Namco Bandai Games
Namco Bandai Games
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC
November 17, 2010
What do you get when you take Pac-Man and inject him with steroids? You get Pac-Man Championship Edition. Now take that roided up Pac-Man and give him some shots of espresso and now you get Championship Edition DX. This is Pac-Man at his very best, taking nothing from the classic but this takes the classic formula, flips it and gives you a draw-dropping ultimate tripped out pick-up and play experience. What I am saying is that you absolutely need this game in your life.
Very basic and straightforward, you select from levels such as Score Attack where you have a time to get as high a score as possible. Time Attack where you have to collect a desired amount of objects before the time runs out. Let's not forget Ghost Combo where you have to collect as much ghosts as possible before your power mode wears off. There are plenty of modes available and difficulties to browse through it's quite nice. You also have the option to change the colors of the level, the design of the walls of the level as well as the design of Pac-Man and the Ghosts if you like. Simple, clean, load up game and get going.
The colors Duke, the colors! This version is so colorful it defines the meaning eye candy. Sure its not a graphical powerhouse but you feel as if your eyes just want to eat up all the colors in all their glory. Let's be honest here we never expect Pac-Man to evolve beyond the classic arcade look and he shouldn't have to. This game proves that he will never need to. What happens here is it takes the original Pac-Man layout and just infuses the levels with various colors and small but sweet movement effects. Some of the character models are updated to 3D versions depending on the skin you are playing at the time. It's simple, it's vibrant and it is damn near jaw-dropping.
Much like the visuals the audio candy can be snacked on as well. Okay well it's not that extreme but it's very fitting. The levels consist of some techno tracks and some short remixes of classic Pac-Man tunes. The majority of the in-game sound effects by the characters are very 8-16 bit style. Sound effects are very classic, music is very current, it's an odd yet somewhat fitting blend of old and new.
Pac-Man is all about moving this guy through a maze and eating up dots and making sure you don't get attacked by a ghost. Now DX has several different modes to it which all put a unique twist on how you should go about the level. The most common is the score attack where you have a set amount of time to get the highest score possible and if you die that's it, no score for you. Well what is different this time around is that you have sleeping ghosts as well. These ghosts will just sit there dozing off until you pass by them waking them up and then they begin to chase you. Another key difference is when you are about to run into the ghost the game slows down and gives you a chance to choose a different direction although this isn't the case for some other game modes which revert back to the classic Pac-Man. As you wake up more ghosts you start to accumulate an entourage of these baddies following right behind you. To get rid of them you can either use a bomb which you have a limited number of which knocks the lot of them back and gives you a chance to escape. The second option is the most popular, eating a big dot which can be found after eating a certain number of smaller dots. Eating these big dots turn the ghosts blue and allow you to eat them, sweet revenge. So it is all a matter of survival until the time runs out and eating as much dots and ghosts as you possibly can. Another mode actually counts how many ghosts you can eat in a row while the effect of the big dot is on. It's very very simple and very very satisfying. I wish I could go into further detail but it's safe to assume we all know the mechanics of Pac-Man by now.
Multiple variations of levels keep the player coming back for more. There are enough levels to unlock on the way and enough in level variation to keep it feeling fresh for awhile. Although beyond the main game there isn't really much else to do. Guess what though, that doesn't matter, this game is all about trying to outdo score after score after score. You might think a game as simple as Pac-Man will get old, it never has and it never will.
Pac-Man CHampionship Edition DX are for those familiar with Pac-Man, it is essential for those who are new to Pac-Man. This game breathes new life into something that was already a solid timeless classic. For new players it gives them a current fresh look on our old arcade friend. If you love colors and you love genuine simple score attack fun, you can look here or even further, but I would suggest you don't. Pac-Man Championship Edition DX is a damn fine game and one of the most addictive ventures to ever reach this generation of gamers.