rather heated and frantic top-notch gameplay; for the people who will try to top their friend’s best time or score, and set their own.
My tastes in games breach all genres, though my fortes are platformers and first-person shooters. My favorite game series is probably Super Mario, specifically the 3D games. I also love Rayman, Hitman, Bioshock, Half-Life/Portal, Uncharted, and Grand Theft Auto. As for my favorite game, it's hard to say: I love Portal 2, Shadow of the Colossus, Half-Life 2, Bioshock, Resident Evil 4, Super Mario Galaxy 2, Rayman Legends, Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Grand Theft Auto IV, L.A. Noire, Fallout 3, Journey, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence all so damn much.
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