by Phil Gibson
Nostalgia has a funny way of making us want to relive the glory days and nothing proves that point more than video games. The trend of gaming’s classic titles being re-released in updated HD glory or with full-blown remakes has seemingly gotten out of hand. Is it a good thing that we can relive some of our fondest memories from games that came years ago, is it a sign that that the gaming industry is running out of ideas, or is it that remakes create a safety net for companies relying on the childhood memories to bring in some extra money?
Without a doubt the second coming of many titles affords players a chance to try games that they may have never had a chance to when they were younger, after all not everyone had every console so it certainly makes it easier when titles are released later for the various current gen consoles. At that point it becomes less a case of nostalgia and rather a chance to satiate the curious it’s of those who never had a taste of the great titles, but that thought process is easy to warp and can lead to release after release of the same game. It raises the question of how long should we wait before a game is given a second chance, as well as whether content should be changed or added.
In some cases with HD collections and remastered games we often see the downloadable content included, most often it is the map packs for multiplayer or the occasional story mission that extends the main game. Other times you see updates to the core system like with Call of Duty’s Modern Warfare Remastered that released last year with the otherwise forgettable Infinite Ware. While the core gameplay remained the same, the system of unlocking gear and tags was somewhat altered, and the game only featured some of the maps from the original entry, with more of the old maps being added through yet more paid DLC.
Those faults aside the best benefit that this trend offers is in game variety and selection. Sometimes the older games are just better, which is most often seen in HD collections like the Devil May Cry HD Collection from the previous generation, or the current generation’s Master Chief Collection. Some of the titles among those clearly aged better and were overall more enjoyable than some newer games hitting the market. It’s largely because of this that these releases make sense both for the companies involved and the for the gamer at home, it’s content that is nearly guaranteed to be quality for, most of the time, lower cost.
Remastered gaming won’t be going away anytime soon, but there are some much needed tweaks to the formula that should be considered. Next time we’ll be looking at some of the best cases of HD collections, remastered games, and remakes to get a positive look at this trend.
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