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Taito Legends 2 PlayStation 2

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

Taito Legends 2, an introduction.

Last year we saw quite a few classic game compilations from the biggest names in the games industry and already this year we’ve seen a few from the likes of Capcom and SEGA. One of the better compilations we looked at last year was Taito Legends which offered the likes of Rainbow Island, The New Zealand Story and of course Space Invaders. Here we have the second edition of Taito Legends, Taito Legends 2.

What's the game about?

Taito Legends covered the period from 1978-1993 so naturally you would assume that Taito Legends would pick up from 1993. However, that’s not really what this sequel compilation is about although 10 games are post 1993. The bulk of the games on offer range date from 1979 to 1990. In total there are 39 games, most of which are still as appealing as when they were first released.

What's good about the game?

Value for money and the chance to play some of the lesser known classics has to be the biggest plus points with a compilation such as Taito Legends 2. The first Taito Legends contained the games most would claim have been Taito’s best games up to 1993. However some favourites were left out and they have been included here. Games such as The Fairyland Story, Darius Gaiden, Puzzle Bobble 2 and Liquid Kids are all worthy of a mention. Space Invader fans will probably be pleased with the inclusion of Space Invaders ’95, Super Space Invaders ’91 and Space Invaders DX. In truth though there’s something here for everyone whether you like platform games, puzzle games, horizontal or vertical 2D scrolling shooters, or classic fighting games. Sure you may not enjoy all of the 39 games on offer but you’ll find enough here to justify the asking price quite easily.

What's not so good about the game?

Whilst most games have aged well and will keep you playing for hours on end some games, such as Football Champ, actually seem quite poor. Football Champ doesn’t hold the appeal it once did thanks to football games evolving to the point where antiquated football games such as Football Champ look quite pitiful by comparison. Some games such as the Space Invader titles can be found in numerous compilations which will probably mean that Space Invader enthusiasts will already own the titles that are on offer here.

How does it look?

The games are faithful reproductions and look just how they should. Like in Taito Legends you have the option for the games to fill the entire screen or to be displayed in their correct aspect ration. The presentation of the selection menus has been smartened up somewhat giving the package more of a polished look.

How deaf gamer friendly is the game?

As with most classic game collections there are no problems here for deaf gamers. Whilst some games do have small amounts of synthesized speech it’s of no real importance and is there simply for ambience more than anything else. Game descriptions are given in text as are the control instructions so essentially there are no problems and you’ll be able to fully enjoy the games on offer.

Final thoughts.

Taito Legends 2 isn’t quite as impressive as Taito Legends in terms of the amount of quality games it offers but nevertheless there are still enough great games here to make it easily worth the asking price. There’s actually quite a variety here too and even though the chances are you won’t like all of the 39 games on offer you’ll find at least a dozen or so that will keep you coming back for more. If you enjoyed the first Taito Legends or have a craving for some of the better games of yesteryear you can’t really go wrong with Taito Legends 2. If you don’t own Taito Legends though, you’ll probably want to pick up that one first.

Overall Game Rating: 8.0/10

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Taito Legends 2 isn't quite the stellar compilation that Taito Legends was but it's still well worth the asking price.