As I always tell people, I can be strict if I see art that isn't its best, but I never tell to hurt. This, on the other hand, looks really amazing! I'd definitely play it in a heartbeat! Like, the colors definitely display a sort of old classic feel, just as you implied, and it makes me feel as if I'm growing up once more, even if I'm still a teenager who never trukt started on the classic pixels. I actually started with mostly 3D games, but had some like A Link to the Past for the GBA remake, and I recently played sprite games like Mighty Switch Force, Shantae: Risky's Revenge, and Four Swords Anniversary Edition for the 3DS, as well as the classic releases of NES games for the Wii U. I want to start Mega Man on the 3DS, which this really reminded me of, but hear me rambling about games^^
Anyway, this looks amazingly awesome! Will there possibly be a Rings version as well in the future? He's one of my favorites, and if there's anybody a fan could play as, he's definitely a must-have
You mentioned a game of Lara in a journal as a possible idea, and I was thinking... shouldn't such a game involve Lara AND Rings as playable? They're your oldest characters and serve as your mascots to some extent, so they should get equal attention.
Why do I bring this up here over the actual Journal? Because I didn't think of it when I saw your journal on it, and this reminded me.