Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX

"Waka waka waka waka waka waka", you hear that? "Waka waka waka waka waka", it sounds like the beautiful serenade of one of gaming's biggest icons. I'm talking, of course, of the always lovable, always incredible (always hungry) Pac-Man. Pac-Man has been one of the most beloved games since its inception and has had the honor of gracing many a gaming console, so when it came to the Xbox Live Arcade, people were obviously excited.

Everybody's favorite dot eater made its debut on the Xbox 360 in the form of Pac-Man Championship Edition. Back then, Pac-Man Championship Edition seemed like the perfect Xbox Live Arcade game........and it was. But did you ever sit back and ask yourself, "Could this game be any better?" Well, the immediate answer to that is yes, and it is known as Pac-Man Championship Edition DX.

Gaming's original ghostbuster is coming at us with more mazes, more modes and a LOT more ghosts. The deluxe version of the game (hence the DX) takes all the aspects that made the first one such a success and such a great experience and adds even more fun stuff.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX has gamers focused on racking up as high a score as possible. A new addition to the tried and true Pac-Man formula is the fact that all games are timed now which means you need to eat as many dots as possible as quickly as possible. A good factor to the game is that you don't die as often, and you get plenty of extra lives, oh, and did I mention the fact that you get bombs? Yeah, every bomb you drop sends every ghost on the map back to their little box if you need to get out of a tight spot.

You read up top that Mr. Pac-Man has a lot more ghosts to deal with. However, a lot is a definite understatement. Instead of having your traditional eight or so ghosts, players will now have to outwit HUNDREDS of ghosts in order to stay alive and get the top score. A bunch of ghosts will start out as normal, but as you advance through the map you will pass sleeping ghosts who will awaken as you pass by.

If you manage to refrain from eating a power pellet long enough, you could find yourself being chased by nearly a hundred ghosts! That is another thing. Instead of trying to outwit the ghosts, players will be able to simply run away as the ghosts will more likely than not follow you in a straight line. Turning around and obliterating a hundred ghosts in a row is a key feature in getting that top score.

DX has a total of nine mazes, most of which are completely new and unique. What is even better is that each maze has a multitude of different game variations like Score Attack, Time Trials and Ghost Combos. But the true might of this game is in getting the high scores.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX offers many ways for you to see how you rank against other players of the games, including your friends. Climbing through the leaderboards is cool and all but this game adds some other nifty options. Your current ranking is posted up on the title screen, the course select screen, and even within the menu for each maze.

This game also sounds great and looks great. Players will be able to pick from a variety of different skins for each maze as well as different Pac-Man character models, including 3D Pac-Man and the original pixilated master himself. The electronic music, which instinctively gets more intense the more the clock winds down, also adds an feeling of urgency that is both riveting and fun.

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, like its source material, combines fun, easy and intuitive gameplay mechanics with a great sound and spectacular presentation to create a game that everybody, not just Pac-Man enthusiasts, can enjoy. For a price tag of only $10 (or 800 Microsoft points) you would be hard pressed to find a better Xbox Live Arcade game. Definitely one that everybody should download as soon as possible.

Source: IGN.com
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