Today SEGA released a patch for the 360 version of NiGHTS into Dreams HD, which greatly improves the analog controls and speed of NiGHTS. I just played through every level and can honestly say it plays just like the Sega Saturn version. Sure there are still a few minor differences that you will notice, but the core gameplay is smooth and effortless. This version is better than the PS2 version mostly because of the speed increase; you can now get links that you could only get in the Sega Saturn before.
Go get it and let me know what you think!
PS: For all you PC fans out there SEGA is still working on that version so don’t worry, it will be coming out as soon as it’s ready.
EDIT: I thought the PS3 was updated at the same time but it looks like it hasn’t been…hopefully in the next week or so…
After playing the HD release of NiGHTS into Dreams on the PS3 and 360 it’s clear that it has some control issues.
Many people say it’s the equivalent of 8 directions, like the d-pad, and although I think that’s a bit of an exaggeration, it does explain the issue.
On the one hand it’s very easy to fly in a straight line because the analogue stick will not register the small movements. On the other hand it’s incredibly hard to fine tune your direction or keep a smooth flow. Very often I will miss chips, rings and link balls because the direction of NiGHTS will not change at all or will change too much!
For a game and franchise that I love so much it’s hard to live with the frustrating controls, and that’s why I am asking all NiGHTS fans to contact SEGA and ask them to patch the controls.
Use the links below to send them a message by clicking “submit a request”:
To me it looks more and more like the PS2 version, as there are even subtle things like the way NiGHTS collides with the ceiling and floor or the dash panels that I doubt they could recreate without copying the PS2 code. If that’s the case I’m a bit worried that I won’t like this re-release, but hopefully it will turn out to be better. Also, the guys in this video know very little about NiGHTS and it’s frustrating to watch them play so badly.
There are still a few days left to check out The Sonic Center Charity Marathon, which is livestreaming many Sonic Team games and raising money for Child’s Play charity. Check out the channel to watch it live and see the schedule. You can also watch the archived videos there.
Yesterday I was glad to be a part of it for the NiGHTS into Dreams games and even did a little bit of karaoke to raise some more money! We played through all of the Sega Saturn dreams, showed off a bunch of the Christmas NiGHTS features, and spent some time on the chase missions in Journey of Dreams. Here are the archived videos…