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BlizzConline 2021: Relive Blizzard's "old timers" with the Blizzard Arcade Collection

By Kenneth Ang - on 20 Feb 2021, 8:59am

BlizzConline 2021: Relive Blizzard's "old timers" with the Blizzard Arcade Collection

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Regardless of how immersive and futuristic our modern gaming experiences get, there will always be that nostalgic urge tugging away at our hearts every now and then, prompting us to go back and re-experience titles that we used to love. As one of the world's most recognised publishers, the firm we know as Blizzard Entertainment has come a long way since its inception, and in 2021, it's revisiting some of its old time hits with the Blizzard Arcade Collection

Featuring new Definitive Editions of titles like The Lost Vikings, Blackthorne and the oh-so-groovy Rock N Roll Racing, here's what you can expect in this charming anthology of old-school games. Naturally, you'll be able to play the original versions too, which is great for those looking for a solid nostalgia trip.

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  • The Lost Vikings: Uniting the best of the original game with the power of modern tech, the enhanced version adds in a number of additional scenes and levels, alongside buffed up aesthetics and audio sequences, topped off with local co-op support for up to three players.

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  • Blackthorne: If you're a fan of RTS-style Fog of War mechanics, then you're probably  going to enjoy the enhanced Blackthorne, since it features a new map that players can explore with the mechanic in play. Plus, there's also an additional area that was previously limited to the 32-bit version of the game.

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  • Rock N Roll Racing: This one features local multiplayer support for up to four players and has been tweaked to accommodate 16:9 resolution as well. On top of that, the number of racetrack variations have been upped to 384 types, which you can try out alongside improved renditions of the game's classic soundtracks.

That's not all it has to offer. The Arcade Collection also features several quality of life improvements, including Watch Mode for The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne - this lets you watch a playthrough of a game and take control at any point, which can be handy if you need a short break from the action.

Next, there's also the new Save Anywhere feature, which lets you do what it says on the box - you'll be able to save your progress anywhere, except within the Definitive Edition of Rock N Roll Racing.

Finally, there's the Museum, which is essentially a digital storeroom for all sorts of game material, ranging from unused image assets and concept art to developer interviews and even the odd piece of lore. 

The Blizzard Arcade Collection releases today for PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and Xbox One, though you'll also be able to play it on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles via backwards compatibility. 

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