'Midway Arcade Origins'
Warner Bros. Interactive
Microsoft Xbox 360 (PS3)
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 3.5 stars
Modern consoles, handheld devices and even cellphones provide such high-quality gaming entertainment that it's easy to forget how far the video game industry has advanced in a short amount of time. However, a few hours playing the nostalgic compilation, "Midway Arcade Origins," will definitely help anyone gain a newfound respect for modern game developers.
Believe it or not, this title contains 31 classic titles from the golden age of arcade gaming for less than $1 per game! I remember how easy it was to waste five dollars worth of quarters in less than fifteen minutes at the local arcade (which horrified my parents!), so this is quite a bargain! Fortunately, every single game is presented in its unrefined, vintage glory, so anyone who enjoyed these games in the arcade will like them at home.
Listing every single game would take up most of this review, but it's safe to say that there is something to please everyone. Some of my favorites include: 720, Defender 1 and 2, Gauntlet 1 and 2, Rampage, Robotron 2084, Spy Hunter 1&2, and Xenophobe. Most of the games in this compilation focus on combat of some sort, but A.P.B., Bubbles, Marble Madness, Root Beer Tapper, Super Sprint and Toobin' are sure to please those old-school gamers who prefer nonviolent entertainment.
Playing these games against friends is one of the major draws to arcade gaming, so I appreciate the ability to play side-by-side at home. Sadly, the only online feature is the ability to compare scores via leaderboards. Would it really be so difficult to offer online multiplayer for up to four people?
Some of the titles suffer a bit from the lack of track-ball and steering wheel controls, but "Midway Arcade Origins" is still a great blast from the past.