In terms of gameplay, this compilation has plenty to keep any avid gamer busy for quite some time. Whether you enjoy the frenetic shooting action of Robotron: 2084 or Smash TV, the quick strategy of Rampart or Klax, the sheer challenge of Defender or Joust, or the multiplayer fun of Gauntlet, Midway Arcade Treasures literally offers something for everyone. While it has already been mentioned that some of these games don't play faithfully to the originals, in some cases the games simply don't run like they should either. Smash TV's frame rate constantly dips, often skipping frames of animation, which diminishes the greatness of its relentless onslaught of action. Further, many of the games don't produce the same sounds that they did in the arcade.
One of the greatest games of all time, faithlessly re-created.
Unless you're an absolute stickler for perfection, you will probably be able to look past these flaws, but it makes you wonder exactly why more time wasn't spent ensuring that every game was optimized to play better. It's especially puzzling when you take into account how powerful the current-generation consoles are. Somewhat bewildering is the addition of interviews with the original development teams of some of the games. While this sounds appealing to anyone interested in hearing about how these games were made, the truth is that these videos were all originally featured in a compilation for the PlayStation, the Arcade Party Pak. Sadly, these videos retain the same choppy video and overly compressed audio that were par for the course on the PlayStation, and when they're featured on consoles that are capable of playing back higher-quality video, the addition of these interviews just feels lazy and thrown in at the last minute.
On the whole, Midway Arcade Treasures has all the ingredients to make a great addition to any gamer's library, but you can't help but feel that a much better job could have been done if more time had been spent making sure that everything worked correctly. It would have yielded a much more recommendable game. If you're a fan of the classic gaming experience who wouldn't mind the sorts of minor issues that are rampant throughout this collection, you'll be able to get your fill with Midway Arcade Treasures. If you demand nothing less than perfection from conversions of classic games, you'd be better off looking elsewhere.