I know it’s not just me. I know it. There are a lot of remastered games coming out on this generation. And I mean a lot a lot.
In theory, it’s a great idea for the developers. A lot of them released their latest visions and masterpieces a little too close to the next-gen (ugh) switch. So, I can certainly understand why a lot of the companies are taking their games, which in all likelihood had to be paired down and stripped bear to make it on the PS3/Xbox 360 – I’m looking at your Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, polishing them up and putting all the dressings back on the turkey and trying their hand at selling it again. It just makes sense.
My only issue is: It’s really bogging down the market, my backlog and kicking my wallet’s ass.
So yea, I’m another guilty-gamer. I’m one of the people funding these projects because I too want those games all new and shiny on my better console (PS4) and to play them with my sleek new controller. I have a hard time going back to my PS3 now. The 4K TV makes a difference in terms of how it looks, but can’t fix how it plays on a somewhat clumsy, in comparison, controller.
But then the difficult choices come up: Do I pre-order a game I already own on PS4 to play it with the DLC on a better looking console?
I’m artificially creating a large backlog for myself. I’ve beaten at least some of these games already. Hell, for games like Dishonored, I’ve not only beaten it – I’ve got the platinum trophy! That was a lot of work. Am I really gung-ho to go and down that all again? Are you? Somebody has to be doing it, otherwise they wouldn’t keep making them over and over.
The other question that I can’t seem to decide on is: What do I do with the PS3 versions? Do I sell them for 1/10 of what I paid for them and hope there are still a few gamers on the open market who haven’t made the jump yet? And in doing that, am I not doing what EB does that I revile so?
At least on the latter, I think I can sleep soundly. Yes, I’d be selling a used game. But, and I think the but here is crucial – and you can tell me if you disagree, at least if I sell my game at a true discount to another gamer looking to try a Dishonored or DMC: Devil May Cry, I could be whetting their appetites to actually purchase a PS4 and the remastered game. The silver lining then, is both that I get to introduce someone to a game they may not have ever played because the used prices are still ridiculous – it’s not acceptable to sell used games for 5$ less than new EB – and effectively secure future revenue for the devs because I got them hungry for a sequel.
So, all that being said, I don’t mind the remasters. There are going to be a few of those games I just can’t re-purchase. God of War 3, as an example. I’ve bought too many remasters of this series. And, though GoW 3 was the reason I bought a PS3 – I’ve re-bought too many God of War games as it is. And, well, Ascension left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. But if Sony Santa Monica decides to pump out an original entry to the series, my 70$ will be laid squarely on the counter come day one. So, you know, hint hint SSM.
Like I said, remastered/remade games have their place. I sometimes get annoyed when people ask me for recommendations and the majority of the good games I try to steer them towards are games from the past, shined up all fancy-like and put back out to stud. Keep making them, but please, try and give us some original work soon. Please? Please?
– The Ego