I recently became the proud owner of an Xbox 360. It’s the first system I’ve owned since the Nintendo GameCube, and it’s the first awesome system I’ve owned since the PlayStation 2, so some of the games make me feel a bit like Rip Van Winkle. When I try to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on Xbox Live, I can’t walk two steps without getting killed by some punk kid from Kentucky with a adolescent-cool gamertag like BabyDolphinCrusher69.
It’s frustrating, dagnabbit! I remember a time when first-person-shooters were slower and less realistic, when it didn’t take Olympic-level poise to fire a sniper rifle. In short, I remember Perfect Dark, the last great console shooting game of the pre-Halo era. So imagine my pleasure when Perfect Dark hit the Xbox Live Marketplace a couple weeks ago.
The updated version of Dark has been left mostly intact from the Nintendo 64 days – same cheesy voice acting, same retro-techno score. I haven’t checked, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the creators left the infamous phantom skyscraper glitch intact. The game mechanics, which were incredibly advanced in 2000, probably seem a bit primitive to younger gamers. I like the old-school controls, but I have to admit that it does feel a bit weird to not have a jump button.
Gamer fans, would you prefer that old games like Dark get a more expansive remixing when they’re updated for modern consoles? Are there any other great old games that you’d like to see hit the major console’s online marketplace? Personally, I have nothing to complain about now that the Wii Virtual Console finally rereleased A Boy and His Blob: Trouble On Blobonia, but I’d be walking on air if the Playstation gods could bring back the underrated point-and-click gem Discworld.