The problem with remasters in 2021

Nintendo Everything reflects on three remasters for Switch, analyzing the different approaches, the issues, and how they ended up like this.

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CrimsonWing69875d ago (Edited 875d ago )

You know what great about games back then? Nobody was trying to milk remasters. We all got original Games immediately for the new consoles. None of this cross-gen crap, no remasters, when you got a new console you played new games. Miss those days.

fitofficial875d ago

If we're being fair launch lineups for most consoles were pretty terrible. Most had one, maybe two good games at the start. I think the amount of great games for consoles has definitely receded though in comparison to past generations. If you look at the bar for what a "great" game is versus what used to be considered great (Ratchet: Rift Apart vs. any of the original 3 Ratchets, for example), the bar has been lowered to a staggering degree.

galgor875d ago

You still had SEGA releasing Genesis collections and Namco doing arcade classics. And to this day they still release those things on new consoles.

CrimsonWing69875d ago

Genesis collections on… Sega Genesis? Was there one for Saturn or Dreamcast? Also, like how many of those were on the consoles back then? Also, we’re they compilations or sold separately?

fitofficial875d ago (Edited 875d ago )

The problem with GAMES in 2021 is that the vast majority of companies have shifted what used to be the majority of their beta-dev phase from before launch to after launch to the tune of huge profits and reduced development time. The first year after a game's release is now the beta, early-adopters that are ignorant enough to pay full price for unfinished games are the beta testers, and these companies laugh all the way to the bank.

To top it off, game "journalists" triple dip with articles before release about how hyped they are, around release about how terrible the games are (or controversy-stoking articles about why everyone's wrong and the game is actually good), and then a year after release when everything's fixed they'll wax poetic about how the game is suddenly great and everyone that missed it should now play it. The whole system sucks out loud.

CrimsonWing69875d ago (Edited 875d ago )

See, I think it has to do with publishers not willing to take a gamble on new games due to them not selling. I think we see Remasters because it’s cheap and consumers seem to buy them.

fitofficial875d ago

Oh it's definitely both, but look no further than Rockstar rushing out the GTA remasters and then saying "soooorry" on a bearskin rug to confirm what I alluded to.


Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is Still Not up to Standard Two Years Later

Worse still though, it appears as though The Trilogy has been abandoned by Rockstar and Take Two Interactive.

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Inverno118d ago

By today's standards, I'd argue that being half assed, having a couple patches, and being abandoned and ultimately left still half assed is infact up to standards.

VenomUK117d ago (Edited 117d ago )

Yesterday I watched a YouTube video that said the new Netflix iOS/Android versions have a series of visual improvements that significantly improve it and bring it much closer to the vision and mood of the original games.


banger88117d ago

That's just a f****** insult. They need to release that patch for console/PC asap.

Chard117d ago

If this gets applied to the Steam/console version then I’ll consider getting it

Cacabunga118d ago

Cash grabs have rarely been tuned

1nsomniac117d ago

It was beyond garbage. But we’re all over it now right? like it never happened!

anast117d ago

It's was supposed to be a mobile game.

Knightofelemia117d ago

This is what happens when you farm something out to the wrong people.

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Wow, Looks Like The Busted GTA Trilogy Is Better On Mobile

The Definitive Editions of GTA III, Vice City, and San Andreas look better than ever according to fans

-Foxtrot121d ago

Probably because it looked like it was made for mobile

Profchaos121d ago

I've checked it out and there's a toggle there for original lighting when that's on you get the sun saturation back orange hues of San Andreas and tons more atmosphere in vc.

Seems to be a huge factor you lose dynamic lights and the overly out of the box he engine feel and the whole thing seems more artistically driven.

I hope this comes to the actual console and ps release eventually

Knightofelemia120d ago (Edited 120d ago )

Better to enjoy the games on PS2 least they weren't a pile of shit.

shinoff2183120d ago

Out of curiosity what is the issue with this trilogy. I was looking to buy it cause san andreas is still my favorite and I've been itching for it. Is it broken?

PhillyDonJawn119d ago

The put little effort into the remaster. It's more of a port than anything. The graphics are barely any better while the colors make it look kinda cartoony