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Activision Anthology
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Console: Sony PlayStation 2
Year: 2002
RFG ID #: U-072-S-00030-A
Part #: SLUS 20588
UPC: 047875804937
Developer: Contraband Entertainment
Publisher: Activision

Genre: Compilation
Players: 1-2
Controller: Standard Controller
Media Format: DVD x1
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  • 206 of 7620 collectors (2.7%) have this game in their collection
  • 2 of 7620 collectors (0%) have this game in their wishlist.
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Activision Anthology for the Sony PlayStation 2 is a compilation of Activision (and some Imagic) titles published for the Atari VCS (aka., the Atari 2600) released in 2002.  It contains a total of 48 games as well as digital representations of the cartridges, manuals, and some boxes and other paraphenelia (such as sewable patches), and also includes several visual modes for nostalic purposes as well as additional challange.  It also features a representation of a desk, with some North American memorbelia from the 1980's as well as twelve music tracks from that time period.  The music tracks can also be set to continue playing while also playing a game.  A list of the included titles are as follows:

  • Atlantis
  • Barnstorming
  • Baseball (originally Pete Rose Baseball)
  • Beamrider
  • Boxing
  • Bridge
  • Checkers
  • Chopper Command
  • Commando
  • Cosmic Commuter
  • Crackpots
  • Decathalon
  • Demon Attack
  • Dolphin
  • Dragster
  • Enduro
  • Fishing Derby
  • Freeway
  • Frostbite
  • Grand Prix
  • H.E.R.O.
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kakobber (unreleased)
  • Kaboom!
  • Keystone Kapters
  • Laser Blast
  • Megamania
  • Moonsweeper
  • Oink!
  • Pitfall!
  • Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
  • Plaque Attack
  • Pressure Cooker
  • Private Eye
  • River Raid
  • River Raid II
  • Robot Tank
  • Seaquest
  • Skiing
  • Sky Jinks
  • Space Shuttle
  • Spider Fighter
  • Stampede
  • Starmaster
  • Tennis
  • Title Match Pro Wrestling
  • Thwocker (unreleased)
  • Tomcat F-14

 Included music tracks are as follows:

  • We're Not Gonna Take It - by Twisted Sister
  • It's My Life - by Talk Talk
  • Mexican Radio - by Wall of Voodoo
  • Tainted Love - by Soft Cell
  • Walking In L.A. - by Missing Persons
  • The Tide is High - by Blondie
  • Always Something There To Remind Me - by Naked Eyes
  • Pulling Mussels (From A Shell) - by Squeeze
  • Take On Me - by A-Ha
  • Harden My Heart - by Quarterflash
  • No More Words - by Berlin
  • Safety Dance - by Men Without Hats

I remember Activision Anthology on the Sony PlayStation 2 being a Godsend when it was released back in 2002. At the time I wasn't buying to collect, rather to experience and in some cases, re-experience. To be clear, I shelled out that USD cash for some good 'ol memories of sitting in front of a little 10" CRT monitor with what seemed a literal plethora of Atari VCS cartridges. Activision Anthology for the Playstation 2 allowed me to reconnect with a lot of that old VCS goodness without spending months trolling garage sales, thrift stores, and flea markets (i.e., the ebay of 2002), and at a fraction of the price and hassle.

Another feature of this game is what is brings atmosphere-wise. Were you always curious as to what the desk of a Activision/Atari VCS-obsessed teenager from the mid-1980's would look and sound like? If so, then Activision Anthology for the PlayStation 2 has you covered. Mostly. You can select games from a little rotating stand (complete with game labels and scans of original manuals). There is one of twelve songs popular in the 80's playing, which you can change by messing with the stereo (the music can also be played whilst gaming, which is a nice feature).

While Activision Anthology for the PlayStation 2 is quite a nice game for a trip down memory lane, much like many of the early Namco Museum games, it has since been surpassed in nearly every way. Certainly, we do have a nice stack of Activision titles to play through (48 if you count the unreleased games) But doesn't 76 sound better? If you get either the PC or Mac version of the game, you get all the games from the PlayStation 2 version, along with all the extra games thrown onto the ports on the portable platforms, as well as a bunch of Imagic games not released on any of the other compilations. Sound good? Then run, don't walk, to the nearest computer and buy a PC or Mac copy of Activision Anthology. But, if you don't have access to a computer, only have a PlayStation 2, or just really hate computers, then Activision Anthology for the PlayStation 2 is the way to go for your Activision-based Atari VCS gaming enjoyment.

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Sony PlayStation 2 A S Activision Anthology Activision 2002 Compilation
Sony PlayStation 2 United Kingdom S Activision Anthology Activision 2002 Compilation
Sony PlayStation 2 France S Activision Anthology Activision 2003 Compilation
Sony PlayStation 2 Spain S Activision Anthology Activision 2003 Compilation
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