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Taito Legends: Power-Up PSP

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

Taito Legends: Power-Up is the latest classic game collection to arrive on the PSP. It comprises of twenty arcade perfect games ranging from 1978 (Space Invaders) to 1989 (Cameltry). In addition there are four remakes from 2005 which sees Crazy Balloon, Balloon Bomber, The Legend of Kage and Cameltry get a reworking with more up to date graphics. The games available in the collection can be found below:

Original Games

Space Invaders
Space Invaders Part II
Space Chaser
Crazy Balloon
Balloon Bomber
Lunar Rescue
Space Dungeon
Alpine Sky
Elevator Action
Chack’n Pop
The Legend of Kage
The Fairyland Story
Return of the Invaders
Ki Ki Kai Kai
Rastan Saga
Kuri Kinton
The New Zealand Story

Deluxe Games

Crazy Balloon 2005
Balloon Bomb 2005
The Legend of Kage 2005
Cameltry 2005

If you’re a fan of these classic games collections there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy some of the games that are on offer here.  The problem is though if you are a fan of the classic games of yesteryear, you’ll probably already own the best this compilation has to offer as they have previously appeared in numerous compilations. Take the Space Invaders games for instance. How many compilations have they appeared in? The New Zealand Story has already appeared in a few and so have many others. In fairness to this compilation it offers a nice mix of genres, something other such compilations haven’t. It’s also good to see that game sharing is supported for all of the 21 original titles.

In terms of presentation the package is pretty basic. The game doesn’t have a wealth of unlockable extras like the Capcom Classics Collection Reloaded compilation that we’ve recently reviewed. The menus are quite clean and accessible. You’ll have to pop in a virtual coin using the L button which adds a touch of authenticity to the experience. You can switch between a few screen resolutions for each game. There’s the default view which displays the game at its true resolution (which leaves a lot of space around the game) and you can make the view bigger and fill the screen if you wish. Some games even allow a vertical display of the game allowing you to turn the PSP on its side. The problem with moving away from the default resolution is that the picture loses its sharpness because the graphics don’t scale very well when you increase their size. In fact it looks quite blurry, particularly when running the game in full screen.

Essentially Taito Legends Power-Up is a decent compilation of some great games and a fair amount of mediocre ones. The problem is if you’re a fan of the great games that have been included, you have probably already acquired them in one of the other compilations that have been released over the last year or so. The games all look quite decent on the PSP (provided you don’t change from the default game resolution) and there aren’t any real complaints with the controls. The games are all fine for deaf gamers due to their use of simple beeps and sounds that don’t really convey any important information. Load times are bearable, although it’s a mystery why they last more than a few seconds with games this basic. The remade games also look quite good too. On the whole it’s an average quality compilation but it’s only going to appeal if you don’t already own the better games the compilation contains.

Overall Game Rating 6.0/10

Deaf Gamers Classification

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Taito Legends: Power-Up is an OK compilation but the best games have appeared in other compilations and the other games aren't what most people would class as the better titles of yesteryear.