Midway Arcade Treasures 2
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Similarly to the first title, Midway Arcade Treasures 2 also includes some entertaining and informative interview clips, including some interesting behind the scenes information on the making of Mortal Kombat 3, and an incredibly amusing promotional video for Mortal Kombat 2 that was meant to be sent out to arcade owners.

Why is Mortal Kombat 1 missing? The current theory is that it was kept out to be a special extra in "Mortal Kombat: Deception", but who really knows - it could've been aliens or the CIA.

The comments for the first compilation still apply here - some controls have had to be adapted for home console controller use. Unfortunately, it must be pointed out that Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 aren't perfect conversions - there are some issues with frame rates and inaccurate sound. If you're a Kombat fanatic, don't be surprised if you end up a little disappointed. However, they're still an improvement on the original 16 or 32 bit conversions for your Super Nintendo or Saturn, for example, if that matters to you.

Games included in this volume are:

Mortal Kombat 2 and 3

Two fighting games that are part of a franchise which has courted a lot of controversy over the years. Spine ripping goodness, but don't be surprised if they're not quite as technically proficient or involved as something like Soul Calibur III. No doubt fond memories will carry you through at least a few matches.

Gauntlet 2

The sequel to the dungeon crawler on MAT 1. Gauntlet 2 includes such features as dragons to fight, the ability for multiple players to play the same class, and the "It" monster. Whoever's "it" gets chased by all the creatures until he or she tags another player. A lot of good times can be had here, believe me.

Spy Hunter 2

A disappointingly poor split screen sequel. The action has changed from top view to behind-the-car view, and this isn't a change for the better, between the ugly graphics, the finicky controls and the poor game play. If I were you, I wouldn't even bother.

Xybots

Originally conceived as a 3D sequel to Gauntlet, this futuristic maze blaster involves you running through corridors hunting robots and collecting pickups.

NARC

An ultra violent anti-drugs scrolling shooter created by Eugene Jarvis. I've no idea whether or not it was meant to be taken seriously back then, but it's very difficult to take it seriously now - fortunately the game play is still a lot of fun.

APB

APB is a terrific cartoony top view scrolling driving game where you have to spend each day meeting your quota of arresting speeders, litterers and various criminals assigned to you by the Chief. If you succeed in catching one of these criminals, there's an incredibly amusing interrogation sequence which gets you bonus points. A fun game, well worth your time.

Cyberball 2072

The father of all futuristic robot football games. How many futuristic robot football games have there been, anyway? More than two?

Timber

Another interesting concept - a log cutting game. I don't know about you, but I certainly miss the originality and willingness to try new concepts that we game players used to benefit from in the old days.

Total Carnage

Another update to the Robotron/Smash TV style of game play, this time set in a Gulf War-esque environment. Still fun, but getting away from the ubiquity of the original

Pit Fighter

The first fighter to involve digitized graphics, but unfortunately not very fun to play. I remember playing this once and spending the rest of my money on the Ghouls and Ghosts machine next to it, way back in the day.

Wizard of Wor

An older maze based arcade game - kill the other wizard before he kills you. Simplistic fun.

Xenophobe

An interesting three player split screen game where you're out to clear spaceships of their alien infestation. Fun in multiplayer, but ultimately of limited appeal.

Primal Rage

More one on one fighting, but this time with dinosaurs! A bit silly, but I'm willing to admit the ability to eat the human spectators is rather amusing, and the claymation based graphics are definitely sexy for the time.

Arch Rivals

A no rules basketball brawler that serves as a spiritual predecessor to the NBA Jam series.

Rampage World Tour

An updated sequel to Rampage with better graphics and not enough innovation in game play to hold your interest for long.

Kozmik Krooz'r

An interesting, if primitive, shooter with a cute alien character to control. The original arcade cabinet had a small yellow plastic spaceship rotating that was reflected onto the screen, and the monitor was tilted slightly to give an illusion of depth. The same character also features in Wacko.

Championship Sprint

More of an expansion than a sequel to Super Sprint, this features different tracks to the original, but doesn't change the game play experience very much.

Hard Drivin'

A historically important but not overly playable 3D polygonal racer. Don't expect this to be as fun as something like Ridge Racer, Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo, and you might get a little entertainment out of it, but don't be surprised if you just think "wow, this is crap, isn't it?"

Wacko

No, this isn't the official Michael Jackson arcade game - that honour fell to Sega's Moonwalker. Wacko stars the alien from Kozmik Krooz'r, but this time it's puzzle-ish shooting. An intriguing concept, if nothing else.

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