Question of the Week

Question of the Week: 7/3/14

Are current gen remakes of the previous gen’s games worth the cost?

Courtney Osborn, Founder & Editor in Chief:

Honestly it depends how much it costs.  Games like Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition being sold for $60 seemed outrageous to me.  But then again I had already played it on PS3 so I didn’t want to pay full price again.  Other games like Metro Redux are doing it right by releasing them cheaper: $24.99 a piece or $49.99 together as a bundle.  So I guess what I am trying to say is that it all comes down to how much you enjoy the game on if it justifies the price to you.  I am not saying that companies need to stop remaking games on this generation, because I am totally fine with that.  

Lou Contaldi, Senior Editor:

They can be worth the cost — I’m unable to make a blanket statement about this one, but I’ll look at two examples. There are going to be games like Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition or The Last of Us Remastered which serve a purpose to fill the PS4 library and acclimate those who haven’t played the game to the series. These games are worth the cost to those of us who haven’t played them during the last generation. However, some games like The Master Chief Collection bring such overwhelming  value that it is a great deal. Four games, revitalized multiplayer modes, and upgraded graphics make The Last of Us pale in comparison.

What it comes down to is your personal gaming history — it is an uphill battle to make a remake worth the cost if you’ve already played it, but developers can pull it off.

Chad Waller, Editor:

That depends upon a great many factors. I’ll never buy a game I already own since I’m not apt to get rid of my old consoles, but I’m not everyone. Some people replace their boxes with the new ones, and remakes allow them to continue playing games they like. For those thinking of jumping ship from Sony to Microsoft or vice versa, remakes allow them to play games they missed. There’s good to be had with remakes.

Shawn Richards, Editor:

In my opinion, they are worth the cost if they include the DLC and were exclusive to only one last gen platform. For example, I will be picking up The Last of Us Remastered because I missed out on it last gen and it does include the DLC. If it was just a port, I doubt it would be worth the cost, especially since PlayStation does Cross-Buy with PS3/PS4/Vita. I would love to see more of these, especially if they come in collections (like the Mass Effect trilogy, Bioshock series, PS2 classics collection [Ratchet & Clank, Jak, Sly]). Basically, if the remastered version of it is a glorified port, then no, it is not. But if the game has more with it like DLC or comes in a collection, I am all for it.

Steven Shearer, Editor:

Yes. For someone out there, they will be worth the cost. Now, there’s several reason towards that, the most common is that not everyone may of played it when it originally launched. Other times it can be used just to fill in time, more common when a new generation of console releases.

Ryan Latuso, Editor:

That really depends. If you didn’t play them the first time then they are great to pick up. Some games go as far as to clean up some details like AI or broken mechanics, making it a superior version. It also serves as a way to play older games since current generation doesn’t have backwards compatibility. Some of them are just higher resolution games though and I rarely find that worth it.

Dustin LaRoe, Editor:

I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s pretty gross to do remakes of games from the previous gen. If hardware manufacturers refuse to incorporate backwards compatibility into their consoles because they claim that the demand isn’t there, then how the hell do they justify remakes of games from last year that would be included in any backwards compatibility solution?

Having said that; I feel that remakes of older games from ten years or more in the past aren’t so bad, because plenty of people who play games now weren’t playing games back then.

Benjamin Luthi, Editor:

Certainly it depends on the game. Ducktales Remastered and Ocarina of Time 3D are two example where the remakes were great. Ducktales Remastered had a couple of great new levels, but was essentially the same game otherwise, just with new music and some cutscenes. Ocarina of Time only has two flaws: the endless ‘HEY LISTEN’, and that the graphics have aged poorly. Ocarina of Time 3D resolves both of these issues.

That being said, not all games would be worth the HD upgrade. More pixels does not always equal better graphics. For example, the NES Mega Man games look as good now as they ever have. The pixelated sprites are part of the charm. I don’t believe that adding re-drawn images would improve the game. In terms of gameplay, some games are better left in the past. Have you tried to go back and play Crazy Taxi? It seems boring by today’s standards.

Myles Farrington, Editor:

Depends on the cost of the remake and if there’s anything new with said remake. If it’s just the same game but it’s prettier then I definitely believe that the title shouldn’t cost the full price of the original. If it comes with more content, that’s when I think a remake is working toward being worth a full retail price tag.

Aaron Dobbe, Editor:

If the remake adds a substantial amount of new content, then sure, I’m willing to pay for a current-gen remake. It allows me to get my nostalgia and new gameplay wrapped up together in a neat package that (hopefully) looks a lot nicer too. That said, I think that from here on out, developers are going to have to add a lot more content to justify a rerelease, simply because graphics power is coming in shorter leaps. The jump from the PS3 and the PS4 is not nearly as impressive as the jump between the PS2 and PS3, which is itself less stunning than the move from PS1 to PS2. Soon enough (if not now), remakes of last-gen games aren’t going to be able to rely on just a facelift in order to drive purchases.

Audrey Lips, Editor:

Like many others have noted, only if the remake adds a lot of new content and features. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX, for example, is a good example of a remake that is worth purchasing. The game is a remake of Kingdom Hearts and Re:Chain of Memories, which are both older console games, with HD graphics and trophies plus an HD remastering of the cinematic scenes from a third game (Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days). Whether you’ve been a fan from the beginning or are a new fan, this remake is definitely worth it.

On the other hand, The Last of Us Remastered re-release for the PlayStation 4 is not something I’d care to buy. The only difference are the graphics… Not really something worth paying $50 for when I already have the game on the PlayStation 3. A lot of these kinds of re-releases and remakes aren’t too beneficial unless you’re a superfan of the game (or it’s developer).

Mike Morrissette, Editor:

No. Can I just have true backwards compatibility? Is that honestly asking for too much at this point? I’ll pay the extra 50 bucks on a system if that’s what it takes, hell that would cover the cost of one “HD Remake”. I will say this however, when develop teams add new content into the remastered version, I have no problem paying the extra money. Take Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD for example. That game added extra content, and it provided three different experiences, two of which were only previously available on handheld devices. Games such as the HD remakes of Ico, and Shadow of the Colossus however, that’s where I draw the line.

Harry Loizides, Editor:

For the company’s sake, I think it makes sense-getting players to either buy games they already played, or should have played. For gamers I think this is just silly. You already played the game. Now you’re playing it on a different system? Unless it’s been radically changed with story line or added content, just save your money for something better.

Patrick Garrity, Editor:

I think for the time being they are priced ok, but that window of time may be running out.  We’re closely coming up on the 1 year date of the Ps4 and Xbox 1 launch and we still do not have a lot of games for either console.  With this being said, sure we have The Last of Us HD coming out soon priced at 50 bucks but I kinda of hope that’s the end of it.  I didn’t just invest in a new console to play games I’ve played previously or even indies for that matter.  If your gonna do a remake from here on out, 30 dollars MAX.  Maybe even package a remake with the sequel to the game as a bonus, but lets get going with new games & IP’s.

Andrew Lee, Editor:

Game remakes aren’t all that bad but in the end it depends on the game getting a remake and in what manner. We’ve seen games simply get a graphical upgrade but these remakes aren’t worth it. A remake should be a game that not only is remastered with a upgrade in its visuals but it needs to include more content than the initial release of the original, most developers do this by providing the game with all of the game’s DLC included. While this may satisfy some, developers need to put more effort into their remakes. Take the Kingdom Hearts series from Square Enix for example. Their Remix editions of the Kingdom Hearts games has exclusive content which isn’t available in the original games. I’m talking new levels, new skills, secret bosses, more monsters, more mini-games. This is the extra content that remakes need to have

Shaun Fales, Editor:

For me it all depends on the game. A good example would be The Last of Us Remastered coming out at the end of the month. I never got to play it on PS3 so I’m excited to finally be able to go through what many people consider to be the best 2013 release. Another example on the other side of the spectrum is Grand Theft Auto V. I got %100 completion on my 360 copy and still can’t wait to hop back in. As this new generation of consoles continues and my focus shifts more towards my Xbox One and PS4 I hope more games from previous generations find their way to them, whether it be on disc, or digitally.

Jesse Webster, Editor:

It all depends of the game. While I am willing to pay full price on games like The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto V, other games like The Walking Dead I am willing to wait until it goes on sale. For The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto V, they provide replayability while The Walking Dead doesn’t. Another incentive for old gen games moving to next gen is any extras they might provide. In The Last of Us it will come with all the DLC including Left Behind. In Grand Theft Auto V, you can transfer online characters to any system you want. It is obvious that any new next gen versions of games will look better, but they either must have high replay value or have good reasons to be worthy of buying it again. For me to get a last gen game on a next gen console, it has to be excellent for me to be fine about buying the game again.

Jake Dekker, Editor:

The short answer: No.  If you already have the game it is probably not worth purchasing again unless the developer is offering new content or DLC.  With that said, I do tend to buy these remasters because a lot of the games that get remastered are fantastic games that I want to experience again.  When it comes to remasters they are almost always a good buy if you have not played the game before.  Otherwise, I would wait for the price to drop before purchasing a remaster that you have already played.

So what do you think about it? Answer in the comments below!

8 thoughts on “Question of the Week: 7/3/14”

  1. of course not….but these companies have to continue to justify the ridiculous notion that backwards compatibility is too difficult and expensive to have,and enough people are (unfortunately) willing to shell out the money,so meh


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