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GnG RetroFX - A Hands on preView - August 6, '99 by JoseQ
Well, I never thought I would make preViews here like I always wanted, but what do you know. I have been given the opportunity to test what in my opinion could be one of the most important emulation related releases in history, since it could be opening a whole new window of opportunity for classic gamers to get new versions of their favorite games, while preserving the exact gameplay of the original. Isn't that what we all dream of? Well I'm sure you have many questions about this and I hope to answer some of them in my preView of this first RetroFX project.
Well, since I was involved with the RetroFX group since before the name was even chosen, I don't really have a first impression. However, I did have a couple of half impressions when I started seeing the backdrops as drawn by the artists. I must say that the artists talent is one of the most important factors in this project, and without it, it would definitely not be possible. What you see, is a virtual makeover of the game.

In this game for example, the talent of the programmer is also felt when you see very nice and jaw-dropping details like the extra frames of animation, the very nice parallax scrolling that adds a lot of depth to the game, real-time particle rendering, and other touches that I will leave for you to be surprised by.

I know you must be wondering by now: "Hey, but what about the music?". Well, the music was also re-done. You probably think it was made to feel like today's games, well I must say it's not. It is simply remastered to keep the same feeling of the game as it was originally intended. The way I feel it, that's the whole point behind RetroFX, just make it better without changing it.
In my opinion this game is great. It got me hooked a lot when I was a kid, and it got me hooked once again once it was emulated in MAME. Well, now it's the same thing all over. Playing with it is amazinng. The new graphics look great, the new sound adds to it even more, and you'll just love it. I don't want to hype it, but it is definitely something you should at least want to see.
And what you probably wanted to know from the start is when you will be getting a taste of this demo everyone is talking about. Well, there is really no firm date for a release, but one thing is for sure, EmuViews will have direct coverage and download available for the file right on release date. I would expect it to come out right around my birthday, but I won't say when that is. If you've been a fan of this site long enough, you can find out.

To answer some of the questions asked by my IRC friends. They wanted to know if this version used the GnG ROMs, and yes it does. It needs it to execute every single instruction in the original game, since this is still an emulated game. Only special logic is used so that it makes the re-done graphics appear, special audio and other cool things, but literally, it is the same game running behind the screens, so yes, you need the ROMs.
Also, it does need the new backdrop images as well as the new music, and that's where the download size comes into play. You will need to have good bandwidth to handle this download as it should total just above 30MBs in size. We will probably split it, and make it available from different sites so that you have plenty of mirrors to get it from.
Other popular question seems to be about other projects being worked on. Right now, RetroFX is not working on anything else than GnG. Time permitting, once they're done with this, they'll look to user input to decide which game to 'RetroFX' next. In the meantime they have a lot of work ahead of them, since GnG is no easy task and contains a whole lot of different stages and backgrounds.
To close this article, I will repeat once again, if you like Ghosts'n'Goblins, you will like this version of it. It's the same game, with a new look, and new sounds. That's about it. If you wanted to do special tricks you did in the arcade, those should probably work here too. Be sure to keep your eye on EV for more looks on this game as the release date gets closer. Thanks for reading!

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Name: Ian Posted: Saturday, November 13, 1999 - (22:44)
Subject: G & G
I've just discovered the whole emu scene about 2 days ago - didn't know anyone was doing this stuff. All I can say is -WOW! Can't wait to play all the oldies (particularly a whole bunch of Amiga stuff) and this GnG project has got me drooling-gotta read on.....

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Name: lups Posted: Wednesday, March 21, 2001 - (19:44)
Subject: Re: G & G
>I've just discovered the whole emu scene about 2 days ago - didn't know anyone was doing this stuff. All I can say is -WOW! Can't wait to play all the oldies (particularly a whole bunch of Amiga stuff) and this GnG project has got me drooling-gotta read on.....

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