Reviewed by Jimmy | 12.28.05
Introduction:Want some classic gaming action on the go? Then this could be your baby! Midway Arcade Treasures like the name applies is a treasure chest of nostalgic gaming. Midway has gathered a large collection of their best, stamped a new title on it, and now we have Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play for your Playstation Portable.
The Game:Midway in a brilliant move has brought their successful Midway Arcade Treasures franchise over to the portable realm of the PSP. The concept behind MAT (Midway Arcade Treasures) Extended Play is simple, a list of old classic games to play on the go, and for this fact I'd say it works even better then the full console version. The presentation is very basic, but easy to navigate; and the graphics look crisp for the content inside. MAT: Extended Play will appeal to any gamer who enjoys the classics, or who has limited time to game. These games are meant for short plays with no longer then a half hour spend on one game.
The main stuffing inside this UMD is the multiple classic games. Any old schooler will have a smile across their face as I list the included games.
- 720 Skateboarding
- Arch Rivals
- Championship Sprint
- Gauntlet / Joust
- Marble Madness
- Mortal Kombat 1, 2 & 3
- Spy Hunter
- Wizard of War
Quite the list, yes?! I'd validate most of these as classics, but that's open to interpretation. I still have a soft spot for many of these including Wizard of War, Paperboy, Gauntlet and Arch Rivals. Not to mention the always fun Joust., Defender and Rampage. The value is really measured in nostalgia, and for some people that is priceless, or useless.
Besides just playing alone, you can go to Wireless for some multiplayer action. All except 5 of these titles can be enjoyed in wirelessly. The only real downside to this collection is the longer then expects load times for the simplistic coding of these old games, although I'm sure it has to run some funky emulation software, but no way should it be this slow. Also, I had some issues with the controls with games like Paperboy, but if I remember correctly the controls where always this jerky. This is emulation after all, so I can't expect too much more. Although, it would have been nice if they re-tooled the controls to better fit with the analog stick.
Lowdown: Giving the price and amount of content included on Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play you can't go wrong. It's not the ultimate in translation, but it works well enough to get a recommendation. Every classic gaming enthusiast should own a copy for their PSP. Can you really pass up Gauntlet on the go?!