I was recently perusing the forums over at GameDev.net and I saw a post there regarding an online remake of one of my all time favourite games, Shining Force 2. If you have never played Shining Force 2 before, let me give you a quick rundown. It’s awesome.
It is a rather old 2D RPG that was originally released on the Sega Genesis (Mega Drive). It had a pretty unique combat system though. Instead of the seemingly industry norm of each side (good v bad, dark v light, etc etc) lining up then slashing the shit out of each other, Shining Force went for more of a Strategy type of combat mode, and it pulled it off spectacularly. Each side controls its characters of the party one by one, moving them around the battlefield with restriced steps each turn, then can do an action at the end of their move, i.e. use item, cast spell, attack etc.
For a better idea of what I’m talking about, take a look at this:
Anyway, to the point. The post about the remake of the game, but with online capabilities got me thinking about the market for online 2D games. Recently it seems that all the good games that are coming out are all EXTREME graphics with 3D goggles that spew EXTREME into your eyeballs making you only see games with EXTREME graphics as a worthwhile game to play.
And as much as I love Shining Force 2, I can’t help but jump on the bandwagon of EXTREME. There have been a few times recently where someone has suggested a good old game to play, sometimes the games haven’t even been that old, but when I’ve installed them, I see that the graphics are pretty sub-par, and I don’t even give the game a chance.
I think the same applies to new games that come out, there are some amazing games that have been coming out lately, yet people write them off before giving them a chance just because the graphics style isn’t what they are used to.
What chance does this give an online 2D game? Even if it has the most amazing battle system, the best story, and is an all-around good game, how many people will write it off straight away just because it is 2D?
If anyone actually reads this, leave me a comment below saying if you think you would give an online 2D game a chance or if you reckon you would go along with most people and not give it a second thought.