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PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2
3 weeks ago
Excerpt: So young, yet so old. Y’know, I spent a lot of my childhood trying to convince people I knew that video games weren’t just for kids, or “just for (insert group here),” and now the biggest icon of the industry—the character that caused a fever — Pac-Man has been reverted to a series of kids platformers. They’re not bad platformers, but even still, he’s a chompy shell of his maze-manipulating history.
Summary: Based on the Disney XD television series, 'Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2' is the sequel to the 2013 video game that I never knew existed. Developed by Bandai Namco Studios, it focuses on a younger, pre-teen version of the Pac-Man that I grew up with in the early 80s. The simplicity of maze navigation and pellet eating has been replaced with 3D environments, a fully animated (and voiced) Pac-Man, and a story that is clearly designed to entice the younger gaming...
Conclusion: Even though it isn't without its flaws, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures is a well designed game for kids. It's got some really cool challenges and it changes up gameplay often enough to keep it from getting stale. If you have a kid that already watches the show, they'll probably love it. Or if they're new to videogames, this'll be a good introduction for them.
Conclusion: I had much higher hopes for Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures going into it. Unfortunately it doesn't pay much respect to the source material and the end result is your typical tie-in platforming game.
Excerpt: Pac-Man is the man. He’s one of the original video game icons. However, modern video game developers are faced with the obvious fact that Pac’s early adventures can’t be made these days. Those old arcade games in which Pac-Man must eat pellets and avoid ghosts in the same maze over and over…yeah, can’t do that anymore. So, perhaps the only logical thing to do is to maintain the spirit of the franchise while embracing an action/platformer format.
Excerpt: Coming off of a string of successful 2D remakes of Pac-Man in the form of Pac-Man Championship Edition (2007) and Championship Edition DX (2010), Namco Bandai has decided that it is time for a new entry in the series. It's been even longer since Namco has released a new 3D Pac-Man game. Well, now Pac is back yet again.
Excerpt: There has always been a sinister underbelly to Pac-Man's maze adventures. Like an unaltered version of a Grimm fairy tale, the Pac-Man games exist in a world in which he must constantly consume ghosts until he is eventually overwhelmed by the relentless determination of his poltergeist pursuers. But it was easy to ignore this endless endeavor when abstract visuals shielded you from the worst of Pac-Man's deeds.
Pros: Nice variety, Platforming provides plenty of fun moments
Cons: First few levels are insultingly bad, Story lacks any bit of cleverness, Multiplayer quickly grows dull
Conclusion: You can do worse than "Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures" at the given price point. It's got some baggage coming in (the scent of a licensed platformer), but Namco Bandai has done a good job of bringing to the table a take on Pac-Man that both honors the character's past while recognizing a need to try something different. This isn't your mother's Pac-Man, and that's (surprisingly) not necessarily a bad thing.
Excerpt: Think about something you loved during your formative years, some character that is synonymous with your childhood. Got it? Good. Now imagine it showing up in your life, a blast from the past, and it wants to take your eyes. Take them - like smash you and steal your eyeballs for its collection - take them. Absolutely horrifying, right?