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Remakes – Monday Editorial

Posted by Michael Koczwara On June - 20 - 2011 0 Comment

Just last week, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D was released to the world, a remastered classic of a legendary game that awed the world 13 years ago. With many flocking to the nearest gaming emporium or an online retail shop, the game was universally acclaimed (again) by critics and gamers alike. While fans and newcomers are off enjoying the game, some sit back and scoff. Scoff at the fact that some developer is yet again releasing a remake of another game.

Remakes have, for quite some time, gotten a bad rap among gamers for the sole fact that the developers are making a quick cash grab instead of making a new gaming experience. Money does not fall from the heavens and gamers are quick to bring the idea of paying for essentially the same game twice. These are both valid points, but remakes can’t all be for the easy money.

Taking a look at the Resident Evil Gamecube revival, remakes have many qualities that justify a release. The remake of the original game vastly improved on the original’s graphics and visuals as well as adding in new gameplay mechanics that have been featured in installments since the first game’s release. The game also gave a chance to let players who missed the original’s 1996 release on the first PlayStation to play the game on the Gamecube six years later. Other games like Super Mario 64 DS brought tons of new content that wasn’t available before, creating an expanded gaming experience that could not have been achieved before.

This isn’t to say that we haven’t seen some undeserved and wretched remakes in the past. Sonic the Hedgehog’s 2006 reboot was a clear disappointment and gamers and critics alike agreed that a reboot of this kind was clearly not necessary. Many reboots and remakes have fallen to this similar demise, trying to reimagine a game but missing the point dramatically.

More recently we have seen the controversy over the recently released 3DS and its line of remakes that are heading to store shelves. With the 3DS’s lackluster launch, gamers are expecting the big and meaningful games to come soon. Before we get our hands on Kid Icarus and Super Mario 3DS, owners of the 3DS will have to get through The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, Street Fighter IV and the soon to be released Star Fox 64 3D. While some fans are happy with the fact that they are getting quality games rereleased and redone on the system, others are turning their backs and want an answer to why they are being fed remakes when new games should be available by now. The 3DS has been out for nearly 3 months and it’s up for debate which side is right.

Are remakes bad for the industry? Do the redeemable qualities beat the negative qualities? What do you think about remakes? Sound off in the comment section below!

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