I noticed that Zoo Digital Publishing are FINALLY releasing the combo pack of Midway Arcade Treasures 2 + 3 on PC in the UK on 28th February (see here). I have already imported the package from USA though so was interested in getting a few questions answered about the UK version:
Q1: Does it include the various patches and fixes that Midway USA added to fix missing sound in some of the Mortal Kombat games, etc?
A1: To the best of our knowledge all the fixes for the American version have been incorporated into the European version.
Q2: Does it still use Starforce protection on the DVD?
A2: There is no Starforce Protection on our version.
Q3: Are the games exactly the same as the USA versions or do they have any additional bug fixes? In particular I noted that San Francisco Rush The Rock is missing fog and varying engine noise (compared to the video clip in the interface), but I assume this was simply a poor conversion by the team who ported it originally, so I would assume your version would have the same issues?
A3: This is Midway's response: "As for the Rush the Rock, what you see is what you get. The problem wasn't so much the fault of the developer, but the fact that our archives of the original game were incomplete. So we didn't have anyway of correcting these issues. In the case of Hydro Thunder, we were actually missing several tracks in our archives and the developer was able to reproduce/recreate them from partial assets, with the exception of one track."
I'm rather confused by the last one, Rush the Rock just looks like poor emulation! Hydro Thunder *appears* complete (being a port from the Dreamcast) but doesn't look as good as the earlier rare conversion from Eurocom on Sold Out Software budget label (tho the Midway version does have better sound and 2 player split screen).
I thought the removal of Starforce should be mentioned in case anyone wants a collection of fairly average arcade ports lol! I only got it for the racing games and they don't support a steering wheel. Oh well!