Excerpt: A Taito shooter showcase would not be complete without representation from the Darius series of shooters. The side-scrolling fish-featured mainstay makes two welcome appearances here: in the shmup fan favourite Darius Gaiden, beloved for its balance, and the ostentatious bullet storm that is G-Darius, beloved for its excess.
Summary: Taito Legends represents the first time most of these games have been made available on console and PC. The collection also offers a wealth of bonus material, including a comprehensive history of Taito and interviews with the designers of Space Invaders, Space Invaders part 2, Bubble Bobbble, Rainbow Islands and Volfied.
Excerpt: With the new generation in full swing, it's nice to take a look back and see how we got here. It's about reflecting on a time long past, on a time that blazed the trail we walk today, on a time that seems both archaic and simpler to everyone who lived it.
Excerpt: in arcades 20 years ago, you probably won't even remember half the stuff you find here. You're thus denied even the value that nostalgia might lend each selection. Taken on their own terms, most titles you'll find here are trumped by the free Flash games you can find all over the Internet.
Excerpt: I never used to understand the wave of ‘classic’ retro compilations that came our way, season after season. I thought that I’d pop Taito Legends 2 into the PS2 drive tray and sit back to be bored with playing fifteen-year-old games as I have so many times before, for Namco, Atari, Midway and their like. However, a strange thing happened.
Summary: Taito will forever be known as the company that gave birth to the gaming revolution with Space Invaders. However, since that gaming milestone in 1978 Taito have been innovators and pioneers in the history of arcade gaming, creating new genres and pushing gameplay to the limit.
Conclusion: Taito Legends 2 saura séduire les plus nostalgiques, comme son prédécesseur l’a fait. Une quarantaine de tires, voilà qui est rare dans la plupart des compilations aujourd’hui. Certains apprécieront les titres présentés d’autres moins, mais laissez-vous tenter sans hésitation il y a largement de quoi s’amuser. Un conseil perso : The Legend of Kage. C’est, pour moi, le meilleur jeu de la compilation.
Pros: La nostalgie, miam, 40 jeux ! (bon ok, 39), The Legend of Kage