Blizzard Arcade Collection
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The Blizzard Arcade Collection isn't a perfect compilation by any means, but for the advancements that Blizzard made on some of these games without compromising the old-school visuals make it a must-own. The Museum is also a fun look back at the making of some of these old gems. Rock N Roll Racing by itself is more than worth the price of admission, but The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne are such unique time capsules of old-school Blizzard design that they're worth experiencing.
The Blizzard Arcade Collection is a great little compilation of some lesser known Blizzard games. The additional features such as rewind and save states, when available at least, are delightful improvements, and the definitive editions work amazingly well. I'm also impressed with such a great behind the scenes section with a lot of interesting content. But most of this smorgasbord is par for the course, and I expect a little more out of Blizzard. It falls under the competent category, rather than revolutionary.
As a birthday gift from Blizzard to itself, Blizzard Arcade Collection has been put together with some care. Sometimes good things come in smaller packages, though, and a lot of the content here is superfluous. Two of the Definitive Edition games are worse than the SNES titles also included, while Rock 'n Roll Racing's is so successful that including the SNES and Mega Drive versions has only really added clutter. The result is a need to start every version of every game a few times to work out which one is actually worth playing, which somewhat spoils the party. But, for all those imperfections, there's a lot to love: it may not be exactly what we've always wanted, but it's the thought that counts.
Although it's light on actual games for the price, the Blizzard Arcade Collection shows off an intense amount of love for the included games. While the creation of the definitive editions of these games is welcome and the result does a great job of matching it up with modern standards, the inclusion of the different console editions is a great forward-thinking move for game preservation. The inclusion of lots of supplementary material is excellent for those who are interested in the history of these titles, and the games stand the test of time rather well. It also helps that the titles remain fun even today. Whether you're discovering these games for the first time or want to play them again, this is a compilation that's worth checking out.
Blizzard Arcade Collection takes no chances and plays it safe by offering some of the most classic games from the developer in the pre-Diablo era without many changes, ensuring not only respect for the original works but as well to the fans' memory. Balanced, the collection offers diversity and the best of creativity from the early 1990s.
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The addition of rewind and save states lets newcomers experience them without having to beat their heads against the wall. Even better, the tome of special features and developer interviews shows a devotion from Blizzard to make this collection a true historical document that too many classic game collections lack. Even for those who haven't played the originals, this is a package I'm happy to recommend to anyone.
It may not contain any arcade games but Blizzard Arcade Collection provides a collection of 3 solid old-school gems with plenty of ways to enjoy them. That being said, it still only includes 3 games so its value will be parallel to how much nostalgia you have for these titles.
A fantastic example of how a collection of games should be done. Only 3 games available does hold this back a little.
Blackthorne is by far the deepest narrative-driven game of the three titles in the collection. It offers some rich world-building, unique settings and some challenging, innovative combat. Rough animations and movement, however, take some getting used to, especially for people who didn't grow up on the titles. If your willing to stick with it Blackthorne is a great platformer that offers a unique take on combat. Priced at USD $19.99 as part of a three-game collection, you really can't go wrong adding it to yours.
The Lost Vikings is a classic title that feels great to play 30 years later. It's silly, charming, and challenging in all the right ways. Some frame drops and lack of tooltips make it a bit frustrating at times but never to the point of being a game-breaker. Quality of life upgrades and being bundled with some other great titles make The Lost Vikings a title worth having in your collection. The Blizzard Arcade Collection is priced at 19.99 USD and is available on PC, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.