Midway Arcade Origins: Play 31 Arcade Classics Today on PS3

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Midway Arcade Origins: Play 31 Arcade Classics Today on PS3

Today, Backbone is excited to give PS3 owners a chance to truly test their old-school arcade skills. For those of you who can actually remember having to put tokens or quarters into an actual Joust or Robotron machine, you may know this isn’t the first Midway collection Backbone has developed. But Midway Arcade Origins is the first of this generation, and it’s definitely the best ever with 31 Midway arcade games assembled on one disc.


First off, we really wanted to make sure we paid proper homage to the collection’s arcade roots, so right from the main menu we included a model of the original arcade cabinet and the marquee (arcade term for the light-up game logo) for each game. In terms of emulation quality, each game looks and plays exactly the same as its arcade counterpart. In fact, the PS3’s capabilities has made it possible for many of the games to feature true sound emulation for the first time on a console, resulting in a better sound response than in any previous collection. In a further attempt to capture the arcade spirit, each game features its own unique wallpaper background based on the game’s original bezel artwork or cabinet side art.

As many of the games in this collection were also responsible for feeding what would become the high score craze of the 80’s, it was a no-brainer to include online leaderboards. In the game’s Score Attack mode, players are only given one game (or credit) to get as far as they can with the default settings. This is the true test of the high score king, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results posted on the scoreboards for everyone to see. This is also the only mode where Trophies can be unlocked, so you’re going to have show some skill to earn them — keep reading to see the full Trophy list below.

We also included a Free Play mode for more casual players, where you can adjust the same original arcade settings the arcade operators did. This enables you to tweak how the game plays, such as changing the difficulty setting, adding more lives per credit, or increasing the gameplay timer. The endless credits of Free Play mode enables you to sit down with a friend and finally get to see the end of games such as Smash TV and Total Carnage, or get a marathon four-player session of Gauntlet going.


Beyond that, we also added a couple options in terms of visuals. There’s a filter that gamers can apply to the graphics in order to give them a smoother, more modern look. If players don’t like the way this looks, they can stick with the pixel perfect, non-filtered version, which still looks great on a high definition television.

We even added a bit of trivia to the game. If the game is paused for any reason, a scroll bar will appear and detail some facts and interesting odds and ends about each game’s development and release. So don’t say we didn’t warn you in the event you learn something… and see you on the leaderboards!


Trophy List

720 Gold Medalist In Score Attack Mode, earn a Gold Medal on any event.
APB Get Freaky In Score Attack Mode, take down Freddy Freak.
Arch Rivals All-Star In Score Attack Mode, score at least 6 consecutive points.
Bubbles Clean-Up In Score Attack Mode, sweep up a big bug.
Championship Sprint True Champion In Score Attack Mode, get first place in 3 consecutive races
Tournament Cyberball 2072 Great Coaching In Score Attack Mode, score at least 12 consecutive points
Defender They Need a Hero In Score Attack Mode, save 3 civilians
Gauntlet Doesn’t Need Food Badly In Score Attack Mode, reach Level 8
Gauntlet 2 Survivor In Score Attack Mode, reach Level 7
Joust Dinosaur Slayer In Score Attack Mode, defeat a Pterodactyl
Joust 2 Long Live the Bird In Score Attack Mode, reach Wave 5
Marble Madness High Roller In Score Attack Mode, defeat the beginner race within 15 seconds
Pit Fighter Ultimate Fighter In Score Attack Mode, defeat 3 consecutive opponents
Rampage Monstrous In Score Attack Mode, defeat 3 consecutive cities
Rampart Target Practice In Score Attack Mode, defeat the first 3 ships in the first level in one battle
Robotron: 2084 Family Man In Score Attack Mode, rescue 7 family members without losing a life
Rootbeer Tapper Tap that Glass In Score Attack Mode, serve 25 customers without dropping a glass
Satan’s Hollow Savior In Score Attack Mode, defeat Satan
Sinistar You Hunger In Score Attack Mode, defeat Sinistar
Smash TV Reality Show-Off In Score Attack Mode, defeat the first level
Spy Hunter Score Hunter In Score Attack Mode, break 10,000 points
Spy Hunter 2 Saint In Score Attack Mode, play the game for 15 consecutive minutes
Stargate Civvie Saver In Score Attack Mode, rescue 3 civilians
Super Off-Road X-Treme Off-Road In Score Attack Mode, get first place in 3 consecutive races
Super Sprint Burning Rubber In Score Attack Mode, get first place in 3 consecutive races
Toobin’ Ride the Wave In Score Attack Mode, complete Colorado without sinking
Total Carnage Total Warpage In Score Attack Mode, use a shortcut
Vindicators Part II On Base In Score Attack Mode, defeat your first base
Wizard of Wor Worrior In Score Attack Mode, have at least 10,000 points and 3 times your opponent’s score at the same time
Xenophobe Not Afraid In Score Attack Mode, survive the first level
Xybots Third-Person Shooter In Score Attack Mode, survive 3 levels without dying

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  • I hope this comes out digitally on PSN and if it does as well I think it will do a sequel with racing and other classics will follow soon.

  • I have to agree with others… Awesome collection with a lot of games I remember fondly for my childhood. However, I am going to have to pass and wait and hope for a digital version. If this had been release on PSN, you would already have my money for it. However, the whole concept of these arcade games is “pick up and play”, so to me, digital is the only way that makes sense to have these.

  • Aside from this having more games, how does this compare with the PSP version, Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play?

  • Any chance for a Collectors Edition with an Arcade Perfect wheel for Super Off Road?

  • Classic game collections never seem to include online multiplayer. Any chance this version does include that?

  • If this were available on PSN as a digital download, it would be a day 1 buy for me … I also want a Vita version …. please hear your fans!

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