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In the NiGHTS... Christmas NiGHTS... (now on steam!)

TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
edited December 2012 in Games and Technology
It's that time of year again. Late last week, the full-on christmas celebration for NiGHTS into dreams began. From here on out, every day will get a bit more christmasy. This has become a yearly tradition for me - to play Christmas NiGHTS around this time for the atmosphere. This year is especially neat, because so many new players will get to experience Christmas NiGHTS for the first time ever. And even better - NiGHTS (and Christmas NiGHTS) has released on Stream today!

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For those who have never experienced Christmas NiGHTS, officially it is nothing more than a NiGHTS into Dreams demo disc for the Sega Saturn. In fact, for 95% of the year, it's just a 1-stage demo (although you can play that stage backwards as Claris, which you can't do in the full version of the game, effectively giving you a new course that isn't present in the final game). However, beginning about 2 weeks before Christmas, the game takes advantage of the Sega Saturn's internal clock and transforms itself into a NiGHTS into Dreams sequel.

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As Christmas draws near, the level slowly transitions into a christmas theme - snow starts to fall, then ornaments start appearing, the NiGHTopeans start singing christmas carols, then, a few days before Christmas, the game goes full blown into the Christmas theme. It's during this time, only accessable about 3 or 4 days before Christmas, that a new story mode opens up, taking place a few months after the end of the original NiGHTS.

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The original NiGHTS ended with Claris and Elliot finding confidence through their encounter with NiGHTS to succeede, and seeing only glimpses of each other in their dreams, unaware of what they had experienced was real or not. It's the big Twin City anniversary, and Elliot sees a poster for the concert celebrating this occasion on the street, and has a quick vision of NiGHTS, which encourages him to go inside. Once inside, he sees Claris singing, and as he runs to her, they're taken back to Nightopea once again, implying it WAS real.

Christmas NiGHTS begins with the two apparently dating, going Christmas shopping together, and stopping at the giant Christmas tree in the center of Twin City. Only something is wrong - in the midst of all the commercialism which has taken over christmas, the city has forgotten to take the time out to adorn the tree with the ceremonial star. It seems that everybody is too busy to realize what christmas is all about. That night, the kids go home and have nightmare once again, and are reunited with NiGHTS, who reveals that Gigawing has infected people's minds in an effort to ruin christmas. So the kids, with NiGHTS, defeat him. They awaken the next day, wondering if what they went through actually changed anything, and find the star back on the tree.

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This game was given away free, world-wide by Sega, and is probably one of the coolest pieces of free tech ever. What makes it so awesome, besides the price and Christmas theme, is that it is essentially free DLC before DLC existed. The original NiGHTS was actually rushed to market, and numerous features planned for the game got dropped. These features are back in Christmas NiGHTS, and the game works with your regular NiGHTS save file to interconnect the games. An example of how they interconnect is the A-life system. A-life is what the Chao mini game from Sonic Adventure is called (SA chao is called A-life 2.0, SA2 chao is A-life 3.0, NiGHTS has A-life 1.0, and Christmas NiGHTS is a-life 1.1). The NiGHTopeans in NiGHTS actually behave just like Chao in Sonic Adventure, and you can raise them and breed them, and feed them enemies to try and form a King NiGHTOpean. Doing so, in the original NiGHTS, is near impossible, as raising one requires very precise maintaince of your NiGHTopeans. Christmas NiGHTS includes several tools which lets you check the status of your NiGHTopeans, from their mood to their health to their age and sex.

Additionally, the game includes numerous christmas presents, which are earned from repeated playthroughs of the game. Every time you beat the game, you get to play a matching game, which lets you unlock 1 present. These presents range from the original E3 trailer, to a kareoke mode, to concept art, to the ability to play as Reala (which also unlocks on April Fools) to probably the coolest present there is: Sonic the Hedgehog into Dreams.

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This mode lets you play as Sonic the Hedgehog in NiGHTS, and even replaces the boss with Dr. Robotnik (and the boss music with Final Fever from Sonic CD).

This is one of the very best products Sonic Team ever put out, and it was free. If you have the ability to play this game, do so. It's guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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  • StericaSterica Halloween Japes Registered User, Moderator mod
    Nobody tell Jeff Gerstmann about this thread.

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    TurkeyI needed a gnome to post.
  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    As if anybody cares what Jeff Gerstmann has to say about anything

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  • anoffdayanoffday To be changed whenever Anoffday gets around to it. Registered User regular
    edited December 2012
    Never experienced NiGHTS or Chritmas NiGHTS, but now that it's on steam I plan on picking it up, especially at this time to play Christmas NiGHTS.

    This also reminds me that I want to pick up a sega saturn sometime.

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    Steam: offday
    XBL and PSN: AnOffday
  • maximumzeromaximumzero I...wait, what? New Orleans, LARegistered User regular
    I wonder if Sega ever intends on releasing their digital content on the Wii U's eShop. I've more or less put my 360 out to pasture and I don't play PC games.

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  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    Greenmangaming.com with code GMG25-CFGY3-4THJI = $7.50

  • TubeTube Administrator, ClubPA admin
    Nights is on steam? HOLY SHIT

  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    Tube wrote: »
    Tube wrote: »
    Nights is on steam? HOLY SHIT

    And it comes bundled with (an admittedly limited version of) Christmas NiGHTS.

  • anoffdayanoffday To be changed whenever Anoffday gets around to it. Registered User regular
    Tube wrote: »
    Tube wrote: »
    Nights is on steam? HOLY SHIT

    And it comes bundled with (an admittedly limited version of) Christmas NiGHTS.

    Boo. Limited in what way?

    Steam: offday
    XBL and PSN: AnOffday
  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    anoffday wrote: »
    Tube wrote: »
    Tube wrote: »
    Nights is on steam? HOLY SHIT

    And it comes bundled with (an admittedly limited version of) Christmas NiGHTS.

    Boo. Limited in what way?

    A few mods removed, the most notable being Sonic the hedgehog into Dreams. The best parts of Christmas NiGHTS remain, though, namely the exclusive level, the christmas theme (as well as the unlockable april fools surprise) and the a-life monitoring tools (which makes tackling a-life actually possible... a-life of course being the mini game best remembered for A-life 2.0 in SA1 and SA2 as the chao raising segments).

  • anoffdayanoffday To be changed whenever Anoffday gets around to it. Registered User regular
    So do the presents earned still unlock things? Just not Sonic?

    Steam: offday
    XBL and PSN: AnOffday
  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    anoffday wrote: »
    So do the presents earned still unlock things? Just not Sonic?

    Yup, other than a few missing presents, it's standard Christmas NiGHTS. You still have to play it multiple times to unlock presents. It's just that a few are missing. The really important ones, like Link Attack and Time Attack and the A-life monitoring stuff are all still there.

  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    Sooo after pouring through this new remade NiGHTS, I think I still prefer the saturn version. the controls still feel a bit off, it feels like the thumbsticks are too resistant or NiGHTS is slightly too heavy or something. It threw me off enough that, where in the original I am able to link tricks through several consecutive laps on many stages, I struggled to do that in this version. Part of it has to do with the physical thumbstick itself - the xbox 360 controller's thumbstick isn't quite like the Sega Saturn's 3D stick. The Saturn's stick offered almost no resistance at all, and it was much easier to roll with. Perhaps due to unfamiliarity, I didn't have the same dexterity with the 360 pad.

    Visually, though, the game looks fantastic. The NiGHTS style was always interesting, and it still comes through loud and clear in 3D.

    This thread also inspired me to look up exactly what Jeff Gerstman had to say about NiGHTS. Disheartening. I get the feeling that a lot of people genuinely don't know how to play NiGHTS. Is that the case?

  • VeganVegan Registered User regular
    I don't know what he had to say about it, but I watched the Quick Look and the game looks like the opposite of fun. Please tell me that was just the worst possible video ever recorded of Nights.

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  • BertezBertezBertezBertez Registered User regular
    edited December 2012
    Vegan wrote: »
    Vegan wrote: »
    I don't know what he had to say about it, but I watched the Quick Look and the game looks like the opposite of fun. Please tell me that was just the worst possible video ever recorded of Nights.
    Jeff Gerstmann is generally a good game commentator but some times his opinions on certain games don't jell with how the majority of people will feel about a specific game. Take that as you will. It seems like his opinions are negatively colored by Nights fans who I can certainly be annoying at times.

    I haven't played the game myself so I can't say anything on its quality. Could be my imagination but does the steam version have a graphical upgrade from the Saturn version?

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    ...but I would say that

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  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    Vegan wrote: »
    I don't know what he had to say about it, but I watched the Quick Look and the game looks like the opposite of fun. Please tell me that was just the worst possible video ever recorded of Nights.

    The people in the quick look are terrible. They don't know how to play the game in the most literal sense.

  • DusT_HounDDusT_HounD Registered User regular
    Holy crap! I totally forgot about this! AND I CAN'T GET TO THE STORE FOR SOME STEAM CREDIT TILL FRIDAY!!!

  • agoajagoaj Now is the time of my revengeRegistered User regular
    Vegan wrote: »
    I don't know what he had to say about it, but I watched the Quick Look and the game looks like the opposite of fun. Please tell me that was just the worst possible video ever recorded of Nights.

    The people in the quick look are terrible. They don't know how to play the game in the most literal sense.

    Link us some sick NiGHTs videos?

    The only version I've ever played was the Christmas NiGHTS flash shockwave game on Sega's website..

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  • Dark Raven XDark Raven X Laugh hard, run fast, be kindRegistered User regular
    Yay NiGHTS! It'll be nice to actually finish the game. :P

    Oh brilliant
  • TubeTube Administrator, ClubPA admin
    Vegan wrote: »
    I don't know what he had to say about it, but I watched the Quick Look and the game looks like the opposite of fun. Please tell me that was just the worst possible video ever recorded of Nights.

    Yeah that video was... something. You can tell from the ranks he was getting that he wasn't playing this famously very easy game very well. If you go into something already deciding you're going to hate it, I guess you will. It's a genuinely fantastic game and I don't know what that guy's problem is, because he doesn't seem to be able to articulate it.

  • TheSonicRetardTheSonicRetard Registered User regular
    Tube wrote: »
    Vegan wrote: »
    I don't know what he had to say about it, but I watched the Quick Look and the game looks like the opposite of fun. Please tell me that was just the worst possible video ever recorded of Nights.

    Yeah that video was... something. You can tell from the ranks he was getting that he wasn't playing this famously very easy game very well. If you go into something already deciding you're going to hate it, I guess you will. It's a genuinely fantastic game and I don't know what that guy's problem is, because he doesn't seem to be able to articulate it.

    The first problem is probably how people describe NiGHTS as a platformer. That's about as accurate as calling Grand Theft Auto a racing game.

  • GrimthwackerGrimthwacker Registered User regular
    Got it yesterday after seeing it on sale.

    Yep, still fun as hell. Gillwing wrecked me a couple of times, though; for some strange reason I kept flying right into him after scoring a hit.

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