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Midway Arcade Treasures Review (Xbox)

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The Bottom Line

If you grew up playing videogames in the 1980's, this game is a must have. This is what we grew up playing, and it is always nice to take a look back at your roots. For $20, Midway Arcade Treasures is a solid purchase.
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Pros

  • Great value for $20.
  • Lots of classic arcade games
  • Bonus interviews with developers

Cons

  • Some games don't hold up as well as others
  • Ugly menus
  • Graphics aren't arcade perfect

Description

  • 24 games for $20!
  • Absolutely a must buy if you grew up playing games in the 80's
  • Defender,Marble Madness,Gauntlet,Smash TV,SpyHunter,720,Paperboy, Rampart, Joust, and a lot more.
  • Many games have interviews with the developers and/or images of the original marketing materials.
  • Not all of the games are as fun as you might have remembered
  • Menu system for selecting the different games is ugly and clunky
  • Some games feature the wrong colors, jerky scrolling, and an overall blurry look

Guide Review - Midway Arcade Treasures Review (Xbox)

Videogames have changed a lot over the last twenty years. Midway Arcade Treasures is a great way for young Xbox owners to see what gaming was like back then, and is also an inexpensive way for older gamers to take a step back in time to their younger days in the arcades. Midway Arcade Treasures delivers just about everything you could want in an arcade compilation from Midway, and getting 24 games for only $20 is a deal that is pretty hard to resist.

The game list features SpyHunter,Defender,Gauntlet,Joust,Paperboy,Rampage,Marble Madness,Robotron 2084,Smash TV,Joust 2,Bubbles,Road Blasters,Defender II,Blaster,Rampart,Sinistar,Super Spring, 720,Toobin',KLAX,SPLAT!,Satan's Hollow, and Vindicators. Most of the games look and play just like you remember, but for some games such as Robotron, the Controller S's sticks don't quite feel right. Some of the games feature graphics that aren't arcade perfect, but most people won't care that a color is different than they remember.

Also, and this will vary from person to person, but some of the games don't hold up nearly as well as other titles on the disc. Some games are just too simple and the concepts are too stupid to really be any fun to today's gamers. Rampage, Robotron, Smash TV, and Defender are still as fun as ever, but a few of the others such as Bubbles really suffer.

Midway Arcade Treasures is a good value, and most of the titles are still quite fun and addictive even 20 years later. Check it out.

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