Excerpt: It says something about the past of the American publisher that Midway are now releasing their third retrospective compilation of the games that made their name. The first two collections of Arcade Treasures were a hotchpotch of different games. Now Midway have started to show off, and their latest in the series, Midway Arcade Treasures 3, is a compilation of nothing but racing games.
Excerpt: When the original Midway Arcade Treasures was released back at the beginning of 2004, something had changed. No longer were we looking at a full-price disc that contained just six arcade games (see Midway’s Greatest Arcade Hits ‘ Dreamcast), some of which nobody could even remember, let alone wanting to play again.
Excerpt: While the two previous Midway Arcade Treasures compilations have spanned a great variety of games released over long, long periods of time, the series focuses the scope of its efforts in Midway Arcade Treasures 3, which consists of eight arcade racing games released between 1989 and 2001.
Pros: More focused than previous installments, Covers a good variety of racing styles
Cons: Limited number of games, Can't emulate arcade hardware features, S.T.U.N. Runner runs erratically
Excerpt: Fans of the Arcade Treasures series will immediately notice the reduced number of titles in the latest release. This, however, is not an indication of the scale of the games included, as many of the racing titles are technically more complex than any side scroller or 2D fighting title. Of the eight included titles, six of them take full advantage of 3D polygonal models, which is actually something we take for granted nowadays.
Excerpt: When it comes to representing the gaming days of yore, few companies can hold a candle to Midway. Not only did the company pump out more arcade titles than just about any other coin-op, it can probably be credited with sustaining the few establishments that still remain in operation today. (Yeah, remember those mythical places known as arcades? The ones that ate quarters out of your pockets?
Excerpt: Classic collections or 'Treasures' are incredibly hard to look at objectively. On one hand you've got the ruthless side of your brain demanding every game in the collection to be judged by modern standards, while the nicer side wants to get all nostalgic and remember the good old days. Seeing as I have no idea what you're gaming history is, every game in Midway Arcade Treasures 3 is getting a grilling.
Conclusion: Midway Arcade Treasure 3 once again has a good number of games to choose from in this compilation, and although it may have been nice to have more games on the list, for twenty dollars you really can’t complain. If you are a fan of SF Rush 2049, that may be reason enough to go run out and purchase this game. If not, there are seven other solid games that make this compilation a very worthwhile purchase.
Conclusion: Parents beware this is definitely not the type of game you want to buy your ten your old child for the holidays. This is more of an adult only game that I would only recommend to the mature folks. For those of you who are mature enough to handle the game then this should definitely be on the top of your holiday wish list.
Conclusion: NFL Fever 2003 is a step ahead of last year’s version with the addition of Xbox Live support, but it still doesn’t offer as much depth as Madden and 2K3. There are still some computer A.I. flaws, which does hurt the game’s overall performance, but all in all this is still a pretty good football game.