There's so much exploding clothing in this game that you'd be forgiven for thinking it's another instalment in the Senran Kagura series. Fortunately (or, depending on your opinion, unfortunately) it's just the unbelievably fragile armour of enduring Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection protagonist, Sir Arthur.
You see, this series has a storied history of being — to put it lightly — ruddy sodding impossible. A series of notoriously difficult set-piece-based action-horror platformers, this latest instalment is no exception with a host of stages so demanding that only the most committed players will ever see the end.
While earlier titles in the franchise condensed their challenges into short, tight levels. Ghosts 'n Goblins Resurrection has no such brevity, with each nightmarish area seeming to last a lot longer than any previous adventure. In a sense, it's the worst of both worlds – masocore style level design that's arduous in both its length and its content.
The series (particularly in its Ghouls 'n Ghosts incarnations) took delight in its sticking points, but it always felt fair, and Resurrection simply doesn't. It's packed with enemies that seem to spawn almost randomly and in such great numbers that you could find yourself completely overwhelmed before you're able to learn how you need to approach a situation. It's not a game that could realistically be beaten on your first attempt even with superior reflexes, thanks to a surplus of “gotcha” style traps.
Despite this change in focus it's still good fun to blast through, but in going for the modern “war of attrition” style of difficulty, Resurrection removes itself from its roots and therefore its identity. The punishing platforming is still enjoyable, but rather than cursing your own lapse of skill or concentration, you'll be asking how you could possibly be expected to have avoided the latest absurd, screen-filling obstacle.
The art style I still find a bit of a shame-closer to the admittedly still good but insanely hard Ultimate Ghosts'n'Goblins.🤔 Just would've preferred it's traditional 2D,that Wonder Boy Dragon's Trap/Monster Boy & the Cursrd Kingdom reinvigorated or even efforts like Cursed Castilla/ Battle Princess Madelyn.
Will pick it up at some stage,just more likely a wishlisted one than a Day one buy.
I'd humbly put forward Ghosts'n'Goblins was more unforgiving than its sequel Ghouls'n'Ghosts-those red demons wouldn't quit chasing you if you tried running away!!😂
I have just bought the arcade stadium and the original game but none of the games are playable with my arcade sticks because the button to start the games is a touch pad and arcade sticks don't have them and that button isn't reconfigurable!
I haven't even played any of the other games. Arcade sticks out, TV rotated and its impossible to play properly
You can login with a controller and then swap it to the stick but it's a PITA.
Ghost's n goblins did start the x button but 1943 won't.
I'm gutted tbh, vthe whole package is a right faff and a bit of a missed opportunity, it's not intuitive for such a simple array of games.
Can I get a refund?
Doesn't the game give you the option of using an arcade stick rather then dualshock right at the start?
That might sort your problem out, I don't have one so haven't tested it, but I'm pretty sure it asked me.
The original is nails, I used to be able to get to level 3 but now I can't even kill the red demon at the end of the graveyard!
@Futureshark yes mate it does but it doesn't make any difference. I managed to get 1943 started by signing in with a pad, pressing the touch pad and then re-signing in with the stick.
GnG started on the stick with the x button but 1943 wouldn't.
RE-mapping the buttons won't work because you can't remap the touch pad!
I also couldn't get the game to auto save either.
Seems to be a bit of a mess imo.
@Futureshark have you managed to get it to auto save your scores etc?
I have restarted the game and ps4 but when it asks me to select between JP and ENG roms I can't because guess what button does that!
I have purchased all packs and they aren't available for play either. What a mess.
Really don't like the art-style
I love the art style.im definitely getting this game.ibeat the original and the sega genesis version.amazing games.word up son
While I'm okay with hard 2D games like cuphead, this game just isn't fun, it's unfair which is the opposite of fun.
... pre-ordered.. I think the point of the game has been missed in this (underscored) review... if you play the original G&G via Stadium (freebie on Plus) - it's EXACTLY trial and error - until you know how to beat a level, all the monsters (pretty much) appear in the same places, etc. - so this sounds very true to the original... can't wait - favourite childhood game - resurrected!
Easy 8 from me, I've been playing on Switch and it's fantastic, there are more than enough checkpoints so I'm not sure what the fuss is there, also it saves you progress even up to the boss fight. Definitely challenging and very much so on harder difficulties but the easiest two are more than manageable and there's some great twist on the classic levels and bosses
@OneManDroid I've been playing it on Switch and it's great, very much a love letter to those first 2 games whilst being it's own thing. The originals definitely has as much trial and error and far less checkpoints so I'm a bit confused about that
@carlos82 yeah, as much as I like Push Square, their reviews are very inconsistent... always taken with a mahoosive pinch of salt...
@Dan_ozzzy189 That must be aggravating, not being able to access the games in the collection. I've found it to be one of the best retro collections I've ever played, though it does feel like an odd choice to use R3 to insert a coin and the touch pad to press start. As @Futureshark mentioned, upon starting the game it repeatedly asks if you are using an arcade stick or pad, but maybe yours isn't recognized for some reason.
As for G&GR, I preordered it as soon as I saw it was coming out for PS, and am looking forward to being repeatedly denuded.
@Amnesiac I've tried that and I'd already done it before. I restarted it and now the only issue is changing the roms but I have to use a pad to sign in, and no autosave. Surely you don't have to manually load and save every single time you play?
Still no content available for me despite buying all the dlc.
I've tried emailing Sony for a refund but it's a waste of time because I can't send a video showing the issue, I sent one under the 25 mb threshold but it came back, I've trimmed it three times now but any less is pointless as it won't show up the problem, besides I WANT TO PLAY this, not get a refund but currently it's dead content.
If anyone wants to try and help my psn id Is Dan_ozzzy189
@Dan_ozzzy189 Been trying the demo with 1943 and Ghosts 'n Goblins and a Hori mini fighting stick. I find if I go to Contoller Settings in the individual game, change to joystick, I can then add credits with L2 and start with X. Weirdly, X doesn't work to continue, but L1 does. Still found I needed to use a contol pad to switch ROM version though.
@Ristar24 yup, cheers, that's what I had to do it. However the extra games I've bought aren't available for my game share pal either!
@Dan_ozzzy189 Yeah, its not clear, even with the 'joystick' mode it displays the touchpad to continue, but its L1! I might steer clear of the collection for now, I have most of the games on various other compilations.
@Ristar24 my friend deleted the app and dlc and it still didn't work, then they suddenly appeared. Unfortunately for me after buying it 7 hours later I still can't play anything and Sony won't refund me.
@Dan_ozzzy189 Not good, hopefully a patch might sort things out, their refund policy on digital games certainly needs review. One of the early updates for Snow Runner totally broke the resolution of game on PS4 for about a month, I was stuck waiting for a patch to fix it, which thankfully there was in the end.
@Ristar24 yes it sucks but now I have deleted and reinstalled, the games have appeared but my sticks won't work, the option to select them isn't there and they won't even work on the ps dash, buttons do but not the actual stick. I hold the ps button down to activate the arcade stick and I can't select my profile. Same thing on the other and this hasn't ever happened before. It's a total mess and has soured my day off. I was going to buy bubble bobble 4 friends as its currently on offer for £22 but this has put me off buying ps4 games atm.
I'm so angry with this, it's very very frustrating.
@Dan_ozzzy189 Yeah, understandable, I picked up the Blizzard Arcade Collection in the sale which is pretty good, finally got to play Blackthorne on 32X.
I'll hold off this collection, G 'n G Resurrection also isn't really appealing to me for some reason, maybe in a sale.
This deserves a 8 or 9/10. Guess you have to be a fan of the series though. Bought it on switch and might actually double dip and get it on PS. So good.
I played and completed this on the jap Megadrive waaaaaaay back when.
It was gruelling but I did it.
No way have I got either the patience or the skill these days.
@Robocod I always try to tell ppl about Cursed Castilla. The art style and music of Ghosts n Goblins is more memorable, but I think Cursed Castilla is better in design (at least more balanced).
@Unsungzero612 Played it (along with Super Hydorah by the same devs),on a mate's ps4 & agreed its hard as nails,but certainly does well as a nod to G'n'G. Been an age waiting for a psn sale but both of them in the retro & remasters sale. Sadly Battle Princess Madelyn never gotten a psn discount but at least there's a few options now Capcom have finally come to the party!
Hard pass on the game, not my cup of tea and never will be.
Pre-ordered. I grew up on Ghosts n Goblins on the NES, then Ghouls n Ghosts on the Genesis. Furthermore, I'm coming off of Returnal, so I think I am up for a challenge, and some high difficulty gaming, lol
@captainaverage I don't remember double dragon or final fight as hard as this lol. I never saw arcade version of this game, I thought the game franchise start at snes.
@captainaverage I remember playing ghost & goblins snes version with MAME (and much later on switch online subs), I think it's the hardest 2D game I ever play, I save like every 5 second, I don't think I can finish the game without save state.
Back then I usually played double dragon arcade version coop with my more capable friends, they're the one doing the fighting while I'm just supporting them lol.
@carlos82 It's obvious the reviewer never played a GnG game in his life before that review.
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