Konami Classics Volume 1
Classics, sure, but very small collection
I didn't want to be negative since I'm the first 'preview' but I really don't think those 3 games combined are worth $19.99, let alone enough content to put on a dual-layer DVD and be called a 'collection'. Not that Castlevania Symphony of the Night, Super Contra or Frogger are bad games, but where are the other Contra, Gradius, Castlevania, original Metal Gear games, or even something like Sunset Riders? Usually classic game collections consist of, minimum, 6 games - something like the Sonic Ultimate Genesis Collection, I believe, contains 30 games. This seems more like the type of compilation you would have seen on the first PlayStation system. Mainly, I look forward to see what they do for Volume 2 - if this sells well enough to constitute Konami making one.
I can't wait for Konami classics vol.1 to come out! It has been so long since I played Super Contra or Castlevania. Instead, I was playing Metal Slug and KIngdom Hearts. But It didn't fill the void!! keep on rocking and get this
A compilation that's dragged down by a lack of titles
When I first heard that Konami would be releasing a compilation disk for the 360, visions of a plethora of old-school Konami arcade classics danced in my head. Turns out that I got carried away. In an age where it’s not uncommon for compilations to hit store shelves with upwards of twenty classic games, Konami’s compilation disk offers an unusual mishmash of a mere three games, all of which have been available on the Live Marketplace for quite awhile now. To make matters worse, it would appear that the compilation is no cheaper than what you’d pay for the three games together on the Marketplace. And unlike buying games from the Marketplace, you don’t have the option to pick and chose which ones you want. If you buy this compilation, you’re getting all three regardless of whether or not say, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night was your main impetus for purchasing it, and you’d be spending almost twice as much to play it than you would if you bought that one game alone from the Marketplace. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is the standout star amongst the three games on the disk. It’s a bit truncated next to the PSX original, but it’s still a fantastic game nonetheless, with tons of weapons and items to collect, and plenty of rooms to explore. Super C can be fun, especially in co-op mode, but one has to wonder why Konami didn’t also include the first Contra on the disk. Perhaps it’s due to the game’s still-broken online play. Moreover, neither Super C nor Frogger; the third game in the compilation, have much lasting power. Unless you’re a crazy-huge fan of either, you’ll most likely play them a few times and never touch them again. Perhaps this disk may have been worth it if it shipped at this price with more than three games of varying quality on it, but as it stands, Castlevania alone is the only reason to check it out. And as it can be bought from the Marketplace at less than half the cost of the compilation, it’s just not worth it. When considered altogether, there is no incentive whatsoever for 360 owners with a Live connection to buy this game. And when you consider the uneven quality of the three games on offer here, there’s little incentive for anyone else to buy it either. Now I do understand that there’s a small sub-section of 360 owners out there who don’t have their consoles online, or for some reason lack the storage space on which to download these games. I’m sure there’s an even smaller group of people who have both issues to contend with. However, these folks should consider whether or not they’ll enjoy all three games on the disk before committing to a purchase. If you’re only interested in one or two of the games, you’d be paying too much for it. If anything, this compilation should stand as a reason why it might finally be time to take your console online and get a hard drive.