It was back around June this year I found out that Game Grumps was doing a play through on Heart of Darkness, this has been one of those games I've been curious on when it came to mixed-reviews when I've read the odd reviews in Official UK PlayStation magazine and PlayStation Power. Most of the images I saw did remind me of Abe's Oddysee this was around when I was the age of 12 when I first heard about the game.
Recently picked up this up at NERG (North East Retro Gaming) this year for £4 thanks to Game Grumps and Caddicarus that made us pick up the game in the first place; I did spent most of July playing through the game but however managed get through the game within 1 week. For a 2D platformer the graphics and visuals still hold up today during its gameplay most of the places you travel really do look impressive to look at. The 3D effects used for its environments make a great impact and some obstacles and platforms you can climb up or down, swing or swim. Even the death moments are great to look at when you see Andy getting eaten to shreds or burned into toast leaving a shoe or getting swallowed by a plant.
The CGI animation scenes does make a great little animated movie, what also made this game perfect is the soundtrack its music done by Bruce Brougham who has done a ton of music for various films. Not only it was the first game to have a live composed soundtrack it was also one of the first games to have 3D effects for a PlayStation but the glasses were only used for the finale and not the entire game, would have been a nice idea but back then the only 3D glasses you had were the cheap red and blue 3D glasses.
What hasn't aged well since it was first released in 1998 is the CGI animation especially the opening first making it feel like one of those sci-fi movie openings and then lands into a school follows the story of a child called Andy who keeps falling asleep in class and hates his abusive teacher but it seems that Andy is afraid of one thing which is a fear of darkness. If Eric Chahi had the thought and idea of giving this a HD Remake or even a Reboot this would be a good idea itself on being a 2.5D Platformer and the 3D visuals and CGI animation would work really well on next gen consoles like the PS4, Xbox One and even the Wii U for that matter; Eric Chahi was also the mastermind of Another World which was released back in 1991 and that recently got a 20th Anniversary Edition on systems released this year. This would also work well on handhelds as well if it got released for the 3DS and PS Vita when it comes to visuals on a small handheld and a few extra features too but if this got released on the PSN Store for the PS1 collection people can play and download this on their PS3, PSP and Vita.
I know that there have been other classic games from the 80's and 90's that got this treatment on Remakes and Reboots but the idea of seeing Heart of Darkness getting the treatment could be a possibility if it happened a GBA port was announced in 2001 but it was never released likely due to how much data and space it would take in a GBA cartridge plus if it did went forward this would help more gamers get to try out this game if they missed out on the PC and PS1. Don't get me wrong I do love a challenge when it comes to games that have a hard difficulty or even have some frustrating moments here and there that's actually only been 16 years since it was first released back in 1998.
You can check out my review on Heart of Darkness here.
Would you like to see this get a Remake or Reboot? Or is there another game out there you want to see getting the treatment?
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