Summary: Half of the games found on this collection are utterly forgettable relics and obscurities that would hard to enjoy on any level these days. I am NOT one for nostalgia when it comes to video games (or much of anything, for that matter), but even the most hardcore nostalgic fans will be hard-pushed to enjoy mind-blowing garbage like Joust or Spy Hunter 2. The other half of the games on this collection ARE actually quite good, but the PS3 is not the platform for them.
Summary: Robotron 2084, in my opinion, is one of the greatest arcade games of all time. Yes, it is ancient, but it still as addictive as ever. I bought this game just for Robotron 2084, but I think the problem I had with Robotron probably extends to other games as well. As a person who is intimately familiar with computing and programming, the main problem with these games is that the PS3 is way too powerful for these games. Well that's good right?
Summary: I like the fact that the Midway catalog has finally made the leap to current consoles, but it looks like the effort is a bit rushed. Overall, the emulation on games like 720, Defender, Gauntlet, Joust, Rampart, Robotron 2084, Tapper (Root Beer) and Wizard of Wor feels somewhat rushed. Something about the audio casts doubts, periodically something won't quite sound correct--irritating to the classic game enthusiast who craves accuracy.
Summary: As a child of the 80's I was super excited to see this collection of games! They just weren't as fun as they used to be. I've played it a total of 20 minutes and couldn't stand it any longer. I guess the graphics of today's PS3 games have the best of me. My 13 yro son played it about three times longer then I did and he shelved it too. My 5 yro daughter loves it!
Summary: Honestly, even though the price has dropped (as all do eventually), this game is almost painful in a way. Please understand, I have nothing against Sony or Midway. They've both brought me some of the absolute best arcade gaming experiences in my life. However, regardless of reasoning, I just cannot justify Sony removing backwards compatibility with the PlayStation 2. We all spent a lot of money on PS2 games and accessories for years.
Summary: Sometimes, it's ok to let go. I really wanted this for nostalgia's sake. I wanted to be able to be a kid again, go back to the arcade and play Total Carnage. And while, the game is fun and a good port, gameplay got old for me. Now, that being said, there are a TON of games on this disc. But I just couldn't really get into a bunch of them. I had read other reviews that said that the driving games didn't control that well and that's accurate.
Summary: I have been very excited for this retro collection. I have all the previous releases for ps2, and expected this to be the same. well, it isn't and though they did a great job making the graphics HD, they did not do the sound any justice at all, it's horribly annoying. a great example is Wizard of Wor, in the arcade it was a little talkie where the machine would taunt the player, here it simply does not shut up. it yaks on endlessly.