When Factor 5 announced the new edition of the classic action game Turrican, I felt cold at first. How so? I feared an awkwardly modernized remaster, which in the worst case would not be a side scroller, but a third-person shooter with an experience system and microtransactions. Fortunately, the first trailer dispelled that nightmare scenario. Because the different parts of the Turrican Collection turned out to be revised new releases of the originals like my favorite games Turrican 1 and Turrican 2 for the Amiga.

And that's exactly what I wanted: No 4K premium optics, no ray tracing and no remaster. The Turrican Collection hits my retro nerve exactly!

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Today Turrican looks inconspicuous. But in 1990 the composition of graphics and the soundtrack by Chris Hülsbeck was simply revolutionary.

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The right toy for us nerds
The nostalgia business has made waves in recent years. Perhaps because times were getting more restless and we longed for the apparent security of that time. Video games were primarily a hobby for young men 20 years ago, but have long since become mainstream. According to Statista, gamble alone in Germany 34 million people regularly. 62 percent of them are older than 30 years. 52 percent are men, 48 percent women. That means: the chances are good that some of the still active gamers have been pounding the keys for several decades.

And because we humans are creatures of habit, we like to cling to the past. I am no exception. Of course I also have a SNES Classic Mini in my closet, and of course there is a Game Boy with Tetris in the nightstand drawer. And of course no console ends up in the garbage or on Ebay. Every generation of games is preserved and archived. Anything else would be sacrilege!

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In the second part there are not only the typical “infantry missions” but also R-type flight missions. That made for variety even then.

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I am the personified clientele for the Turrican Collection. I played the classics back then. Yes, their soundtrack sounds to my ears even today – thanks to the Spotify playlist. But I don't have the time and sometimes the leisure to deal with buying old platforms and building a Rapsberry Pi. Instead, I'm waiting for the new editions. It's kind of a cheap solution, but I can live with that. The Turrican Collection is made for me.

The right degree of retro
That's why I don't need any complex remasters. Of course, new editions of "medieval" games like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2, Shadow of the Colossus or Resident Evil 2 are cool. But if I really want to travel back in time, then the games should be as close as possible to the original.

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For example, I loved Shadow of the Beast as a child. At the end of the 80s and the beginning of the 90s I was completely blown away by the ingenious graphics and music. The 2016 remake just felt wrong to me. It no longer sparked those great emotions. It was a game of many. Nothing special.

I also fear that the football manager Anstoss 2022, which is sold by Kalypso and developed by 2tainment, will not meet my requirements and will therefore be a disappointment. Incidentally, this problem is not exclusive to computer and video games: I had a very similar experience with the filming of the Rampage arcade license. Despite Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, the monster fight only made me smile tiredly. In addition, far too few extras were eaten!

<img src = "https://www.pcgames.de/screenshots/960x/2020/09/retroturrican04-pc-games.png" alt = "More colorful, more varied, better: Turrican 2 built on the strengths of its predecessor and was thus the highlight of the series.
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More colorful, more varied, better: Turrican 2 built on the strengths of its predecessor and was thus the highlight of the series.

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But what I am actually trying to say: retro classics should remain such. A complete reinterpretation always hurts my heart. My wish to the license holders: Honor the great legacy and have the courage to orient yourself even more closely to the originals.

Game of Generations
A good example of this is Super Mario 3D All-Stars. The collection, consisting of Super Mario 64 (1996), Super Mario Sunshine (2002) and Super Mario Galaxy (2007), brings the Nintendo classics to the Switch – but without completely turning the previous hits upside down. And yes, the technology of a Super Mario 64 is now badly dusty despite the higher resolution, and the handling of a Super Mario Sunshine is anything but perfect in 2020. But what's the point ?! That's the way the games were.

This "coarseness" and "unpolishedness" made the retro adventures so charming back then. Turrican was also far from perfect, but it was still groundbreaking for the possibilities at the time. The collection could prove just that and bring my 90s heroes back to the present. A new generation of players is now learning what made Turrican great back then. If that works? That remains to be seen. But at least in theory, parents can now show their offspring how the fascination for video games began for them back then – and all without old-fashioned play equipment, tube TVs and other deterrent technology.

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Super Mario 3D All-Stars shows that games that have turned gray in honor are still well received in 2020. Perhaps the Turrican Collection can do the same.

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The cherry on the cream cake
But that's not all. Especially for the admittedly very often overpriced special editions, you can dig deeper into the nostalgia box here: soundtracks, art books, exclusive interviews and other contemporary additional content sweeten the experience for a retro friend like me. In the case of Turrican, of course, the massive Ultra Collector's Edition brings out heavy goodie guns. But 200 euros is quite a lot of money.

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For my taste, this price is a bit too high, despite the huge package … but so be it: If you want to do business with nostalgia in 2020, you really have to match the zeitgeist of the past. The Turrican Collection has definitely reached my retro heart. And until the release I will continue to play Super Mario 64 or maybe the new editions of The Secret Of Monkey Island. In the end, I was able to decide whether I prefer contemporary pixel or more modern comic graphics.

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The Turrican Ultra Collector's Edition is now sold out for Playstation 4, among others. For a price of around 200 euros, it not only contains both anthology game collections, but also a wealth of goodies for retro fans.
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