Apparently the Dreamcast sucks...
I'm completely disillusioned at the "Jet Set Radio HD" reviews? How can a game get a 9 ten years ago and now be a 4.5? I explain a little of how it makes me feel.
I hate video game reviews. I truly do. With this week’s release of Jet Set Radio HD, I’m just reminded of how deep my hatred for game reviewing has become. How can a website rightfully justify giving a classic a 4.5 when they previously rated it a 9?
Now, I understand that tastes change and people move away from the things they used to love, but how does a quintessential Dreamcast title suddenly become something broken and unpolished? For that matter, was the Dreamcast ever worth owning? All I’ve been seeing from the re-releases of its “classics” are reviews that top off at 6 out of 10.
It just boggles my mind to try and figure out how a game becomes so awful over the course of a decade. I haven’t played a single title from my youth in recent years that hasn’t held up to some degree. Sometimes awkward dialog or story progression rear their ugly heads, but level design and controls have always been a constant for me.
If I disliked the way the camera moved or the way combos were executed back in the day, I clearly remember all of that and expect it in the future. Hell, sometimes games I disliked back in the day are actually better with age, so what gives with “Jet Set Radio?”
I’m also getting really tired of reviewers claiming that titles are antiquated or feel old and that is their reason for being bad. Well, why do new games like “Castle Crashers” and “Scott Pilgrim” come out and get high marks for being old-school and retro? The contradiction doesn’t make sense to me. You can’t praise one thing for the same reason you hate another!
For that matter, old games don’t suddenly become bad over the years. I understand that the philosophy behind developing anything should be to improve on the predecessors, but I still enjoy “Super Mario World” and “Street Fighter II,” despite the fact that their sequels may have improved in certain regards.
Not that film or music can even really compare to video games, but you don’t see Roger Ebert going back and claiming “Hotel Rwanda” actually sucks. When he states that his opinion of a movie is positive, he always sticks to it. Just because things have changed in cinema or methods or production doesn’t mean that Rwanda is no longer worth it.
If I go and ask my friend if she still likes the older Dave Matthews albums, she’s not going to say no! I don’t dislike old Tool albums or Daft Punk, either, despite their styles changing and evolving over the years. When something is good, it is good!
My only real understanding of this situation comes with my old passion for Slipknot. I used to love their direct and dirty style of metal, but as I grew older and broadened my range of music, I drifted away from them. I no longer listen to them and I don’t really have the desire to.
I still recognize their greatness, though. Nothing is wrong with the band and their music will always be a shining example of power/hard metal done right. Hell, their live album is fucking insanely good!
In fact, I went and re-beat “Super Mario Land” last night just for fun. That game is still good. I have lots of nostalgia for it (it was my second Gameboy game ever), but the title is a quick, quirky, fun little game and is well worth playing through. Hell, it’s even better now because of how similar newer Mario games are becoming.
Maybe I just hold video games closer to my heart? I really can’t make up an excuse or claim my passion is stronger, though. That’s very selfish. I’m just finding it hard to understand how “Jet Set Radio” is now considered a waste of time when it was once proclaimed to be a revelation.
I suppose my friend Corey sums it up the best, though.
I find that Jared & the other reviewers on Screwattack give more valid reviews than other sites these days. Some sites contradict themselves like you say and others could not be more open about that they got paid to give a "THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL OF GAMING" review when it's clearly not ...
And I don't know who or which sit gave Jet Set such a low review but they deserve a kick in the freaking balls. I have played it not to long ago and even to today "standards" it's still a good game.
I hope this & Nights do well so Sega gives us some more classics so new & old can enjoy them for the first time or replay them with some new goodies / visuals
Very rarely do I find that a game that was once really good in my mind go to the level of being "rather bad". However, it can occasionally happen if I was simply looking at it a bit too fondly when I was younger (usually some DOS games). Still, I don't think that the game mentioned above deserves a 4....then again, that's not my opinion.
Well some actually want to review it and give their opinion. More often though, others look at it as a business and/or additional traffic to their site or magazine. If you have been to only big time reviewers, then it would be heavily lenient toward the later. Honestly I would say it's mix of yes and no.
Still, it also does need to be noted that some of these sites do use weird standards when reviewing classics.
I understand that you are concerned.
But to be fair, I find it a little challenging to actually find said reviews. So at least the notion of these games sucking is unlikely to spread like wildfire.
I can rarely get up enough speed to grind, so I always end up jumping along grind-y things very slowly like a moron.
I got the steam version, and the vocals are gone, I'm european and obviously have the european steam release, but I asked my american friends and they reported the same thing back to me, vocals are missing, and all of the music sounds 'off' as if they're being played through a (bad) karaoke filter.
Only happens with the japanese soundtrack, not the american one.
I could swear it was the original. I know I was in the bad ending and I had vocals in mine. I do have the game on Steam, but I also think that's the only outlet it's available on for PC.
Funny you mention Megadrive games as I have the Madcatz Street Fighter IV fightpad. It is essentially a Genesis controller and it makes playing those games flawless, if not better. Obviously emulation problems occur, but the controls are perfect.
If you play Jasper Bryne's "Lone Survivor," it actually adopts the RE Tank controls to a 2D game. It works flawlessly and I actually really enjoy it.
I think it might have something to do with the fact that the games probably still work best on their original consoles! There's just something about playing a game on the console it was made on! I think it gets you into that mindset & nostalgia! for example, while you can get Megadrive & Master System games on XBLA, VC, & PSN, they still work best on their own consoles with the original controllers!
I've always had a problem with the term 'HD remake' as its a remaster not a remake! A remake is like Resident Evil & Twin Snakes on the Gamecube! Or Punch-Out on the Wii!
Have you played Goldeneye recently? I'm sorry, but it's god damn terrible. That's my biggest argument to "if a game's good in the past, it's still good today."
Sonic CD does not have the original japanese soundtrack in the rerelease, at least not on the PC or Android versions, it has the option for it, but it's not the japanese soundtrack, it's a remix of the soundtrack, with the vocals removed
I don't mind if someone doesn't like a classic. Hell, it happens with me all the time. I just don't understand how games that are claimed to be timeless are suddenly being called crap.
Yeah, just check the Double Dragon Neon review. While I personally don't care for the game, it doesn't have to do with the mechanics being "antiquated." I just thought the level design sucked and the controls were too loose.
I just titled it that because JSR encapsulates everything that made the Dreamcast a classic console. That and I make quick mention of how every HD re-release of Dreamcast titles has been met with negativity. Hell, even Shenmue is being called crap by modern reviewers. I don't understand it.
You make a fascinating point. I've never even bothered to look at reviews that way. Most people expect older media to be made with a timeless angle, though. I guess that's why those words are thrown around. Sometimes media is made for a specific period, though.
That doesn't mean it doesn't hold value. It may not be the same kind of classic it once was, but it's still a damn classic.
Actually, no. This time it was Gamespot. IGN's review of JSR HD was commendable, if a bit strange seeing as how the game dropped a whole 20 points in score.
I don't agree with that. When I got the DS remake in 2006, I plowed through it in 3 days and enjoyed every second. I actually thought it was better than the 64 original! I still play it every other years or so. That game is just fantastic.
I didn't have a big problem with the IGN review. The guy does make mention of the fact that the game holds up, though not exactly like he expected. A 7.5 is also still very good! For the price of $10, I'll buy pretty much anything, too.