Quake II on the PlayStation 1 is an incredible port. Here is why. (www.youtube.com)
from xandowsk@lemmy.world to retrogaming@lemmy.world on 30 Oct 2023 14:40

This one was really an incredible port and although I also had the PC version, I still played a lot of this PSX port on split screen with my little brother at the time.


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xan1242@lemmy.ml on 30 Oct 2023 15:41 next collapse

Indeed it is a great port. The engine is incredibly optimized and very well made.

Lots of hand optimization for occlusion calculations (reminiscent of Crash Bandicoot)

I posted a comment on the video - I made a patch for this game to allow for looking with the right stick and the cheat menu during single player (with some added debug options).

WarmSoda@lemm.ee on 30 Oct 2023 16:05 collapse

Patches and other quality of life hacks for retro console games are an underrated often forgotten great part of emulation. Especially when it’s something like a patch that brings a game to modern control standards.

Thumbs up my friend

LazaroFilm@lemmy.world on 30 Oct 2023 22:06 collapse

Agreed. Romhacking has a lot of them and I usually check before starting a new game. The ones for earlyer Zelda games (GBC and SNES) are awesome.

WarmSoda@lemm.ee on 30 Oct 2023 22:17 collapse

Absolutely. If you have the first two Zelda games you’re doing yourself a disservice not getting the QoL hacks. I can’t think of the hacks name of the top of my head, but for Zelda 1 it has an automap and shows very subtle bomb able walls and burnable trees. Zelda 2s sister hack actually makes the game playable finally.

[edit: the hacks are Zelda Redux]

swordsmanluke@programming.dev on 31 Oct 2023 04:17 collapse

Zelda 2s sister hack actually makes the game playable finally.

I am legit curious what you mean by this. I’ve played LoZ2 in emulation a few times, but never to completion.

What does the ROM hack do? I always found the game physically (electronically?) playable, just boring.

WarmSoda@lemm.ee on 31 Oct 2023 04:34 collapse

OG Links Adventure is borderline not fun at all. I managed to get to Death Mountain when it was new. But man it’s a damn chore, and theres still another continent after that to play through. Id put money down that 80% of the people that played Zelda 2 didn’t even know about the other landmass .

The most popular hack for it, [edit: here’s a Link to the Hack] it balances leveling up and the magic spells and changes a bunch of dialog so it actually makes sense.

“I am error” for example. If you look into the making of the game it’s a cute little thing, but it’s useless when you’re playing the game. The hack changes that and another NPCs dialog to link them together as brothers so you actually know to talk to one and then the other in order to progress.

The spell changes make the game immensely more playable. All in all it’s a bunch of really good QoL changes while still keeping it a challenge.

I highly recommend the Zelda 1 Redux hack as well.

swordsmanluke@programming.dev on 31 Oct 2023 05:21 collapse

Very cool! Thank you for the link, I’ll check it out!

verysoft@kbin.social on 30 Oct 2023 16:49 next collapse

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Redkey@programming.dev on 31 Oct 2023 05:24 collapse

I had this and the mouse back in the day. It was an absolute blast, although I never really played it on PC so I can’t compare the two. The mouse also works great on Alien Trilogy and Alien Resurrection.