When this game first surfaced at E³ 2005, I was excited. However, for some reason, the collection was released with less than promised. I've been wondering what happened to some of the additional games that were supposed to be on this collection such as "Dig Dug 2". This collection really only has a handful of games that weren't included in the previous iteration, Namco Museum. If you have Namco Museum for XBox/GC/PS2, then this collection may not interest you. The only additional games included in this version that weren't in the previous are "Rally X", "Galaga 88" (unlockable), "Bosconian", "Rolling Thunder", "Sky Kid", "Xevious", and "Mappy". Also, previous "arrange" games such as "Galaga Arrange" and "Pac Man Arrange" are absent.
The game's interface is easy enough to access. After passing the start screen, you will be taken to a turntable with all of the arcade machines on it. You'll simply press Left or Right to access the game you want to play. You can also adjust the game you want to play to your liking. You may change the number of lives, the difficulty level, and the bonus requirements for the game you want to play depending on which game you are playing. You will also be treated to 80's music while you're at the game select menu. Though, there's no way to change the song that's playing, nor is there a way to stop the music from playing if you don't want to listen. This is, of course, a moot point since you won't be spending the bulk of your time on this screen.
The games are perfectly emulated. They look and play exactly as the arcade originals. However, as many of the games were on narrow screens in the arcade, you'll find empty black spaces to the left and right of the screen with no option to add the cabinet art that was present in previous Namco collections.
There's also absolutely no bonus material to look at. No pictures, interviews, or even history information that is so common in most arcade classic collections. Certainly a weak way for Namco to commemorate the occasion.
All in all, if you don't own 2002's Namco Museum, this collection will suit your needs. If you do own the regular Namco Museum, you may want to pass unless you have an itch to play Bosconian, etc.