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Game Chronicles (Jan 06, 2006)
Admittedly, you can find and play a lot of these games anywhere these days. Similar compilations are already out for the big consoles and games like Joust can be downloaded to your cell phone. Even so, Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play is a fantastic and totally enjoyable trip down memory lane for any gamer over 40 and a valuable history lesson for anyone younger.
70 (Jan 05, 2004)
If you have never played these games before then you might enjoy experiencing them for the first time but don’t expect killer sound and graphics. These games were groundbreaking back in the day and a lot of the current games we play got there starts here, but now these games seem dated. It was cool that Midway released this compilation disc for all of us to take a trip down memory lane but I think it could have been a lot better if they would have include more history about each game and made the interface for choosing the games easier to navigate. So, if you are in the mood for some classic arcade fun then Midway Arcade Treasures is just the ticket just don’t expect to be entertained as long as with these games as you used to be.
Extreme Gamer (Dec 28, 2005)
Giving the price and amount of content included on Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play you can't go wrong. It's not the ultimate in translation, but it works well enough to get a recommendation. Every classic gaming enthusiast should own a copy for their PSP. Can you really pass up Gauntlet on the go?!
Gameplanet (Mar 11, 2006)
Those who actually played these arcade classics in their original format will probably find themselves in hog heaven. Younger gamers whose earliest recollections of Mortal Kombat were of the console versions may be somewhat disappointed at the dated sound and graphics, and control issues. Whatever your expectations, Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play is a portable slice of gaming history and is perfectly suited for brief sessions of play, for which the PSP was designed.
GameZone (Jan 03, 2006)
Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play is a love letter to the classics old-school gamers grew up with and thanks to the power of the PSP; it’s also a great way to take these games along with you. Unfortunately not all of the games translate well on the system while a very few of them feel the sting of old age. Still, with this said, this is a compilation gamers new and old should at least check out as a rental.
PSX Extreme (Jan 09, 2006)
Worth your $29.99? Most definitely, assuming you like a few of the games on the "good" list.
MAN!AC (May, 2006)
Umfangreiche Sammlung: Oldiefans schnappen sich 18 Klassiker zum günstigen Preis.
Retro Gamer (Dec, 2005)
Whilst there are some classic gems to uncover, Extended Play should be treated with caution, mainly due to its high price, and hit and miss emulation.
IGN (Feb 13, 2006)
It's great to get a large assortment of good, quality classic arcade games in one pack. It's not so good when these games not only aren't represented as true-to-form as they could have been, but also take a significant amount of time to load them up for play. Midway's first PSP compilation isn't bad, but it's got enough problems that it could drive purists away. Fast. If you're not looking for total accuracy in your retrogaming then this isn't a bad choice, especially when most of these games are pretty darn close to their arcade counterparts. Just keep in mind that you'll be sitting around waiting more often than you'll be playing.
58 (Mar 06, 2006)
Dammich! Marble Madness! Rampart! Klax! Was habe ich mich auf diese Sammlung gefreut! Und doch hat Midway die eigentlich sehr simple Aufgabe der PSP-Umsetzung dieser Klassiker doch zum Teil versaut: Ladezeiten aus der Hölle, kratziger Sound, teilweise bescheuerte Bildschirmanpassung und gelegentliche Steuerungskatastrophen – Mist! Ich gebe zu, dass ich mich dennoch durch die auch doof zu kontrollierenden Games gehangelt habe und auch viel Spaß mit ihnen hatte – aber nicht jeder wird diese Engelsgeduld haben. Midway macht sich hier selbst und den Spielern das Leben unnötig schwer, diese Kollektion hätte leicht ein leuchtender Stern am Retro-Himmel sein können. So bleibt nur ein kleines Licht am Ende des Tunnels.
GameSpot (Dec 15, 2005)
While it's great that the multiplayer games in the collection offer local wireless multiplayer, a lot of the games are so sloppy that you probably won't want to bother. If the emulations were better or if the game featured a few more options, this collection might be worth recommending. But as it stands, it's nothing more than unfulfilled potential.
45 (Mar 21, 2006)
Si on ne peut qu'être excité de revenir quelques années en arrière pour redécouvrir ses classiques, le désenchantement survient bien rapidement dès que l'on comprend que Midway ne s'est pas foulé. Un habillage minimaliste et sans âme, des bugs nouvellement arrivés, ou encore un manque cruel de titres disponibles font de cette compilation pour nostalgiques un cadeau empoisonné. Perdant du coup son côté collector qui aurait pu lui ouvrir bien des portes, Midway Arcade Treasures : Extended Play se perd dans sa confiance et sombre dans une certaine indifférence. Un destin décevant, notamment lorsque l'on voit la pléiade de stars s'étant données rendez-vous.
Video Game Talk (Jan 26, 2006)
This compilation could have been a lot better. The load times found here are horrible. 20 seconds to just load a game and 20 seconds to exit the game. This is just unacceptable and really takes the quality of the game down a few notches. You are going to be gaming with these on the go and you don't have time to wait around for Defender to load up. That's absolutely insane. Then stretching the screens without changing a thing also hurts the games. Finally the poor controls that you will find in these games is the straw breaking the flying Joust camel's back.
It's a depressing day for the industry when a group of homebrew hackers kick out better work than professionals. One of the PSP's best selling points outside of what the marketing materials say is the ability to run emulators and ROMs. For the most part, those games in their various incarnations run smoother, play better, and are more accurate than most of what's been inserted into this latest Midway Arcade Treasures release.
35 (May 31, 2006)
This game is very bad. I can write little about it except that you can just as well throw away your money when you buy this title. It's a total flop, where the charm and atmosphere of these classic gets totally lost. There aren't any extras or additions to be seen either and it would be handy if retailers would just take this title out of the shelves to make place for better PSP-games.
GameSpy (Jan 04, 2006)
The selection of games themselves isn't the problem. In fact, that's pretty much all Extended Play has going for it. A whopping 21 games ranging from good ol' boys like Defender, Sinistar, Wizard of Wor, and Gauntlet to more modern-ish hits like Xenophobe and Rampage. One of this collection's biggest selling points is that it also contains the first three Mortal Kombat titles (although it sadly features the original Mortal Kombat 3 as opposed to it's superior upgrade, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3).