Have you noticed numerous games lately that have come out that seem familiar, even more strangely, the same games we had not long ago?
Well chances are it’s because they ARE the same game.Video game companies have been terrible with this in recent times.
Tomb Raider, The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto 5 are just to name a few that use the “HD” or “Definitive Edition” line to want us to buy them again, sure it seems ok, but when you consider you are paying $100 Aus/ $60 Us dollars for the same game, just with better graphics, sound and hopefully some extra game play for your hard earned money it seems pretty ridiculous. These listed games are no older than 3 years between their originals and the re-releases, is it just another form of money grabbing, the new way to rob us of money now that we seem to have taken notice of In-Game purchases? The answer for me is a definite yes.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is my favourite game of all time, bar none. To see it was getting a remaster on the 3DS console got me excited like a school kid in a candy shop. Who wouldn’t want to gallop across Hyrule on Epona in 3D? This game for example I see as an appropriate use of the remaster title, because it quite literally has been remasted in the time since it was originally released, and with Nintendo planning on releasing the next game in the series The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask it is also deserving of the remaster title.
Releasing a game a year later after initial release because of “next gen consoles” is absurd. This is just trying to exploit every source of revenue possible, let the game live a bit first, let it stretch its legs, hell I’m still waiting for a re-release of Golden eye.
I’ve found some companies do remakes incredibly, Nintendo for example (trying not to bias here but other companies are making hard for me) really do try their hardest to deliver that excitement you felt the first time you jumped out of the plumping pipe in Super Mario 64. Or as another example the Halo: Master Chief Collection which saw the bundling of Halo 1,2,3 and 4 with 1 and 2 being their anniversary edition, the extra detail to graphics, sound, even extremely fun achievements added to the love I had to the Halo games of old.
In some instances of games I hope that they don’t try to re-release them as they can in a sense make them worse. Fable: Anniversaries for example looked stunning on the original Xbox, and with the release on Xbox 360 not long ago I was eager to purchase. What a mistake, the game was plagued with terrible frame rate, the worst I think I’ve seen on a game ever, think of it as playing Battlefield 4 on Ultra graphics using a computer that’s 5 years old. We were promised an update to fix the issue, but alas, wasn’t meant to be.
Not all games are terrible with their re-releases or definitive titles, but please don’t just “remake” them for more money, make them for the fans.
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