Midway Arcade Treasures 2

Review

posted 12/9/2004 by Charles Husemann
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One of the benefits of getting older is the accumulated wisdom acquired with age. You learn things like not to eat yellow snow, buy low sell high, and that things were always more interesting when you were younger. You can say things like “Back in my day, we didn’t have any of this fancy 3D rendering technologies and physics engines…we had sprites driven graphics and we liked it.”. Statements like this cause younger gamers to roll their eyes and focus back to fighting the Convenant. That was the case until we had the recent wave of gamer nostalgia and game companies realized that Gen-X gamers spend a good deal of their discretionary income on ported version of the arcade games that they great up with.

Midway has already capitalized on this growing trend with one package of classics and they’re back again with another selection of classic arcade games. This time around Midway has dusted off the following titles for inclusion in the collection:

A. P. B.
Arch Rivals
Championship Sprint
Cyberball 2072
Gauntlet II
Hard Drivin'
Kozmik Krooz'r
Mortal Kombat II
Mortal Kombat 3
NARC
Pit Fighter
Primal Rage
Rampage World Tour
Spy Hunter II
Timber
Total Carnage
Wacko
Wizard of Wor
Xenophobe
Xybots


There’s a little something for everyone in this pack but especially if you’re a fan of fighting games. The inclusion of the two Mortal Kombat games, Primal Rage, and Pit Fighter is a boon for any fighting junkie. These four games provide a nice slice of the fighting game history.

To be honest, the real game I was looking forward to in this package was Cyberball 2072. When I was in high school, I spent an inordinate amount of time in an arcade called Krazy Kats playing the tournament incarnation of the game (which allowed for some sweet two on two action…the gaming kind not the perverted kind that Yan gets into). Ah, the memories of Friday night tournaments and the joy of finding new ways to get the little robot football players to do something they weren’t supposed to. The included version of Cyberball is pitch perfect right down to the AI tendency to throw to the tight end in long yardage situations (this never made sense to me…) and how you can pass to wide receivers by bouncing the ball on the heads of the offensive line.
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