I really like the IDEA of these collections. However, the execution is not the best. It is very nice having all of these classic games in one package, however the navigation system could be improved.
The nostalgia factor is high, as I remember spending a lot of time in the arcades playing these games. Unfortunately, most of these games just haven't held up well over the years. While many of them were still fun for a few minutes, the repetitiveness turns to tediousness.
Definitely worth a rental for old times sake, but not anything I see myself going back and playing.
Midway could've done better. I don't play all the games, but I've read all the history, which is stocked with some great - although sometimes random - stuff. For starters, the navigation screen is kind of klunky. (Avoid that instinctual reach for the analog stick, for starters.) You choose the game you want to play by highlighting hieroglyphics that sit in rows (two on each side) of a screen that shows the game's intros, like you'd see in the arcade. It takes a while to figure out which game is which. The way it's all set up, it can get tedious switching between games, which you tend to do when you play a collection.
When you choose a game, you get a quick rundown of the controls while the game loads (like that - much better than hunting through an instruction book each time). Some of the games translate pretty well, some of them, like Defender, feel so primitive I almost wish I hadn't picked them up again. Gauntlet, also, loses a bit if you've played any of the newer versions. Given how old these games are, it's hard to nit-pick. Not as good as some other throwback collections out there, but a probably still a worthy addition. Sometimes, it's nice to have games like SpyHunter, Rootbeer Tapper, and Rampage around.