What I liked:
- There’s a decent selection of shoot ’em ups for you to get to grips with and for the most each game included is pretty fun and enjoyable.
- I really enjoyed reading about Konami’s history in the Bonus Book option because I learnt a lot of interesting things about the company.
- They’ve done a good job with the emulation of the games and in my opinion the retro presentation does a good job of bringing you back to that year.
- Each game in this collection has the right balance of being fun and challenging at the same time which will no doubt please many.
What I didn’t like:
- I was very disappointed with the lack of options that were available to me because to say there are very few would be a massive understatement.
- Whilst there are a decent selection of games the collection does get repetitive quite quickly especially if you don’t play the collection in short bursts.
- Technically you have to deal with a few issues every now and then and some of these issues did end up making me become a little frustrated.
Does Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all Konami is a publisher I’ve enjoyed for many years now and to say they’ve got a number of classic games under their belt would be quite the understatement. As you can imagine then when I first learnt about the upcoming Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection I was excited to say the least and on the whole the collection of games available to you is actually pretty good but in the end I just felt that this collection of games was missing something. Thankfully though the emulation of each game has been done really well and even though you have to deal with a few technical issues every now and then I found the presentation side of the game to contain a lot of charm within it. Something that’s missing within the game though is options and whilst I enjoyed the inclusion of the Bonus Book there is little else for you to search for and change which was a little disappointing. This then meant that the different games within the collection became more repetitive than they should’ve been and it also meant that the replayability wasn’t as high as it should’ve been as well which is a shame because they’ve definitely got the perfect balance of being fun and challenging within each of the game’s in the collection. At the end of the day then Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection may not have been the experience I expected or wanted from time to time but even though it suffers with a few shortcomings I can still see this being enjoyed by many and in the end it probably just does enough to get a small recommendation from me.
I rate Arcade Classics Anniversary Collection 6.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Konami Digital Entertainment
Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
Release Date (Xbox One): April 18, 2019