Blizzard draws on its 16-bit heritage for a new surprise reissue announced during this very recent BlizzConline: The Lost Vikings , Rock'n 'Roll Racing and Blackthorne mark their return to the Blizzard Arcade Collection , available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
In the program of this tribute package, two versions specific to each game, the inclusion of state saves, a rewind option of up to 10 seconds to correct errors on the fly judgment, and the presence of special archives for amateur historians.
A very console “Arcade” collection
These three titles made the strength of Blizzard in the heart of the 90s in several different genres starting with The Lost Vikings, a platform with an uchronic atmosphere where the player alternates between three different characters to solve puzzles and achieve at the end of each level. Rock'n'Roll Racing takes the wheel in isometric monster truck races with a comic book atmosphere - the game is now known more for its soundtrack than for its gameplay qualities, with retro soundchip reissues of cult rock songs like Highway Star by Deep Purple, Paranoid by Black Sabbath or Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood.
Quant in the last title included, this is certainly the best of this collection - in the author's humble opinion: Blackthorne (released in France as Blackhawk), a platform-style action game. cinematic similar to Another World, complete the trio with its unique SF-spanl atmosphere.
This collection thus seems to include the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis versions (32X for Blackthorne) origin of each of these titles; but they haven't come all this way from the annals of the past. The Blizzard press release specifies that each game is accompanied by a “Definitive Edition” described as drastically improving the experience compared to the original versions - thus, The Lost Vikings benefits for example from a version with the best graphics including multiplayer three, while Rock'n'Roll Racing offers a racing mode for up to four players as well as a 16: 9 display.
This isnot the first time that Blizzard has resurrected these titles in its catalog - all of these titles have in the past been available for free download on PC either through Battle.net or through the publisher's official digital store; but this is the first time that such a package containing so many different versions has been offered for sale.