Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition
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For whatever it's worth, I like Night Trap. It is a bad game, but I like it. Screaming Villains' love-letter to one of the most notorious video games of all time has to be the most oddly-conceived re-release in gaming history. But I can't think of another game, that's so bad, that somehow deserves the recognition so much.
If developer Screaming Villains had gone back and reworked parts of the original game – perhaps adding rewind or “no fail” features – then at least Night Trap would be playable. By today's standards, however, it's a broken, incoherent mess. A relic that, despite being deeply nostalgic, is almost impossible to stomach for those who aren't already zealous fans of the original. Still, for all its flaws, it's a unique piece of video game history and one enthusiasts should definitely look into, even if they don't actually play Night Trap for themselves.
If nothing else, Night Trap is a historic document. A nostalgia trip for some and an insight into a rare gaming niche for others. Presented here with insightful extras and a modern lick of paint, it still stands up as a genre curio. There isn't much content here and continued enjoyment will rely on how much you are willing to replay the main story. But, if you succumb to its corny charms, this is a game as entertaining to play as it is to watch.
Overall the game can still be completed rather quickly, and the experience is definitely shallow as far as depth goes, but it's charming and a great piece of videogame history.
If you have no interest in retro gaming and aren't willing to look past its limitations, Night Trap's repetitive nature is likely to confuse and irritate you. Come at it with an open mind and an enthusiasm to discover (or relive) the brief period when we all foolishly thought FMV was the future, and you'll find a charmingly silly game accompanied by a host of wonderful features that elevate it to more than just a remaster, but a digital museum piece commemorating a unique time in gaming history.
Night Trap is a legend in the video game industry on its own. Screaming Villains took that legend and made it better. They added meaningful content with a new intro and some nice special features, as well as improvements to the gameplay design through faster/better navigation methods without messing up the original formula of the game. That's not an easy task, but they pulled it off and it is now functionally perfect to play.
There is a place for original games on consoles, but Night Trap should be perceived more as an exotic blast from the past than on of the "back then the games were better" title.
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Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition may not be a game you enjoy, but it's still a game worth your time. Even if copious levels of late 80s and FMV cheese aren't your thing, the game's cheap and includes plenty of bonuses that give a much deeper appreciation of this controversial classic.
Night Trap utilizes an incredibly simple gaming mechanic that involves mostly watching a movie unfold. Its cheesy '90s campy feel should attract nostalgic gamers looking for a modern spin on a classic Sega CD launch title. The updates and slight gameplay additions make this the definitive version worth owning.
Night Trap 25th Anniversary is a nostalgic trip down memory lane.