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Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition packs in 29 arcade games from the last two console collections, offering up a solid variety of titles guaranteed to whittle away a good chunk of your spare time. You’ll get a nice set of single and multiple player games here, although setting things up for more than one player is a bit more work than it is in the console versions. Although, in the move from game controller to PC keyboard or game pad, what’s here ends up a bit better than before in terms of control. Other than enhanced speed and better resolution however, don’t expect the graphics in the 3D games in this set to come anywhere near state of the art. Still, if you’re looking for a great value for the money, paying just over a dollar a game is definitely not going to send you to the poorhouse.
Being very mildly priced, this compilation is a worthwhile purchase if you're interested in venturing into retro gaming on the PC without delving into the world of emulators. After the hassle with the much-needed patch and the awkward control setup, you'll find that there's a few games here that are worth hours of entertainment. The top-down 2D racers still hold much of their original charm, especially in multiplayer mode. Whereas most of the fighting games here can't hope to compete with present-day offerings such as Tekken 5 or Soul Calibur 3, they still offer a nice trip down memory lane. In conclusion, the deluxe edition of Midway Arcade Treasures, with games like Gauntlet II, Total Carnage and Xenophobe being the classics they are, is worth buying as long as there are titles in the compilation that catch your interest, especially considering the low price tag Midway attached to this pack. Gamers who are into 'the latest and greatest' should stay away though.
How does Arcade Treasures Deluxe stand up? The games suffer a bit in the transition to PC, particularly in the sound and control departments. Caveat emptor, as well, for there's a copy protection program packed in the games that slows things down enough that I was afraid there was some spyware packed in the discs. No real snoop-programs in the game, but it's still an enormous black mark to have to wait a good 30 seconds when switching games or even starting up. Aside from that, you really can't get any better bargain. The console editions of Arcade Treasures 2 and 3 still cost as much as both titles on the PC, so if you're looking for the quickest retro-arcade fix you can get, Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe is plenty of bang for your buck. There are enough flaws in the compilation, however, that a purchase can't be truly recommended.
Not bad for 20 bucks, but when I think of the hassles of going back and fourth between disks, I would just rather play another game compilation or fire up a console.
Midway have also failed to add anything new to the package, such as any Internet play, or even LAN capability, thus making the whole exercise utterly pointless. There is multiplayer capacity, but if you're using your keyboard you're going to be getting extremely intimate with your friends to do so, probably more intimate than you ever imagined being or wanted to be. Essentially, you'd be better off digging up the console versions of these games and playing them. You'll have a much more authentic experience than this compilation offers, and you won't be throwing your hard earned money slavishly at these exploiters of memories.
Es por ello que el caso de Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition es terriblemente particular. De forma ilógica tenemos una serie de grandes títulos que se ejecutan francamente mal. Salvo excepciones muy vetustas del pack, el grueso de arcades emulados transfieren un sentimiento de desagravio hacia el jugador veterano. Y, señores de Midway, esto no es admisible.