It’s been entirely too long since I wrote something for Gaming Rebellion that wasn’t a game review. I think it’s time for me to dust off my laptop, and comment on something that has been around the video game industry for a while, and is in no danger of slowing down anytime soon: compilation releases.
Recently, Capcom announced the Disney Afternoon Collection for PC and every major console (except Switch, because reasons), and that it would be released mid-April. Also, Square Enix will release the Seiken Densetsu Collection for the Switch in June – even though it’s only available in Japan. This will be a huge deal if it ever gets released in the States, because the compilation will feature Seiken Densetsu 3 (or Secret of Mana 2), which was never released outside of Japan, but gained enough popularity for fans to translate the game into English, so that other Western gamers could emulate and play the shit out of it.
While gaming compilations can be a good thing, such as the aforementioned possibility of releasing a game previously unreleased in a particular region, they can also be monstrously ugly and rage inducing. The best example I can give of this is the Silent Hill HD Collection for PS3 and Xbox 360:
This is, without a doubt, the shittiest compilation I’ve ever played. Aside from the audio and visual glitches, lag, frame rate drops, crashes and ultimately duller look of a supposed HD collection, how in the hell do you release any Silent Hill collection with only two games? Never mind the impossibility of making the original Silent Hill in HD without a serious graphical overhaul (see also: remake), what about Silent Hill 4: The Room? Or Origins?
Even if I could ignore the complete absence of other available titles, the “finished” product is an abomination in every sense of the word. Silent Hill 2 (my favourite in the series, for the record) suffered one of the worst ports in existence, because Konami lost the original source code. Even though a patch for the game was released, it was only released for the PS3 version and it still looks and sounds like someone tried to put out a forest fire with a screwdriver.
Regardless of how good the Disney Afternoon Collection, or the Seiken Densetsu Collection, or any future gaming compilation could be, I will not be buying any of them, because I am done with compilations.
First of all, most of the compilations I’ve bought over the years never get used to their full potential, as I usually only care about playing less than half of the games on said compilation. For example, when I owned the Mega Man Anniversary Collection on PS2, there were three games I’d regularly play: Mega Man 2, 3, and 8. The only time I’d even consider playing any of the other games was when I needed a five-minute distraction to help break my boredom. Nowadays, when I need to break my boredom, I go to YouTube.
Also, because I don’t usually have a strong desire to play all the games on any given compilation, it makes me reluctant to buy any of them ever again. Take the Seiken Densetsu Collection, for instance (if it’s ever released in the States): It does have Final Fantasy Adventure on it, but I still have my physical copy of the game. Secret of Mana is a video gaming masterpiece in every way, and while I played it to death during my high school years, I currently have no strong desire to do so again. Which just leaves Seiken Densetsu 3, a game I would’ve loved to play years ago, when I was still riding that wonderful RPG high. Like I’ve mentioned in previous articles, my tastes in gaming have changed over the years, to the point that there are a good chunk of games (like RPGs) that I will never play again to completion, because I no longer feel the urge to do so, or that wonderful satisfaction that comes with finishing it.
I think my ADD may have also played a pivotal role in my reluctance to pay for any future compilations. How I buy games now is the same way I buy books and movies – one at a time. If I buy more than one of either, I’ll usually struggle with deciding which one to enjoy first, and end up procrastinating to the point that I’ll just take the stuff back. The other possibility is that I’ll rush through each one of them, just to get them out of the way, thus ruining the experience for me altogether.
Even though I no longer have any interest in owning or playing any more compilations, I know a lot of people are excited about the ones that are coming out, and I hope they have as much fun with them as they possibly can. Nowadays, I get the most excited about indie games, like Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, which is a lot of fun!