|PS2, GC, Xbox
| The Good
Simple, effective graphics
Classic sound effects
Original Pac-Man games included
| The Bad
The varying difficulty level
Pac-Man is here in his second platform game called Pac-Man
World 2. This time the evil ghost are up to no good again
and accidentally release a ghost called Spooky
by taking the magical fruits off of a tree. He tells the ghost
to hide the fruits from Pac-Man and so Pac-Man's adventure
Gameplay: The gameplay in Pac-Man is a typical
3-D platform like Crash Bandicoot
as it's linear. You go through the different themed levels
and progress using special abilities, whether it's the bounce
or ram move. You will use all your typical platform skills
and fight bosses at the end of the different themed worlds. The worlds are all the basic
types you can find in other platform games: water, fire, ice,
forest, and haunted areas. Your typical clichéd themed
levels. One very cool feature is that you can actually play
a lot of the original old Pac-Man games in the arcade at the
beginning - a very nice plus.
Graphics: The graphics are not the most spectacular
you will see but fit rather nicely for a platform game and
the Pac-Man theme. The different season effects look quite
nice and are very bright and cartoony looking, perfect for
this type of game.
Control: The controls are very responsive and moving
Pac-Man throughout the world is easy. The different moves
are all easy to pull off and offer no real difficulty to the
controls. Simply, easy, and effective.
Sound: The music in this game is pretty forgettable.
Nothing really catchy or worth really paying attention too.
Now the sounds effects are a different story. They bring back
the classic sounds of Pac-Man chomping away on ghosts and
eating dots. Makes for a real nostalgic moment.
The Bad: Well first off the camera could use a little
work. No platform game has
perfect camera angles but this game has quite a few problems
in that department. The game also starts off extremely easy
and then near the end gets ridiculously hard and is a pain
to even want to play almost to the point of turning the game
Overall: Pac-Man World 2 is a decent platformer
that goes from extremely easy to insanely hard to the point
of severe frustration. It does most things really well but
there are too many frustrating parts to make you want to ever
play through it again. For a game that just came out of nowhere
its pretty decent and worth one playthrough but after that
the only thing that you'll put it back in your PS2 for is
the original Pac-Man games. So for all you out there craving
another platformer after Crash and Jak play Pac-Man World
2. For everyone else, don't even bother.
- Justin Celani