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'Pac-Man Championship Edition 2' looks chaotic, wonderful

Bandai Namco's is going to remix an arcade classic... again.
Sean Buckley, @seaniccus
July 20, 2016
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A few years ago, Bandai Namco figured out the key to reviving the Pac-Man: just make the original top down dot-chomper faster, brighter and more competitive. Pac-Man Championship Edition and Championship Edition DX+ changed just enough of the classic game to make it fresh and exciting. Now, the company is going to try it one more time. Today Bandai Namco announced Pac-man Championship Edition 2, a remix that promises new rules, bigger ghosts and new direction in level design

Specifically, the new game seems to break out of the traditional Pac-man maze, but only sometimes. The trailer shows Pac-Man leaping out of levels to chase pixelaed 3D ghosts through the air, or dropping down to a hidden, second maze after completing a level. The majority of the gameplay still seems to happen on a traditional 2D plane, but a new "giant ghost" and special isomeric levels appear to break the tradition from time to time. We'll know more when the game hits the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC this September -- but either way, Pac-man Championship Edition 2 looks like a fun evolution of a classic game.

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