Recently, I’ve come across the new trailer for the re-release of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. Michael Gatson’s review on Gamespot describes this game as “taking Link through an old adventure on a new console.” This game’s launch follows the re-release of Final Fantasy X and X-2, also remade in HD. I sense that the increase of classic games in HD are starting a trend – giving gamers the opportunity to enjoy the classics again, but in fresh, new ways. These titles are now available in better quality and now have more depth that was not possible in previous years. As a gamer who enjoys older games, I am delighted to see these games being fine tuned, reminding me of the elements that I use to value most in video games. I am curious to uncover the reason for classic games being made new again. What is it about the classics that continue to hold our collective attention?
In my opinion, while the graphics in games are evolving, the quality in plot are not as familiar as they once were. Not to devalue the current generation of games, but I do believe that the gaming media is now catering to a different type of gamer. Remastering the classics is a good way to get gamers to invest in the new systems in order to play the games they once enjoyed in the past while simultaneously introducing the classics to a newer generation. Maybe game makers want these classic titles to grow old with the players that enjoyed them in their original form, keeping these experiences alive in the hearts of gamers around the globe. I look forward to playing these games and reminiscing on some of my favorite eras of video games.
Do you think it’s a developing trend? Would you look forward to the re-releases of older games? What games do you have in mind?
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