In this edition of Mailbox, the main subject of comments has been on retro revivals. With so many old series making a comeback in the form of remasters, do they match the quality of the originals?

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No talking allowed

Commenting-less [non-commentary] playthroughs of my nostalgic favourite games? You got an instasub.
Comment from Hey b0ss on this Oddworld video

NL: I would rather have my playthroughs not to have somebody shouting over the gameplay. The problem with gaming on YouTube is that people use the games as a tool for obnoxious behaviour. My videos always have been, and always will be, about the games themselves!

SoulstormNext for Oddworld is a re-imagining of Abe’s Exoddus, titled Soulstorm. Look at the size of those peepers!

Micro mania

Nostalgia. I’ve never liked racing games or racing levels in games, but I loved this game a kid. Wish they’d release a remaster on PS4.
Comment from JAK on this Micro Maniacs video

NL: Micro Maniacs, to me, had more going for it than Micro Machines. I always believed this was one of the most underrated titles on the PS1. Remasters often fail to match the originals, but with online play, I would like to see this happen too. For now, Codemasters should be releasing Micro Machines on the PS4 later this year!

Micro ManiacsMicro Maniacs, a game in which characters – shrunk by a scientist – jumping into a toilet from a great height is ‘normal’

Lost in the Knight

Crud! I watched the show in the 80s and loved the hell out of it. I had a PS2 and played all kinds of games on it but I don’t remember this game at all. I would have played it if I knew about it. This was WAY better than the NES version. That thing was all driving and shooting and was garbage compared to this. What a lost opportunity.
Comment from Matthew Hudson on this Knight Rider video

NL: I bet you wished you hadn’t discovered this game, huh? Destined for the 99p bin at the second-hand shop, Knight Rider never got the game it deserved. Like other games based on TV shows, this is a title you want to play so much, to experience how bad it is.

Knight Rider“If you win, I’ll make a Knight Rider game that’s decent, or at least playable”

Good times, great games

You know, the Codemasters intro takes me back to when I had Colin McRae Rally and TOCA 2 Touring Cars on PC.
Comment from Prince Jamie the 7th on this Micro Maniacs video

NL: You know, the Codemasters intro took me back to a time when they were one of the best developers around. Nowadays, like a lot of developers, they seem to be playing it safe. Except for DiRT Rally last year, they don’t seem to want to take any risks. They hired new staff a while back, so I hope DiRT 4 and the new Micro Machines are worth buying.

TOCA 2 Touring CarsCodemasters made many titles based on the TOCA franchise. Pictured is TOCA 2 Touring Cars on PlayStation

Remaster revival

I hope that the Exoddus remake will be better than this one. So many glitches and mistakes (like the jumping on this level) makes a real shame out of this classic. Oddworld is one of the best video games of all time and it deserves a better development team. Either that or let it rest in its glorious peace.
Comment by Nuriko DB via this Oddworld video

NL: There is zero doubt the original Oddysee is better than New ‘n’ Tasty. It’s too bright, too cartoony, and fails to replicate the atmosphere of the original. The same will happen again this summer, when the new Crash Bandicoot remaster comes out. It’s great to see older games revived, don’t get me wrong, but it would be better to see innovation in the form of new titles.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane TrilogyCrash Bandicoot is the latest series to make a comeback, in the form of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

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