Midway Arcade Treasures 2 – GC – Review

I never thought I’d see
the day when I could play an arcade-perfect version of Mortal Kombat at home.  I
envisioned a time when I’d buy a house, add a game room and stuff as many arcade
machines into it as possible.  That’s the closest I thought I’d get to bringing
the true arcade experience home.

On this very day – this
wonderful, happy day – I am proven wrong.  Just after finishing my review of
Mortal Kombat: Deception,
I’m told that a review is needed for Midway Arcade Treasures 2.  Twenty arcade
games are included on the disc, but that didn’t have much of an effect on me. 
All I needed to see were six important letters: MK2 and MK3.


My arcade senses are tingling!

Expecting a port of the SNES
versions (or at best, the PSone edition of MK3), I went into the game with
nostalgia running low and my hopes not too high.  Then the first game loaded. 
No lame title screen.  No jerky animations or dummied-down sound effects.  It
looked and sounded just like the arcade version!

The battle began
immediately after my warrior was selected.  Can this be true, no load times? 
Fight after fight, fatality after fatality, Mortal Kombat streamed the whole
time.  You won’t have to wait more than a second for the screen to switch
between rounds – it’s just as fast as it was in the arcade!  The graphics are
arcade-perfect.  The scope and size of the characters seems very accurate.  Dan
Forden’s soundtrack is just as memorable as it was a decade ago.  I am in awe of
this conversion – the first arcade-perfect conversion these games have seen. 
Midway Arcade Treasures 2 is a no-questions-asked must-have game for anyone who
loves Mortal Kombat 2 or 3.

Sheeva, because you cherish your cat.

For those lost souls out
there who have never had the pleasure of dropping an arcade machine on top of
Scorpion’s head, Midway Arcade Treasures 2 has 18 retro games to check out and
kill time with.