After putting a fair bit of time into the rather addictive Pac-Man 256 recently, I must admit that it really got me in the mood to play some Pac-Man Championship Edition. So it was with some enthusiasm that I greeted the news this morning that Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this September.
The sequel to the 2007 classic (and its 2010 follow-up, DX) is being developed in Tokyo, and looks like it'll once again be delivering its signature lightning fast gameplay and a myriad of new micro-challenges played out over a series of screen-sized mazes. What's new? This time there's ghost bumping, jump pads, and boss battles where you fight giant ghosts. Chain-eating mechanics have also been improved and expanded, and now you can run up to four different ghost trains before unleashing a power pill on them to garner huge bonus points.
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2's main challenge is once again the Score Attack mode, where players will be vying on the leaderboards to notch up as many points as possible within a specific time limit. However, the game will also feature a new Adventure mode. Little is known about this at the moment, but apparently players will be chasing down fast-moving fruit, battling the aforementioned giant ghosts, as well as taking on all-new challenges.
Judging by the trailer and screenshots, Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is looking very pretty indeed, with a host of new-style screens rendered in bright neon colors. Hopefully the gameplay will be as tuned and polished as its predecessors.
If you're lucky enough to be attending the San Diego Comic Con this year, you'll actually be able to play Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, which is being demoed in the gaming area at Bandai Namco's booth.