• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Sep 27, 2005
Metascore
68

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Bitchin' fun, dude! Takes you right back to the roaring road-rage days of the arcade.
  2. 88
    Sure, it doesn't have 20 games like last year, but the quality of the ones included is considerably better.
  3. A very clever, themed compilation. The $20 would definitely be worth it just for the Rush and Thunder games, though it is nice to see a bit of the company's origins.
  4. Whatever else is coming, you'd best believe I'll be there with bells on... and you should as well.
  5. The games are a blast worth remembering. Old racing is the new hotness. [Oct 2005, p.128]
  6. 83
    In spite of a few hiccups, I'd say that this is a fantastic collection of games.
  7. 82
    "Rush 2049" is the headliner of this year's pack, and even if it was released by itself it would still be worth the budget price that the Midway Arcade Treasures is known for.
  8. Excellent port and great value for nostalgic gamers.
  9. Too bad Midway didn't ship it with a freely spinning steering wheel. [Nov 2005, p.124]
  10. While it may not be that fully complete in terms of history chronicling and emulating, it does manage to provide hours of fun on end- and at a $20 bargain price, no less.
  11. Some games, like San Francisco Rush 2049 play perfectly on the Xbox and Hydro Thunder is still fun after all these years. Other games just don't feel or play as good as it use to thanks to the awkward control scheme.
  12. Of all three Midway Arcade Treasures games, this is the one that probably has the most amount of games you won't want to play for any length of time.
  13. With the chance to post your scores on the net, this one has a lot of playability if you are one who thrives on those bragging rights.
  14. The fact that Midway has pared down the number of games from previous offerings does not worry me nearly as much as how much they pared down the historical extras.
  15. For younger gamers weaned on more current games such as "Burnout," a rental may be all you need to sate your curiosity of how things were before bump mapping and light bloom.
  16. The highlights of the compilation are "Rush 2049," "Hydro Thunder" despite its lack of depth, and "Badlands" for its loveable devotion to the top-down two-dimensional look and surprisingly fun gameplay.
  17. You're not really going to find the arcade experience here, nor are you going to find the full presentation that you may remember putting quarters in so many years ago.
  18. So many of the games included here relied so heavily on custom arcade hardware that they lose much of their appeal in the translation.
  19. You could spend hours playing Hydro Thunder and the two other Rush games alone.
  20. It's just disappointing that there are so many issues with the three main games that people are going to be interested in.
  21. In some cases, I'd have preferred to see the home console versions being ported over. Off Road Thunder for example, was a much better game on the Dreamcast than it was in the arcade.
  22. Only those trying to elicit an emotional attachment to these games are likely to get anything out of all them.
  23. So much of what made these games great has been lost simply due to the change of venue, and that is truly unfortunate.
  24. If this collection had more games and a much better presentation to go along with it, it would have been much more attractive and easily-recommended.
  25. 55
    Slowly these titles are becoming just average compilations. Midway really need to take a break from this series; it is evident from this title that they are running out of ideas.
  26. With MAT 3, the definition of treasure is stretched thin enough to cover the distance from, say, New York to Disappointmentvile. [Oct 2005, p.70]
  27. 40
    The venerability of these selections combined with the substandard interface (exiting out of a given game is performed inconsistently and tends to be very confusing) and paltry selection of titles makes this one you can skip over without losing any sleep.
  28. 40
    We can't stress how much fun we had with Super Off Road. It truly is one of the more timeless arcade racing games.
  29. It's almost as if Midway has run out of retro games to repackage, apart from some crappy old driving titles it found in the back of a filing cabinet that weren't good enough to make the first two Treasures titles.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. N2Oh
    Jan 4, 2006
    8
    Although the reviews are mixed, I thought this was the company's best retro offering so far. Sure, two games were altered drastically from their arcade ports (SF Rush via sound, Offroad Thunder runs at 20, not 30 or 60 like it should), but this is still a great collection that should be with every arcade racing gamer's collection, particularly if you were a fan of any arcade racing game made at or after the time of OutRun. Also, it works amazingly well with a MadCatz MC2 racing wheel albeit a weird control scheme for Race Drivin'. Full Review »
  2. FredD.
    Oct 14, 2005
    10
    Best driving arcade collection i've come across. awesome rush titles..