By Torben 0 Comments
Several million years ago I played a lot of R-Type. When I say alot I mean it. Day in and day out, inter-cut by burgers and french fries. I am talking about the good old days in the arcade halls. Brad reviewed the new R-Type Dimensions where he talked about the sort of style those old arcade games employed. After I read it it took me awhile to polish my response. The trouble is that games that needs you to memorize everything in order to just survive were brilliant in one respect – they took your money until you memorized everything. But when you got there everything down it just clicked. Now the question I am asking myself, would I go back there? Invest heavily in an old arcade style game that I used to love and play to death. Brad thinks that it is worth while, well anyways playing in a new mode where you do not re-spawn at checkpoints but instead spawn right where you left off. I am sure that I could have a couple of hours fun doing just that but what about the old style memory game? I hooked up my old PS1 in the bedroom, so all I needed was an R-Type game. Enter R-Type Delta. After playing it for a couple of nights I was seriously taken back to the golden days, but some of the old spark is gone. I think Brad is right where he says that today’s gamer do not want to be punished to death and needs to remember where to be at the exact time. However where is the point, if you can continue play where you left off – the game is finished in no time the. Quite a dilemma.
Where are we now then? what will gamers in 20 years think about GTA4 and Metal Gear Solid 4 – which to me have become too much cinematic garble and little about flair and skill. To tell you the truth: I switched off the R-Type and powered up GTA4 for another go, and I must say the words: Games are better now than in the “good old days”. But I still love to sit and remember that times were great back then.