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Midway Arcade Treasures 2 (c) Midway

Published: Thursday, October 7th, 2004 at 04:27 PM
Written By: Jeff 'Linkphreak' Haynes

If youíre an older gamer, like me, youíve got a fond sense of nostalgia for those games of your youth, especially arcade machines. You know the ones I mean, the cabinets that magically sucked quarters out of your pocket when you were a kid. Sometimes it was because the game was incredibly difficult, other times it was because of the challenge between two players. Well, thanks to Midway, gamers will soon be able to recapture a bit of their youth with their latest game compilation. Time for a blast from the past with Midway Arcade Treasures 2.

Unlike the previous Arcade Treasures title, which featured an Egyptian art scheme with obscure hieroglyphics, its sequel features a much cleaner interface. With titles spiraling from top to bottom, Arcade Treasure showcases 20 titles from the past 20+ years. At least 10 of these havenít ever been seen on a console before. As such, itís an incredible feat to see one game emulate titles from radically diverse arcade hardware schemes. For example, driving titles such as A.P.B., Championship Sprint and Hard Driviní are stacked together with other more obscure games such as Arch Rivals, Cyberball 2072 and Timber.

Perhaps more obvious than these titles are the inclusion of the legendary Mortal Kombat II and Mortal Kombat III in near-flawless emulation. Originally, Treasures 2 was going to feature the original Mortal Kombat title as well, but this was scrubbed a bit later on in the development cycle. However, for what itís worth, the time spent in recreating the other Kombat titles shows perfectly, and is easily worth the 20 bucks for the game itself. Besides, can you seriously resist arcade quality Kombat on your console?

For the most part, every one of the titles is faithfully recreated. While there are a few games that have slowdown or dropped frames, most of these titles experienced the same troubles in their original arcade states as well. Plus, when youíre not interested in racking up a high score, you can find out a little more about the title youíre playing by checking out the gallery, featuring artwork of arcade cabinets or ads for a game, history on the title, or even video about the inspiration for a game. From what weíve played, this could be a rampant hit when Midway Arcade Treasures 2 slides into stores next week. Check back soon for a full review!

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