Namco Museum Vol. 1

released on Nov 22, 1995
by Namco

Bosconian, Galaga, New Rally-X, Pac-Man, Pole Position, Rally-X, Toy Pop
Not only can you play these games, but you can also learn about them in the virtual museum mode included on the disc, including their history, art and the original arcade cabinets.

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For some reason I've always found myself victim to needing every single Namco Museum I can get my hands on, but the original series for the PSX continues to be my favorite versions. Cute cinematics, great documentation of media related to each game, convenient tutorials, and the first Namco Museum has a fairly solid selection of games as well. Pac-Man is always a classic and there's no need to comment, same with Galaga. Pole Position is fun if you turn the volume all the way down and don't get motion sickness. Bosconian is pretty fun although not that engaging to me personally. Including both version of Rally-X is awesome, even if New Rally-X completely negates the need for the original IMO. Toy Pop is the only game I'm not entirely a fan of, simply for the fact that controlling the game feels too slippery. A very fun time and very relaxing as well.

Few things are as joyful and magic in games as walking through the museum with that gorgeous, relaxing music, and playing these wonderful classics. The amazing presentation makes this more than just a mere collection of games.

All video game compilations should have something like this, instead of just boring menus.

big fan of the museum itself. very nice early 3d first person stuff nice atmosphere. games include rally x and new rally x though so it's not that good

The presentation goes through the roof. It's so enjoyable exploring the museum and learning about some of the history the games had. It's so charming. Speaking of the games, however, they are not emulated and are recreated instead, leading to some inaccuracies. And the game selection is rather bland though, consisting only of Namco's biggest hits (and Toy Pop). It's still a decent pickup today, and the museums get better and better as you go through each volume.

While the emulation of these old arcade games have been vastly improved over the years, I can't help but love the old PS1 Namco Museums just because of their presentation. There's just a certain charm with walking through a virtual museum filled with tons of images of Namco's past and neat 3D rooms that is not really there with the relatively generic menus of the later Namco Museums.