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PSP Fanboy interview: Atari Classics Evolved

We recently had a chance to chat with Atari Classics Evolved producer Matt Rush. Atari is bringing yet another compilation of retro games to the handheld, but this time there's a twist. The games are getting a graphical overhaul. But what else is featured in Atari's upcoming retro revival? Read on to find out more.

Atari is well-known for reviving its classic arcade games. Do you think that these icons are still relevant to today's gamers?
Oh absolutely, without a doubt. The games featured in Atari Classics are not just classics, but forerunners to some of the biggest games throughout history. I think that although these games may look simplistic on the surface to some of today's gamers, the core elements found in all of these games will seem instantly familiar because they've had so much influence on the games that followed them, even until now.

Why remake it for the PSP? How has the team taken advantage of what PSP has to offer?
The games featured in Atari Classics were originally designed with limited hardware capabilities way back when, so remaking them for the PSP provides more than enough resources to deliver an entirely new experience. For us, the PSP was the perfect platform for this title because it represents the best of both worlds in terms of what we were trying to do with this game. It has than enough power to provide the enhanced versions of these games with amazing graphics, rich sound and features like peer-to-peer multiplayer. It also provides players the portability to take these games with them wherever they go and play them whenever they want.

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More Atari Classics Evolved gameplay action

A while back, we were treated with a gameplay video that proved the graphical improvement in Asteroids from Atari Classics Evolved, and now we have a few more for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, Pong, Missile Command and Battlezone have never looked better, and with a budget price of only $20, you should feel better at the thought of revisiting these classic titles for the tenth time.

Atari Classics Evolved video shows redesigned graphics

Fans of retro games may want to pay close attention to Atari Classics Evolved. More than just a collection of the constantly-rehashed Atari games of yore, this PSP-exclusive collection remasters the visual presentation by completely redesigning the graphics of these classics. Check out Asteroids, featured above. Check out the rest at IGN.

Developer: Atari Classics Evolved perfect fit for PSP

It seems every system ever made ultimately gets its own collection of Atari titles. Heck, even the N-Gage received a couple, and now the PSP is about to join the club with Atari Classics Evolved. To appeal to the younger crowd, many of the Atari games have received a makeover with new graphics, music and wireless multiplayer, while each of those games also have their original versions to suit the classic gamer's tastes.

"We're hoping that will attract younger players to the games so that they can experience the real draw to Atari Classics, the oldschool, challenging gameplay," Producer Matt Rush told PSPworld. "We don't think that the older gamers will need much convincing to play these games again. Fans of Atari's classic games will always hold a special place in their hearts for these games, and the portability of the PSP means that classic game fans will be able to enjoy these gems wherever they want to play them including the Evolved versions which are new for everyone."

Rush said the game could become a series depending on how well it sells, and with only a $20 price tag, Atari Classics could be a fun break from the more complicated games of today.

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How have the Atari Classics evolved?

Atari's Atari Classics Evolved is trying to add a fresh coat of paint to its long-aged franchises. A game like Pong has been reimagined for those with modern sensibilities, as seen in the picture above. But does this graphical makeover force the games to lose their character? And do they merely hide the fact that the gameplay is decades old? Certainly, an interesting concept -- check out our new screens below:

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