Midway has done an excellent job of transferring these games over although it felt a little odd to be playing some of these games sitting down in front of a TV rather than standing up in front of an arcade cabinet. The great thing about collections like this is that you can relive your childhood as well as try to finish games you never did growing up either because of a lack of time or a lack of quarters.
There are a couple of clunkers tossed in but that’s more a matter of taste and the original game design rather than the actual quality of the port. Did the world really need Spy Hunter 2? I’m not sure we did but now I’ve just pissed off all of the members of the Spy Hunter 2 fan club.
Each game has an options section which allows you to change the difficulty and other settings. Getting to see these options made me realize just how bad I was getting screwed in the arcades on occasion. This does enhance the replay since you can crank up the difficulty and play with some of the options for the games.
Each game also has an extras section which gives you a brief description of the game along with the cabinet art from the game. Most of the info is brief but it’s nice background info for those who never played the game or want to know more about the game.
Besides a few sub-part games, the only real complaint I have about the collection is that, by default, the game doesn’t save your high score information. You have to go into each game and set it up rather than having the game save each one by default.
Midway has put together a nice solid collection of games that can be enjoyed by yourself or with a group of friends (you could probably spend an entire night just playing through Gauntlet II with a bunch of buddies). Playing these old games really gave me some perspective on the progress we’ve made in games since these were initially released. Midway has also priced this collection aggressively and at $1 a game you really can’t beat the bang for your buck.
Despite a few clunkers there are enough good games here to justify the $20 price Midway is charging for the package. Plus, you canâ€™t really put a price on childhood memories or gaming history right?
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