Are they Remaking/Remastering games right?
With the release of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare in early November, brings to light the remaking or remastering of games. Included in the package of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be a remastered copy of Call of Duty Modern Warfare. A game that changed the face of First Person Shooters forever with a great single player story, and fantastic multiplayer action. It didn’t have Michael Ironside in it, but everybody does make mistakes. There have been some great, and not so great remaking or remastering of games which we will show some examples below, but what is the difference between remaking and remastering?
Remake: Major Improvements and enhancements with some changes to the story
Remastering: Same game, but updated graphics, sound and controls to match current hardware specifications
Also, don’t get me wrong about the featured picture of lil-Sebastian. This needs to be a game of some sort. Nothing do with the remaking/remastering. Just, sniff, IT”S LIL-SEBASTIAN.
Early Remasters or Remakes
Let us just have a quick look through a couple of old games that were re-made and mastered. We will choose 1 that works, and 1 that didn’t! We are discounting games like GTA 5 and such as they were remastered for the new gen. We are more talking games from the 80’s/90’s, that have been re-made recently.
The one that worked
In the 1990’s, there was a fantastic game company called LucasArts that could no wrong, absolutely no wrong at all. They produced some great Star Wars space fighter sims. (Xwing, Tie Fighter etc THAT DEFINITELY NEED TO BE REMADE, BUT NOT BY EA) and some fantastic point and click adventures. And case in point is 1 game that was remade in 2009 was The Secret of Monkey Island and should set a benchmark for the future. Ah, the point and click, the great jokes, the in-side jokes, the insults used as sword fighting. This game had the humour, the puzzles and was just so clever and witty. And the remake was fantastic. It included completely new hand drawn animation and new backgrounds. New music and more voice acting, and even more jokes. They also retained what worked in the game, and fixed-up the things that didn’t work in the game. This is how a remake should be.
The one that didn’t work
The remake/remastering of this game SHOULD have been epic. But, and I don’t swear much, but it was f*$&ing nasty. Well, not that bad but when you most beloved games of the 1990’s was promised a remaking, you would thinking they would have kept everything that made the game brilliant, in the game. The original had outstanding graphics, Roto scoped animation and cut scenes, fantastic background, a great story reminiscent of THEY LIVE, an action packed movie score (The ending music will never be forgotten), perfect controls, sound effect…….. At least they kept most of the story intact in the remake!
They have campy cut scenes that you just can’t take seriously, terrible voice acting, terrible story pacing, the challenge dumbed down, modern animations that just don’t work and a bad control system. But the graphics are pretty dang fantastic.
It was expected that maybe with this HD remake, it was time to take a trip down memory lane to bring back the wonder and excitement of the original flashback. It never had it thus far, but the HD remake/remaster feels as if they got half way through, knew it wasn’t going to be a great game, but they had a deadline and promises to keep so they had to finish the game.
Yes, remakes seem to be a growing thing just like they are in Hollywood, but does that pose the great question: “Are developers running out of ideas?” It is this little puppies opinion that they are, but why? Is it the case that companies are not willing to take the risk to develop a new and original game with new and original concepts? We indeed have seen this either close studios doors, or tarnish the reputation of game developers. Have a read about my indies vs AAA’s here as in a way it’s related. The indies seem to be the one that are taking the risks and implementing new ideas and concepts, where as AAA’s are rehashing, remaking and remastering games. Although it is a good thing remastering some games and such, but when will the trend end? Will the new Skyrim remaster be successful? It is basically a remaster of the graphics of Skyrim that you will get for free if you own Skyrim and all it’s DLC’s, or it may cost around the US$60 mark if you don’t. Will this be the downfall for remasters? It will be the same game but with just better graphics for US$60? Time will tell!