I have the first Taito Legends disc for the PS2 and was expecting something comparable. This seemingly takes most of the good games out, pretty much just leaving Phoenix and Space Invaders.
Besides not having many good games, the implementation isn't great. Most of the games were originally vertical, and the PSP screen is widescreen. Instead of letting you stretch the screen a little (like most other retro compilations), you just get the option of turning it vertical. Which looks okay, but makes games very hard to play, since you have to hold the PSP sideways.
You do get a few remakes, but none of them are really worth playing. All in all, very disappointing, glad I only rented. Only worth it if you really like Space Invaders and even then, you almost need a magnifying glass to play it.
This felt like the originals back in the day. Sure, the screen is small [thats the whole point of the PSP!] I thought it was very smart to offer screen options in every game. Titling the game sideways puts the aspect ratio just where you'd want it. Otherwise, you're eyes would go bad from straining.
The controls - as simple as they are - are easy, even when playing sideways. The various versions of Space Invaders were the biggest draw for me. A lot of bad games were churned out (and found in this collection), but they led to better games later. It's funny what passed as a game back then [laughs], but that was the best technology and programming at the time.
All the glory [and historical value] of these classic gems should never be lost or forgotten!