Review: Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics (PlayStation 4)

KONAMI starts its 50th-anniversary celebration with this first installment of the Anniversary Collection series of the all-time classics! This collection includes 8 arcade masterpieces of the 80s, from Nemesis to Haunted Castle.

Pros:

  • Classic retro graphics.
  • 424.6mb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Games-Twin bee, Nemesis, Lifeforce, Typhoon, Haunted Castle, Vulcan Venture, Thundercross and Scramble.
  • Bonus book- History of the games complete with screenshots. Well presented and you can zoom in and out.
  • Games are powered by Arcade Archives.
  • Options which are the same for each individual game and can be changed independently.
  • Enemy strength–low, normal, high and really high.
  • Difficulty-easy, normal, hard and very hard.
  • Blurring-off, mild and strong.
  • Mid save option. Quick save.
  • Ratio-original or 16:9.
  • Frame/border art-off or A or B.
  • Ui bar on/off. Shows shortcuts and menu buttons.
  • Can rebind controls per game.
  • Reset game option.
  • Can quit back to the menu to change the game.

Con’s:

  • No online leaderboards.
  • Lacks a lot o menu options that are available on the standalone Arcade Archive games.
  • Basic ports.
  • Strange choice of games.

  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.2/10

Summary

I always enjoy a good collection of games as long as they play well and offer a few extras. Here with the first of the new Anniversary Collection Arcade Classics is a set of games that I have and haven’t played before, it offers a lot to gamers even if a few odd choices made it in. I’m happy to report that the games run just fine, I mean it’s done by Arcade Archives and that alone means quality. There is a book with a pretty thorough look at the history of the games included and allows fast navigation and zooming in on the plenty of screenshots. For me though having the ability to tailor each game to individual settings is now a must and its the case here, Allowing us older gamers a chance to relive the glory days by dumbing the difficulty down to avoid crushing our ego, means the games are open to a lot more people. However the ports themselves whilst good and having some customization, do fall behind the standalone ports of the games, more love and TLC definitely went I to them for whatever reason. That’s only to say you get more from them but you still get something from this version. Having more online, actually scratch that, any online interaction would have been a nice touch. As it is more love went into this than the Castlevania collection earlier but still, it falls short of a must-own piece of history.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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