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Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions: One Save File, One High Score

It was a stupid idea with Resident Evil, and now it’s even stupider with Pac-Man.

You may have read about Capcom’s controversial, damaging decision to only allow one permanent save file for Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. By taking away the ability to delete saves, players have been stripped of their rights to start their progress over, or pass the game along to a friend who wanted to experience the game fresh.

You would think after such a heated response by gamers that no other company would dare attempt this again. Enter Namco Bandai and their boneheaded take on the matter.

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Pac-Man & Galaga Dimensions, which is now available in both Japan and NA, also features one irreversible save system, but goes the extra mile by also using a single high score that is automatically overwritten with the highest obtained score. This means that not only will players be unable to view their previous scores, but that they won’t be able to compete with local friends or family who may want to play on the same cartridge in order to compare scores with one another.

We can only hope that this permanent save fiasco doesn’t turn into a fad, and will quickly fade away with the criticism given to both Capcom and Namco.

By on 26 July 2011

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  1. lol says:

    when does it come out in europe ??

  2. Bloodix says:

    It’s an arcade game saving high scores. Who cares?

    I don’t think many arcade games like this allow you to reset anyways.

  3. Roy Lagendijk says:

    If you can add a name (or 3 letters like most arcade stuff) to that score, you can still compete with the rest of the family, right?

  4. kalelrand1 says:

    sounds like i won’t be buying this game. besides namco’s stupid anyways

  5. Bloodix says:

    Though, no high score list is dumb though.

  6. venox2008 says:

    i’ll buy it, in europe after month

  7. sharky says:

    its a another crap game anyway

  8. Norman6 says:

    Why play crappy new versions when your neighbors have PacMan, Galaga and Ms. Pac Man in their original arcade machine!!!!!

  9. magykmaster says:

    if u cud have numerous high scores like in an arcade, this wud be fine. it would be like an arcade!

  10. Santiago says:

    I bought it and it’s awesome. I never liked the original pac man, but I love galaga and pac man championship. Pac man tilt is also a great addition, it feels more like a sonic the hedgehog game than a pac man game and it has the tilt mechanics from yoshi topsy turvey. Galaga 3D impact is a cool “on-rails shooter” that you control with motion control. I think people should stop looking at stupid problems like save files and they should just enjoy the game.

  11. Wiener says:

    I would likely have picked it up if I wouldn’t feel I have to skip supporting single save file games.

  12. O__o says:

    They fucked up the same way AGAIN? No high score list huh? That is fucking ridiculous. I wasn’t gonna buy it anyways. I mean who would pay $40.00 for Pac-man or Galaga? Seemed fun but not enough to convince me. Now I KNOW not to buy it.

  13. Bulby says:

    Well, I was thinking about buying this, but crappy “1 savefile craze” hits again, and now I won’t… First Mercenaries, now PGD… What is the next game that will be ruined, I wonder?

  14. Santiago says:

    @Wiener
    Do these single save games really affect you? Not really, RE: revelations was a decent game and the single save file didn’t decrease the quality at all. And this game is awesome too (especially pac man tilt), the only problem is that you can’t erase high scores, but does that really matter?

  15. drwill439 says:

    How the hell do you take out a high score list in an arcade game?

  16. Cam says:

    poor pacman. a gaming legend was stuck with this game

  17. J@ke says:

    So long as this sh*t doesn’t occur on Super Mario 3D, Paper Mario, and Kid Icarus Uprising, I’m fine with this coming to games I most likely won’t be buying in the first place 😛

  18. Ty says:

    I really think people are making a bigger deal out of these permanent saves than they really should be. In Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D, there is no real progress to speak of. You can unlock the next tier of missions, but that’s as far as progress goes. If you want to replay it, then just replay all the levels. It’s exactly the same experience. There really is no need to erase your data- especially because these are essentially arcade games. Nobody made a big deal when a GBA arcade game had permanent saves, so why now?

  19. Venox2008 says:

    Ty :
    I really think people are making a bigger deal out of these permanent saves than they really should be. In Resident Evil: Mercenaries 3D, there is no real progress to speak of. You can unlock the next tier of missions, but that’s as far as progress goes. If you want to replay it, then just replay all the levels. It’s exactly the same experience. There really is no need to erase your data- especially because these are essentially arcade games. Nobody made a big deal when a GBA arcade game had permanent saves, so why now?

    yes, you speak truth… it’s only a high score, in RE:MC3D is the same… I would start whining if it was a single player game with story and other stuff.. but that’s OK in this situation

  20. Nintendofan says:

    I know that there are people who hate/dont care about the ONE savefile but what if they expand this? That you can only have one name with Zelda(it doesn’t affect me but for others it would) or some other great game that many people want to play but don’t want to erase their savefile so others can play it too(I erased my pikmin 2 savefile because I lost it and needed the space, but when I found it I felt so guilty that I restarted everything and now I’m even farther)

  21. Joseph says:

    Here we go again…

  22. Jmaster720 says:

    *face palm* What Are We Stuck in the early 80s Namco

  23. kalelrand1 says:

    well i bought this game today and boy i changed my mind on what i thought this game is awesome…do buy it people it is worth it

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