4 Video Game Remasters Worth Replaying

Brent Lee of The Koalition writes: Our lives are technologically advanced and packed full of content and media: entire libraries of television available at the click of a button, cars that can drive themselves and smartphone Swiss army knives capable of just about any task out there. It can be difficult to think back to simpler times. To basic consoles, the first advances in 3D graphics and simple but excellent games. Difficult no more, however! Here are four recent remasterings of some of gaming’s most well-known classics, built and updated for modern hardware but with the same machinery beneath the hood. Prepare yourself for a trip down memory lane.

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rbailey952d ago

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a great example of a remaster done the right way. If we do get more remasters in the future hopefully they will live up to the same standards.

FallenAngel1984952d ago

That’s a remake not a remaster

Sgt_Slaughter952d ago (Edited 952d ago )

A remake changes the entire game, a remaster updates the original.

This, by definition, is a remaster.

septemberindecember952d ago (Edited 952d ago )

The developers consider it a “remaster plus”, which I’d agree with.

Honestly, words are just approximations of thought anyway. There isn’t really a need to argue over the semantics of it.

FallenAngel1984952d ago

A remake is a project that’s built from the ground up and uses new assets to recreate the original, like Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy.

A remaster is a project that reuses the same assets with new resolutions or framerates like with Jak & Daxter Collection.

For a better idea of this basic concept, just look at how the PS3 version of Shadow of the Colossus is a remaster and the PS4 version of Shadow of the Colossus is a remake. Or how PS4 already had a remaster of FFVII with a remake of FFVII on the way in the future.

Kryptix952d ago (Edited 952d ago )

Says "Original 3 Games Remastered" on the cover.

The same mechanics are intact so it makes sense even without the cover giving out the fact.

Remastering an audio file doesn't build it back together in complete new form from the ground up for example.

FallenAngel1984952d ago (Edited 952d ago )

That’s still mismarketing since a remake typically shares very little of the original assets and code with the original game, distinguishing it from an "enhanced port", partial remake, or remastering.

Crash Bandicoot: N-Sane Trilogy fits that description since all the assets are built from the ground up. Final Fantasy VII, Parappa the Rapper, & Final Fantasy IX on PS4 are what actual PS1 remasters would look like on the console. They wouldn’t look like a modern title 3 generations later like N-Sane Trilogy does.

Not to mention that some of the mechanics in N-Sane Trilogy were clearly reworked, like the jumping physics and hitboxes.

This shouldn’t be hard to understand or even up for debate. Unless you’re going to also argue the upcoming Shadow of the Colossus title on PS4 should be considered a remaster like the PS3 version and not a remake with similar logic, this discussion is over.

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sagesurge952d ago

Crash Bandicoot is such a wonderful series and it remaster was done amazingly.

GaboonViper952d ago

Next up, Medieval and by the love of Laydens beard.....Spyro, it has to happen.

sagesurge946d ago

I can't wait for Medieval

adventureghost124952d ago

I'd say all of those are worth the remaster, except Modern Warfare. I can't justify still spending 30-40 for a single game that came out more than 10 years ago, with minor improvements and then having users pay an extra 15 for the only dlc in the game that should have come with it at launch. That's not business, that's extortion and no amount of nostalgia can change that.

Psytrix952d ago

Defiantly down for Crash - but it's still too expensive lol. Taking ages for this game hit $30 here in Australia.

Segata952d ago

Learn the difference between a remaster and remake, please. A game like Crash is a full remake. A game like Okami HD is a remaster.

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