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.
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.