I see what you’re saying but honestly: I have played Skies of Arcadia the real way, no codes, all the way through, about 2 or 3 times max. Ever since then, I just can’t bring myself to play the game without codes and sit through all of those repetitive random battles, over and over again for 60 hours. And you can’t find the time as well. Which is why I suggest using codes or Action Replay.
It’s much more fun to just use codes, relax, turn random battles off, explore the world uninterrupted, as well as walking through the environments/dungeons all the way through without the music being interrupted by the random battles, fight battles when I want, with stats maxed out.
Which is why the old game is fine as it is: timeless. We’ll always have it. I love the graphics, the game, just as it is. But I’m able to use codes because it’s on an old console and relax. Allowing me to enjoy it more, without being dragged down by the random battles.
HELL, I’ve been playing it in VR!!! I can die happy!!
So, that is why imo if it was remade, I would want it to be completely different with no random battles, an action rpg system and an expansion on everything we had: world, environments, etc, that is more accessible to old gamers and newcomers alike!
If they did just release a simple HD version. I probably wouldn’t even play it. Because… what would be so different? The graphics would be a bit crisper? And I most certainly wouldn’t be able to use codes. I’d just stick to the original anyway. I get it if you’re a purest though.
I guess Panzer Dragoon Saga would be different. The game is starting to show its age. I mean it was phenomenal for it’s time (presentation/art direction). But now you can really see those pixels, but that art direction has a special nostalgic place in my heart.
But, unlike Skies of Arcadia the battle system progression was perfectly balanced giving you enough exp to beat the game without even having to grind. And you could beat it within 20 hours, which is why I love it!! It’s just right not too grating.