- NA release: 30th April 1998
- PAL release: 1st May1998
- JP release: N/A
- Developer: Iguana, Probe
- Publisher: Acclaim
- N64 Magazine Score: 87%
When it comes to remastered versions of games, I give play around with the remaster and the N64 version a bit to compare feel and features. While Forsaken Remastered is a great version, it’s based on the PlayStation/PC version and while it contains the N64 exclusive levels, it lacks a few features and the exclusive levels are bonuses, so it felt a bit to different to play – so I stuck to the N64 version (if you just want to play the game, then definitely play the Remaster).
Forsaken is a spaceship combat game that takes place in cramped maze-like arenas. Naturally, this feels very disorientating, even though the controls (once you adjust them to your liking and get used to them) do a good job at allowing you to move in so many directions and there’s a lot of weapons to find and use.
The third person mode is exclusive to the N64 version and looks near with the see-through ships, but a lack of crosshairs makes it difficult to aim. It’s still a nice novelty, though. There’s a lot of levels, but unfortunately they all feel quite samey, and while enemies look different, they don’t feel that different to blow up.
That said, Forsaken 64 is a decent game, there’s a lot of levels and a good multiplayer. A bit of variety and some more open levels would be nice, though. There’s also a lot of impressive background lore and detail on the characters, none of which is really carried through to the game, which is just a case of completing the objectives and going to the next level.
Forsaken is certainly the N64’s best ‘serious’ game since GoldenEye. Choose a Turok-emulating control system (number four worked best for us), spend a few hours to get to grips with the intricoes of combining vertical and horizontal movement, whilst simultaneously fending off attacks from every angle (six fingers and two brains would be a distinct advantage), and you will discover a game that, although not for the fainthearted, holds a genuinely rewarding experience for those who are prepared to persevere.Martin Kitts, N64 Magazine #16
Remake or remaster?
The remaster is probably the best way to play Forsaken, even though it’s lacking the 3rd person view (it looked nice but isn’t practical), it plays a lot nicer and looks cleaner – although an “N64 playlist” to play levels in the order of the N64 game would be nice.
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