Here lately, a few of the older GIO bloggers have returned to write. I’ve wanted to do so for quite a while, and I’ve recently been given the tools to do just that. So, consider me back from the dead.

 

This is a video game website, as we are hopefully well aware of. So, what more of a fitting topic for me to talk about than things being brought back from the dead. Namely, video games.

 

Remaster. The mere mention of the word can induce feelings of disgust or excitement at the same time, depending on who you ask. There are those that see remasters of old video games as a cash grab by developers to make a quick buck off of the same games over and over again. The other side of the fence sees remasters as a way to revisit the games of yore, dead games if you will, and experience their magic all over again. Personally, I reside on the more cheerful side of things. Judging by the sales of the rehashed Pokemon games, I’m not alone.

 

A bit of background first. I’m 31 years old. I started playing video games over 28 years ago. I’ve seen a lot. I’ve done a lot. I’ve played a lot. My fondest gaming memories are behind me though. The talk of VR being the norm and online only gaming (things that are surely on the horizon) interest me very little. Yes, I can appreciate the upgrade in technology and moving the industry forward, but I’m old school. I’d rather buy the physical copy of a game. I’d rather sit in a chair with a controller in my hand and relax while I game. That’s not to say that the other side of the coin is wrong, it’s just preference.

 

This past E3 was tough for me. With the exceptions of Horizon: Zero Dawn and Mass Effect Andromeda, I couldn’t bring myself to get excited for many of the announced games or features. The show, as a whole, was a dud. Then, a name from the past emerged, and I was instantly hyped. Crash Bandicoot.

 

YEEEESSSSSS

 

I’m not sure if it’s going to just be a collection rerelease or a remastered set, but it honestly doesn’t matter to me in the least. I’m going to get to play the old Crash Bandicoot games on my PS4 that I loved when I was a growing gamer. That’s all that matters to me. I’m a simple man.  That got me to thinking though… what other games should be rereleased or remastered?

 

Looking at my miniscule game collection, I own only two remasters; FFX/FFX-2 HD and The Last of Us. I have purchased these two games a total of five different times, however, while switching consoles around. FFX is my favorite Final Fantasy games and one of my top ten games ever, and The Last of Us speaks for itself.

 

“But The Last of Us didn’t need a remaster, dude! It had just come out of PS3 when it was redone! Naughty Dog just wants your money.” You can look at it that way, sure. If you look at the difference between the PS3 and PS4 versions, you’ll see that the remaster was a huge step forward. It’s a noticeable upgrade in every sense of the game. Graphics, content, gameplay… the PS4 remaster is simply a better game, and there’s really no argument that says otherwise. Could Naught Dog have skipped the PS3 release altogether? Sure. But not everyone had/has access to a PS4, so letting more people play their game was and is a good thing. Was it a cash grab? That’s subjective. While I prefer remasters as a multiple game release, I cannot fault Naughty Dog for their TLoU PS4 offering.

 

Remasters are a thing of debate, because opinions are things that exist. Do I want to see every old game remastered? Of course not. Would I buy a Mass Effect Trilogy Remaster with all of the DLC bells and whistles? In a heartbeat. The Witcher Trilogy? Yep. A full Borderlands trilogy? Absolutely. Crysis, Killzone, InFamous, Dragon Age, Resistance, and Dead Space? Yes yes yes yes yes and yes. With Mass Effect Andromeda on the horizon, playing through the initial beloved trilogy in an updated form would make me look forward to it even more.

 

Are remasters cash grabs? Sometimes, sure. But I will gladly pay to play great games, no matter if I have played them once before or not. In fact, I prefer it.