The Remaster – Is it Really Such a Bad Thing?

Jamie Briggs, Analog Addiction. "Remaster: A term that would bring excitement as we watched a beloved experience receiving a full makeover, allowing us to once again experience the wonderful adventure on our current batch of consoles. These days the term has a lot of negative stigma, mostly due to the large number of remastered titles releasing each month rather than each year. The remaster has become more than common throughout the gaming industry, especially with the introduction of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Though some hate the huge number of remastered titles being released, some absolutely adore them for many reasons."

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Neonridr1155d ago

As long as developers don't think that it's ok for them to just re-release their older library of games rather than coming up with new stuff.

Some remasters are definitely warranted and worth it, but it's starting to get a little out of hand here on the new generation of machines.

For every Last of Us or Tomb Raider that was worth of a remaster, I can point out a Sleeping Dogs or Saints Row that didn't need one.

Picnic1155d ago (Edited 1155d ago )

The first major remaster that was I was aware of is Resident Evil on the Gamecube.

But it wasn't just a remaster. They'd completely overhauled the graphics of what was a 5 year old game and they'd changed the puzzles. The game was a testament to what the Gamecube was capable of.

The remasters of today are of games that are barely a year old with just cosmetic changes.
They are taking up the time of top developers who should be working on new material.

I understand that because the PS4 and Xbox One aren't backwards compatible- and because they want to make some more money and fans for their series in the short term - and because it takes longer to get original games out, they release remasters in the meantime. But it doesn't mean they're worth my money if I have the last gen version of the same game.

Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite, although not perfect, were arguably 2 of the great games of last generation. But, to Irrational's credit, they closed the studio and they're not rushing to get remasters out are they.

Sometimes the last gen version even looks better or at least suits the style of the game more. e.g. Silent Hill HD wasn't as praised as the last gen equivalents.

Jamiex661155d ago (Edited 1155d ago )

To be fair, 2K are the ones who still own the Bioshock IP. So though Irrational may not be working on remastered titles, 2K have shown (from today's Borderlands announcement) that they are more than willing to do so.

For reference.