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While Atari Anniversary Collection won’t magically transport you back in time to when the arcade was king, this is definitely a disc to get for anybody who likes games. Whether you are interested in the history of videogames, the gameplay of these old school games, or just want to know what your parents were up to when they were cutting school, this collection can’t be beat. While other arcade collections have been released over the years (most notably by Midway), this is the first one to truly attempt to bring the arcade experience home, and for the most part, succeeds. With 12 games, at little over $1 per game, this really should be a no brainer. There is bound to be a few games in this collection that should please everybody.
Beyond the classic gaming joy you'll experience, Atari: Anniversary Collection hosts a great number of extras to view. You'll be able to see original cabinet art, bumper stickers, and lots of other great Atari collectibles from the past. This makes Atari: Anniversary Collection a wonderful addition to any old school gamer and even for the younger crowd who may not appreciate the archaic visuals, it's recommended for it's "learning purposes", just to show how deep the roots of video games run.
But the biggest flaw is that you CAN'T SAVE anything to VMU! Can you believe it? It would have been awesome to save your high scores or game configurations, so what the hell happened? Anyway, the game does include some bonus material, containing press releases, screen shots, artwork, and an interview with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell. There's some good stuff here. Atari Anniversary Edition should have been 'A' material, but this package is clearly flawed.
While Atari Anniversary Edition doesn’t include anything that can’t be found anywhere else, it is a solid, fun package that Dreamcast and PlayStation gamers alike can enjoy with family and friends.
All games are playable, but fun factor is dictated by the design limitations. The abundance of background information is a game geek's holy grail, and veteran gamers will thrill to the authentic arcade sounds of yesteryear once again. Atari Anniversary Edition is for these diehards exclusively.
But all in all, this is a good game. For a mere $20, you get plenty of mindless old-school fun, albeit for a relatively short time. But hey, it's more than worth the dough!
I hate to be so critical of games that really have brought me so much joy for as long as they have. The problem is not with the games themselves, but with the way in which they are packaged and presented. Infogrames isn’t to fault, as they really tried to put some polish on these masterpieces. But as an art connoisseur would write about studying Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in a book or on the web, the same can be said of playing these games on the Dreamcast. While it may look like Tempest, and sound like Tempest, it just ain’t Tempest.
If you're looking for these 12 games, your best bet is, of course, to hunt down the original arcade machines. However, if you don't have an empty garage or a pile of money to spare, the PC version of this package does a far better job of emulating these classic Atari hits.