Superman 64, which landed in 1999 on Nintendo 64, is a game that earned legendary status for being all kinds of awful. With jerky controls, poor graphics, tedious gameplay, and almost no storyline to speak of, it set the standard for everything a game should not be. Those who have played it will no doubt remember the seemingly endless “flying through the rings” portions which seemed to take up the vast bulk of the game.
Understandably, any plans to release it on other platforms were quickly shelved, given the appalling reviews and slew of complaints from gamers. Since then, Superman 64 has fallen into nothing more than memory for those gamers who were unfortunate enough to have wasted their time on the title and seen frequent entries on “worst” or “most disappointing” game lists.
Now imagine everyone’s surprise when it was announced that a PlayStation version of the game had been released online. A demo copy of it first appeared on eBay back in 2013, and a full release has now dropped on DeviantArt. The user, Richard Mandel, has made clear it is an official release, not a leak.
The question “why?” feels glaringly obvious. While there is something to be said for nostalgia, that normally tends to be reserved for games that were actually good. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the gaming industry or any player that would use the word “good” to describe Superman 64. Perhaps some folks out there want to play it just to experience first-hand how terrible it really is.
So, are you burning to relive the game or missed out in 1999 and are keen to give it a go? Now you can. You will need an emulator to get it running, but the full version is very real and very playable. Well, as playable as the game ever was, anyway.
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