Cripes! Five Atari games you'll actually want to play

Quick question: What was the last Atari game you cared about? Need a reminder? Maybe you enjoyed Test Drive Unlimited, or Ace Combat 6. Or perhaps you played Grand Prix Challenge on PS2. But, more likely, you won't be able to remember anything Atari-related since the 5200 (if you were even born then). It feels like the company has been dead in the water for a good few years now – but they're hoping that's about to change. If Atari's recent press event in London told us one thing, it's that they mean business.

With ex-Sony man Phil Harrison on board and fingers in practically every gaming pie (thanks to distribution deals with publishers the world over), and a brand that everyone recognises, Atari has the foundations in place to become great once again. But, most shockingly, it's actually got some great games to back it up. Here are five games Atari were showing off that we reckon you're going to want to play.

Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion

What is it? 
Tekken 6. Yes, the Tekken 6. You see, Atari has a distribution partnership with Namco Bandai which means Tekken 6 is in its European portfolio for 2009.

Why you'll want to play it:
Well, it's Tekken 6, isn't it? And while it may not be the most revolutionary fighting game ever made, it's still revered and loved by its legions of fans, most of whom have been around since the game's PSone days. It's also got weapons in it, though they're not as integral as they are in Soul Calibur IV. We even saw new character Alisa get out twin chainsaws and use them in her attacks. It's not gory, but a bit surreal. Definitely cool, though.

There's an expansive costume edit mode and the character models and their clothing are now separate 3D entities allowing a super-advanced flowing cloth. Now, if the hackers can just work out how to set the cloth opacity to zero…

When's it out?
Autumn 2009


What is it? The movie tie-in of one of our favourite films of all time – Ghostbusters. This was previously an Activision game, but they dropped it and Atari picked it up.

Why you'll want to play it:
It's a brilliant realisation of the Ghostbusters universe, complete with the majority of the original cast reprising their roles. It's got Slimer, the librarian and Mr Stay Puft in it. It's got fully destructible hotel dining rooms to exorcise. It's got libraries full of separate 3D books that you can throw around, before watching them become possessed and come after you in the shape of a human. Even the sound effects are lifted straight from the movie. Just look at our shaky-cam footage of the game and give us one good reason why you wouldn't want to play it.

When's it out? 
June 2009


  • birdofprey - December 5, 2008 4:29 a.m.

    I just want to have Riddick
  • cart00n - December 4, 2008 8 p.m.

    Ghostbusters looks awesome, really looking forward to playing it (any clue as to when we will get a demo? It's not like we don't know that one exists - remember Comic-Con?). But the killer app in this collection of titles is most definitely Riddick - I played the HELL out of that game on the OX, I'm dying to play it again on the 360. And now it'll have achievements! Drool...
  • DJJackson - December 4, 2008 7:48 p.m.

    i didnt think it would be as it is now looks worth getting
  • drprofessor - December 4, 2008 6:46 p.m.

    I want Ghost Busters NOW. The detail on the proton pack is sick. gimmie gimmie atari!
  • TheHiphopopotamus - December 4, 2008 6:23 p.m.

    They actually sound pretty decent. Race I think looks amazing, that'll be the ol' birthday list then :D
  • LionheartAce - December 8, 2008 3:03 a.m.

    Dude, I can't wait for Bhostgusters.
  • adrenaguy - December 6, 2008 3:09 p.m.

    ghostbusters will be mine...
  • sprog - December 6, 2008 2:35 p.m.

    ghostbusters - wow! its like the sequel that never was!
  • Hurricrane - December 6, 2008 12:03 a.m.

    Ghostbusters, the only game I really REALLY want in 2009
  • UnknownTeenAngst - December 5, 2008 7:10 p.m.

    Can't wait to play ghostbusters-pwnage ~xD~
  • nick1180101 - December 5, 2008 5:58 p.m.

    the original ready 2 rumble was amazing! although it looks like in revolution they have given the boxers bitch tits..
  • TheCorpulent1 - December 5, 2008 4:23 p.m.

    I'm only looking forward to Ghostbusters and Chronicles of Riddick, but that's more than I've looked forward to from Atari for a long time. Or ever, really. I still can't believe Activision was stupid enough to let Ghostbusters go.
  • irrkan - December 5, 2008 2:03 p.m.

    To k1n94: I feel your pain.
  • k1ng94 - December 5, 2008 1:26 a.m.

    I will never frogive Atari for the abomination which is Alone in the dark. I bought the GOD DAM SPECIAL EDITION which cost me £50!!
  • Bronzus - December 4, 2008 8:56 p.m.

    Another waggle controlled Wii game? Oh joy!
  • DJJackson - December 4, 2008 7:49 p.m.

    Ghost Busters i mean

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