Midway Arcade Treasures 2 review
The classics make a return trip

The good:

20 arcade classics perfectly restored. Lots of cool extras. Up to 4 player support. Some compatibility with XBox Live (sharing high scores).

The bad:

Not as many games as the first one (which had 24). A couple of the more obscure games could've been left out in favor of better choices.


Picking up where the first Midway Arcade Treasures left off, this compilation disc brings home 20 more Midway/Williams/Atari classics including titles like Gauntlet 2, Pit Fighter, Total Carnage, Cyberball 2072, plus the smash hits Mortal Kombat 2 & MK 3. Like before, the games have been perfectly converted from the arcade originals right down to every last bleep & digital voice...it's fun trying to understand what that voice in Wizard Of Wor is saying. The controls are easy to pick up and learn plus they can be customized.
While the variety is good here, I was disappointed to notice a few games rumored as being included were left out of the final version, like S.T.U.N. Runner and the first Mortal Kombat. Also, 3 of the games (Kosmic Kroozer, Wacko, Spy Hunter II) are so terrible that they would have been better off just leaving those games out altogether. I also don't like the in-game menu...when you're done sometimes you have to start another game just to get to the pause menu; not a big deal but it is annoying sometimes.
While it's not quite as good as the first Midway Arcade Treasures was, there's still no doubting the value here (only $19.99) plus there's tons of replay value here between the games and XBox Live features. If you had the first one, grew up with some of these games, or are a youngster curious to see the games your parents & older siblings grew up with, run out and grab this title. It's another great blast from the past.

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