Summary: Midway's first compilation for the PS2, Arcade
Treasures, includes more than 20 classic titles ranging from the early to late
1980's. The game's form a wide swath from the all-time classics such as Robotron:
2084 to more obscure releases such as Bubbles and Blaster. Arcade Treasures also
includes interviews with the developers and archive materials to browse.
Excerpt: For those gamers bred through the 1980s and early Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ90s who recall relentlessly shoveling quarters into willing arcade machines while battling valiantly to beat a high score amassed by some unseen public foe,
Excerpt: No stranger to Greatest Hits compilations, Midway releases yet another collection of 21 arcade titles this time exclusive to the PSP. Each title is a near duplicate of the arcade original with some sacrifices taken along the way to bring the title to Sony's handheld.
Excerpt: Midway has truly set the standard for gaming nostalgia with their Arcade Treasures series. With the previous installments, Midway hasn't done anything flashy or extravagant with the presentation of these classic games; in fact, the low key display of titles harkens back to the simpler days when games didn't necessarily have a plot or cutscenes. Now you can get your classic gaming fix on the go thanks to Midway's latest PSP title.
Excerpt: Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play is a collection of 21 classic games for PSP. Featuring arcade perfect ports of Spy Hunter, Sinistar, Defender, Paperboy and 720, there are also over a dozen other classic games which have been enhanced to support WiFi multiplayer. These include classics like Gauntlet, Joust and Rampage, but also the cult classics Mortal Kombat I, II, and III.
Pros: ups: WiFi multiplayer support for many of the titles, solid ports of classic games.
Cons: downs: No WiFi support for 720, ESRB rating not representative, PSP analog stick is wonky, multiplayer requires multiple cartridges.
Conclusion: I reckon that the gamers out there who like the old school games should get this, it would be handy to have around all the time, that's for sure. But if I had a choice between, say, Metal Gear Ac!d and this, I would choose Ac!d I think, because it's new and I like it. Still, this is one of the better nostalgic compilations to hit any system in recent times, showing off impressive levels of variety, and is a title that contains some of the better classics and very few...
Conclusion: Beyond the aforementioned, there isn't anything else to really grab you with this compilation. A lot of the games are classics and super fun to toy with, but not for elongated periods of time, and because of the stupidly long loading, it does get frustrating after awhile. The visuals haven't been boosted and the audio maintains the same sounds and bleeps you'll remember from the arcade cabinets that once housed these games.
Pros: 21 arcade classics including Gauntlet and the MK series, Easy to navigate menus, All the MK gore is intact
Cons: Super long load times, Some questionable games here, No unlockable content
Summary: Midway Arcade Treasures: Extended Play is a solid compilation that just feels like a rushed port job. There's no extras, no option to return graphics to the original ratio and sub standard audio. Still, retro gamers should probably check this out at a discounted price.