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Midway's Arcade Treasures 2

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Game Information
Publisher: Midway
Developer: Digital Eclipse
Genre: Compiliation
Players: 1-2
Year: 2004
Memory Supported: Hard Drive
Xbox Live: Sort Of, Uses Xbox LIVE Aware

Settling The Score
Much better menu layout than the last Arcade Treasures, with a clean and simple look to it.
Yeah, these games look dated, but there are no real framerate problems I could see, and everything seems to be in place.
Solid, but a little fuzzy with some games. I can't figure out which is more annoying: the screeching tires from Hard Drivin', or the noise coming from Wizard Of Wor.
Pretty much every game plays right and suffers no real control problems, but Xenophobe is possibly the trickiest to play.
Replay Value
Depends on how many games you like in the collection. If you play with a few friends, this game will last a lot longer.
Reviewers Impression
Finally, a good number of games I remember seeing in the arcade! It's great having a collection of arcade games that you can get into at anytime, and ones that are emulated pretty damn well. Sure, some of the games suck, but what compilation doesn't have that problem?
Overall (not an avg.)
If there's one thing that Midway knows how to do is release arcade compliations that are packed with value. A good number of clasic games at a reasonable budget price is something that almost anyone can pick up on. Plus, this time around we're given games that we haven't seen in a compilation before.

Written By Shaun McCracken

I'm glad that Midway didn't wait such a long time to release another collection of arcade games. Just about a year after the first installment of Arcade Treasures, we have a brand new collection of arcade games. But this isn't like the first MAT, where we've seen games from past collections thrown in into a much larger package. This time, everything is pretty much new, with 20 games that has never really been seen in a past compilation. So, what 20 games do we get for our $20 (in my case, $10, because I got it on sale ;) )? Take a look below:

Games featured in Midway's Arcade Treasures 2:
Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat 3, Gauntlet II, Spy Hunter II, Xybots, NARC, APB, Cyberball 2072, Timber, Total Carnage, Pit Fighter, Wizard Of Wor, Xenophobe, Primal Rage, Arch Rivals, Rampage World Tour, Kozmik Krooz'r, Championship Sprint, Hard Drivin', and Wacko.

Fairly diverse collection, no? Well, yes, but I still can't help but remember one game that I was looking forward to in this collection that was CUT OUT. I think some might know what I'm talking about, but for those who don't, STUN Runner was SUPPOSED to be a part of this collection. Somewhere along the line, this game was totally left out of the collection, while the original Mortal Kombat was taken out and thrown into the Mortal Kombat Deception Kollector's Edition. So, while we still have a great number of games to play with, I can't help but think how much better this collection would have been if those two games weren't taken out.

ANYWAY, let's talk about the games that are featured in this collection. As far as emulation goes, all games haven't really suffered much at all. There are no graphical problems and very few sound issues. For the time frame given and the amount of new games presented, Digital Eclipse sure did a great job with the emulation. I would have expected at least one game to play like (or sound like) total crap (like 720 in the first MAT), but all of the games seemed to have been handled pretty well.

Now, while the emulation is great, what about the games themselves? Sure, we have 20 games, but exactally what is trash and what is treasure (pun SO intended)? First, let's talk about the best games in the collection, or the real "true" treasures of the collection. The main draws of this collection are undoubtably Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat 3, and they do stand as the better games of the collection. They play just as great as they did in the arcades, but I think the level of the AI difficulty is just too high, even on it's lowest setting. Maybe I just suck, or it really IS hard. Of course, if you dislike the computer, you can always play against a friend. Other great games featured are Total Carnage, which is basically a sequel to Smash TV with a desert-war like setting; NARC, while not excellent, is a fun game of just shooting whordes of drug-lords and pill pushers that seems like the foundation of what Smash TV became; Xybots, a thrid person shooter with controls that takes some getting used to, but provides a good deal of fun of again, just shooting stuff; Hard Drivin', which has somehow become slightly addictive to me, but has some touchy physics and handling that may put some people off; and Timber, a small game tucked away in the collection that kind of took me by suprise on how fun and addictive it is, and a little reminicent of Root Beer Tapper (especially when it comes to the music, sound and the character design).

The games that have emerged as just "okay" to me include Primal Rage, a fighter with dinosaurs that was basically a cash-in on Mortal Kombat's violent style; APB, which is fun at first, but a bit of a hard-ass on the demerits, and just became a bit too frustrating after the fourth or fifth day; Rampage World Tour, which seems a bit too new to be in a compilation (and if this game, from 1997 could be in here, why not SF Rush, which was released in 1996?), and really doesn't change in terms in design from the original game (at least it plays better); Gauntlet II, which looks like the original, and still only fun if you play with more people; Arch Rivals, which is kind of fun, but lacks a high-score chart and is not really a great substitute for NBA Jam; Cyberball 2072, which has simple controls, but not a whole lot there to keep you playing; Championship Sprint, which basically looks like, sounds like and plays like Super Sprint, and I really wonder how many people could tell the difference; and Xenophobe, which would have been a lot more fun if the controls weren't so furstrating (for some reason I was always thrown into a crouching porition).

The losers of the collection are Pit Fighter, Kozmik Krooz'r, Wacko, Spy Hunter II and Wizard Of Wor. Each of these games kind of represent the worts facet of what genre is represented in the collection. Pit Fighter is a crappy fighting game with a limited set of moves, choppy animation and bad sound. It just isn't too much fun. Kozmik Krooz'r is a run of the mill shooter with tiny sprites and some slightly akward controls. Again, it's also not that much fun. Wacko is a lame shooting game that seems nothing more than a game of matching. It seems like it was developed for a 7 year old to play, and yet it's thrown into a collection of M-rated games. Spy Hunter II was a dud for a good reason: it just plain sucked. I thought this game was released in 1983 or 84, but it was released the same year RoadBlasters was, and that game looked and played better than this turd. Also, it lacks a high score table, which is strange for an arcade game (one top score, gee, you really spoil us). Finally, how in the hell is Wizard Of Wor a treasure? This is probably the worst game in the collection, as it's hardly a game. You've got Pac-Man like mazes, combined with shooting. Sure, it sounds like there's nothing wrong with that, but it's hardly any fun. And the sound is attrocious, with something like a Speak and Spell spouting out garbled phrases along with awful sound effects.

Final Thought

Overall, this is another solid collection of arcade games from Midway. Despite that four of the 20 games featured are outright stinkers, it's worth picking up for Mortal Kombat II and MK3 alone. With a good variety of games, I'm sure there's at least a few games somebody would like, it's hard not to find one. But, again, there is STILL no STUN Runner (which was supposed to be included, but wasn't), and Mortal Kombat was pulled to be placed in the premuim pack of MK Deception. Also, there are some other games I would have liked to have seen here, like San Francisco Rush (especially since Rampage World Tour was included, and it's a year older than Rush), Area 51 (why that wasn't included is a bit mystifying, since there's a trailer for the remake featured on the disc), and Maximum Force (another light gun shooter). I guess we'll have to see if that makes it onto another disc in another collection, along with STUN Runner. But for the money, getting 20 games for $20 is a pretty good deal.

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