The last week was a very enjoyable one for retrogaming lovers… Blizzard finally release the remastered version of its all time best classic, StarCraft: Remastered!
The price for this jewel is pretty reasonable. For few bucks you get a fully remastered version, with all the graphical assets updated to 3D, rendered over the original perspective. This allowed to tap into the latest highest graphics resolutions, up to 4K, and to change the aspect ratio (to completely fill out modern monitors).
The remastered version come with the Brood War expansion pack included, and it is integrated in the latest Blizzard Battle.Net client, and with its modern multiplayer functions.
The gameplay code comes directly from Brood War, and is unaltered with it, to the point that you can playback old saved replays. Is good to experience the gameplay as it was conceived almost 20 years ago, even if some micro-managment aspects of it may look tedious, to players coming from StarCraft 2 (e.g. unit selection limits, pathfinding issues, hot keys triggering special abilities for all the units in a group).The other spectacular release of the week was Sonic Mania. This is really the spiritual successor of the Megadrive classic Sonic the Hedgehog games, coming from the hands that lovely craft the Retro Sonic fan game, and its Retro Engine.
This game is available on PC and all the latest consoles. I’m glad that this include also the Switch, since it is becoming my favourite system to play this kind of titles (I’m waiting September to see Thimbleweed Park on it).