I’ll be the first person to say I love replaying old video games. Playing my favorite titles from past generations of consoles on new gaming machines is great. However, lately the gaming industry has taken it too far. Everyone knows that you can have too much of a good thing, and this has become the case with the “remastered” trend on the latest generation of consoles.
I understand the mass appeal of a remaking a game like “Resident Evil:” originally released in 1996, it has received a lot of love from fans. This nostalgia is enough to warrant a release on modern consoles. Gamers who loved the original can now experience it with upgraded visuals, and first time fans can have the opportunity to play a great game they may have otherwise passed by.
On the other hand, you have releases like the “DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition” and “Borderlands: The Handsome Collection” coming out, which is just inexcusable. These games were released no sooner than the last generation of consoles, so why on earth are they getting re-released on modern consoles? The reason is quite simple: companies like to make money and don’t lack the creativity to come out with new content. If a producer has to choose between creating a new experience for gamers or cashing in on a popular game they know will sell, companies will chose the latter. None of the above stated games have earned a remaster; the industry is just being lazy.
Even games like God of War III Remastered are hard to defend because, as good as God of War III was, I would much rather see a new game in the franchise rather than a re-release of the highlight of the series. The announcement of God of War III Remastered was particularly disturbing to me, because it was announced soon after it was confirmed that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End would be delayed until 2016. Sony seems to think that a re-release of one of their most well received Playstation 3 titles is making up for the delay of a new installment of one of their flagship franchises, which is frankly ridiculous.
There seems to be no motivation to get new content made anymore, because studios can always fall back on popular games from their library to release again. This trend allows the video game industry to provide lackluster content for the newer generation of consoles and make a great profit. The majority of these remastered games cost $40, which is a complete rip off. If you are a gamer with a PS3 or Xbox 360, you have absolutely no reason to upgrade your console because you can get these essentially new games for much less and the experience will be practically the same. Remastering classic video games is great, but the emphasis should be on the word ‘classic.’ The gaming industry has taken the act of remastering too far. It does not inspire any confidence in this new generation of consoles and doesn’t encourage gamers to upgrade their systems. I can only hope this fad won’t last, because it is robbing the Playstation 4 and Xbox One of new and exciting content.