Taito Legends Power-Up

Taito Legends Power-Up

Taito Legends Power-Up

Sadly missing most of Taito's best efforts.

The two Taito Legends compilations released over the past 18 months offer an almost exhaustive peek into the archives of one of Japan's most important publishers of all-time. For less than the price of a full-priced title, you can now easily pick up both and trawl through about 68 games spanning arcade glory years from 1978 to the less celebrated '90s.

The fact that only about a dozen of those titles have stood the test of time isn't really the point - after all, how could such technically impoverished relics designed to gobble up loose change really cut it today? But for those interested in glimpsing how arcade gaming evolved from its humble early days, it offers a fascinating insight into some creative hits and misses that makes you truly appreciate how far gaming has come in such a relatively short space of time.

Having pretty much scraped the barrel with volume two (with a few notable omissions such as the licensing-affected Chase HQ), Taito has now turned its attention to the PSP, where the instant short-burst thrills of retro gaming on the move perhaps make more sense than on the big screen in block-o-vision. But rather than simply re-issue volumes one and two all over again, this 'Power-Up' edition selects 21 titles from both editions, presumably with the intention of bringing together something of a definitive 'best-of' edition.

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