Are Remastered Re-Releases Getting Out of Hand?

gamrReview's Stephen C Barrett: "There is often a sense of gratification when a game that you loved gets released later in an even better form. Whether it be enhanced graphics or improved control mechanics, there is something to be said about one of your favorite titles taking advantage of more modern technology. However, there are two sides to this coin, with the other being that you’ve already played the game before and are expecting companies to provide new experiences today."

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jamsam3601235d ago

I still want a Xbox One version of Skyrim!

Timesplitter141235d ago (Edited 1235d ago )

I think it's pointless to complain about it. Remastered releases will get out of hand when people won't buy them anymore, and when that happens, remastered releases will stop being made.

The problem will take care of itself once it becomes a problem

bouzebbal1235d ago

nobody is threatened with a knife under the throat to buy remasters.
you don't wanna buy them get something else.
i'm more than looking forward to playing TLoU remaster, and so do all those who never owned PS3 before.

ScottyHoss1235d ago

I agree, the writer acts like supply and demand doesn't exist.

iiwii1235d ago

Agreed. And there are people like me who never got around to playing TLOU on the PS3, but now I may well purchase the PS4 version and give it a run through.

But yeah, when the market is not there, they will know and it will stop.

jholden32491235d ago

Problem is, even when a large chunk of people stop buying them they'll probably still continue to be made, due to the relative low cost of porting. So they're still making a profit either way. Only now the other 90% of gamers have to give up a potential new release to accommodate that small segment of gamers who insist on replaying the same games every 12 months.

I'm all for re-releases when they're actually dated games that can be brought into the current age. But GTA5? TLoU? Tomb Raider? Come on. If you just played the game a year ago why would you wanna give up a new 8th gen release just to play 7th gen games with slightly better resolution a year later?

In generations past, we all waved goodbye to the great games of that generation, turned around and never looked back. Nowadays, nobody waves goodbye. Everybody starts herding recent releases like cattle> you, you and you, you're gonna be in a trilogy re-release. You and you, you're getting upres'd and released as an ultimate version. You and you, we're selling you as a 8th gen port.

Azzanation1234d ago

However you don't understand, Remasters take away development time and money and are filling in spots that should be proper AAA titles. ND could be working on there next big game instead there making Uncharted 4 while wasting resources on TLOU Remastered.. same with 343 with Halo. That's the point. I would rather another game then games iv already played.

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Majin-vegeta1235d ago

Ewww that bug ridden POS game??No thanks

3-4-51235d ago

Remasters & Re-releases are ok, but it takes people to make those things happen.

Those people could otherwise be working on new games but are STILL working on the same game.

N311V1235d ago

Possible but very few staff are needed during the first year or so of game development. That's partly why developers like DLC, keep those staff that aren't needed for the new game yet working. It's probably only those people that work on remastered editions so I don't agree that there's a delay on new games.

Also the profit margin is likely a lot higher on re-releases and the risk a lot lower which will give developers more monetary resources to put into new games.

Win win.

BitbyDeath1235d ago

On the flip side they don't take long to make and can help devs get a better idea of the hardware works before moving onto a new game.

Alex_Boro1235d ago

We dont need another $60 pc port for the xbox one

MysticStrummer1235d ago (Edited 1235d ago )

"I still want a Xbox One version of Skyrim!"

Not me, but a new Elder Scrolls game (not ESO)… that's another story.

OT - Remasters are released because people buy them. No one is forced to buy them. That is all.

Jaqen_Hghar1234d ago

how about both? it'll take a small team some time to make a remaster but not a huge amount of time and it can be done by a third party (Sanzaru with Sly) and give that third party a chance to get their foot in the door (Sanzaru made a man's favorite Sly after the HD trilogy).

MysticStrummer1234d ago

Fine by me. I just don't want the next installment to be delayed because of a remaster. I'd rather have another Elder Scrolls than another Fallout, but I know many people like Fallout so I'll allow it. ; )

LamerTamer1234d ago

Not me either, I would want a PS4 version of Skyrim.

DigitalHope1235d ago

Simply put, no.

There are more than a few remasters I would love to see and pay for. Dead Space series which Ive played and a Mass Effect series remaster which I have not played.

People are mostly upset about remasters because they feel it takes away from other game development which may or may not be true.

Either way your never forced to buy a game. Keep remastering classics I say.

ginsunuva1235d ago

I want a remastered Shadow Fall. That game was a gem. Does anyone else remember back in the day?

elhebbo161235d ago

Why? just get the PC version, its more 'next-gen' then if they made next gen port. one word, mods.

Jp38851234d ago

So you want a version of skyrim that looks the same than the xbox 360 version and definitely worse than the pc version? There aren't many games that even run at 1080p if any on xbox one. It's not a HD remaster if there are no visual upgrades at all. Go buy a 150$ 750ti and slap it in your pc and try running skyrim and be amazed if u want an upgrade and to save money on your energy bill.

wonderfulmonkeyman1234d ago

Just get it for PC.
It's what I did; no regrets.

WPX1234d ago

Yeap and with the ENB mods, and Graphics Overhaul mods(and female armor mods too lol) the game can look better than anything out there right now.
And I still have a modest spec PC.
About those CTDs, well hmmm...

assdan1234d ago

I don't get it. If you don't want it, don't buy it! TLOU remastered is simply a GOTY edition on a new console.

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iamnsuperman1235d ago (Edited 1235d ago )

I think it is perfectly acceptable to re-release games that came out in 2013. We were at the end of a generation and so re-releasing them on the new generation systems makes perfect sense. It is also not a new occurrence.

I think it is too soon to start re-releasing 2012 or younger games (even as a collection). They need to be much older

InTheLab1235d ago

I think of TLoU and Tomb Raider as enhanced ports kinda like GTA on PC.

Also don't have a problem with the Master Chief collections as cramming all of those games in one bundle is really cool although I see no point in adding Halo 4.

The real issue is why people care. No one is forcing you to buy them...

ThatOneRiggaNob1235d ago

It's called the Master Chief Collection for a reason... Halo 4 was apart of his direct saga so why wouldn't they add it is the real question.

Summons751235d ago

It's Halo 1-4 because those are the stories of Master Chief. Halo 5 is clearly going to be a different main character who is searching for chief, hence why Arbiter (in the trailer) said "In order to find him you must know learn every detail"

admiralvic1234d ago

"Also don't have a problem with the Master Chief collections as cramming all of those games in one bundle is really cool although I see no point in adding Halo 4. "

Are you really questioning why they're including more content for theoretically the same price? I mean, they could include Dead or Alive 4 HD simply because it has a spartan and wouldn't object if the game still cost $59.99.

marlinfan101235d ago (Edited 1235d ago )

its too soon to re release games from 2012 but 2013 games are fair game? that makes sense. i don't have a problem with them re releasing some of the best games from last gen, but they need to leave it at that. if we start getting remakes of mediocre games just for the sake of remaking it i think thats when it'll be time to put a stop to them. HMCC and TLOU are a few of the biggest games from last gen (and some even from the gen before that) so i really don't see a problem with it.


why wouldnt they add halo 4?

Kamikaze1351235d ago

I think things are fine as is. Clearly there are people out there who want to play their favorite games enhanced for modern consoles, or else there wouldn't be so many enhanced games coming out. Also, I'm sure studios don't just drop what they're doing to work on these enhanced versions...they most likely have small teams working on it. So as long as it doesn't delay their upcoming titles by too much, I don't see why people against it really care.

truefan11235d ago (Edited 1235d ago )

I think announcing a remaster after 7 months after the original is a little much.

Lawboy21235d ago

I hate to say this but I only makes since because there are new systems out...but if it was still last generation they may rerelease but they would sell for cheaper and include all the DLC

Eonjay1235d ago

The topic is somewhat factious because apparently there is a market for it. There is a market because there are people who haven't played it or appreciate it so much they would gladly get this upgraded version.

Its really quite simple: if it was out of hand people wouldn't buy it. There are already more PS4's out there than copies of TLOU.

theDivision1235d ago

I disagree (in TLOU or any other exclusives case) There are lots of people who change sides at a new generation (such as myself) and didn't get to play critically acclaimed games of the last generation and would love to experience it now. I will be purchasing TLOU for the PS4 and get to enjoy it for the first time on the PS4 and it will for sure get plenty of play. I think it is a smart move in my opinion for exclusives, but for games like GTAV I agree it can be unnecessary.

Skylar1234d ago

"I disagree in TLOU"
"GTAV I agree it can be unnecessary"

Damn sony fanboys. As if you didn't look bad enough on this site.

beerzombie1234d ago

But people like me who did not buy gta5 because we bought the X-1. I thought they may upgrade it so I waited.

theDivision1234d ago (Edited 1234d ago )

@Skylar, did you even read my post? I have not played TLOU and have already logged tons of hours in GTAV so I won't be purchasing it for that simple and easy reason. I know that since my comment had more than 10 words it may be hard for you to read in all one sitting but please go ahead and try. I am fine with the Halo remake as well, I haven't played all of those so I'd be willing to get it for a reasonable price to play those. How does that make me a fanboy and not a reasonable consumer who wants to enjoy the critically acclaimed titles that were missed from previous generations.


Exactly, then that makes sense, I was simply saying I won't be picking it up because I did play the game.

Skylar1234d ago

Lol I was just messing with you. I know what you meant.

theDivision1234d ago

Oh, well in that case you got me haha. You can never really tell on this site.

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ziggurcat1235d ago (Edited 1235d ago )

Of course you would think that because it's a sony exclusive. Did you think that tomb raider was a bit much? Of course you didn't.

There are people who either haven't played the game on PS3 because they were anticipating a PS4 release or there are people who just owned an X360 last generation who bought a PS4 this time around.

And really, we all know you haven't played the game, nor do you own a PS3 or PS4, so you really don't need to concern yourself with the length of time it's been between the two releases.

Edit: @lawboy: your comment history suggests that you, in fact, did not "hate to say it."

MasterCornholio1235d ago

Tomb Raider 2 was such a good game. I'm so happy that they released it for the PS4 since I never played it on the PS3. Same goes for The Last of Us. I can't wait to play the definitive version of that game for the very first time.

Lawboy21235d ago

I actually did hate that they were re releasing tomb raider....also my comment history suggest no such thing....did u read the comments me Lukas had about the last of us.....he told me I should get it because I was going to hold off from getting it because there are so many games coming...I have it preordered right now actually.....

I said I hate to say this...because I know voicing ur opinion about anything negative that sony fans feel is a positive for ps4 will do nothing but start an argument I try not to say anything unless it's positive and I try to stay away from conversations that are very opinionated

RichardDawkins1235d ago

It's something the fans requested. And what about those people who switched from 360 to Ps4, or people who never got around to play TLOU on ps3? It's not like this is a terrible game... It was Game of the Year for 2013.

skulz71235d ago

Usually yes. But when that game is a masterpiece, it doesn't matter.

reko1235d ago

i think trolling every article is a little too much.

DeadlyOreo1234d ago

You can always count on truefan1 with his pathetic troll attempt. Don't fall for it guys, he has a fetish.

Can't wait for TLOU Remastered.

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RIP_Cell1235d ago

1 game for $50 is out of hand, at least give us a collection.

ThatOneRiggaNob1235d ago

Tbh I think they should've went with a God of War or at least Uncharted collection but nope they decided to go with TLoU.

hugogs1235d ago

Lots of people asked for TLOU,GTA V and some other games to be on new consoles/PC, I think thats why those games are being remasterd