Review by ffmasterjose
There are some video games that have the ability to survive the test of time and still manage to be classics several years (In some cases, decades) after their release. What Midway managed to do with this collection was bring back twenty classic games back from a forgotten past and put them on the spot for all to enjoy once again. This unique assortment of twenty games does not come without it's flaws though, but with the price tag that comes with it and the games included Midway Arcade Treasures 2 should be a game in everyone's Gamecube collection. Not just for the entertainment value but also the nostalgia and a reminder of a brief look at some of gaming's past.
It is impossible to say this game plays the same all-around, as each game in the collection plays different from another. There are fighting, basketball, shooting and racing games - among many many others. Each game plays identical to it's original arcade counterpart, which is good and bad. In most cases, the AI of the fighting games (Such as Mortal Kombat II and 3) range from a breeze to downright impossible. This holds true across the board, but is to be expected from games where AI settings were ditsy at best when they were first released. The games themselves are fun to play, which is easily the strongest point in this collection. Games like Rampage and Arch Rivals still bring the excitement of smashing down a ten-story building or shooting a basket from halfway across court, respectively. The fun factor doesn't let up, especially if you're playing with a friend. Then your competitive spirit takes over and then you're really pulled into the game.
These games were never really known for having much of a deep and enthralling story, and that holds true in this showcase. The original storylines of games that have them are still intact and unchanged. So make your own take on that, as Midway Arcade Treasures 2 doesn't have much of a story and this was the rightful intention.
Again, the original audio and visuals from their original game form were left intact with the exception of making sure that they would be able to be played in this new re-release. This includes audio bugs that cause background music to just altogether stop playing for the rest of the game (A nuisance which could have been fixed, but I suppose that's also part of the arcade originality). The same ridiculous character models are still present in some games (Total Carnage comes to my mind) and the cheesy dialogue spoken, is of course still here for your listening pleasure and laughter.
The games included in Midway Arcade Treasures 2 vary widely from the time it takes to complete them. Some only a few minutes, some several hours, and some seem to go on forever. The replay value comes from the fun-factor that will keep the player coming back for more, as well as nostalgia in some cases. Also as an added treat Midway has included bonus content for each game that can be viewed from various menus. This content can range from promotional posters to interviews with game designers. But this is little incentive to keep the player to pop in the game, as that is heavily dependant on entertainment value.
Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is a buy in most cases. It's not even twenty dollars for twenty classic games, which is more than enough of a good reason on it's own. But this is a good collection to pick up because it's great for the nostalgia factor (if you have it) and in some cases it's an interesting peak at some of the bigger name franchises in their earliest stages. But above all, it's a fun game packed with a wide assortment of games that's sure not to disappoint.
Reviewer's Rating: 3.5 - Good
Originally Posted: 08/18/06, Updated 05/15/08
Game Release: Midway Arcade Treasures 2 (US, 10/11/04)
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