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2015: Year of the Remaster

by on July 31, 2015

There have been many remasters so far in 2015. The last time I saw this many remastered video games was around 2012. There were a lot of remastered games coming out for the PS3 around that time, but that was such a huge upgrade graphically. To put Ico and Shadow of the Colossus on the PS3 let people play two games that are so immensely popular, The Last Guardian is one of the most anticipated PS4 exclusives shown at E3 this year.

Remasters made a lot of sense on the PS3. Not many people had a PS2 after they got a PS3, a lot PS2s were not in very good working order, and graphically speaking, 480i looks like hell on an HDTV. It will seriously make you want to tear your eyes out and will make you wonder how you ever thought the games were gorgeous when they first came out.


Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is one of the many released remastered collections.

That being said, what is the point to PS3 games being remastered on the PS4? You probably already played the games you wanted to play, got the trophies and sat it on your shelf or sold it. I know, me too. I bought the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster for my PS3. Then I heard just a few months later that it was going to be for the PS4. I just sat and thought, “Damn it.”

Remasters are popular for a reason, though. Developers pick games that did well, and that people want to play on their new consoles. Just this year we saw the release of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D, God of War III Remastered, Journey, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, Resident Evil: HD Remaster, DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition, Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Homeworld Remastered, State of Decay Year One Survival Edition, Grim Fandango Remastered, Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy Remastered, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, Sayonara Umihara Kawase+, Heroes of Might and Magic III: HD Version, and Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition.


The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask was one of the most popular in the series. Putting it on the 3DS was a no-brainer for Nintendo.

Needless to say, this is a long list, and there will definitely be more games on the way. Remastered games are very popular, because developers pick games that have done well, or are still doing well. It hasn’t been uncommon to get the release of a game collection before the new game comes out. The Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is going to come out before Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. It’s just the way it works now.

Remasters are definitely here to stay because people like them. If you don’t like them, just don’t buy them. But they do fill the space between new games because they are cheaper to make. It is great to get a game from the PS2 or even the PS1 that gets remade, or even games from the original Xbox, like the Halo: The Master Chief Collection, which had all the Halo games that have come out, with the ability to switch between the upgrade or not.

Do you by remastered video games? Or do you think they are just a waste of developer and gamer time? Let us know in the comments below!

By: Cody Dunmire

Edited by: Emily Deaton

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