Summary: Full disclosure: I missed out on NiGHTS when it was originally released on the Saturn. I had the demo disc, but never played it, and the PlayStation 2 release never hit North America. Now that it's available via download on console, I figured I'd take a crack at it and see what all the hype was about back in the day. I was not prepared for this game.
Summary: For fans of the original, or newcomers, NiGHTS into DREAMS is a fantastic option on the PlayStation Network. Between the beautiful art, fantastic music, and sinfully fun gameplay, I can’t recommend it enough. The sense of speed is palpable, and the skill required to be good feels at the right level. My biggest problem with the game was that there wasn’t more of it. That’s always a good thing.
Excerpt: It's called NiGHTS Into Dreams HD but, really, this is a port of a 16-year-old Saturn game, a console which featured less 3D capabilities than the original PlayStation. A modern resolution and sharper textures does very little to stop this feeling incredibly old. But that's okay, really - I think we're all mature enough to know a few jagged textures is part of the parcel when you boot up a game made in 1996.
Summary: As a Saturn game, NiGHTS into Dreams under-delivered. Sixteen years later it's easy to see why, but that shouldn't keep you from playing through this bizarre dreamscape. Just be ready for some frustrating boss fights and linear flying stages! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on. However, that does not always apply to classic/retro games.
Excerpt: As part of its one-two punch to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network this week, Sega has brought back Sonic Team's innovative NiGHTS Into Dreams , retouching it with a high-definition transfer and adding some bonus goodies for good measure. And the fact they're releasing it for ten bucks (800 Microsoft points) is a welcome relief, especially to those who don't feel like hunting down an original copy of the game – along with a Sega Saturn to play it on – on eBay. While the...
Excerpt: Sonic Team’s Nights into Dreams was a revelation when it graced the ill-fated Sega Saturn in 1996. With a free-floating hero traipsing beautifully-rendered dreamscapes, the critically-acclaimed title became an iconic game for Sega’s console. After a modestly received Wii sequel in 2007, the original game has gotten a high-definition re-rub. Nights into Dreams HD is still a magically fun romp that’s worth diving (or floating) into.
Pros: A good-looking HD port, Still fun after all these years, Online leaderboards add a nice touch
Cons: It’s rather simplistic to play, Playing as the children is still a slog, Menus and presentation are blander than game