Reviews, XboxJoel Szerlip

Midway Arcade Treasures 2

Reviews, XboxJoel Szerlip

Overview

Do you ever sit there and think about the good old days? Those days where games were so much simpler, where there always seemed to be a clear-cut winner and loser to each game. Midway decided to bring back these classics in what they like to call their Arcade Treasure series. Now in their second edition, how does it hold up? Read our review to find out.

Gameplay

For those of you who haven’t heard of the Midway Arcade Treasures series, it’s basically a compilation of old Midway games that have made the "classic" status for us gamers. In the last compilation of games we saw some great classics, but most of which were the really older classics found on the earlier systems. Now we are starting to see in Midway Arcade Treasure 2 are some of the not recent, but more recent games that many more of us can relate to. Below is the list of games included in the package.

A.P.B. Arch Rivals Championship Sprint Cyberball 2072 Gauntlet II Hard Drivin’ Mortal Kombat Mortal Kombat II Mortal Kombat 3 Narc Pit Fighter Primal Rage Rampage World Tour Spy Hunter 2 Steel Talons STUN Runner Timber Total Carnage Wizards of Wor Xenophone Xybots

Although I could touch base on all of these games I figure I will just limit myself to a few of them. First off one of the biggest driving factor behind this pack of "Treasures" are the first three Mortal Kombat games. Those of us who are old enough to remember; remember a time where the blood in the game really made the US Congress quite scared, and began talks of video games becoming too violent. Playing through these three fighting games and looking at the latest Mortal Kombat game you can really see how far gaming has come.

My personal favorite of the group is Spy Hunter 2, in my opinion the best game on the list. One of the first games to really combine driving and fighting together to make an enjoyable experience, something I really think Midway did with this one.

Overall I must say that all of these games really play like they did back when they were developed. It’s just an amazing experience to see where gaming has come over the years. I was very impressed with how they incorporated the simple controls of most of these games onto the Xbox controller, making it feel as close to what it felt like back when we were originally playing them. After playing all the games I felt that Midway did a pretty solid job of bringing these games to the same standards as they were when they were created.

Graphics

When grading a game that has a compilation of classic titles you don’t necessarily grade the graphics of the classic games, but how accurately they were transformed from the original. For the most part I really thought Midway did an excellent job of keeping everything pretty much the way they were. You can see some slight differences in the Mortal Kombat games but nothing major. Generally everything in the game stayed pretty consistent throughout. Bottom line is that there is nothing really to complain about on the visual standpoint.

Fun Factor

If I had to compliment Midway on one thing it would be the list of games in which they chose. When you combine the Mortal Kombat series, with Spy Hunter, Cyberball and NARC, how can you really complain? All of the games that are provided in this group of "Treasures" are all extremely fun and addictive. This is a perfect game for a party where you and a group of friends want to see where gaming has gone in the past ten years.

Overall

Although Midway Arcade Treasure 2 is a great game it is still not perfect. I still feel that the game could have included some more classics, but with what they gave you most of us will be quite satisfied. If you are in the mood for some classics, Midway Arcade Treasure 2 is the way to go.

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