June 19, 2024

It is a harmful factor, toying with folks’s gaming recollections, as a result of they’ve usually welded to our sense of self and who we’re. They are not neutral any extra, in the event that they ever have been. These recollections are a strong factor to attraction to, and a wise manner for a recreation to get consideration, however it’s additionally harmful floor to tread. As a result of what if in aping the previous, you undermine it? What if within the harsh mild of actuality, you expose outdated video games for what they have been – restricted compared to what we have now now?

I have been fascinated about this due to two video games: Skald, the Commodore 64-styled role-playing recreation, and Crow Nation, the PlayStation 1-styled survival horror. Skald got here out this week and we have now a evaluation within the works, and Crow Nation got here earlier within the month and our evaluation aired this week. That is partially the rationale I am making Crow Nation our recreation of this week.

It is a attractive factor. It is acquired that muddy color palette PS1 video games used to have, and that sense of claustrophobia brought on by a low display decision. The digicam angle is mounted, the characters are chunky, and you’ll virtually depend the variety of polygons on them. It actually does appear to be a PS1 recreation, and other people have been giddy about it on social media for weeks. However is that every one video games like this are – superficial nostalgia performs?