MIDWAY ARCADE ORIGINS
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
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So, Smash TV (plus 30 other arcade relics) lives. Many
younger types may wonder what the fuss is all about. Well, we’ll
Without this bunch of hits – and admittedly some misses - things may
not be so gamificationally cushy for you bumfluff-endowed
whippersnappers. You see, these 31 artefacts of gaming past include
some of the more influential things that got gaming from A to
whatever the fuck letter it’s at now.
Yes, there’s the shootastic Smash TV, which we’ll happily
play forever. But that’s a descendant of Robotron 2084,
which is also here. Then there’s the shmup many still worship,
Defender, plus its sequel. Utilising more buttons in its time
than many ventures now, it had style, it had grace, and caused more
swearing to spew forth from the dingy confines of local arcades than
those scammed in drug deals that went down in other dingy confines
within the very same establishments. Ah, memories. A quick shout out
to Russell Street.
Basically, classics from Midway, Williams and Atari feature in this
emulationary package. They all save high scores, they all spew forth
trophies if you play the arcade mode rather than softcock
fiddle-and-give-yourself-oodles-of-lives mode, and they all look
pretty schmick, considering – although the lack of a scanlines
option for more genuine arcadegasmicness is a super-major bummer.
Some key titles are missing – notably Klax, Paperboy
and RoadBlasters - but seriously influential stuff like
Gauntlet and its sequel, Joust and its sequel, Spy
Hunter and its (shit) sequel and Xybots with no sequel
bump uglies with fun stuff from Bubbles to Rampage,
Rampart to APB and 720° to Tapper.
Even if you never jammed 20c into a machine at Timezone, it’s
essential to check out 31 bits of what started everything,
especially at this price. Yep, we’d buy this