Format: Xbox 360
Downloads: 240 ms points for an arcade game
400 ms points to use on a Pc and Xbox
40 points for a go
Genre: All sorts but old at the moment
Ah the arcades, I didn’t have any when I was a kid really. So no ah to the arcades. I do have memories of places which had game machines though, back of the pub, down at the sports centre, the cinema usually had some awesome light gun games me and my friend used to play till we completed, spending about 15 quid between us. Also me and my friend went to an arcade about six years ago on a caravan holiday and it was damp, had really smelly old side scrolling beat em ups and a guy with a voice box. So I have had fun with arcade type places in the past and despite all feeling pretty tacky, it was fun.
The idea of Game Room is to bring the arcade home! Set up in a flashy looking virtual arcade which looks nothing like the places I ever went, you can play and pay for tons of arcade games with new ones being added every week to keep things fresh. It costs about 50p in Microsoft points a go but you get a free try first time for each machine and can buy the machine for under 2 pounds. Then people can come visit you’re custom arcade and play your machines, for the small price or tokens which can be obtained for visiting other arcades and winning high score challenges you can create. It is a great concept and stays pretty cheap (Unless you want to buy the arcade machine for Windows and Xbox, then things get silly price wise)! But it isn’t as great as the tacky arcades I went to…
The problem with Game Room is that the arcade games just aren’t much cop. All of them are older than myself going back to the 70’s and it is hard to really enjoy any of this ancient collection unless you have memories of them back in the day. If you remember the Atari and Intellevision games then great but then you probably will still find most of these games dated.I found the most entertaining games Crystal Castle and Shao-Lin’s Road but most of the others were quite simply a load of crap. Intellevision games have confusing start-up menus to as you have to set the arcade up and after about half an hour of piddling around I just decided to leave. A future of 90’s arcade games upwards will make Game Room something special but we are stuck in the early 80’s and it totally sucks. But with the delaying of new titles and things still being stuck in the past could this decline faster than the real arcades did?
Top 5 Games in the Game Room so far!