I'm not even going to try to come up with some kind of fitting opening sentence for this. I am going to write a disclaimer though.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are OPINIONS! They are NOT demands on anyone, and whatever you want to spend your own money on is completely up to you, so don't try to come in here and tell me that I'm telling you how to spend your money because I don't care how you spend your money. I do, however, care about the direction of the gaming industry and how it can move forward.
To answer your question, yes this is another blog about the remake crap that's going on.
Today there was a rumour, that's most likely fact, that God of War: Ascension is going to have a PS4 version. That's right, another COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY "remaster" is almost assuredly coming to the PS4. Right away the comments in support of this sprung up.
"This is great for people who didn't get a chance to play it on the PS3"
What the hell was stopping them? What is stopping them now? Absolutely nothing.
"This is going to have graphical upgrades, and most likely all the DLC."
WHO CARES?! These games aren't even HD remasters, they are HD touch ups.
Tomb Raider, The Last of Us, Mass Effect Trilogy (still a rumour, but you know it's coming), and now GoW:A are all games that are already HD.
"But they aren't in 'true' 1080p HD."
See, this is why the gaming industry has a problem with content. Too many people care far too much about how many pixels are on the screen. This is just proof that the majority of gamers these days care more about graphics than anything else. Which makes me question why there aren't more PC gamers talking on this site then since if graphics were what you all really want, then PC is where you need to be.
"But the PC doesn't have the exclusives that consoles have"
You don't care about exclusives. You're supporting HD touchups because the graphics are better. A gamer that actually wants to play games will play them when they come out. If you really want to play these games, and not their HD touchups, then you'd have played them already. You clearly want to play graphics first, everything else second. Exclusives are just a convenient excuse.
I'm particularly disappointed in Sony for what are such lazy moves on their part. Yeah, I get that they need money, but this is frickin' sad. Where is the Sony of the PS2 days who actually tried to get new and exciting experiences for their console?
All I see is a Sony that's content with letting indies carry the ball while they greenlight touchups of games that aren't even a year old. And so many support this nonsense.
Where are your standards? Why support the complete halt of innovative progress in favour of being patronized with lazy offerings like hd touchups?
If this were something like an HD remaster of, say, Legend of Dragoon then that would be amazing. That game is pretty old and flew under the radar of a lot of JRPG fans. But these are games that aren't even close to being that old, and in the case of TLOU not even a year old.
I mean is this really what you want for your current gen consoles? HD touchups?
"Gee, I really liked this game, but I don't think it had enough pixels in it. I'd love to play the same game again, but with more pixels and DLC included for the price of a brand new game."
I have never seen a community more like a pancake than the gaming community. There is absolutely no consistency in the standards of what we should expect from the development scene and so many flip flop on what they have a problem with. It's like a massive case of bipolar disorder.
You want to support this creative laziness, all the power to you. You're definitely entitled to enjoy what you want. But you're killing progress. You're telling Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft that they can appease you with graphical touchups instead of new experiences. You're telling them all that it was ok that they launched new consoles COMPLETELY unprepared to have new experiences steadily available or announced within a timely manner.
At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if games that aren't even out yet have an HD touchup planned for 6 months after they release. Because why not, "it's good for people who didn't get a chance to buy a PS4/XB1/Wii U 6 months ago" right?