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Like anything "old that's new again" there will be people who get very excited and have nostalgic connections and people who just don't get it. I'm probably somewhere in between, so I'll say that I had a good time playing these games but found them shelf material too quickly. Let's face it, even for those of us who were around at the time, gaming has grown up to be pretty damn good. The games of yesterday remind me of the good times at home or with friends. There is no question that within this compilation are the seeds of our modern home console industry. If you come looking for some revelation in Activision Hits Remixed, you won't find it. If you are looking for the video game equivalent of watching Pretty in Pink with some old friends, you will have a perfect experience.
And thus we come to a close. Is the game worth it? You bet your ass it is. Forty Atari classics, most of which are entertaining in some way, fantastic emulation, a budget price of $19.99 — what more do you need? Sure, you'll be forced to listen to "Take on Me" more times than could ever be considered healthy and the screen modes are really kind of weird, but for the most part, this is a collection you'll want to have in your, well, collection. It may represent what some may consider an archaic part of video game history, but wow, what a history it is!
Nitpicking aside, though, Activision Hits Remixed is exactly what a retro games compilation should be: a celebration of gaming's roots that puts an era in context and preserves it for future generations. And at a mere twenty bucks MSRP, you're virtually guaranteed to get your money's worth. It's the perfect stocking stuffer for any true videogame fan this holiday season.
In order to understand where we are going, it’s important to know where we have been. Hits Remixed does that in a way that is solid for the handheld platform. The sprites are all there, the frenetic control schemes, but in this package is also a solid interface that allows players to easily navigate for instructions, to set up multiplayer sessions and to embark on an entertaining trip down memory lane.
Activision Hits Remixed ist eine schöne Sammlung alter Atari 2600 Spiele die den älteren Zockern auf jeden Fall Spaß machen wird. Denn gerade die Möglichkeit die kleinen Spiele nur mal schnell zwischendurch im Zug oder sonst wo zu genießen ist hier sehr angenehm. Zudem ist die Portierung auf die PSP auch gut gelungen und die 80er Jahre Musik zieht einen auch wieder in seinen Bann. Retro-Fans können hier bei einem Preis von rund 30 Euro ruhig zugreifen und noch mal in die vergangenen Zeiten eintauchen.
With its game sharing facilities, you can even enjoy the various two player modes with a fellow geriatric (without having to buy another copy, usefully), and each game comes with a slavishly reproduced instruction manual and box art for maximum nostalgia points. The front end is pretty lovely too, with many thoughtful touches (including a hilarious soundtrack of early/mid '80s gems) and far from being a loveless cash-in exercise, it feels like a fitting tribute to a bygone age that doesn't neatly fit into most people's associations of classic gaming. Attaching a score feels a little mean, because in terms of what the games are worth (even collectively) it wouldn't even register on the scale, but as a sensibly priced package it somehow serves its purpose admirably. For those that were there...
Activision Hits Remixed s'adresse exclusivement aux nostalgiques de l'Atari 2600 ou aux jeunes étudiants programmeurs désireux de parfaire leur connaissance de cet univers étrange qu'est le divertissement vidéoludique. Mais le fait est que la PSP offre une compilation fort honnête qui penche plus du côté du véritable hommage que d'une tentative de ponctionner les personnes âgées. (Et pour tous mes commentaires désobligeants sur les "vieux" joueurs, mes plus plates excuses.)