Review by thebrawler56

Reviewed: 09/19/13

Pac-Man needs to fire his camera-man.

As per any generation of games, there are platformers on that console. PMW2 is a not at all well known platformer title by Namco, overshadowed by both Super Mario Sunshine and Sonic Adventure 2 Battle for the same system. But it still has it's merits.

Graphics: 8/10
The graphics are pretty good. They really aren't much anything special, but the near lack of pop-up is very nice.

Controls: 9/10
This game has what any platforming game needs: accessible controls. The crontrols will be in your head after a matter of a few minutes. The game CAN be kinda sensitive with the control stick.

Music: 9/10
Orchestated pieces in this game. Not an impressive amount though, but one for every stage, and some are pretty awesome. (Some personal favorite music of mine here is B-Doing Woods and Haunted Boardwalk)

Gameplay: 8/10

To play the game, get to the end of a level, getting every collectable you find, be it Fruit, Token, Pac-Dot, or Galaxian. 100% a level, minus the Tokens, to get a bonus Token. When you finish a level, you can do a time attack of it. Beat that record to get another bonus Token. What's with the Tokens? Various rewards, INCLUDING classic Pac-Man games ON THE DISC. Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and others are on it. You need Tokens, and plenty to play these. 10 for Pac-Man and 180 for Ms. Pac-Man. There's about 200 possible Tokens, but that doesn't mean it's easy to unlock all those extras.

Galaxians are a "one per level" thing. Almost every stage has 1. When you collect it, you'll be warped to a classic Pac-Man-esque maze. Get all the Pac-Dots, and the Galaxian is yours. You MUST do this for 100%.

Now the worst enemy of all. Worse than the Volcano Boss, worse than the Final Boss even: The camera. That one bad aspect of the game cost me so many lives. It will get stuck on the geometry and you can't move it to a good angle. And this happens often. The deaths from a blind jump are next to inexcusable. Even the fairly good level design is hampered by bad camera angles.

Overall: 8.75/10

A good game that blends both Mario and Sonic, but hampered by a bad camera. Can't go wrong with those arcade extras. That only adds to the value of the game. If you are in need of a change of pace, this medium paced game could be good. If you love platformers, this may not be a good choice, but if you simply play platformers on occasion or just love Pac-Man, it's a great game to get.

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Product Release: Pac-Man Vs. / Pac-Man World 2 (Player's Choice) (US, 12/02/03)

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