Review by thebrawler56
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.
The graphics are pretty good. They really aren't much anything special, but the near lack of pop-up is very nice.
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.
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)
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.
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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