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Overall User Score (19 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Overall I must say I'm very impressed with the way the Anthology turned out. I was expecting a simple compilation of games I already had that wasn't going to hold my interest. Thankfully I was proven wrong. A few minor emulation bugs aside, it's fun to play these games to see what I can unlock and if I can earn a patch. However I find my interest waning after unlocking just about everything, although some of play modes keep it fresh. At $30 I'd say buy this even if you own all the games (like I do), if only for the commercials and those cute 80's tunes. Now if only they'd make another Anthology with those long lost unreleased games we keep hearing about...
Next Level Gaming (Jan 21, 2003)
Even without the ability to save your high scores, Activision Anthology remains an awesome game for the 25+ crowd of gamers out there. You simply won't find a more enjoyable collection of classic titles. And, oh yeah, did I mention it's only $29.99? If you grew up playing the Atari 2600 like I did, this should definitely be a must-add to your PS2 collection.
Netjak (Mar 04, 2004)
Activision Anthology is a great package to pick up for any old-school gamer, or anyone else who wants a window into the origins of console games. With a ton of great games that still hold up to today’s standards, as well as all the extras and the little touches that show that Anthology was lovingly crafted as opposed to hastily slapped together, as many similar collections tend to be, it’s hard to find any reason not to recommend it. Given the low price tag ($20 as of this writing), Activision Anthology is the perfect game to pick up for a rainy day, or even a sunny one.
Gaming Target (Jan 15, 2003)
Two games that never left the prototype stage also made it onto this compilation: Kabobber and Thwocker. Both fun games, and both worthy of this collection. There are even bonus gameplay modes that to be honest don't do much of anything for me. They're really just there to make the screen harder to see and to recreate another favorite 80s pasttime, the acid trip.
IGN (Nov 21, 2002)
We'd be lying if we said that that Activision Anthology hasn't been the main source of our videogaming pleasure over the last couple of weeks. A true walk down memory lane, and the most cleverly built multi-game collection we've ever seen, its certainly worth whatever money your local retailer is asking for it (which as of press time was clocking in somewhere around the thirty dollar mark). Occasional control issues aside (damn you evil reset button!), there's a guaranteed party just about every instance you fire this disc up.
If you have any memory of the Atari 2600 era, you owe it to yourself to relive those memories with this game. If you have never seen the humble beginnings of console gaming but are curious, you owe it to yourself to get this game. Nobody but the most ardent of graphics-based gamers could play this game without coming away from it entertained. The conclusion is simple: if you are a true gamer, you should get this game.
HonestGamers (Jan 31, 2004)
And there are others. Many others, classics you may have already played such as Keystone Capers and Pitfall, others that are odd but too hard to resist, games like Plaque Attack. While I can't imagine any of these games keeping gamers glued to their televisions for more than a day or two back when I was learning to add one and one, there's a certain appeal to a good number of them that remains tangible to this day. These are the titles that made everything we experience today possible, the ones that have been played thousands upon thousands of hours by many of the people still involved in the industry. If you dismiss this lovingly crafted collection the next time you see it in the bargain bin, I hope it's because you're busy banging your head against a brick wall.
All in all, this is a fabulous title that everyone who ever played an Atari 2600 needs to add to his or her collection. You’ll see why the game industry is still doing so well when you see this piece of the foundation it was built on.
GameDaily (Dec 14, 2006)
It would probably be a big hassle to go out and buy an Atari 2600 nowadays, especially when you consider that you have to hook up the system with an ages-old TV switch box. Well, the folks at Aspyr and Activision have brought the next best thing with the GBA release of Activision Anthology, which brings together a heaping amount of classic Atari 2600 games into one slick little package. It isn't as smoothed over as the PS2 edition, but what's here is still a great package for the handheld system that'll guarantee hours of old-school fun.
GamerDad (Apr 18, 2005)
Will your kids enjoy it? Probably, but don't expect them to share your feelings for certain titles just because you enjoyed them in your gaming halcyon days. Instead, they can serve as valuable human garbage detectors, using their un-biased eyes to either validate, or eradicate your memories of what you once thought were great games. It is possible that some of the classic genres (i.e. pure shooters like Demon Attack) will simply not translate to kids who have been raised on mouse driven, web-based and CD-ROM games. The best scenario may be that you and your child discover a game you missed in the classic era (i.e. H.E.R.O.) that you can play and discover together. Kid Factor by Steve Fulton
GameSpy (Dec 28, 2002)
Activision Anthology is not a game that you'll be playing every day. You didn't spend all that money on your PS2 to be looking at 20-year-old graphics. It is a game, though, that you'll pull out every once in a while and quickly lose yourself for five hours. The nostalgia thing is one factor, but it's the simple, but solid gameplay that makes it so fun. For younger gamers, it's a great way to see what early console play was all about. For those that remember the '80s, it's a chance to replay some of the era's best titles and reminisce about the decade that gave us Miami Vice, Al Jolson, giant metal lizards, and the New Testament.
The Video Game Critic (Dec 08, 2002)
Anyone familiar with these oldies knows that the whole point of these games was to play for high score, and this would NOT have been hard to incorporate. Boy, Activision really dropped the ball on that one! Next, although you can toggle the difficulty switches, it's never indicated visually whether they are set to "A" or "B", which is especially annoying when you consider that these switches could mean the difference between an easy skill level and a hard one. Blatant oversights like this lead me to believe that the developers were NOT very familiar with these games and likely viewed them as novelties not to be taken seriously. Next time, Activision should call me in as a consultant.
GameSpot (Nov 19, 2002)
Classic gaming compilations have been making their way onto home consoles for quite some time now. Long-established developers such as Namco, Midway, and Atari have been putting together collections of some of their most famous and well-loved games for a number of years, and now, Activision has done the same with a comprehensive compilation of more than 40 games that originally appeared on the Atari 2600. These are brought together in a package that actually has some surprisingly impressive production values, including a soundtrack that features many recognizable '80s songs.
Consoles Plus (Feb, 2003)
Excepté les collectionneurs purs et durs, il n'y a pas vraiment intérêt à s'attarder sur cette anthologie, car, contrairement à ce que le packaging fait croire, aucun titre n'est réellement un soft d'anthologie. C'est plutôt une collection de vieux rogatons avec laquelle vous pourrez vous amuser, notamment avec les premières versions de Pitfall ou Commando.
70 (GAF) (May 21, 2003)
The sometimes-frustrating factor for achieving the unlockables nearly ruins an otherwise picture-perfect compilation. It would be a dream to see another collection like this utilize the same ideas, but not simply restricting itself to commercials and gameplay modes: There are undoubtedly a bunch of magazine advertisements, interviews and coverage of specific games that could be taken out of the mothballs and shown to the public once again. Wouldn't it be a dream where a special requirement in Pitfall unlocks a detailed map and preferred route to get all the treasures?
Overall, Activision Anthology is an okay game if you love compilation games or cheap titles. Activision Anthology features over 45 classic games, and a few never-before-released games, on one disc for the amazing price of $10.00. Although it’s not the most perfect collection game, it is worth its price tag of 10 bucks. I would recommend Namco Museum over this game, but if you are a little short on money, or just love classic Activision games from the Atari 2600, then this type of game is your kind of game.
You still absolutely have to rent this game. If you remember the days, you will really enjoy the nostalgia trip. If you've never played or even heard of any of these games, you still should rent this. Think of it as a collection of mini games rather than a historic collection. I did enjoy the game but I didn't fall in love with it - it was more of a weekend affair.
45 (Jan 07, 2003)
Un titre qui permet de découvrir ou de redécouvrir les jeux Activision sur Atari 2600 dans les années 80. L'intérêt est purement culturel et ce n'est pas avec cette anthologie que l'on ira trouver du fun ou un gameplay immersif. A réserver aux collectionneurs et aux nostalgiques.