Last week we had Burnout Paradise Remastered and this week has Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered hitting our shelves. Remasters aren’t going away any time soon, so how do you feel about them?
It feels weird that we’re getting a surge of remasters to games that feel both very recent and very readily available. Both Burnout Paradise and Assassin’s Creed Rogue can be picked up on PC, but the remasters don’t exist for that crowd. They’re for people who want to play them on console without hooking up their old hardware or people who missed out the first time around.
Now I’m totally on board with introducing games to people that missed out on them before. Shadow of the Colossus is an absolute classic that had the misfortune of being released on the Playstation 2 during the awkward period where the Playstation 3 was also being launched. There was already a remaster made for the PS3 some years later but it was nowhere near as good as more recent PS4 release.
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 + 2.5 Remix and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue which lets people finally have every Kingdom Hearts game on the same console even if the naming scheme is outright silly.
The problem is that many of these remasters can feel like lazy cash grabs. An attempt to use nostalgia to get people to rebuy games they used to enjoy without putting in any real effort to update them to current standards.
Where do you fall on remasters? Are there any stand out attempts that have made you fall in love with a game all over again? What about the ones that disappointed you, the unnecessary ones that just made you shake your head and walk away?