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Topic: Blizzard Arcade Collection Out Now - Three Classics in One D...
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The Lost Vikings, Rock N Roll Racing, and Blackthorne - these are the three classic Blizzard games being packaged together as part of the new Blizzard Arcade Collection. Not only a great little BlizzConline surprise, but each game is getting some ‘Definitive Edition’ love. Oh, and the Blizzard Arcade Collection is available now (like right now) on PC, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

Each game is playable in both its original form and new Definitive Edition update.

The Lost Vikings DE treatment will bring aspects from both console releases, the superior presentation (visuals and audio) from the SNES version with the extra levels and cutscenes and the local co-op added in later. Basically it’s blending the best of the SNES and Sega Mega Drive releases. The Lost Vikings was the first game released under the Blizzard banner (prior titles were released under the studio’s original name ‘Silicon & Synapse’).

Rock N Roll Racing’s Definitive Edition sees the arrival of 16:9 support (very cool) and four-player split-screen racing (also very cool). It also adds new songs, which is, yeah, awesome -- plus many more track variations. According to Blizzard there’ll be 384 variations in total. For those that played the game you’ll recall that each planet basically used the same handful of layouts. Actual recordings of the classic rock tracks featured will also be added, making this the best version of the classic sci-fi combat racer by far.

Blackthorne is also getting new stuff in the form of a new area to explore (previously limited to a specific release) in addition to a new “fog of war” map that uncovers itself the more you explore. Blackthorne is one of those Flashback-era titles, think Another World or even the very first Prince of Persia. Except Blizzard’s take was full comic book metal with a great art-style and a dark and brooding protagonist. The intricate animation with measured exploration and combat were great back in the day, so as one of the more lesser known Blizzards it’s great to see its addition here.

Additional features include Watch Mode for Lost Vikings and Blackthorne, which gives you the option to the game being played with the ability to jump in at any moment. Save Anywhere and Custom Keymapping features are also here, plus a digital Museum covering the entire collection. Which promises to include “an array of bonus materials, such as game art, development assets, unused content, lore, interviews, and more”.

On PC the Blizzard Arcade Collection is available as part of The Celebration Collection via with the collection only available as a standalone purchase via console digital storefronts for $29.95 AUD.

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