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Konami Classics Vol. 1 (Xbox 360) artwork

Konami Classics Vol. 1 (Xbox 360) review


"What you have in Konami Classics Vol. 1 are three titles that are already available on Xbox 360's Live Arcade service: the classic Frogger, the arcade version of Super Contra, and one of the most popular Castlevania titles to date, Symphony of the Night. So if you have Live and are interested in one or all three games, then download them, because this release isn't aimed at you. This collection is clearly targeted at gamers that just don't have access to Live. To these people, Konami C..."



What you have in Konami Classics Vol. 1 are three titles that are already available on Xbox 360's Live Arcade service: the classic Frogger, the arcade version of Super Contra, and one of the most popular Castlevania titles to date, Symphony of the Night. So if you have Live and are interested in one or all three games, then download them, because this release isn't aimed at you. This collection is clearly targeted at gamers that just don't have access to Live. To these people, Konami Classics Vol. 1 is quite the catch, and Konami knows this; that's why they've devised a scheme to take advantage of this situation.

See, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 came out on the same day, which may seem odd to some, until you think about it a little more. You wanna know why Super Contra is on Vol. 1 instead of Contra? Because Contra is on Vol. 2. Anyone with a brain can realize that Konami pulled a dirty trick here, especially towards Contra lovers. I mean, price-wise, there's nothing wrong here, and despite there being only three games, you do have some variety going on. However, the whole thing just stinks. They simply could have put all six Live Arcade titles on one disc, but greed got in the way. It's one of those rare times where it's just so obvious that a video game company made something just to get monies from their fans. They didn't even try to hide it.

"Then I guess you don't like the PopCap Arcade Volumes" you say. That's different; except for Heavy Weapon, Vol. 1 featured all PopCap Live Arcade games that were released at that time. For a Vol. 2 to come into existence, they had to publish more games first. By the time Konami Classics Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 came out, however, all included titles have been out on Live Arcade for quite some time. Konami really had no excuse here, they simply wanted to force their Live-less fanbase into buying both volumes. That's just low. That's just very low.

Rating: 4/10

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Community review by pickhut (June 04, 2010)

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