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Midway Arcade Treasures is a great collection, and a wonderful starting point. There are plenty of other treasures for Midway to unearth. Here’s hoping this isn’t the only collection from the publisher that made the move away from arcades – there’s a rich history there that should be honored and remembered, warts and all.
For many, most of the titles on show will be obscure, but if you want to dip your toes into the bewildering waters of the '80s arcade, this is probably the best introduction released to date. If only the likes of Konami, Namco and Nintendo could join forces to produce the ultimate compendium we could start addressing some of the true classics. For now, as a round up of the greats of the US coin-op scene of the 80s, Midway's Arcade Treasures has no equal - and for the price represents an essential purchase for all nostalgists. Not perfect, yet, but it'll do for now.
Stands in the shadow of the
original Arcade Treasures. But for
just £15 you can’t complain.
It's great to have such a large selection of oldies here in one collection. I hope other makers take the queue and offer more than the usual "generous" four ancient Pac Man titles for the price of the newest games. These games are out there for PC folks in the MAME format-- for FREE. If the makers of these compilations want us to pay for them, they need to offer a generous selection such as this one. I enjoyed playing the oldies, and know this is a title that will keep me coming back; when I need a retro break from the chaos of modern shooters and high tech racers. Maybe someone will throw in some more sports titles on one collection. Now, if I could only get REAL reproductions of Tron, Kangaroo, Reactor, Vanguard and Gorf-- I'd be a happy gamer!!
On the other hand, Gauntlet is not as fun as you remember, Vindicators and Marble Madness are virtually unplayable with the analog stick control scheme, and instead of Budweiser Tapper you get, uh, Rootbeer Tapper. The true arcade experience of second-hand smoke, arsenals of carefully hoarded quarters, and Cheap Trick on the jukebox is absent, but you do get treated to original concept art and interviews with some seminal game developers. More than just a nostalgic trip,
Midway Arcade Treasure's "bang for your buck" comes from the sheer amount of games on the disk, and how perfect they're represented on the console. Apart from the difference in controls, these games are essentially what gamers played in arcade when the games were released in the 80s. Don't go expecting anything more than the games, however, as it was the emulation portion that received most of the attention; the developer didn't put much focus in giving players anything more than the basic retrogaming experience.
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Even though this is the most violent of all of the games in Midway Arcade Treasures, it is the most enjoyable. I'm not exactly sure, but I believe you are playing on a television set, I'm guessing something like "American Gladiator". Anyway, story aside, you basically go from room to room, killing gigantic swarms of enemies and bosses, while using different weapons (including a rocket launcher, pistol, shotgun, and grenade launcher-type weapon). If this hadn't been included, the game would have been rated E, but the inclusion would make purchasing Midway Arcade Treasures a steal for $20. While Xbox Live play would have been nice, the vast amounts of high-quality 80's titles make this worth purchasing, whether you are a classic gaming collector or are from the PlayStation generation.
Midway Arcade Treasures has all the ingredients to make a great addition to any gamer's library, but you can't help but feel that a much better job could have been done if more time had been spent making sure that everything worked correctly. It would have yielded a much more recommendable game. If you're a fan of the classic gaming experience who wouldn't mind the sorts of minor issues that are rampant throughout this collection,
Mensen die houden van oude arcade games zouden deze compilatie eigenlijk al in huis moeten hebben. De prijs is zeer schappelijk en de games zijn precies zoals ze waren in de arcades van onze jeugd. De jongere garde kan zijn geld misschien beter bewaren voor een moderner spel, want nostalgie is een factor waar zij niet op kunnen rekenen bij het bespelen van deze games. Of ze kunnen gewoon wachten op Midway Arcade Treasures 2, waar een heleboel meer recentere games zullen opstaan, die misschien meer aanspreken tot de huidige generatie gamers. Mortal Kombat 1 t/m 3 staan er alvast op, net als Stun Runner, en volgens de geruchten mogen we ook het fantastische Narc verwachten en enkele andere klassiekers zoals Pit Fighter, Primal Rage (Mortal Kombat met dino's), Xenophobe, Total Carnage (opvolger van Smash TV) en nog vele anderen. Na E3 weten we ongetwijfeld meer. Tot dan draai in de '80s nostalgiekraan nog wat open met nog een rondje Robotron of KlaX !
Midway Arcade Treasures could've been produced a bit better in some areas, and it'll take a long time to get over the lack of being able to get my Moon Patrol groove on again. However, it certainly has its merits and offers hours of fun with classic games to whet your whistle, and its features, while not exactly polished in presentation, should keep you entertained. Let's hope a sequel comes around.
My disappointment in this disc's shortcomings is tempered by the sheer amount of great, classic gaming on offer. Not all of the games still hold up, but enough do to make a purchase worthwhile for most fans of the classics. While this isn't the slickly produced, extras-laden collection I had hoped for, there are far, far worse ways to spend 20 bucks. And if you were wondering, Smash TV is still friggin' ridiculous.