*steps on his soap box*
So, having played ZoE2 HD enough, I find myself conflicted.
The updated graphics are very nice, but I don't like the majority of the other changes.
Most of the alterations are made to make the game harder, but not more fun. That's a serious issue.
The best example is the lava/shaft zone right after Viola AI. It used to be the easiest level in the whole game. Grab Ardjet and just fly up... that's it. It was somewhat nice as it was a relief from what is by far the worst boss fight prior.
Now, after defeating Viola AI, you are treated to this completely obnoxious level with:
- 2 firewalls (must kill certain enemy to have the key and proceed)
- 2 eternally respawning raptors with a respawn time of 5 EFFING SECONDS
The new difficulty is also pretty jibberish. It gives 'cheats' to most bosses (like Ardjet gets a weird short dash that allows her to perfectly avoid melee strikes)
Some other 'fun' things were also removed like Naked Jehuty breaking shields easily.
Some 'useful' stuff was also removed like being able to destroy all the things that get in your way when against Inhert phase 1 (the whole area is now indestructible).
The only 'good' change I've noticed is that you can heal Taper's LEV and Ardjet when you burst while grabbed. Although it only works on default (and maybe V2) Jehuty. Naked used to be able to do it but can't anymore (seems like a code fuckup to me)
So overall, I think they failed at making the game any more fun. It is harder, but the extra difficulty feels cheap when considering the original and mostly makes me rage more instead of wanting to rise to the challenge.
*steps off soap box*