SNK fans looking for a compilation of more than just fighting games will be very pleased!

User Rating: 7 | SNK Arcade Classics Vol. 1 PSP

PRESENTATION: 2 out of 5

This compilation has a very basic and mostly generic menu system to select your games from. None of it looks particularly great, but it isn't bottom of the barrel either. The loading times are also a little on the long side, especially when initially booting the game. There is also a small problem with not being able to save the setting for the aspect ratio. All other settings will save and load later on as expected, but the aspect ratio setting will never save for some reason and always be at the default when you load the game later.

GRAPHICS: 5 out of 5

All of the games have precisely the same visuals you expect from them. Perfectly emulated.

SOUND: 5 out of 5

All sounds, music and sound effects, are accounted for and emulated well.

GAMEPLAY: 3 out of 5

As with any compilation, some games have aged well better than others. Having said that, nostalgia can go a long way to making it more enjoyable than it would otherwise be. For instance, I know Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury, and World Heroes don't hold up so well anymore, but since I was pretty big into these games at the time of their release, they can still be decent fun. I was surprised to find that many of them hold up better than I expected, like Baseball Stars 2, Last Resort, Top Hunter, and Neo Turf Masters. The titles that stand out the most are: Metal Slug, Samurai Shodown, Shock Troopers, and King of Fighters '94.

LASTING APPEAL: 4 out of 5

Obviously, the amount of lasting value you will get out of this compilation is directly related to your affinity for the games within. I enjoy most of the games in this compilation, even the admittedly not-so-great ones.

OVERALL: 3.5 out of 5

This is a much better compilation that I thought it would be and if you are a SNK/Neo-Geo fan, this is totally worth picking up!

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