Ladies and gentlemen, I have or had a problem. I kept thinking to myself, “What game should I review for Pietriots since I want to be my unprofessional self rather then an in-depth reviewer?” Well SEGA decided to give me an answer in the form of an extremely fun Saturn classic given an HD re-release… actually, scratch that; an extremely fun Saturn classic given what was originally a PS2 make-over, never released outside of Japan for almost six years but then deciding since they have no money left to fund anything just upscale the damn game.
Yet I should be happy, because damn it I love NiGHTS into dreams. Despite being produced by asshole zealot Yuji Naka and programmed by him as well, this game came from Sonic’s character designer Naoto Ohshima. Along with the Saturn 3D stick, NiGHTS is a fun race-against-the-clock flying game with a deep scoring system. Despite releasing on a system nobody bought and was the victim of corporate assholery, NiGHTS remained a cult classic for years. It had a simple concept that, with practice, you could master and show off how good you were.
Then SEGA shat all over it.
If you have read other reviews besides this one, you should already know that SEGA went and fucked up the analog controls for this game. Which is impossible to do, but, you know… SEGA joke. In seriousness, the Saturn 3D pad was originally designed for NiGHTS with its smooth circular base, which allowed for the title character to fly each and every way. Somehow, I think one of the HD programmers played the game with a PC controller that had a square base, because NiGHTS feels absolutely rough to control. You can no longer turn on a dime, and when the level design requires this, you have automatically lost half of the fun.
Which is a shame, because this HD re-release looks quite nice. Aside from some strange changes to the Saturn version (little things here and there), both versions of NiD look and sound nice, and run smoothly for the most part. There is also some nice extras such as an artwork gallery, a sound test option and the ability to randomize the bosses, those for the last one I’m kind of pissed they left out the ability to pick only one boss for the Saturn version.
So, should you buy NiD to relive the classic? I would say no, because unless the analog controls are fixed via a patch, you are not getting a true NiGHTS experience. If you have not experienced NiD beforehand, I suggest you wait for a price drop or, crossing my fingers, if the future WiiU release or Steam version gets the patch fix. Other then that…
You are incompetent SEGA, I mean dear god.