Too Soon for Remasters?

I’m going to open this up with a simple premise. I hate this trend of developers and publishers re-releasing last generation games for the current generation consoles. When I say this, I don’t mean releasing something like Watch_Dogs on PS3/4 and Xbox 360/One, what I mean is releasing a high definition remake of let’s say, GTA 5 or Tomb Raider or Sleeping Dogs so soon after the release of the last gen version.

This smacks of just a complete and utter money grab on the part of the game companies to cash in on the popularity of their games with slightly upgraded graphics and textures, and most of, if not all, of the DLC. This sucks. I want new games released for the now current generation consoles. I’ve already got Tomb Raider TWICE on both 360 and PS3 (Thanks PS+), I’m highly considering rebuying GTA 5 because I know that the people I play it most with are going to probably upgrade too and leave the PS3 version in the dust.

Why the hell is this happening? I understand it when it comes to say The Last of Us, which I’m still not happy with but I know that there are some people who were strictly 360 who have migrated to the PS4 and maybe never got a shot at playing The Last of Us, but when it’s a multi-platform title already, it just really, really disappoints me. Can’t we spend more time on releasing new games instead of bringing over barely even year old titles one more time?

I want something to quench my gaming appetite for the PS4. I have Infamous: Second Son. I have Assassin’s Creed 4. I have EA UFC. Watch_Dogs. And a whole host of other games brought over via PS+ like Outlast, Contrast, and stuff like that. I know we’re really early into the console’s life span, but can’t we have something different instead of having the developers work on an already released product?

Now don’t get me wrong, I do like HD remakes of games… pending they are old enough to warrant one, or if a major milestone is coming up. Like Metal Gear Solid, for instance or Resident Evil, and most recently Abe’s Oddysee. Those can be considered worthy of a new lease of life. Metal Gear Solid for instance was released for the PS1 and PC in 1997. In 2004, it was remade for the Gamecube as The Twin Snakes, and it was a good thing because of the clear graphical leap between the generations.

There’s also a clear graphical leap between the PS2/Xbox/GC to the PS3/360… Maybe not the Wii so much. But still. There is no major graphical leap between the PS3/360 and PS4/One. Sure, we can have higher resolution textures, and slightly better models regardless, does it really warrant a re-release so soon? Are we now living in a world where we are given “First anniversary HD remasters” to bridge the gap between last generation and new generation consoles? I sincerely hope not. Focus less on the old and bring in the new. For the love of Jeebus, just do it.

-A frustrated gamer.

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On the wrong end of 20, living in London. Avid gamer, wrestling fan and movie buff.