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Prior to the release of Goldeneye 64 on the Nintendo 64 two full decades later, Combat was the gold standard for shooting at and enraging your friends in the comfort of your own home. It’s as simple and primal as video games get: two players attempt to outshoot each other with their tanks, biplanes or jet fighters. To keep things interesting, Atari added variations such as tank-pong and guided missiles.
Versus fighting games certainly offer more nuance and strategy, and matches can be very satisfying between two evenly match opponents, but Combat has simplicity on its side. You can learn all the moves within minutes, and it may be one of the purest two player games ever made.
So, in closing -- and to quote the thrash metal band Exodus -- Combat is definitely "good, friendly, violent fun," in the days before violence in video games became a bad thing.
Um das ganze abwechslungsreicher zu gestalten gibt es verschiedene Varianten wie Labyrinthe oder das beliebte Pong Tank wo das Projektil von Wänden abprallt. Auch der Kampf mit unsichtbaren Kriegsgeräten wird angeboten. Die Steuerung ist denkbar simpel wirkt aber nach heutigen Maßstäben hakelig und träge. Da aber beide Spieler darunter leiden beeinflusst es den Spielspaß kaum und nach etwas Eingewöhnungszeit kann man gut damit leben.. Grafik und Sound sind allerdings selbst für VCS Verhältnisse bescheiden. Zweckmäßig und übersichtlich gibt sich das Spiel aber mehr braucht es auch nicht.
When you consider that Combat was originally available for the Atari VCS in 1977, you'll begin to realize what a perfect pack-in game it was for the system. It offered a wide array of game selections and was simple and engaging. And it's held up very well even to this day. If anyone's looking for an opponent to play Combat with, I'm game!
Combat is an archaic, simplistic game, but after all these years it's finally getting some respect.
Combat isn't the kind of game you rush home to play, but when you have a player 2 on-hand you'll be surprised at how fast the competition rises. It was a freebie pack-in title for the 2600, but still packs a lot of fun for two.
Overall, it’s quite the nostalgic trip to hear all of the beeps and boops that the Atari was home to, but the nostalgia alone isn’t going to carry a game. Combat does have a few solid options to play, and they are fun and engaging while you take on a friend. However, unless you are easily entertained, you won’t find this as a title with high replay value. Combat is certainly good in portions, and could even be a solid title to add to an Atari-themed gameplay session, but will not be the gem of your collection. Fortunately, these cartridges are super easy to find, and are very cheap. If you like a simple game to destroy an opponent at, this would be worth your time, but if you’re looking for something more revolutionary, this would not be something that highlights stellar gameplay. Combat falls into Atari’s ever expanding, moderately entertaining category.