“Irem Collection Volume 1 is a compilation of shoot 'em ups that any genre fan will happily add to their library. If you want to experience some history of the genre then check it out but just don't expect any supplementary content as that's where this package falls flat.” - A.J. Maciejewski from Video Chums.
CCG writes - "The Irem Collection Volume 1 is a collection of classic shoot 'em ups that are fun, if obnoxiously difficult, and largely stand the test of time graphically and otherwise. If you are a huge shoot 'em up fan, perhaps this collection is worth getting, but it's not exactly inexpensive, either. "
VGChartz's Evan Norris: "Irem Collection Volume 1 is a decent start to ININ's five-part anthology. While Image Fight II is too cramped and far too difficult, the original Image Fight and X-Multiply stand as solid entries in the Irem canon. What's more, everything is made easier and more accessible thanks to quality-of-life upgrades, including the game-changing "stick aim". Had Tozai gone the extra mile by including instructions, special features, and an English translation for Image Fight II, things could have been even better."