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Activision Anthology (PlayStation 2)

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Description

Activision Anthology is a collection of classic Atari 2600 titles as well as extra items including new gameplay modes for each game, trivia, originally released patches/updates, 3D views of the cartridges, the original manuals and much more. The game comes with licensed eighties music tracks. It contains 45 games.

The content is quite similar to Activision Hits Remixed (PSP), but unlike the GBA version and Activision Anthology: Remix Edition (PC/Mac), it doesn't include the homebrew titles. The following games are included:

Screenshots

Activision Anthology PlayStation 2 Freeway - find out why the chicken crossed the road.
Activision Anthology PlayStation 2 Hero in Whirl Mode
Activision Anthology PlayStation 2 Cosmic Commuter
Activision Anthology PlayStation 2 The thrill of Checkers

Alternate Titles

  • "The Activision Classics from the AtariĀ® 2600 are back!" -- English title with tagline

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User Reviews

This IS The '80's. Guy Chapman (1745) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Next Level Gaming Jan 21, 2003 88 out of 100 88
Netjak Mar 04, 2004 8.8 out of 10 88
Gaming Target Jan 15, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Nov 21, 2002 8.5 out of 10 85
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Apr 22, 2007 8 out of 10 80
GamerDad Apr 18, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Nov 19, 2002 7.3 out of 10 73
GamesAreFun.com (GAF) May 21, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Cheat Code Central 2002 2.5 out of 5 50
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 07, 2003 9 out of 20 45

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Trivia

Cover Art

Although this compilation contains games that were published by Activision, the cartridge casing and cartridge label style that are depicted on the front cover of the package more closely resembles that of games published by Atari, not Activision.

German Index

When Activision was going to sell the PS2 version in Europe, they had a slight problem.

The German BPjS (Federal Examination Office for Youth-Endangering Publications) indexed the game River Raid back in 1984. Therefore was a retail distribution of the compilation in Germany out of the question (a side effect of the indexing).

So, the only solution was for Activision to file an application for verification of that particularly title at the BPjS. And since the reason for the index was out of date (assuming it was up do date in 1984 at all - see River Raid trivia), the game was de-indexed on January 2003.

But the really interesting fact here is that without the application, the Activision Anthology would be adult only in Germany. And now, after the de-indexing of River Raid and a normal rating with the USK (the German age rating organization) for this compilation here, the Activision Anthology is available without restrictions in Germany.

Online Feature

The PlayStation 2 version of this game was originally going to have an online feature that would have let you downloaded new games into Activision Anthology. However, this was scrapped due to expenses and time constraints.

Information also contributed by Alexander Michel and Xoleras

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Kartanym (10779) added Activision Anthology (PlayStation 2) on Nov 27, 2002