The remaster bandwagon shows no sign of slowing, rolling into town once again this week. Three retro remasters, one rather ravishing retro collection, and two more NeoGeo re-releases – ACA NeoGeo Over Top and Fatal Fury 2, which hit Xbox One today.
Tuesday meanwhile saw the arrival of Voodoo Vince: Remastered on Xbox One, along with the multi-format Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap and Capcom’s The Disney Afternoon Collection. Then on Wednesday Double Fine’s classic graphic adventure Full Throttle Remastered parked up on PS4 and PS Vita for a rather modest £11.99. It’s a perfect fit for Sony’s handheld, apparently.
Voodoo Vince: Remastered‘s price seems sensible too – £12.50. This 3D platformer didn’t exactly set the world alight when it launched on the original Xbox back in 2003, so it’s certainly an odd candidate to receive a remaster. While it wasn’t a total commercial failure, scores were mostly around the 5/10 mark.
Fourteen years later, not much has changed – Destructoid found it to be unremarkable. “With lackluster plot, awful comedy, and shallow gameplay, I just don’t see where the following comes from,” they said.
Review scores for The Disney Afternoon Collection and Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap are significantly higher, mostly being a mixture of 7s and 8s, and in the case of The Dragon’s Trap a couple of 9s.
The Disney Afternoon Collection includes the NES classics Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2, Darkwing Duck, TaleSpin, DuckTales and DuckTales 2, along with time-attack and boss rush modes, for £15.99.
Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap brings the Master System/Game Gear classic into the HD era, with sparkly new visuals and music. Also: Wonder Girl, a new protagonist. It’s even possible to flick back to the original graphics at a push of a button – a neat little touch. This one will also set you back £15.99, and unlike Capcom’s Disney collection, it’s available on Switch.
Sticking with the retro vibe, Wales Interactive’s Late Shift is an FMV game, of all things. It’s a choose-your-own-adventure crime thriller, penned by the author of the 2009 Sherlock Holmes film. Like the developer’s previous FMV game The Bunker, reviews are generally favourable.
Other big hitters out this week include the first episode of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series – which is allegedly off to a fine start, gaining a thumbs up from Eurogamer – and the Kickstarter-funded role-player Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom on PS4 and Xbox One.
We reviewed Enigami’s Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom on Wednesday, awarding it 6/10. While its heart is certainly in the right place, full of ambition and good intentions, the low budget drags it down and there are some frustrating difficulty spikes. Fans of the genre may still want to give it a go, though. It’s especially recommended to Xbox One owners, where Japanese-style RPGs don’t come round often.
On Friday we can expect Cities: Skylines – Xbox One Edition and Deformers, two games that have received a degree of press attention. Microsoft themselves have been cooing about Cities: Skylines, with a spot of promotion here and there. For those not aware, Cities: Skylines knocked EA’s Sim City reboot for six when it hit PCs in 2015, with high scores across the board.
A lot of faith is being put into Deformers as well, with GAME giving it the physical release treatment. This multiplayer party game is the work of Ready at Dawn, developers of The Order: 1886 and the PSP God of War games. You may want to hold off until reviews go live, however – the PC beta didn’t go down all that well, prompting Ready at Dawn to delay it and make improvements. That was back in February.
Race The Sun is also due an incredibly belated Xbox One release on Friday. The original debuted on PC way back in 2013, before hitting PS4 in 2014 and the Wii U in 2015. This endless runner is something of a cult classic, boasting some smooth and heavily stylised visuals.
Both Xbox One and PS4 also receive ATV Renegades, anticipated adventure sequel Syberia 3 (also due at retail on Friday), and Flinthook – a space-set roguelike influenced by Spelunky and Rogue Legacy. Then on only PS4 there’s the WWII shooter Bandit Six: Combined Arms, sci-fi gunslinger VR Invaders – Complete Edition, and Cosmic Star Heroine – a 16-bit RPG with animated cut-scenes inspired by early CD-based consoles.
It’s a retro-tinged week, that’s for sure.
Next week: Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch), Puyo Puyo Tetris (PS4/Switch), Valhalla Hills – Definitive Edition (PS4/XO), Little Nightmares (PS4/XO/PC), Polybius (PS4), Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4/XO/PC), What Remains of Edith Finch (PS4), Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4), Outlast Trinity (PS4/XO), and Statik (PS4).