Arcades Greatest Hits 2
Since I wrote the retro article last month and this month, I'm a little partial to retro titles. My main gripe with this collection is the control. Luckily gamers can use the mouse. The graphics, outside of gameplay, are well done-much cooler than the previous Williams collection. The Atari games that Williams has 'covered' are perfect choices. I especially like the Interlaced Option for the vector games, this makes It really look like the arcade versions. If you don't have a mouse and don't plan on getting one, I'd say rent this one first to see if you can get used to the control, especially on Centipede and Super Breakout.
Perhaps it's my old age (at 24). Perhaps I used to be a better gamer. These games seem a bit more difficult than they used to be when I was a child I Part of that is due to the controls (no roller balls for Centipede and Missile Command, no paddles for Tempest and Breakout). That aside, this compilation Is a required addition to any retro-gaming fanatic's library. After all, these are the classics of the classics. I would find it hard, however, to recommend this disc to anyone else. None of these games really excite me, and I doubt they are going to excite you. But it wouldn't hurt to pick this title up, as these games are hard to find.
What we have here are six great arcade games and (our bad control schemes. Only Asteroidss and Battlezone control okay with a joypad, since the others--back In their arcade days-relied on trackballs or paddle controllers as their input devices. Consequently, it's frustratingly hard to play Super Breakout, Tempest and-to a lesser extent--Missile Command and Centipede with the joypad. Fortunately, you can use the mouse or analog stick to Improve control (although I don't recommend buying the pricey peripherals just to play these games). I especially like the fascinating, interview-packed documentary.
Ouch I must admit that these are perfect translations of classic games, so If that's all you're after, add a couple of points to this score. Unfortunately, without a trackball or paddle controller to run Centipede, Super Breakout, Tempest and Missile Command, prepare to die quickly. Battlezone ran be adapted to with a pad, and there exists a special dual-stick controller that works perfectly with It. Asteroids works well as Is, and needs no special enhancements, so maybe that will rate highly in your book. Also, the multimedia showcase Is very well done. Take great rare when looking at ACH2, and try before you buy.