Excerpt: Just because a game was good yesterday doesn’t necessarily mean it can endure the test of time and still delight alongside the more modern crop of titles. Dusting down ancient consoles and games can therefore be rather anticlimactic, even if they were good “back in the day” gaming has indeed moved on, as have we. The original Atari has a very rich history, unarguably achieving many great things for the industry and leaving a significant mark on the gaming map.
Excerpt: Resurrected publisher Atari brings a large slice of gaming history to the Playstation 2, featuring many of the games that made the brand famous back in the day. The game is designed around a central hub that divides all the games into genres, with options to play either the home console or arcade version. It’s so much easier to play your favourite retro titles than if you were using clunky old original hardware or even an emulator.
Excerpt: If Nolan Bushnell were British he would almost certainly have been knighted for his services to the games industry. Founder of Atari, inventor of the 2600, designer of Pong - there's no denying that the guy has some serious commendable achievements under his belt. He even went as far as to set up a nationwide chain of pizza restaurants just so he could fill them with video arcades. We should all take our hats off to Nolan.
Summary: While many classic gaming compilations are
rather stingy and only put out a handful of titles, Atari Anthology for the PS2
takes a different route, offering a more than 80 classic home and arcade games
to choose from. The majority of these games are timeless classics that have
withstood t he test of time.
Excerpt: Activision was kind enough to include scans of original instruction manuals, and it's fun to see the lame covers that decorated these early classics, if you're not lucky enough to own them yourself. Not only that, but I guess back in the day there were patches you could earn for good gameplay. Those are included here, too, and you can unlock them the same as always: by kicking butt and taking names.
Conclusion: Activision Anthology includes over 45 games from the classic Atari 2600 library right out of the box (with maybe a few others un-lockable). The list of games is stunning and includes all of the seminal games Activision created after bolting from Atari: Chopper Command, Crackpots, H.E.R.O., Megamania, Pitfall, Pitfall 2, River Raid, Starmaster, Commando, and Decathalon (just to name a few!).
Excerpt: Activision nous invite à un peu de nostalgie et nous propose de nous replonger dans les années 80 avec Activision Anthology. Voici une compilation dédiée aux titres qui sortaient sous forme de cartouches pour Atari 2600, pour une petite excursion dans la préhistoire du jeu vidéo.
Conclusion: Mit 85 Spielen fällt die Atari Anthology auf den ersten Blick ziemlich umfangreich aus. Allerdings handelt es sich ausschließlich um Minispielchen. Solche Klassiker wie Breakout und Centipede üben auch heute noch einen gewissen Reiz aus – insbesondere für Punktejäger. Nicht so toll sind dagegen die zahlreichen Schrottspiele der Sammlung. Da hapert es überall – sei es die Grafik, der Sound, die Steuerung, der Umfang oder auch alles zusammen.