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Taito Legends Xbox

Published by Xplosiv
Developed by Taito
Release Date: Out Now
Price: £19.99

Taito Legends, an introduction.

Looking back on the history of gaming there are certain names such as Atari, Namco and Taito that stand out for their outstanding contributions. Whilst Pong may go down as the first video game, one of the first games that became phenomenally popular on a world-wide scale was Taito's Space Invaders. Taito are not just about Space Invaders though and you'll see from this compilation just what an outstanding contribution they have made to video gaming history.

What's the game about?

Taito Legends is a superb collection of classic games from yesteryear. The included games are Battle Shark, Bubble Bobble, Colony 7, Continental Circus, Electric Yo-Yo, Elevator Action, Exzisus, Gladiator, Great Swordsman, Jungle Hunt, The New Zealand Story, The Ninja Kids, Operation Thunderbolt, Operation Wolf, Phoenix, Plotting, Plump Pop, Rainbow Islands, Rastan, Return of the Invaders, Space Gun, Space Invaders, Space Invaders Part 2, Super Qix, Thunder Fox, Tokio, Tube-It, Volfied and Zoo Keeper. These games span 3 decades (from 1978-1993) and offer an amazing amount of variation. In addition to the game you can also read about Taito's history and milestones which is a nice touch.

What's good about the game?

For the lowly asking price you're getting quite a bit of classic gaming history. Taito have made some superb games in their time and this compilation is a wonderful collection of some of their best efforts. Obviously the title that really stands out is Space Invaders because it was one of the first truly great arcade games but games such as Rainbow Island and The New Zealand Story, along with titles such as Operation Wolf are arguably better games. Throw in masterpieces such as Bubble Bobble and Phoenix and you already have a compilation that's worth its weight in gold. What really seals the deal though is these are arcade perfect versions that control wonderfully well (Operation Wolf might benefit from a joystick rather than a gamepad though) with the Xbox controller and for a pittance of £19.99 the packages represents outstanding value.

What's not so good about the game?

You'd have to have to be crazy to find anything to complain about with this excellent compilation. In fact the only negative point I can think of is that you realise how old you are when some of these games are over 20 years old and you remember playing them when they first came out.

How does it look?

All the games look exactly how they should. You can opt to have the games display in their original aspect ratio or fill the screen. During a game you can zoom in on the action if you want to (it's definitely something you may consider when running the games in their original aspect ratio). Even when you don't play the games in their original aspect ration they still look great. Some games have the pictures of the original sales flyers for the games which is something I'm sure enthusiasts will appreciate.

How deaf gamer friendly is the game?

Taito Legends is absolutely fine for deaf gamers. The games in Taito Legends come from a time when games didn't rely on sound and deaf gamers were not at disadvantage. The Taito history and milestones sections are in text only. Each game has a game description and hints and tips, amongst other things, and all of this information is in text which is excellent. Some games such as Bubble Bobble and Space Invaders have interviews with the designers and these interviews are all subtitled.

Final thoughts.

There have been quite a few compilations featuring games of yesteryear over the last year or so but without hesitation I can say that Taito Legends is the finest of them all. It's not just a case of having a few memorable games mixed in with a bag full of mediocrity. Taito Legends is filled with quality games that every gamer must experience. If, like me, you remember these games when they were first released then Taito Legend will seem like a fond trip down memory lane but even if you are in your youth and have never played the likes of Rainbow Island or Bubble Bobble you owe it to yourself to play the games that helped to turn the industry into what it is today.


Overall Game Rating: 9.5/10

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Taito Legends is quite simply the finest compilation of this nature that we've seen.