Calling this collection of arcade titles a bit odd and eclectic would be an understatement
The qualities of arcade collections are always going to be viewed somewhat through the eyes of the beholder, but in general the tendency is that the more renowned the games are the easier the collections are to sell people on. Milestones 2, at least in my eyes, goes hard in the opposite direction of easy appeal by cobbling together this mishmash of lesser-known games that hit American arcades and a few that never made it. One positive is that the genre representation is at least on the scattershot side, so there are nicely varied tastes to enjoy. Another plus is that more often than not the games are at least trying to do things a bit differently than the competition, even if initially that can make them tougher to pick up and enjoy quickly. Considering how much time I spent in the arcades the fact that only 2 titles (The Legend of Kage and Darius II) jumped out as being familiar wasn’t a great sign though in general. I’m not going to lie, the majority of these games I can’t see any reason to want to return to, and certainly there’s no driving need to. Either through making unusual design choices or the gameplay simply being a bit too thin (when nostalgia isn’t coming along for the ride), among its peers this is a tough collection to make a case for picking up.
Justin Nation, Score: