My God, I had no idea any of this was going on.
I registered just to respond, since I feel like folks here deserve a response. I think most people have pretty much forgotten about it by now, but just to explain myself a bit: I really enjoy the remake. It's wonderful. I hadn't originally planned on making a video about it, but so many people sent me messages about it that I finally made the video just so people would know that yes, I've seen and played the game. Then, when making the video, I commented on the things that most stood out to me, and since I'd just finished playing through the original game again and making a video describing lots of things in detail, most of the things that stood out were the things that were "different." That means the mouse interface, the character portraits, and the additional side quests--basically, everything that was added and wasn't absolutely faithful to the original was evil and terribly wrong because it wasn't exactly like the original game. >_>
I put the result up, not really considering how it came across and certainly not considering it to be a "review" of the game at all. Had the video actually meant to be a genuine critique of QFG2VGA, it would have been a lot more balanced; as it was, the video was more like "Let's look at what's different about this remake." It was done for the benefit of people who'd already played QFG2 and wanted to know what might be different if they were going to play the remake. So yeah, I focused on the things that surprised me because I hadn't expected them.
I actually got a text response on the video from Eriq Chang (!), but it wasn't until a couple of people told me about this thread that I realized what had really happened. Against my expectations, my videos are apparently not only pretty popular here, but a lot of people apparently anticipated and watched my video about the QFG2VGA remake. Given that I spent most of that video panning the remake, I can understand the results: Disappointment.
I don't really know the best way to handle this. I put up another video which tries to address my original comments, and I was considering deleting the original, but I opted to leave it up since most of my original comments still stand; they just weren't appropriately balanced out with all the things that are great about the game. Essentially, this really is a fantastic remake of one of my favorite games of all time, and the graphics, sound, and overall atmosphere are all top-notch. The remake does add elements which will probably irk some people because they're "different," but those things don't impede one's ability to enjoy the game.
To anyone who felt that my original video about this remake was unfair: Please accept my apologies for what was not in any way meant to be a comprehensive put-down of the game. My videos are not meant to be critiques; they're just silly little videos of me playing the game. Honestly, if I really didn't think a game was worth playing, I probably wouldn't make a video about it in the first place. To everyone who spent so much time and hard work in crafting this remake: Thank you, thank you for allowing a new generation of gamers to enjoy a game that would otherwise be inaccessible to our contemporaries. I'm glad that the remake has been popular and met with great success, and I hope the gratutide of your fan base makes it all worth it.
EDIT: Oh, and just to respond to the questions why I'm using the "combo" interface if I hate point-and-click so much: It really isn't that I dislike point-and-click as that I like having options. Point-and-click just annoys me because it limits what you can choose to do, not because I actually dislike the concept itself of operating a mouse. This is also why I gave kudos to the remake for allowing you to choose between the "classic" street layout or the "simplified" street layout: It gives people the option of sticking to the original if they want to, or using a simplified street layout if they don't think it's fun to spend hours getting lost in the streets. In my mind, you can almost never go wrong with giving the user a choice; if they want something, let them choose it, but if they don't want something, they should have an option to disable it. However, as has been correctly pointed out, all of this misses the point of making a remake in the first place: The point of the remake is so today's gamers can enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of Shapeir, not to make exactly the same game all over again. There'll always be people who want everything to be the same and get upset when anything's different; those people should have the option to live in their ancient realities. The existence of those people does not, in any way, invalidate new things. Speaking for myself, I really do like the remake, and the fact that some nitpicks about the interface bother me does not change that reality.