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Game Informer Magazine
I think I'm going to cry. With arcade-perfect ports of Mortal Kombat II and 3, NARC, Rampage World Tour, Total Carnage and Gauntlet II, classic compilations really don't get much better than this. Not to sound too much like a sleazy infomerical salesman, but this amazing collection offers so much more!
I had the joy of reviewing the first offering of Midway Arcade Treasures a while back. That was a fun blast to the past with only some controller issues to keep it from being a more-often played game. As is the case again here, some of the classics do not translate will into platform consoles with modern (too fancy) type controllers. Still, there's a lot of bang for the buck with this bodacious bundle.
If you love the old school, then you must add this collection. Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is an impressive line-up of old school games which for their time led the pack. Thank you Midway, and old schoolers. pick this sucka up!
Raiding the arcade vault for a second time, Midway has compiled an eclectic mix of 20 games that span almost every genre. But the choices are hit and miss as some of the titles remain strong today, while others haven't aged...well, at all.
Last year's release of Midway Arcade Treasures was an incredible hit for the publisher, so much so that the company has offered up a much meatier sequel with Midway Arcade Treasures 2. The pack for 2004 follows up the original's theme of combining nearly two dozen original, classic arcade titles of the 80s and packing them with historical data and developer interviews on a single console disc. The sequel, however, ups the ante with a beefed-up collection of much more contemporary arcade hits, more detailed data on each game, and a much better interface in which to play them. The overall package still isn't quite as over-the-top awesome as, say, a Special Edition DVD flick, but you'd be nuts if you don't see the value Midway's put into this compilation.
Of course, I could write a review for every game in this bundle, but that would waste everyone’s time. I will say that there are easily enough titles for you to purchase this one today for a mere $20. Of course, this game has its muddy spots with odd titles like Timber, Kozmik Krooz’r and Wacko, but the good clearly outshines the lackluster. Even the non-stellar titles are at least playable, and nothing that I would consider “bad,” since they all had their own sort of innovative aspects. This compilation is more than worth its $20 price tag, so with that, I can easily recommend it to you. Just don’t get mad at me when you realize that you can’t beat Shao Khan without brushing up on your skills.
Game Freaks 365
In conclusion, Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is a solid compilation, with enough classic titles to warrant a purchase. For those of you that don't particularly care for 80's and early 90's arcade games, you could always give it a rent, for the Mortal Kombat games and Total Carnage. Otherwise, your best bet would be to go with the original Midway Arcade Treasures, which is still high on our list of quality compilations.
It’s got two of the most successful arcade games of all time in Mortal Kombat 2 and 3, but, as a whole, Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is a pretty uneven compilation. Out of twenty games, there are only 5 or 6 games I’d play for an extended period of time. When compared to the original, MAT2 just can’t match up to the cavalcade of classics like Robotron, Defender and Joust. In fact, many of the enjoyable games on MAT2 are minimally updated retreads of games on the first one (see Gauntlet and Championship Sprint). MAT2 is a great game, and an absolute steal at twenty bucks, but I’d recommend the first before this one.
The games here tend to hold up pretty well, and for the most part, they're very close to the arcade originals. With such a huge back catalog of classic arcade games in its vaults, it's no surprise that Midway has released another compilation of some of its old games. This new collection, called Midway Arcade Treasures 2, contains 20 games that span over 15 years of games from Midway, including Atari Games, which Midway acquired in 1996. As with most classic arcade compilations, the games here tend to hold up pretty well, and for the most part, they're very close to the arcade originals.
Midway digs deep into its arcade attic again for some well-known classics and some long-forgotten relics. With one Arcade Treasures already in the books, Midway goes two different routes for the sequel. One way is bringing back more obscure titles from the early days of gaming. The other is to set the way-back machine to the early- to mid-'90s. Both have varying degrees of success, but the end result is still a great gaming bargain that's hard to pass up.
Il est vrai que pour un joueur, avoir ces vieux classiques, c'est un peu comme d'avoir un vieux 33 d'Hendrix à côté du dernier Radiohead. Il faut cependant admettre que dans cette compilation, on ne trouve pas que du bon sur les 20 jeux proposés, qu'on a droit à des bugs indésirables et qu'en sus des bonus, on aurait apprécié des fioritures plus folles, pourquoi pas du online carrément ? Du coup, on ne peut que conseiller la chose aux plus mordus de l'ancien temps, mais il est à craindre qu'ils aient déjà tout ce qu'il leur faut.
Misty-eyed old nostalgists that we are, we really miss the pioneering spirit of the Arcade, with its capacity to surprise, tempt and tease, offering us gaming experiences that were often years away from entering our homes. It was the Tomorrow's World for the gaming scene, and made you realise just how limited your home computer really was. But at the same time, even in our tender years we could recognise that many - if not nearly all - of these games were designed to kick you off as soon as possible, with the intention of extracting as much coinage from your limited funds as possible.
Midway Arcade Treasures was, without question, a great collection. Although many of the games included in last year's compilation suffered a little from overexposure (having been seen already in so many other collections), on the whole it was a huge, nicely-reproduced anthology of genuine classics for a great price.