Video Game Compilation Review: Midway Arcade Treasures 2

Updated on May 21, 2017
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Shaun is a writer and game collector with a wide variety of games from different generations. He likes reviewing some of the games he owns.

Is the sequel as good as the original?
Is the sequel as good as the original?

Welcome to the next compilation review. Today, we will be looking at Midway Arcade Treasures 2 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. This compilation was developed by Backbone Entertainment and was released in North America and Europe in October 2004, or at least the PS2 and Xbox versions were. The GameCube version is a U.S. exclusive.

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The interface is much better than before, so that's a start.The interface of the first game for comparison.
The interface is much better than before, so that's a start.
The interface is much better than before, so that's a start.
The interface of the first game for comparison.
The interface of the first game for comparison.

A few things have changed for Midway Compilations since last time. Gone is the weird pyramid menu that plagued the last one. Now, we have a simple menu where you scroll through the games in alphabetical order as opposed to the random order the last one was thrown into. This compilation has something of a unique achievement since it is the only Generation 6 arcade compilation to be rated M. Why? That’s due to three games that we will be looking at and if you are familiar with Midway’s arcade games, especially their fighting games, you probably know which games I’m referring to. Like many other compilations, trivia, history, and interviews with the developers are included. There are 20 games this time around. Let’s see how many of them are good.

1. A.P.B.

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

A.P.B. is a game where you play as a cop who drives around busting criminals, speeders, and litterbugs while trying to meet a certain quota each level in order to advance to the next level and avoid getting demerits for crashing and watching your car explode.

2. Arch Rivals

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins.

This is a game I wish I had known about earlier. This is a classic basketball game where you get the ball from the opposing team by punching them in the face. This game is loads of fun and the cartoony graphics fit it well, even if the game seems to go on longer than it should be.

3. Championship Sprint

Doesn't this game look familiar?
Doesn't this game look familiar?

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins.

There isn’t much to say about this game. It is a top-down racing game that is a sequel Super Sprint (which appeared in the first Midway Arcade Treasures) and was released in the same year. It is essentially the exact same game with different tracks, making it more of an expansion than a sequel. That is all there is to it.

4. Cyberball 2072

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins.

I cannot really say much about this one since sports games, especially football games, aren’t really my forte. All I can really say is that this is a football game with robots. If you like both, you’ll probably enjoy this.

5. Gauntlet II

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins.

Gauntlet II is not that much different than the first game. Like the first game, you go through an endless series of rooms, spamming the button to increase your health while destroying baddies as a variety of fantasy creatures including an elf, wizard, etc. The main differences are new rooms and walls that disappear.

6. Hard Drivin'

I think Sonic might have designed this.
I think Sonic might have designed this.

This is an early 3D racing game where you play as a car in a first person view and must navigate through a course that looks like it would be right at home in a Sonic game. Just don’t hit anything since one hit is all it takes to crash, complete with a crash cam that shows the crash and the explosion from afar which is one of the highlights of this game.

7. Kozmik Krooz'r

From what I can see, you play as an alien who must shoot down other aliens while avoiding the mothership and its tractor beam.

8. Mortal Kombat II

Have you figured out why this compilation is rated M, yet? The reason is this along with the next two games. Fight your way through this gory, digitized fighter with the classic Mortal Kombat players while unleashing the fatalities.

9. Mortal Kombat 3

You can do the same thing in Mortal Kombat 3. Yes, this is the regular Mortal Kombat 3 and not the updated version that features more characters. I may not be the biggest Mortal Kombat fan (or fighting game fan for that matter), but even I have to wonder why Ulimate Mortal Kombat 3 isn’t included here and why the first Mortal Kombat is missing.

10. NARC

Completing the M-rated trilogy is NARC. In this difficult game, you participate in the war on drugs shooting your way past countless gang members until you confront the head drug distributor who is a giant head (no pun intended). This is a pretty fun game, and is one of those that seems to change its continue rules conveniently at the end boss, and the giant head has a few forms until he is just a skull that you destroy. There is nothing like good violent fun.

11. Pit-Fighter

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins.

Pit-Fighter is another digitized fighting game where you fight your way through a series of matches leading up to the ultimate showdown with the mysterious Masked Warrior. This is actually a pretty decent game.

12. Primal Rage

Dinosaur vs. Giant Ape!
Dinosaur vs. Giant Ape!

Was Midway going through their fighting game archive or something? In this awesome game, dinosaurs and giant apes have emerged after sleeping for millions of years and took over with tribes of humans supporting each one. You play as one of the dinosaurs or giant apes and you must conquer the world by eliminating the other primal creatures, complete with a page from the book of Mega Man where you have to fight all of your previous opponents before you face the final boss.

13. Rampage World Tour

Take that, house!
Take that, house!

This is a sequel to Rampage and just like the first game, you play as a monster and must trample your way through a city, destroying buildings and taking people out of them. Some update have been made since Rampage such as upgraded graphics along with different buildings to smash, such as houses. Going on a rampage as a giant monster is lots of fun this time around.

14. Spy Hunter 2

This is supposed to be Spy Hunter?
This is supposed to be Spy Hunter?

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins.

This is the lesser known sequel to the arcade classic, Spy Hunter. You go down a road shooting enemy cars and getting powerups with a behind the car view. So basically, this is like the original with a different viewpoint and isn’t anywhere near as good. It almost feels like whoever designed this never played Spy Hunter or even looked at it. The designer of the first game summed it up best when he said, "It was horrible and obviously done by someone that didn’t understand the first game." I couldn’t have said it better myself.

15. Timber

This game is pretty good. You play as a lumberjack who has to chop down a certain number of trees within the time limit while avoiding obstacles like bears. Chopping down trees while avoiding bears is surprisingly addicting.

16. Total Carnage

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins.

Total Carnage is a follow-up to Smash TV and as such, this is a fun top-down shooter where you go through a series of stages while shooting countless enemies and collecting keys. The ultimate goal in this surprisingly long game is to defeat an evil dictator.

17. Wacko

The name is as good a description as any. In this game, you play as an alien who travels around a colorful world shooting up enemies. The way you defeat enemies is interesting. Two of an enemy type appear on the screen at the same time. In order to kill them you must shoot both within a few seconds of each other and this creates a strategy of sorts since you can’t just shoot everything in sight. You’ll never beat anyone that way.

18. Wizard of Wor

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins.

This is a maze game where you move about and eliminate your opponents while avoiding monsters to advance.

19. Xenophobe

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins.

In this game with… strong inspiration from the Alien films, you play as an alien who boards a series of ships that have been overrun by creatures who resemble beings one might see in the Alien movies. You must shoot your way through them and try to get out of the ship in the allotted time.

20. Xybots

Also available on: Midway Arcade Origins.

Xybots is a 3D maze game where you move around destroying every enemy in your path (What else is new?). There isn’t much more to say about this one.

After looking at its compilation, it is clear that the selection isn’t nearly as strong as the first Midway Arcades Treasures though to be fair, that compilation has so many gems that there weren’t many left to share with this one. That still doesn’t excuse the selection and some weird choices, namely including Mortal Kombat 2 and 3 and excluding the original. Not to mention using the original Mortal Kombat 3 instead of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. My final verdict for this compilation is:

6/10 (above average)

With the weak selection of games available, I recommend skipping this one though I will recommend specific games such as Mortal Kombat 2 and 3, along with Primal Rage and Arch Rivals. Fortunately, most of those are available elsewhere and with superior editions to boot. Well, I hope you enjoyed this review of Midway Arcade Treasures 2. I will be looking at some more compilations in the near future, so keep a lookout for those. Until next time.

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