Give thanks for improved controls
If you’ve read our NiGHTS: Into Dreams… review, you know that the controls for the HD re-release were not quite what they should have been. It wasn’t anything that ruined the game, but for veterans who knew the game very well, it made it a little disappointing. A number of users wrote in to tell us that they had contacted Sega about the issue and that they were “aware” of the problem, but it was difficult to say whether or not it would actually get patched.
Now, on the 18th Anniversary of the Sega Saturn, that patch is available on the Xbox 360 platform, with the Playstation 3 version of the game getting the patch some time in the future. Based on the hour or so I’ve spent with the patched version of the game, I can tell you that the analog stick movement does indeed have a much better range of motion. It’s still not quite the same as the way the controls were in NiGHTS for Sega Saturn, however – if anything, it feels more in line with the 2006 Playstation 2 Japanese remake, which makes sense, given that version served as a basis for the HD digital release. Other issues unrelated to the analog range of motion still persist, but I’ve gone ahead and updated my review and score for the Xbox Live Arcade version to reflect the changes made in this patch.
While it would be nice to see the other problems addressed in another future patch, I would not personally expect it. Should any such thing occur, however, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.