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Title: Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2
Manufacturer: AtGames
Platform: Sony PlayStation 4
Release Date: 2016
Part #: 2101983
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
ESRB Rating: Everyone

Rating: AtGames' Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2 Classic Retro Video Game Review Rating ESRB Classic Video Game Rating
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From the first PlayStation, I've loved compilation game releases. Finding an entire grouping of games, linked by a common theme like retro gaming, is a wonderful thing. Getting 50 games on this second release from AtGames was a holiday surprise

This review focuses on the second of the two volumes - released simultaneously. Each release features 50 games comprised mostly of Atari 2600 games, but also featuring a handful arcade versions. Often both home and arcade versions are included. For example bothe the home and arcade versions of Asteroids are on this disc along with Asteroids Deluxe.

Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2 Game Play

Most retro gamers will agree that classic games are best played on original consoles. I agree with that, but I think it's also important for amazing games from the 70s and 80s to be on retail shelves alongside modern games. From a point of view of exposure to the masses, I think compilation discs showcase part of video game history in a remarkably enjoyable manner. They allow younger gamers to delve into history while seasoned retro gamers get very solid releases of favorite games.

As for control and game play, the PS4 controller does a great job bringing these games to life. While modern games have frequent cut-scenes and feature less twitch, we forget how manic and insane early 8-bit games really were. With this in mind, I'm very happy with the control aspects of these games. Having a mix of home and arcade versions sweetens the deal.

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This is the second software release by AtGames. They are known for the Atari, Coleco, Sega, and Intellivision Flashback mini consoles. Containing a selection of built-in games,
these devices easily connect to your TV, making a gaming sesion extremely easy. Bringing Atari VCS and arcade games to modern platforms is a terrific leap forward! Lets hope they release more!

If you love retro games and want to experience Atari arcade and 2600 games, this is a fantastic way to explore 50 games! We loved all the arcade games and many of the 2600 games. Where a bit of frustration settles in focuses on the selection of home-released 2600 games. Some of the games are simply a one-shot curiosity that don't really have any re-play value.

Compilation games used to be a familliar sight in game stores. These days, most retro games are only available via download thus their visibility to the larger gaming community is diminished. This taints these classic gems as "games for old guys" while the kids enjoy the recent blockbuster titles. Having physical releases of these two games is an imoprtant step toward the future of these great games and their history as the initial catalysts of video gaming.

Atari Flashback Classics Volume 2 Game List:

  1. Adventure
  2. Asgo Concentration
  3. Asteroids
  4. Asteroids (Arcade)
  5. Asteroids Deluxe (Arcade)
  6. Basic Math
  7. Blackjack
  8. Breakout
  9. Casino
  10. Championship Soccer
  11. Checkers
  12. Chess
  13. Code Breaker
  14. Crystal Castles
  15. Crystal Castles (arcade)
  16. Demons to Diamonds
  17. Double Dunk
  18. Flag Capture
  19. Golf
  20. Gravitar
  21. Gravitar (arcade)
  22. Hangman
  23. Haunted House
  24. Major Havoc (arcade)
  25. Maze craze
  26. Missile Command
  27. Missile Command (Arcade)
  28. Night Driver
  29. Off the Wall
  30. Outlaw
  31. Race
  32. Red Baron (arcade)
  33. Return to Haunted House
  34. RS Baseball
  35. RS Basketball
  36. RS Tennis
  37. Secret Quest
  38. Sentinel
  39. Sky Diver
  40. Spacewar
  41. Sprint (arcade)
  42. Starship
  43. Stellar Track
  44. Street Racer
  45. Sub Commander
  46. Super Breakout
  47. Super Breakout (Arcade)
  48. Surround
  49. V Pinball
  50. Video cube
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Final Judgement:

AtGames' Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 2

is a history lesson that won't bore you to tears. If you've played these games, you'll love them on a modern console. For those who began gaming with a Microsoft console, here's where it all began :)

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