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So when I was a kid (back in the late 80's early 90's) arcades were the greatest place in the world to me. The one we always went to was a Circus Pizza. And there while I liked all games there were a few I loved and couldn't wait to play. There was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Road Blasters, T2: The Arcade Game, Rampage and S.T.U.N. Runner.
And unlike a lot of arcade games it barely got a home release. It was released on some Atari computer or Vectrex or something, but the best home release was on the Atari Lynx. Which I remember playing once at this cool video game store when I was young. It's a pretty impressive port considering and I've thought about buying a Lynx just to play that version.
But the game finally got a port on the third Midway Arcade Treasures compilation. However unlike the other two which had a good variety of arcade games, MAT3 was all racing games. Without nostalgia those 3d arcade racers do not age well. So I wasn't interested in the majority of the disc but I always kept it in mind to buy some day.
Well that day has finally come and I got my copy. And of course the first game I played was Stun Runner. I wish I had a wheel or something to play this game with. It's so awesome.
There's one game I haven't played yet. It's called Badlands. I never heard of it before, but I guess it's kinda like Super Sprint but with more stuff. The rest of the games are kinda bad. There's some San Fran Rush games which I've never cared for. Hydro Thunder/the same. Race Drivin' which I haven't tried yet, but am interested in. Offroad Thunder which is just terrible. And the old Super Offroad game which is awesome. I played a bunch of that last night as well. There's also some track pack with more race tracks as well. I more remember the SNES version, but did play it in the arcade some.
Ha, I bought this game (er, collection of games) solely for San Francisco RUSH: 2049. I still have (and play) the Dreamcast version, but I wanted it on Gamecube too, so I picked this up when it came out.
RUSH 2049 is probably my most favorite racing game of all time. The sense of speed, the variety of gameplay styles (Race! Stunt! Battle!) the amount of secrets, the various unlockables...the cars can basically fly now....! Oh man. So good. Love that soundtrack, too.
I don't really care for any of the other games on the disc. It's all about RUSH 2049 for me!
I have all 3 of the Midway Arcade Treasures, this thread has made me want to go back and play them. The 3rd one for me was for Hydro Thunder and Rush. Loved both on the Dreamcast and the Arcade. Good times.
I got this cheap for the GameCube because I had heard that it contains the Dreamcast version of Rush 2049, and I was curious how it was different from the Nintendo 64 version. I don't remember much, but I don't think it was very different, and I recall liking the music more in the N64 version. I also recall being disappointed that it had the arcade version of the original SF Rush instead of the superior N64 version, and it doesn't have Rush 2 either which is my fave of the trio, though I don't think that one was ever in arcades.
I should probably try out the other games sometime, though the collection could use some more Cruis'n. Rush and Cruis'n, two of the best racers ever. They don't make 'em like this anymore...
Yeah! Rush 2 was really great! Like, really awesome. Loved that game. Probably my favorite game in the series until 2049 came out. Fantastic experience.
I'm pretty sure Rush 2 was an N64 exclusive. I seem to recall there were Nintendo Power ads in the game (billboards and such on the side of the track) which led me to believe this was only for Nintendo.
By the way, the Dreamcast version of 2049 wasn't all that different from the N64 version...other than having slightly sharper visuals and an exclusive race track. Otherwise, basically the same.