Summary: : Data East Arcade Classics is pretty much only going to appeal to fans of Data East or diehard arcade game fans, as it has a few worthwhile classics for those who must have them, but also has a lot of games you’ll not touch more than once. The games look and sound arcade perfect, and the presentation of the compilation is solid and inoffensive.
Excerpt: Retro collections have blossomed over the past three generations and provided old-school gamers with some of the best value of the past two generations. Standouts like SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1, both Capcom Classic Collections, Sega’s Genesis collections, and the Midway Arcade Treasures compilations that raised the bar for the sheer amount of high-level games playable on one disc remain a part of my regular rotation.
Excerpt: Menu and presentation issues don't end with ridiculous button configurations, either. You'll see a lot of menus as you decide what game to play, both when the game first starts up and then when you select the one that you actually want to play. Load times are surprisingly lengthy, especially given the size that some of the included games surely occupy on the disc or anywhere else. The whole experience is surprisingly awkward every step of the way.
Another arcade king gets into the compilation ring.
16 February 2010
Conclusion: With digital distribution on the rise, arcade compilations are starting to get less significant because the games can be consumed individually for a small, impulse cost. What still makes compilations important is not just how many games can be fit on a disk, but in how these original games are celebrated.
Summary: Data East may not have had the golden touch when it came to making arcade games, but they certainly had a few gems in their catalogue, which Data East Arcade Classics does a good job of sampling. Whether you like brawlers, shooters, puzzlers or sports you'll find something to occupy you here.