Review: Atari Flashback Classics Vol. 3 (PlayStation 4)

Atari Flashback Classics Volume 3 brings more classic arcade, Atari 2600 and 5200 games to the latest generation of consoles and, for the first time, vintage hits from M Network. Kick, fight, dunk, race and blast your way through 50 timeless games from Atari’s vast library of hits. Gain fame by landing your initials on the top of the leaderboards or challenge others online and show your mettle against classic gamers from around the world.

Pros:

  • You know what? It has classic retro pixel graphics.
  • 186.3MB Download size.
  • 50 games in 1 spanning the Atari 2600/5200 and Arcade games.
  • Game options- Bezel art-on/off, Scanlines-on/off and Atari 2600 flicker-Authentic or filtered.
  • Can rebind controls for each individual game.
  • Each game has its own set of game options like starting lives, Score to earn a life etc.
  • Multiplayer-Host/join/invite settings.
  • Can bring up a transparent virtual Atari 2600/5200 console with working buttons.
  • Sensitivity slider.
  • D-pad and analog support.
  • Online leaderboards for the arcade games.
  • Atari 2600/5200 games have their own original manuals.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Simple controls, I mean you only had one button and a stick in the old days!.
  • A decent collection of games.
  • List of games-
    • 1. Adventure II (2600)
      2. Air Raiders  (2600)
      3. Aquaventure (2600)
      4. Armor Ambush  (2600)
      5. Asteroids (5200)
      6. Astroblast  (2600)
      7. Atari Baseball (Arcade)
      8. Atari Basketball (Arcade)
      9. Atari Football (Arcade)
      10. Atari Soccer (Arcade)
      11. Avalanche (Arcade)
      12. Canyon Bomber (Arcade)
      13. Centipede (5200)
      14. Countermeasure (5200)
      15. Dark Cavern  (2600)
      16. Destroyer (Arcade)
      17. Dominos (Arcade)
      18. Final Legacy (5200)
      19. Fire Truck/Smokey Joe (Arcade)
      20. Frog Pond (2600)
      21. Frogs and Flies (2600)
      22. Holey Moley (2600)
      23. International Soccer   (2600)
      24. Maze Invaders (Arcade)
      25. Micro-gammon (5200)
      26. Millipede (5200)
      27. Miniature Golf (5200)
      28. Missile Command (5200)
      29. Monte Carlo (Arcade)
      30. MotoRodeo (2600)
      31. Pool Shark (Arcade)
      32. Realsports Baseball (5200)
      33. Realsports Basketball (5200)
      34. Realsports Football (5200)
      35. Realsports Tennis (5200)
      36. Realsports Volleyball (5200)
      37. Saboteur (2600)
      38. Sea Battle  (2600)
      39. Sky Diver (Arcade)
      40. Space Attack (2600)
      41. Star Raiders (5200)
      42. Star Strike (2600)
      43. Super Breakout (5200)
      44. Super Bug (Arcade)
      45. Super Challenge   Baseball (2600)
      46. Super Challenge   Football (2600)
      47. Sword Fight  (2600)
      48. Wizard (2600)
      49. Xari Arena (5200)
      50. Yars’ Return (2600)

      Cons:
  • Slow reset button.
  • Using analog no matter the sensitivity is too sensitive.
  • No River Raid!…STILL.
  • Cannot stretch the screen or mess around much with the screen ratio.
  • The collection won’t be for everyone.
  • Annoying menu music.
  • No extras.

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.8/10

Summary

When it comes to collections like this, Gamers will look for a particular game or a particular set of extras or options. Taking that aside from the collection functions as you would hope. It is easy to jump between games without moving from your chair, The collection is alright. I mean it has no River Raid AGAIN but one day it will so I can retire my WW2 Call of duty game disc. But I digress, The games work really well and the d-pad is the definitive control method unless it is a paddle game, Then its the analog. I like that you can tailor each game individually but I also hate that you can’t do a blanket setting across all games. MP is fun when you finally found a game but its very quiet. This is a collection for local play more than online and it is fun just looking at the original box art of classic games. In short, its a collection that does what you want it to do but it has no real extras or bonus content. And yes NO RIVER RAID.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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