Everything that’s old is new again. And by that I mean any and all form of media can and will be remade. Cough *superhero franchises* Cough. However, this article is referring to the resurfacing of classic video games, fully remastered in HD, 1080p glory.
So you might be wondering, what is the appeal of buying and playing a game that has already been made and paid for by you? The answer is there isn’t any. But if you’re like me, you’re an addict for stellar gameplay and storylines. With that being said you will gladly dole out the sixty dollars plus tax for every single one of these copycats.
Currently, I am playing through BioShock: The Collection. On top of that though I have a laundry list of games I bought … twice: Halo 1, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 4, GTA 3, GTA: Vice City, GTA 5, Pokemon Red, Pokemon Gold, Kingdom Hearts 2, Banjo-Tooie, Super Mario 64, Counter Strike, Mortal Kombat 3, and the list goes on and on. As you can see it has been a popular trend to recreate popular titles with updated graphics and features for quite some time.
Still, in the coming months there are some much anticipated games coming out. For example, Call of Duty: Mondern Warfare, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Resident Evil 4, and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue. Now I know I said there is no appeal to buy these games, but I lied. I should clarify by saying that the appeal hasn’t changed, you will buy this game again for the same reason you bought it the first time. Modern Warfare and Skyrim stand out to me as games that I not only indulged in, but so did all of my friends. This time around will it be the same sensation? I suppose there’s only one way to find out; here’s to hoping I sit in my basement mainlining Code Red at an Xbox Live party just like its 2009.
Truthfully, the games are more interesting to play the second time around for the simple reason that not only have the games been updated, so have I. As an adult, or post-pubescent human as I like to call it, I have a totally new perspective when I re-experience all of my favorite moments in gaming. Nowadays I find that my sensibilities take in the graphic depictions of violence and gore a little more seriously. A younger me would just shoot and stab his way through all the scenarios whereas the present day me doesn’t feel as satisfied shooting innocent people in the face. Perhaps the games have become more real to me, perhaps I’m just a pussy now …
For some, of a much younger generation, this will be their first opportunity to pick up and play the classics. And for them I can only wish that they immerse themselves in the epic journey that lies ahead. I hope they fill their vicious little hearts with happy, healthy, imitable violence. Continuing the time-honored tradition of virtual exploration and man/beast slaughter.