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Submitted by arcsoft 1229d ago | opinion piece

HD Remakes: Nostalgia Going Too Far?

Steve of - "Jet Set Radio. Shadow of the Colossus. ICO. Metal Gear Solid. All of these games are unmistakably excellent titles. Most were released to spectacular reception, and remembered by many as fantastic experiences. And that is the key word here; remembered. Past tense. One of the main gripes I have with HD remakes/collections, whatever you want to name them, is that they are re-releases of games that were enjoyed years ago." (Culture, Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection, Jet Set Radio HD, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, PS3)

Merrill  +   1229d ago
I don't see how.

They don't just "re-release" them, they have updated visuals, trophies and a discounted price, how is this even remotely a bad thing?

I love the idea. If you don't, go play the original on the ps2 and shut up about it.
darthv72  +   1229d ago
I personally like that there are some compilations that are available. Like i have only the first Ratchet for PS2 and the Future games for PS3.

To be able to get the Ratchet collection in one nice offering with upgraded visuals and trophy support all for less than the price i paid for a single copy. It's a great deal.

Or even when MS did the Halo anniversary edition was a nice version to get. It makes playing these older games with a more current look so much more enjoyable.

Now i can see if all of a sudden that is all we started getting. Nothing BUT remakes. That would be an overload of retro entertainment.
Merrill  +   1229d ago
Now I will say that when they're done incorrectly and clearly just for a quick buck, i.e. Silent Hill collection, Resident Evil, etc that it's a bad idea.

But Okami looks amazing, The God of War Collection and others are just a straight up treat!
MariaHelFutura  +   1229d ago
Remakes of amazing games in HD w/3D w/3 great games on 1 disc for less money than "normal" releases is a bad thing?
TronEOL  +   1229d ago
Couldn't agree more.

And it's worth noting that these older games will find their way onto the PSN/XBL/eShop (or whatever Nintendo calls it) regardless of HD upgrades. So they're still trying to sell you back games you already own, just without any of the perks.

Not to mention they aren't even that expensive. It's usually $39.99 for 3-4 games and the ability to relive the games you loved to play before on your new console.

Not only that but it gives some people the first chance to play games they missed. For example, I didn't play God of War, Ratchet and Clank, or Jak and Daxter when I had my PS2 (Monster Hunter, DMC, Final Fantasy, among other jRPG's, took all my time), so my first time playing those games are the collections Sony published.

And I even played the GoW Collection right up until I got GoW3, which was amazing since I was able to experience them all in order, and with little time in between. It made me appreciate the series more.

I honestly wish there were more games being re-introduced this way, rather than just throwing up the old versions for download as PS2 classics.
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Gridloc  +   1229d ago
Not everyone had a ps2 . These HD remakes are great for those of us that never played them.
jc48573  +   1229d ago
I only get the ones on disc. The ones for download don't really matter to me.
josephayal  +   1229d ago
Enough with Remakes Plz
Eyesoftheraven  +   1229d ago
I just wish were mastered in 1080p, not 720p.
ChunkyLover53  +   1229d ago
I think there are a couple of feelings that come to my mind when it concerns HD remakes.
1.Cash grab-Its easy to simply convert these games to HD and implement Trophies/Achievements.

2.Obviously I feel like backwards compatibility took a huge hit this generation, instead of people complaining, they kind of just took it, meaning we might have to buy games we already bought yet again.

3.I think it can be a waste of resources, even though they are easy enough to make, I'd rather have developers work on current gen games.

4.I haven't seen too many remakes that were really good, I enjoyed the God Of War remake and the Halo CEA remake, that was pretty much it. The rest felt and looked like last generation games.

If your into them, good for you, if your just now getting the chance to play these games, good for you. Just from my point of view I'd rather look ahead and not back.
Minato-Namikaze  +   1229d ago
These aren't remakes they are remasters. If you dont want them dont buy them... simple
Unztayble  +   1229d ago
I personally love them. When the MGS release came out I bought it right away and had a blast playing MGS3. I'll keep buying them if something that interests me gets released.
AceofStaves  +   1229d ago
I think HD remakes are a great idea. People who didn't get to play these games on first release have the chance to play them now, remastered. I also like the convenience of not having to dig out my original games, and their consoles, when I want to play those older games again.
eferreira  +   1229d ago
Call the wambulence. I'm getting sick of so many people complaining. Don't like he remakes. Don't buy it. They're not forcing you.
from the beach  +   1229d ago
Jet Set Radio really benefited from the update but I guess that's not always the case. It's great that Sega are doing so many of these re-releases on the one hand, but it also makes me kinda sad to see them living on past glories.
GrahamGolden  +   1229d ago
nostalgia or not i dont care

MGS HD yes plz
ZOE HD yes plz
okami yes plz
ffx10 yes plz
God Of War yes plz

give me more
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wishingW3L  +   1229d ago
people votes with their wallets. If they buy then companies keep making. Nothing wrong with that, that's capitalism and it been like this for years.
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urwifeminder  +   1229d ago
Well i guess they remake every movie now even if it came out last week it just shows how stale and devoid of fresh ideas the industry is,some devs cant make any money except off past glory.
3-4-5  +   1229d ago
They mostly only do it for good or really good/great games though. It's like like they are re-releasing Superman 64.
isarai  +   1229d ago
Nope, everybody wins, don't see the harm in that.
fOrlOnhOpe57  +   1229d ago
Is it really any different to, lets say, digitally remastering a Beatles album that was produced several decades ago?
Fans of the Beatles dont suddenly stop being fans and get to enjoy a track or album thats a greatly enhanced product.
DigitalRaptor  +   1229d ago
It just shows how much better some older games were. If that's a good thing or bad thing I don't know.

But there's no harm in it. Re-mastered games, bonus features, extra-replayability and good value (unless you're Capcom selling them for £14.99 a pop). It opens games up to new audiences and promotes classics that might have been forgotten by some gamers.
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