Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Yars' Revenge Rebooted

Atari is rebooting a few old Atari 2600 classics, and one of them is an old favorite of mine - Yars' Revenge. In fact I have this commercial playing on my emulator frontend at home before it boots up the Atari 2600 menu.

Lord help me I fear I probably looked a lot like that kid at that age - just darker hair.

I like it when old franchises from the arcade and early consoles of my youth get a reboot nod, but I'm often disappointed in the product. So I'm trying to decide if the new Yars' Revenge (or Yar's Revenge now it appears) looks like it will be worth downloading or not. I think I would have preferred if they had stuck with the 2D shooter model and just given it a new HD facelift with some new features, but they went with a 3D rail shooter along the lines of Panzer Dragoon or Rez. Here is a video of some of the gameplay:

Did you notice when she activated her shields they used that same multicolored static affect as the safe zone in the Atari 2600 version? I thought was a nice tip of the hat. The new Yar's Revenge is scheduled to be available sometime this spring on the Playstation Network and XBox Live. It will cost $10 which is right at my limit for gaming curiosity micro purchases so I might just get it.

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Mik said...

Seems really nice! I like those kind of remake, they are usually better than many modern games without feeling too much retro.

MadPlanet said...

Yeah it looks pretty. And apparently has a story with multiple possible endings based on your play. Plus a co-op feature. So it might be pretty good.

It's always a balancing act on these remakes between upgrading to make it entertaining to the current generation while staying true as possible to the source material.

Fallguy40 said...

C'mon MP, you weren't nearly that good looking.

MadPlanet said...

Darn it Fallguy I most certainly was too NEARLY that good-looking! OK he had better hair and thinner glasses. But that's it man!