17 comments on “My Problem with HD Remakes

  1. Of all the things to complain about the game industry this isn’t one of them. The reason for hd remakes is believe it or not there are people that don’t have the previous system/game for whatever reason. So instead of buying another system & game (not everyone wants fifteen systems under their tv). They can purchase the hd remake an enjoy the games. If the price is to high wait a while as it will eventually go down.

  2. A very good article although I have to agree w/ Ben, but in a slightly different light. To begin, I bought the ICO/SotC Collection, both GoW Collections, and the MGS HD Collection. I also have the original PS2 & PSP games. So why did I buy the HD Remakes if I have the originals? Other than the simple “because I can” response, when I purchased those games, I was a frugal teenage gamer who always bought used. So the dev’s never saw my money. Call it brown-nosing the devs, but I feel that purchasing the HD remakes was my redemption…when I purchase these remakes, they now have the money that was rightfully theirs. Games such as Ico & SotC weren’t necessarily commercial successes, and this gave them that second chance to be. Ironically, I’ve seen used PS2 versions of ICO sell for $40 (USED!) at most local retailers. That’s the same price as the HD collection, so its really a no-brainer.

    And for the sake of supporting your article, yes, they could have released ICO, and SotC on the PSN for $15 a pop, so that it saves you %25 when buying both, but if you were to ask a majority of people “Would you be willing to pay $5 more per game for a HD visual upgrade?” I’m sure a majoriy would gladly do it.. which would bring the cost back up to $20 a pop.

    On a side note. I bought the ICO & SoTC collection for $25 Brand New 2 weeks after it came out at Best Buy. That wouldn’t happen on PSN…(that soon anyway). I picked up the GOW origins for $30 at Best Buy w/ their reward points promotion coupons. And Finally I bought MGS HD collection for $35 at Kmart on Black Friday… which is less than $12 a pop for 3 HD Upgraded games. (I’m still a frugal gamer.)

    My SOLE complaint about the HD remakes is that I can’t use my original PS2 save data…

    Other than that I do it for the devs. And whether its true or not that this ‘reclaimed’ money from HD remakes is the same money they use to invest in keeping the series alive, I’ll bite. With the combination of a rough economic climate, high development costs, and piracy…devs are trying to come up w/ every possible way to continue funding the games we love, if we have to purchase slightly upgraded ports of games of old to help them fund their new projects.. well.. I’m game.

    Sorry for the rant. Still a great and well supported article. Just goes to show that there’s no such thing as a perfect system.

  3. Thanks for the comments it is always great to hear feedback. Jared I think it is great that you are kind enough to pay back the developers for the great experience that you didn’t pay them for the first time. That being said all of the games that are being remade (except for Ico & Shadow of the Colossus) were popular games that made the developers a lot of money and that most people have played. Ben I think that it is great for people who haven’t played the games to be able to experience them but I don’t think it is right to draw attention away from new games, which take a lot more money to make, that are coming from other devs. This year we had Sly Cooper, MGS, Ico/Shadow and God of War’s PSP games all made into HD Remakes and sold on store shelves. We also had Beyond Good & Evil and RE4 in HD online. That is nearly as many remakes as new triple AAA exclusives. I would rather they just quickly put the games online and focused on bringing out the next new game that no one has played before. I want MGS: Rising, The Last Guardian and Sly 4 instead of the games I already have. Also I agree that there are other things in the industry that irritate me more than this and hopefully I will eventually get around to those.
    P.S. Jared I was unaware that the remakes were dropping in price so much, those were some good points and it does suck that you can’t use PS2 memory cards. I just eel it sucks more that if you have the Slim model you can’t play PS2 games.
    P.P.S. if Square Enix makes a Kingdom Hearts HD instead of Kingdom Hearts 3, I will lose it.

  4. ps2 games may not need an elaborate hd remake. games like gta san andreas play with a notable upgrade on my 80 gig fat. the gta game and many other ps2 games dont seem to feature a progressive scan option . scar face and gun gain a notable graphic improvement when selecting progressive scan and using component cables. the scar face game also features true wide screen without crop or stretching.
    why so few ps2 games available for the ps3? its got to be money . while gamers think sony is missing out on a lot of money it maybe that there is more money in the new stuff. also game companies spend big money making their new games and need sales not gamers playing old ps2 games that also dont offer dlc post game release sales. if offered on psn the gta and hit man trilogies alone could keep some gamers busy for 6 months.
    cheap ps2 games on psn would get some sales from me but i am loving the current hd ps3 games and can hardly wait for next gen and true 1080p at smooth 60 fps. however its not all about graphics as gta 4 had better graphics but gta san andreas was more fun.

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