Piet wrote:I think the 64-bit Tonic is cool and all, but (in your opinion) how much (in percentages) does it look like a real N64 game?
I'd say 20% at most.
This feature is 64-bit the same way Shovel Knight is 8-bit: it technically isn't if one stops to analize it, but it feels the part while being made for modern consoles. Allow me to explain:
It looks exactly like I remembered early 3d games I played (or saw others playing) as a kid, before I revisited them years later and was like "wtf Did it always look like this?!". I WAS going to say that this is just because of nostalgia and bad memory on my part, but I've been thinking about it and there's something to be said about context: It's not the same to play a N64 game on a N64 console on a 90s tv or prior, to playing a rom or port of a N64 game with modern hardware and in modern monitors.
For example, this is a brief recording of Mario 64 being played on a console using a 70s tv
Notice how the door knobs look spherical and the textures blend toghether.
Meanwhile this is a speedrun of Mario 64 using a rom on a computer:
Notice how the door knobs now look square and the textures stand out like day and night.
Many people today are likely to be exposed to the later, but the 64-bit tonic is definetly attempting to replicate the former, the experience of playing these games back in the day, when polygons and textures were much less obvious. More importantly, N64 games were not limiting themselves back then, they were pushing the boundaries of what the console could do, they were trying to be the best games they could possibly be (the good ones, at least). Therefore, to make a modern game FEEL like a N64 game from back in the day it's not enough to make polygons and textures more obvious, to make it look "inferior"; it has to look like it's trying its best to avoid making it obvious. And I think the 64-bit Tonic accomplishes that balance. The colors and the fluidity as well as the nostalgia that comes with it are back.
So to answer your question, since the feature went out of its way to try to replicate THE EXPERIENCE of playing N64 games back in the day, rather than adhering to THE TECHNICALITIES of a N64 cartridge, I'll give it an 80%. It's not perfect, but it's great.