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Oh man...what a rush it was playing these games again. I had totally forgotten just how raw and primitive the old 2600 games actually were. I had also forgotten just how much pure unadulterated fun they provided. The selection of old Activision titles presented here is mostly all classic games, from the top down slugfest of Boxing to the timeless classic gameplay of Pitfall. These games are sure to stimulate your memory and take you back to a time when gameplay totally ruled and cutting edge polygon graphics with CG cut scenes was just a neuron spark in some programmers mind.
For all of you hardcore gamers out there who are thinking of getting into the videogame business, consider Activision's Collection of Games for the Atari 2600 as the ultimate interactive history book. It's important to step back to a day when the intangible element of "fun" was all a game needed.
I guess technology is really a great thing. I thought that I would love playing these games because games were fun back then. As it turns out, I just didn't know any better. Today's games are much better than I give them credit for. Now you can't beat the fact that you get 30 games for 30 bucks, but the thing is, you will never play all 30 all of the time. You basically get a handful of games that are still mildly enjoyable. One more thing: if you graduated from high school in the '90s, don't even bother looking at this collection. You will not get it, and it will just give you more ammunition when you are making fun of your older brother.
Everyone's seemingly jumping on the bandwagon to bring back the classics, from those who've never abandoned them and are maintaining mailing lists and newsletters to the newer patrons buying up flea market cartridges and racing to be the first in line to pick up any of the serial PlayStation and Saturn releases that have come out in the last couple years such as Midway's Atari Collections and Namco's Museum lineup.
The Video Game Critic
Why aren't the analog sticks supported?! Finally, there is no way to save high scores, although you can save a game in progress. Considering the games are short and the whole object is to beat your high score, that makes no sense at all. Did the developer even bother playing any of these games? All in all, there are plenty of great titles here, but this package doesn't give them the treatment they deserve.
Oh...my...god. This pack is really, really bad. Look, I'm all for the classic games, in fact, I still have my Atari collection in my apartment. In fact, Activision Atari 2600 games were always the best of the breed. But this pack does nothing but speak poorly about the games of my childhood.
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
Overall, this was a big disappointment. One of the programmers even posted on-line saying how Activision was more concerned with rushing the product out to make a quick buck, than having it be true to the original. This is at least the second time Activision has shanked us, and I've gotten to the point where if I drop something and have to bend over to pick it up, I nervously glance behind me to see if some guy with an Activision name-tag is running towards me. Honestly, I'm the first person to support any effort at classic game compilations. I'm always the first in line to buy. But this is one time when $1 a game is too much. Hopefully they won't try and screw us out of another $30 bucks by putting the titles they overlooked along with later releases (Double Dragon, Commando, Rampage, etc.) into Volume 2.