NiGHTS is a game that originally released on the Sega Saturn, and one that I never played more than a couple minutes. So, given the near 10-year hiatus, somebody thought it was time for a revamp.
The gameplay (from what I recall) is pretty much exactly the same as it was in the past. One nice thing, though, is that rather than try to make controlling the flight full 3D, they stuck with the prior formula of having NiGHTS zoom around the course on a 2D plane that wraps around the environment. At times this can be somewhat confusing, especially since it runs into the same problem as oldschool sonic games (moving faster than what you can see). However, the levels are surprisingly varied and when the game moves along it's pretty fun.
That's not to say it's perfect, it suffers greatly from the Wii's controls (of all things). Directing NiGHTS' flight with the Wii-mote pointing feels awkward at best (especially since it's on a 2D plane). And the Nunchuck controller doesn't really work that well given those irritating corners built into the hardware (try making a smooth circle with the Wii-chuck and you'll see what I mean with those hard edges).
The big problem in this game, however, is the story. They tried to make the world of dreams have the feel of dreams (where things are the way they are without question, though that's bound to change). They botch this up, however, by explaining things logically in long drawn out talking cutscenes. Unfortunately the cut scenes have barely standard voice acting which kills the joy. The fact that they're unskippable ensures that they'll suck the fun out of the faster paced gameplay.
So yeah, if you're nostalgic about the old game, you'll probably enjoy this game. If not I have a hard time seeing you loving it.
Never, EVER have I stopped playing a game before even making it past the tutorial...until this game. I got so frustrated with the controls and the way you couldn't actually get to where you wanted to go without flying past it 27 times that I ejected the game before I got past the tutorial level.
I love video games and I've played some on every system, and I've never had this reaction to a game until now.
posted by rulitawyn (Murfreesboro, TN) Dec 29, 2007
Member since Oct 2007
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
While the graphics are beautiful and the story and art direction is engrossing this games controls and gameplay leave much to be desired I found controlling nights to be clumbsy and the difficulty of the missions to be unbalanced it seems to me that if one was to go to all after the trouble to make a beautiful 3d game like nights then it should focus on playing in all 3 diminsions this game is primarily a 2d sidescroller with 3d graphics