Review – Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX
Developer: Namco-Bandai
Publisher: Namco-Bandai
Platform: PS3 (PSN), Xbox 360 (XBLA)
Genre: Arcade
Release Date: Out Now

Don’t be fooled,  this isn’t a Capcom game. Regardless of the rehashable title, it’s another Pac-Man experience for you to enjoy. DX is, as you can tell, an updated version of the 2007 Pac-Man C.E title. Is it worth your hard-earned money to upgrade? Hit the jump to find out in our full review of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX!

Everyone knows Pac-Man. That lovable yellow guy who has a craving for pills. Pac-Man titles have been coming out for years, and it’s showing no signs of slowing down. Incase you somehow don’t know, Pac-Man is a very simple game to play. You must navigate Pac-Man through several different mazes, collecting small dots and avoiding ghosts trying to catch you. You can collect a power pellet, which allows Pac-Man to eat the ghosts pursuing him. Simple stuff, mindlessly addicting.

Championship Edition DX, or C.E DX if you will, brings along a sleigh of upgrades from the previous C.E game. You have the ability to choose between several different gaming modes, as well as different mazes and visual styles. You can attempt Score Attack, in which you gather as many points as you can under a time limit. Or maybe you’d like Time Attack, where you have to eat a certain number of fruits in a certain amount of time. If you’d like something else, there’s Ghost Mode, where the goal is to eat as many ghosts as you can in a row. There’s plenty of different modes to keep you going for quite a while.

The gameplay of C.E DX differs from the usual Pac-Man style. The mazes are sectioned into two halves, which are constantly filled with more objects. Eating the fruit on one side will cause something to appear on the other side, and vice versa. As you continue to eat dots and chomp on ghosts, the gameplay speed will increase, allowing you to rack up more points quicker and test your reflexes. If you ever complained that Pac-Man was too slow then this game is for you.

There are also a few new additions to the gameplay mechanics, which do make quite a big difference. When you pass an idle ghost in the maze, it will glow in a rainbow colour and tail you everywhere you go. As you pass more ghosts, they’ll all link together into one huge line. Rainbow conga anyone? When Pac-Man gets too close for comfort, a slow motion effect will come into place, giving you time to plan how to move Pac-Man out of harms reach. With a quick button press, you can use a bomb which sends all the ghosts following you into the middle of the maze. Very handy when you’re sandwiched in a corner, which does happen quite often.

At the end of the day, C.E DX is just another Pac-Man title with changeable coats of paint. Don’t get me wrong, the game is enjoyable, but it’s nothing new. Actually, I’m pretty sure that most of the sales will be due to the fact it’s a genuinely easy game to 100% in terms of achievements and trophies. Not a lot to talk  about I’m afraid.

Final Score – 8/10

It’s a great Pac-Man title, but there’s not much it does new. Pac-Man veterans and high score junkies will get the most out of this title, but it’s very easy to pick up for newcomers. If you have 800MSP lying around, you could do a lot worse.

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