Midway Arcade Treasures 3
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|Midway Arcade Treasures 3|
North American cover art for PS2
|Release date(s)||PlayStation 2 & Xbox
Midway Arcade Treasures 3 is a compilation of arcade and racing games for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube. It is the third and final installment following Midway Arcade Treasures and Midway Arcade Treasures 2. Like the first and second installments, however, the Xbox version of Midway Arcade Treasures 3 is not compatible with the Xbox 360.
The games included in Midway Arcade Treasures 3 are:
- Offroad Thunder
- Race Drivin'
- San Francisco Rush the Rock: Alcatraz Edition
- S.T.U.N. Runner
- Super Off Road (including its upgrade/add-on pack, Super Off Road Track Pack)
- Hydro Thunder (console version)
- San Francisco Rush 2049 (console version)
While most of the games in this collection are emulations or recreations of the arcade versions, Hydro Thunder and Rush 2049 are based on the console versions, specifically ports of the Dreamcast releases. Additionally, San Francisco Rush: The Rock was re-programmed from the ground up; while the tracks and vehicles are the same as the arcade version, the physics engine is slightly different, and the music has been replaced, save for the "What's Your Name?" high score music. However, this version runs at 60 frames per second, which is faster than the arcade.
Super Off Road and its Track Pack is the only game on this collection, and in the entire trilogy, that was not developed by Williams, Midway, or Atari Games. It was developed and published by The Leland Corporation. For legal reasons, the image of "Ironman" Ivan Stewart has been altered in the two Super Off Road games; he now has sunglasses and a mustache and both games are now known as simply Super Off Road (the original arcade versions were known fully as Ironman Ivan Stewart's Super Off Road). "Ironman's" Speed Shop was renamed Off-Road Speed Shop, and Ivan himself (the gray, AI-controlled racer) was renamed "Lightning" Kevin Lydy. Ivan's name does, however, remain intact on the high score list ("IVN") and game credits.
Midway Arcade Treasures 3 received mixed reviews with 66.95% for the PlayStation 2 version, 68.14% for the Xbox version, and 67.03% for the GameCube version from video game aggregator GameRankings. The collection has been criticized for long loading times and the lack of bonus content. Some versions of the compilation is criticized by gamers about some emulation problems on some games. Also,most people complained about San Francisco Rush The Rock because of the alterations on the audio and car physics not the same as the original arcade version and Rush 2049 is the Dreamcast version instead of the arcade version along with Hydro Thunder. Even the compilation has less games than the previous Midway Arcade collections,gamers would love to see other Midway arcade racing titles like Cruis'n USA for example.