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Atari Anthology - PlayStation 2

by Atari
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews) 66 / 100

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • Choose from 18 great arcade hits
  • Take out the bugs in Centipede, clear out the giant space rock in Asteroids or play other stand-up machine classics
  • Also includes classic Atari 2600 console games, like Adventure and Yars' Revenge

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Platform: PlayStation2
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002W5S0I
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 22, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,177 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform: PlayStation2

Atari Anthology collects the games that invented a new industry! Take a step back in time to the earliest days of gaming, with faithful reproductions of classic Atari titles.

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144 of 148 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 85 Games That Started a Revolution! August 8, 2005
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
[From: Atari (dot) com (slash) us]

85 Games That Started a Revolution!

It's the largest collection of classic Atari games ever! Take a step back in time to the early days of video arcades with an unmatched compilation of unforgettable and authentic Atari titles. All of the games are faithfully reproduced with the great sights, sounds and fast action that made them so popular. Whether you played these games in their original arcade cabinets or on an Atari 2600 console, you're sure to find a favorite.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful
By Troy
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First off, one of the reviewers writes: "On Tempest as well as Asteroids, there's a huge blue inanimate bordor around the screen. Thus, it makes my 36 inch TV screen look like a 27 inch." There's a very simple, very good explanation for that. The games Tempest & Asteroids were arcade games, and back in the 1970s/80s, they turned the TV screen on its side... so you ended up with a shape like this:
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In order to fit that odd vertical rectangle into your TV at home, without distortion, they have to fill in the left & right side with a blue border. That's not a flaw. That's the way it's intended to be (same as using bars on a widescreen movie).


And now for the games. I suspect this collection will only appeal to the ~50 million people who actually owned an Atari circa 1980, not the younger generation. A lot of these games are short, lasting only about 30 minutes, although they do offer infinite replayability. Also, the graphics are nothing to write home about (mostly large squares). Many of these games like Night Driver have been replaced with better, modern versions like Gran Turismo.

On the other hand, there are some true classics here that even young people might enjoy - Missile Command or Asteroids - shoot, score, and try to live as long as possible. These games appeal to our natural tendency to compete, either with someone else or against ourselves, and score as high as possible. (Similar to Dance Dance Revolution in today's world.)

I bought it. I liked it. As with the original Atari console, this collection is a good way to take a break from the real world, kill 30 minutes, and have fun doing it!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Scoop On Atari Anthology March 9, 2005
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This game definitely brought back memories. With all of the old Atari 2600 games like Combat, Yar's Revenge, Asteroids, Centipede, Dodge 'Em, etc., you'll find something that you will enjoy. The plus to the game I found is actually the original and sometimes annoying sounds. Now I use surround sound so I get the annoying bleeps and buzzes in full 5.1 MONAURAL sound. There is no stereo. Hey, but when we were kids, we played Atari with its vast array of 256 colors on the round screen TV with only one speaker and we were happy. The picture is standard. Exactly the way it looked in 1983 is the way it looks in 2005. After reading some of the articles I could not find anything wrong with the picture or sound that took away from the game. Chalk it up to user error.

The only thing I would fault the gameplay for is the games that require a paddle. If you love to play Pong, Breakout, Super Breakout, Demons To Diamonds, or any other game like those, your PS2 controller does it no justice. The PS2 controller either over or undercompensates your movements so the games are actually twice as hard. However, compared to the number of games you get and the fact that they all work well, I think it's an acceptable tradeoff. I enjoyed this game, and you will too! Your kids, however, will just laugh at you and call you old.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PlayStation2
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Nostalgia gaming continues, with Atari Anthology dropping 85 games, mostly from the classic 2600 system on one disc. Had hoped to see Superman on here, but there's enough classics to make up for those that were left out. Keeping in mind that most of these games came out when video graphics were in their infancy, it's still a kick to play games like Adventure and Bowling, and hearing sound effects from 20+ years ago.

Good thing about playing on a modern system is not having to re-load cartridges a bunch of times until they work, though the vertical "racing stripes" and/or weird sounds caused by partially inserted or defective games in the 2600 were always good for a laugh. Main complaint would be that playing paddle-controller games just isn't the same with joysticks or d-pad controllers. Recently released Atari classic console unit looks cool, but has less than half as many games, so go with more games for a lower price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it's awesome!
it's awesome!
Published 2 months ago by Anthony Lembo
4.0 out of 5 stars Must add to collection
I wanted to show my kids the type of games I used to play. Simple but fun games.

They actually love them too. I have a 7 year old and a twelve year old. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Artimusmaximus
5.0 out of 5 stars Xmas present.
Awesome game as advertised near mint. Fast shipping.
Published 3 months ago by Jonathan M Kotz
5.0 out of 5 stars Atari Anthology - PlayStation 2
Atari Anthology - PlayStation 2 ; "cool retro games dad;" I did not buythem for the boys, but i am pleased they enjoy them
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Published 9 months ago by emtbob12
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Classics
I love the old classics they live on an on forever. Please make it for PS3 so I can live on. :)


Published 14 months ago by Kenneth R. Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars wont run
Was really truly looking forward to trying this set of games but it doesnt run on my generation of PS3.
Published 18 months ago by Branford Marsalis
4.0 out of 5 stars bare bones atari 2600 comp
Although Activision anthology has the better 2600 games, this collection has the better 2 player games like STREET RACE, SLOT RACERS, WARLORDS, BOWLING, FOOTBALL, SURROUND to name... Read more
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