older I get the more reminiscing I do. Most of it
isn't worth a damn and usually makes me wonder how
the hell I ended up here. It's been a long road from
wanting to be the next Alice Cooper only to turn into
Lou Grant from the Mary Tyler Moore show. But I had
dreams, and still do. Should the music industry every
require an overweight, middle-age, theatrical, demon
dancer - I'm always at the ready.
Anthology takes me back to the80s - a time long before
my dreams of stardom began to decay like teeth on
a popsicle-slurping hillbilly. This package is jammed
with Atari 2600 emulated hits - and some that were
never even released. Imagine 48, old-school titles
all as original as the day they were born into the
binary-coded universe. To even recreate the era further,
there's lots of great 80s music from bands like A-Ha
and Twisted Sister. But is it all worth the fuss?
If you're like me, the past is a nice place to visit
but I wouldn't want to live there.
not really sold on this game even though I thoroughly
enjoyed it. It's just that the flavor doesn't last
long and I can't see myself going back to play any
of these games. Eventhe new ones (new old stock) such
as Kabobber and Thwocker are so similar to the other
games that I feel I've already played them. What's
really missing in this collection is a good assortment
of puzzle games. Ones that would really get you addicted.
Instead, most of these games are just far too simple
and void of any depth to be truly engaging. They are
of the figure-out-the-pattern and shooting gallery
genre. Sure they are the forefathers of today's Grand
Theft Autos and MechAssaults, but I don't crap in
an outhouse like my great grandpappy did more than
100 years ago.
games such as Kaboom, Megaman, Pitfall, River Raid,
Commando, Space Shuttle, Robot Tank, Dragster, Keystone
Kapers, Rampage, Seaquest, Chopper Command, Decathlon
and Beamrider, you have to find a few that you're
really interested in to make this a worthwhile purchase.
But be warned that the novelty does wear off fast
and you're likely to grow bored of these games really
fast. Sure you're probably all excited about a few
of these games that bring back memories but keep in
mind the reason they bring back memories is because
you don't play them anymore because there are a lot
better games out there. Activision knows this and
has added bonus levels and unlockables such as old
commercials and a digital collection of patches that
you could send away for 20 years ago if you got the
high score on a particular game. The addition of a
3D enhanced mode for the games does not mean these
game have been rendered in 3D. Instead, the game is
presented on a 3D frame that does all kinds of annoying
things like spin and warp.
of the games would work better with different controls
but like Silent Scope without the rifle, you learn
to adapt. All the games are playable and look and
sound the way I remember them - which is not all that
great. We're dealing with 8-bit graphics which translates
to no subtle shades or sophisticated animation. Still
I'm glad that Activision didn't attempt to bring these
games up-to-date - except for that embarrassing 3D
enhanced fiasco. Before this game was released there
was word that it would feature an internet link to
a site where you could download more games and information.
It hasn't been included. I think they said something
about there being no more space left on the internet.
Probably taken up by all the advertisers.
still absolutely have to rent this game. If you remember
the days, you will really enjoy the nostalgia trip.
If you've never played or even heard of any of these
games, you still should rent this. Think of it as
a collection of mini games rather than a historic
collection. I did enjoy the game but I didn't fall
in love with it - it was more of a weekend affair.