Pac-Man World 20th Anniversary
Heaven on a hard drive
There were many PS1 titles that failed us, but Pac-Man World was definitely not one of those titles. The intuitive controls, smooth graphics (for PS1 standards), and bright colors make it pleasurable to play. The creative level design and the unique twist on platforming makes this game one of the many original titles I have seen. Many might say that this game is dull because of the re-use of such an iconic character, but I strongly disagree. The introduction of Pac-Man in this game allows developers and gamers alike to re-invent the character and improve on the character itself. Bottom line, this game has the features and unique gameplay to allow many generations to build upon it. The only issue I have with the game is the abrupt ending after defeating the final boss, as there is no alternate ending, extra gameplay, or completion tasks. This game is worth the 5.99 you pay for it, for sure.
Greatest game ever (My opinion)
Pac-Man World was my very first game (Well, my mom says it was my second game I've played, but oh well, I wanna say it was my first cause I hate the other game now.) Originally for the PS1, this was the 20th anniversary for the original arcade game. However, this game is way different from the original arcade game. It's a 3-D platformer. The basic story is that the Pac family (And some NAMCO classic icons like the Dig-Dug thing) have all been captured by Toc-Man and have been sent to Ghost Island. Pac-Man comes home to find out that he's having a very bad birthday so he sets off to save his family. This game's a basic platformer where you run, jump, rev-roll, butt bounce, and chomp your way to the penny that marks the end of the level. The levels are fun, but the challenge is unbalanced, especially the bosses. First boss is somewhat easy, the second boss is one of the hardest bosses I've experienced (So much rage, So much pain, tears, shouting, other things) third boss is almost as rage inducing as the second boss (at the same time, most fun boss, and level) then the other bosses are kinda easy. Heck, even the final boss isn't so hard. There are a variety of worlds, ranging from island, to ruins, to even space (with an amazing space level and boss based off a great NAMCO arcade game. Hint Hint) Not only do you find the penny in each level, you do side objectives as well. For one, you'll be finding fruits and the 6 letters that spell PACMAN and finding them all will unlock a bonus minigame, based off the world your in. Most of the letters will be found in fruit doors, but you'll have to have that specific fruit to open the door. Also if you find the Popsicle and open the Popsicle door, you'll be taken to a 3-D maze where you'll have to collect all the pellets (Or I guess cookies sense that's what there called in Pac-Man Party) while avoiding all the ghosts. Certain levels will also have a family member you'll need to rescue by finding the key to unlock the the cage they're in. rescuing them refills your life, and maybe even give you an extra life. Speaking of lives, the best way to get lives is collecting fruit. At the end of a level, you can play a slot machine type minigame and matching the fruits you've collected will earn you lives. (And trust me, with that second boss, you'll need all of them) The music, for the most part, is really catchy and a lotta songs do get stuck in my head from time to time. You'll probably be humming to some the songs as well. Aside from the main game, you can also replay any of the 3-D mazes you've unlocked, and even play the original Pac-Man arcade (Which today you can play it anywhere but for 1999, that's an amazing feature Now, I don't own a PS3, so I don't know if anything's different in the download, I doubt it, but if there is, I'll be sad. This game is absolutely worth the money, it is my all time favorite game, so much nostalgia, so much rage (mainly second and third bosses...) it's an amazing game. Always will be my favorite.