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irstupid said:
Vini256 said:

So yesterday I came across a video suggestion on YouTube that caught my attention, which is this Majora's Mask HD textures project:

"But what makes this different from any other texture pack out there?" you ask. Well, this one is actually being made to be a faithful recreation of the original textures, just with higher resolution. Most HD textures I've seen look off in one way or another so this is very impressive to me. I think this is great since I love Majora's Mask but didn't really like the remake as much as the original version because of the gameplay changes it had. I'll certainly replay the game again once this pack is complete since I love how it looks so far.

So I wanted to know if there are any other projects as impressive as this one is, with the same goal of recreating the original experience as faithfully as possible.

What gameplay changes did the make in MM3D?

Only thing I can think of is changing the swimming mechanic when a Zora. They improved it in all aspects, except going super fast drained magic unlike before.

The game runs at 30 FPS instead of the N64's 15~20 FPS, and much of the assets were re-done with a higher resolution. There are other changes like the Bomber's Notebook that someone already mentioned, which makes it easier to keep track of which heart pieces you've already attained. I think it's a fantastic remake.



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RaptorChrist said:
irstupid said:

What gameplay changes did the make in MM3D?

Only thing I can think of is changing the swimming mechanic when a Zora. They improved it in all aspects, except going super fast drained magic unlike before.

The game runs at 30 FPS instead of the N64's 15~20 FPS, and much of the assets were re-done with a higher resolution. There are other changes like the Bomber's Notebook that someone already mentioned, which makes it easier to keep track of which heart pieces you've already attained. I think it's a fantastic remake.

Agreed. Majora's Mask 3D didn't come without its flaws, but it is a great remake and definitely an improvement over the original.




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Vini256 said:
AngryLittleAlchemist said:
LOL that's the exact video I was thinking of! It showed up in my phone notifocations yesterday!

Honestly though ... that youtube video "Majora's Mask 3D fails as a remake" or whatever is a great example of no-one, not even most Majora's Mask fans, complaining until some youtuber does it.

I've literally just posted that video here in reply to another comment, LOL. Anyways, I don't think the bolded is true since I personally agree with a lot of what he said in the video, and most of his complaints were ones I had when the remake came out.

Oops almost forgot to reply to this.

And I didn't say you didn't have the complaints, I said people didn't vocalize them. Although obviously I'm exaggerating with "no-one", lol, because there's always going to be people who do say negative things about a game. But I definitely think that video changed perception for the worse, whether it was because fans could actually speak out finally or if it was because people's minds changed, who knows.

Anyways, I'd rather play both versions of myself to see but ... ya know ... Nintendo might not ever release the original again D: 



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AngryLittleAlchemist said:

Oops almost forgot to reply to this.

And I didn't say you didn't have the complaints, I said people didn't vocalize them. Although obviously I'm exaggerating with "no-one", lol, because there's always going to be people who do say negative things about a game. But I definitely think that video changed perception for the worse, whether it was because fans could actually speak out finally or if it was because people's minds changed, who knows.

Anyways, I'd rather play both versions of myself to see but ... ya know ... Nintendo might not ever release the original again D: 

It's likely both things tbh, 3 years is enough time to let things settle and make you a bit more critical when looking back. 

As for a re-release of the original, I don't think it's impossible at all unless they never add N64 games to the Switch, either through the online or a proper VC. They released MM on the Wii U in 2016 even though the remake released just a year before.



They are not remasters, but Thief fan missions, some of them are truly amazing, there have been several hundreds of them released over the last 20 years and are still actively made. For me it started with Thief 2X: Shadows of the Metal Age, it was a very ambitious and lengthy fan project that was released in mid 2000s. Some of the fans are so talented that the original Thief games now look almost amateurish.

Also Unreal saw a big fan project released in Operation NaPali in 2007. Unreal had lots of fan maps and campaigns too but the community was much smaller and is almost dead now unlike Thief.

I have played a lot of fan made content for other games too like Deus Ex, Max Payne, Half-Life, Heroes of Might and Magic 2&3. It is one of the things that sets PC gaming apart



You gotta have some serious free time on your hands to do a remaster of a big video game without getting paid. I can't even imagine how much time the dude in the video in the OP put into this texture work alone.

On another matter, the guy should have had somebody else do the voice work for this video. He does not have a good voice for narration.



m0ney said:

I have played a lot of fan made content for other games too like Deus Ex, Max Payne, Half-Life, Heroes of Might and Magic 2&3. It is one of the things that sets PC gaming apart

It is one of the main reasons that I'm considering getting into PC gaming.  I've played on consoles my whole life, and I like the plug-and-play nature.  But, I bought a computer several months ago for design work that could also be used as a decent gaming rig.  Sometime soon, I'm gonna have to dip my toes in.  



VAMatt said:
You gotta have some serious free time on your hands to do a remaster of a big video game without getting paid. I can't even imagine how much time the dude in the video in the OP put into this texture work alone.

On another matter, the guy should have had somebody else do the voice work for this video. He does not have a good voice for narration.

Usually these things are made by a group of people, but even then it's always a lot of work. It makes these HD textures all the more impressive since it's just one guy doing it and it's clear that he's very passionate about it because it shows in the quality of the textures. He really should get a job as a texture artist somewhere =P