- May 8, 2016
Hey GAF, I was thinking about certain ports of games that tend to be dismissed as "bad" for certain reasons. I'd like to make this thread as a counterpoint to that narrative that these ports can be "bad", since they might have helped you discover a favorite game you otherwise wouldn't have discovered if it weren't for said port for example. I'll share some of my favorite "bad" ports. One of them is Sonic and Knuckles collection, a collection of Sonic 3, Sonic and Knuckles, and Sonic 3 and Knuckles for the PC. It's easily a top 3 games of all time for me, and I'm very grateful I discovered it through this CD released in the late 90s/early 2000s for PC. Of course I'd discover the Genesis original with the proper music years later, but I still love and cherish the PC version with the two different soundtracks, FM synthesizer and General midi. It's nostalgic and even wondrous to realize that to get around the soundtrack issue, Sega used the beta sountrack instead of the final soundtrack, so it still sounds authentic to the game's feel while getting around the soundtrack issue. I still prefer the Sonic and Knuckles' collection ost to the Genesis' release, but that's just me. Another one is Sonic Adventure DX/Sonic Adventure 2 battle. It was nice getting them in a double pack for Gamecube, they were technically my first Gamecube games even though my platinum Gamecube came bundled with Metroid Prime and Prime 2 demo disc. The Sonic Adventures weren't 1:1 ports of the Dreamcast originals but in certain cases altered things and added things, for better or worse. Yet in spite of that, they still remain my preferred way to play these games, they just feel good to play with the Cube controller. So GAF, any other "bad" ports that you prefer over other recommended releases of said games?