Final Fantasy VII gets PC re-release, NiGHTS gets HD update
|5th July 2012||Matt Bailey|
Thanks to digital distribution and the long life-cycle of the current consoles, re-releasing old games has become rather popular lately, in particular the "HD remakes" for PS2-era games. PS1 classic Final Fantasy VII is already playable on a PS3 or PSP (and soon PS Vita) by picking up the digital version of the original game from the PlayStation Store, but it's actually the 1998 PC port which is getting a re-release. This comes despite long-running rumours about an HD remake of the game for the PS3.
The new PC verison of Final Fantasy VII will be available later this year to celebrate the series' 25th Anniversary, and will be downloadable only from Square Enix's own digital store. It's not an HD update, though, with the company instead seeming to focus on other new features such as cloud saves, in-game achievements and a Character Booster to allow you to fully power up character. Which is cheating, really, but may also have fun consequences. At the moment the only screenshots we have are for the cinematics, so we're not yet sure how the in-game gameplay will look in this new version.
SEGA's classic Saturn action game NiGHTS Into Dreams is, however, getting the full HD update treatment. It's coming to the Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows PCs later this year as a digital release, and will bring improved HD graphics and a 16:9 aspect ratio for the first time. There's also the expected support for leaderboards and trophies/achievements appropriate to each platform. It will even feature an "Saturn Mode" which will allow you to see the game with its original 1996 visuals. The game is due out in the Autumn.