Namco Museum Battle Collection

PlayStation Portable

Categoría(s): Acción


Namco tiene en su catálogo una de las mayores listas de leyendas del arcade. Ha lanzado versiones de su Namco Museum en casi todas las plataformas, pero la de la PSP supera a todas de lejos. En el listado de juegos tenemos a leyendas como Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, King & Balloon, Galaga, Rally-X, New Rally-X, Bosconian, Dig Dug, Dig Dug II, Xevious, Mappy, The Tower of Druaga, Dragon Buster, Grobda, Motos, y Rolling Thunder. La emulación es perfecta, incluyendo los colores de los fantasmas de PacMan o los trucos conocidos de todo veterano del arcade en Xevious. a lo que se añade mejoras como poder jugar por WiFi, incluso con solo un UMD (aunque obliga a actualizar la BIOS para ello), pausas, autosave de puntuaciones, y el poder jugar de 3 modos diferentes : pantalla completa horizontal, tamaño real horizontal o tamaño real vertical (ver imagen)

Pero en el otro lado tenemos versiones modernizadas de los clásicos con gráficos poligonales, nueva musica, escenarios y jefes. Pueden tambien jugarse por WiFi. Aunque de seguro todos los consideraremos un bonus, pues las verdaderas estrellas son los clasicos.


Namco's back catalog of arcade games is legendary. Some of the greatest arcade games ever released bear the Namco logo, and for years now, the company has been issuing and reissuing these games in various compilation packages. The rundown is always pretty similar, and it usually includes Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, and so on down the line. Now, the collection is coming to yet another platform with the release of Namco Museum Battle Collection for the PSP. With its longer-than-normal game list and attention to detail, this is one of the better versions of Namco Museum to be released.

The game list in Battle Collection is broken up into two sides. On one side are the classics: Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaxian, King & Balloon, Galaga, Rally-X, New Rally-X, Bosconian, Dig Dug, Dig Dug II, Xevious, Mappy, The Tower of Druaga, Dragon Buster, Grobda, Motos, and Rolling Thunder. That's a pretty good list of games from Namco's early arcade years, and they're properly re-created. They run at full speed, and the sound and general quality of the emulation appears to be dead-on, though the games have been tweaked a little bit to add pause and options screens.

Aside from the emulated arcade games, there are also a few new editions of some of the old favorites in the form of "arranged" games. These updates have all-new polygonal graphics and new music. This gives you a version of Pac-Man with different mazes and power-ups, a version of New Rally-X with a speed boost option, a version of Galaga with different ship movement patterns and boss battles, and a version of Dig Dug with a bunch of crazy power-ups. You can also play these games with two players, simultaneously, via ad hoc wireless. These new takes on the classics are interesting side bonuses, but the classics are the stars of the show.

The emulation is just about spot-on from what we've played, as Pac-Man's ghosts follow the same patterns of the original, and Xevious passed the tests with our old-school arcade expert. Each game features pass-the-rock multiplayer (for challenging each other to beat the high score), and there's an options menu available for every game that lets you configure the virtual dipswitches the same as the arcade machine (you can pump up the number of lives per play, for example, and there are often sound tests and other features to play with.) The options for customizing the use of the widescreen are also very nice, as you can stretch the games across the screen and even rotate the whole thing and play the PSP sideways to simulate the "tall" view of some of the original arcade cabinet. An autosave is also included to keep all of your high scores on a memory stick. Just be sure to switch on the autosave, as it's defaulted to be off in order to make the game play faster.