Nostalgia in HD
There are a few classic game series revivals coming our way in the near future. I’m happy to see them back, not only for the now hi-def nostalgia, but for that particular brand of gameplay that seems to have faded out over the last several years.
NFL Blitz is a silly, simplified and totally irreverent take on football, and it’s a lot of fun. Friends of mine will still break out the Nintendo 64 to play the older version of this game. Racking up giant scores, ignoring most of the rules and pulling off hilariously spectacular plays make this game great to sit down with alongside some friends to have some laughs. Not that it’s all about the laughs, it plays great too – it’s just not like you’re typical football video game, which is what makes it unique.
Goldeneye 007: Reloaded is a revival of one of the most loved multiplayer experiences of all time. Once again, friends of mine still pull this out from time to time (on the N64) to enjoy the classic competitive play. This game was ahead of its time and it’s great to see a new incarnation on current consoles. Some will say that it looks simply like Call of Duty in the James Bond universe, and that may be true to an extent. Still, the 4-player split-screen we remember from days of old will bring back those great memories, I’m sure – and I imagine the rest of the game (campaign included) will be solid too. We’ll have to see.
What’s your take on these updates on older game franchises? Are there others that you’re excited about too? Let us know in the comments!