Steam has plenty of games on it and it’s pretty easy to miss a new release in the shuffle. Especially ones sporting pixel art. So, when a cool game like Slipstream gets released, something needs to be said.
The obvious comparison is Sega’s Out Run and rightfully so. The sense of speed and drifting functions are nailed pretty well. The game comes with a handful of modes and tracks, all of which bring back a classic arcade racing style.
Presentation wise, the graphics highlight the 16-bit era and the controls are fluid and responsive with a gamepad. By far the best thing about Slipstream is its music. There are a ton of burning hot tracks that feel super awesome when you’re cruising, almost as if ansdor knew people would be listening to the soundtrack on a cool evening driving with top down in Miami Beach.
I would be saying hooray! …But, this may not be the exact release you want. So, how could you release Chrono Trigger and mess it up? Well, maybe it has some annoying load times like the US PlayStation release?
Let’s not start with the negatives out right, but the good things the Steam version does.
It’s out on the PC, for everybody!
Extra dungeons from the DS port (arguably the best version right now)
Other Steam goodies like trading cards, if you’re into that
So no, the load times aren’t an issue. But probably the main gripe everyone is going to have is this:
I mean, look at it! This is not the Chrono Trigger I remember. Sure, the interface is not my favorite, in fact I could probably deal with the new menus and be fine. However, two other things stand out. The font is ugly. It straight up does not fit the feel of the game. It’s huge, plain and out of place. Like the font itself is too modern looking for its own good.
Second is the graphics filter. You can tell the graphics are smoothed out in the Steam release, which initially isn’t a turn off, but the more I played it, the more it felt like I was looking at a blurry painting. The Steam release has some different colors, objects and a few other noticeable changes. For comparison, here’s a screenshot of what it should look like on the Super Nintendo.
At the very least, we got Chrono Trigger, again. Not exactly in the best form, but at least we got it. And I can’t not recommend this game to someone who hasn’t played it or doesn’t have another medium to play it on.
This year, 2017, has been quite a year and return for platformers. Some are less notable than others, some are the best in years. But, who would’ve thought Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy would be re-released on PC? It’s currently available on the Steam store.
Sphinx was originally released in North American on November 10, 2003 for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox.
According to the Steam store page, it’s not out yet, but in a few days. On May 12th, PC owners will be able to enjoy not only FFX, but its direct sequel as well FFX-2 in the HD remaster format that was released on PlayStation systems.
The store page also highlights some things found in other PC Final Fantasy releases like no encounter modes and auto saves.