NiGHTS : Journey Into Nightmares


The underplayed and undertreasured game by sega released originally on the Sega Saturn back in the golden days of 96
Since then … a 10 year long gap of false hopes begging fans.
Aforementioned Fans finally got their break when NiGHTS Journey of Dreams was announced in Early 07 with the actual release being around Christmas time.

My brother recently picked it up from game for a reasonable £20 , a special offer for when you buy something else.

I eagerly put the disk in and started up the game , the NiGHTS jingle being the first thing heard when you insert the game.
I was excited.
A lengthy opening FMV made me salivate , the gorgeous graphics and promise of being able to fly into nightopia again – i couldnt wait to start the game.

And then i did.
And it all went to shit.

The game starts with you at the world hub sort of thing , a small world with a fountain at the center and doors leading to all of the different worlds in almost a Mario 64 style way.
They introduced cutscenes into this sequel.. Lots of them… and unskippable too! and oh. my. god. they are lengthy and numerous and horrible.
You become forced to listen to that fucking owl and NiGHTS him/herself (s/he was originally intended to be genderless but they clearly tried to turn it into a girl by giving it a horrible female voice actor)
The game and story treats the player as an 8 year old child , the way they talk to each other is alike to how one would try to communicate with a retarded 4 year old from africa – and by that i mean s-l-o-w and basic with plenty of breaks inbetween words and very simple language.
Being almost 19 , this puts me in a rather awkward spot , if i wanted to be treated like a retard Id just get a faggy haircut and walk around like a goth – why then am i forced to endure these fucking cutscenes with a script ripped straight from a childrens book.

Moving On.

The graphics are far from spectacular. Im no graphics whore but this could have honestly have been on a dreamcast.
Whats worse is that not even does the game look horrible , it runs horrible!
The framerate during the (godawful) cutscenes is around the 10-15fps mark with the ingame segments running at no higher than 40.

The Controls are exactly what you would expect from a Wii sequel of an old classic , however THANKFULLY they have given the player numerous options on how they would like to play the game.
The game supports Classic Controller (or was it the gamecube control.. i cant remember) ,
The game also supports Wiimote and nunchuck which acts with the nunchuck controlling NiGHTS and the wiimote doing… next to nothing. (you can use it to dash but you can do that with the nunchuck too.) .
And then theres the godawful wiimote only gimmick style control scheme which has you waving the wiimote like a retard at the screen trying to get NiGHTS to fly in a straight line.

okay.. what else is there to bitch at…

The Mask system. What the fuck is that shit? Ive onl unlocked the first one so far but it transforms NiGHTS (im getting tired of typing it like that >_> ) into a dolphin when s/he hits water. Pointless much? the NiGHTS i knew back on the saturn could swim just fine without any need to transform into fucking ecco the dolphin.

Alright , i suppose i should start praising it now.
The game worlds are inventive and crea—
FUCK. i just remembered!
You run around with your character (not NiGHTS) and collect orbs and throw the orbs at people and it sucks IMMENSELY. I think Spongebob squarepants the movie had better platforming action than this shit.

Okay. where was I..
The game worlds are innovative and creative , each world has a clear theme and sticks to it.
The game also features some good music – Im not talking amazing music (see- NiGHTS into dreams) or Brilliant music (see- Jet Set Radio) however the music in this game is certainly nice.

I think ill end it there because i cant really think of much else to say.
The Good-
>Game Worlds

The Bad-
>Unskippable Cutscenes
>Shitty Framerates
>Story and dialogue/script

The Ugly-
>Horrible Voice Acting
>Unskippable Cutscenes

Worth £20? Probably not , Your money is better spent trying to hunt down the original NiGHTS Into Dreams and a Saturn to play it on.
Id give its worth at around £10.