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The Remaster/HD/Remake Debate: What Makes You Buy 'Em?

They just keep coming down the pike. And a big reason for that is because, obviously, people keep buying them.

If you ask around, it seems like gamers have very different reasons for springing for an HD update, remaster, or remake. And don't forget about those "Game of the Year" bundles that frequent store shelves, typically sporting all the DLC, a few extra goodies, and a lower price tag for a previous hit.

Yes, such products have proven undeniably popular in the new generation. The question is, what makes you buy them? Do you have certain requirements? I mean, if you've already played - and still own - the game in question, there has to be a pretty compelling reason for you to get a re-release of the same title, correct? In my experience, most gamers aren't swayed only by the promise of superior graphics; they need something more to be enticed.

Personally, I'm one of those weird individuals who likes to have the best versions of his favorite games. That's why, even though I don't yet own Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, I still want it for my library. I have friends who don't care about this, but they do care about playing a favorite game again. And why not do it with the latest and greatest iteration? Perhaps this is why so many are springing for the remasters and HD updates.

And let's not forget the last, and ultimately savvy, group of consumers: They recognize this ongoing trend and, being patient and knowledgeable, they often wait on getting all the biggest new games, certain of a better or more robust package at a later date. Nothing wrong with that, either.

Tags: video game remakes, game remasters, game hd upgrades

7/22/2015 9:39:48 PM Ben Dutka

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Temjin001
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 10:30:34 PM
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For me it just has to be a favorite game I want to play again.
I want and expect my Ninja Gaiden Trilogy remastered collection.



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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 3:48:17 PM

You deserve it, that game should exist.

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Cesar_ser_4
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 10:46:35 PM
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"I'm one of those weird individuals who likes to have the best versions of his favorite games" *Buys PS3 version instead of 360*
Get it? Because for the longest time 3rd party devs loved half-assing the PS3 version of any given game? And Ben thought that just because the 360 games were on a DVD then they weren't HD? Even though they ran at a lower resolution they still managed to look marginally better than their PS3 counterparts?

Anyway, I'd like to think that if there were to be consoles next generation, we'll be able to play them because by then, b/c won't be such a big issue. Or at least I hope.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 12:57:32 AM

BS.

That was for about two years during the PS3's lifespan. It wasn't long before most developers started using the PS3 as the lead console for development and for the last five or six years of that generation, most games ran either equally well on both platforms or were simply better on PS3. I had The Orange Box on 360 early on because it was of course better. It was the last multiplatform title I was compelled to buy on that system.

And yeah, silly me, I wanted a format actually made for HD as opposed to old technology you could only upscale to HD.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 3:49:13 PM

Boom!

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Jawknee
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 2:24:56 AM
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Improved frame rate and the 1080p is nice. I do have to take back some of my previous comments regarding GOW3 remastered. While the bugs I mentioned still exist i can say for certain that the frame rate is indeed improved as well as the overal image quality. I popped the PS3 version in to compare and while it still looks amazing the Remastee is indeed an improvement. Whether it warrants the $40 purchase, depends on the person. I don't regret it.

Hope to see Ascension re-released in the future.

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Evil Incarnate
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 9:55:36 AM

I was on the fence about GOW3 even though I could tell the resolution and textures looked really nice. Playing GOW3 with 60fps during those fantastic boss battles sure sounds awesome. I may not purchase at full price but your endorsement will definitely have me looking at a purchase down the road.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 3:49:55 PM

I'd want a price decrease massively.

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Ather
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 2:42:45 AM
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I only buy if I haven't played them before. No sense in paying for the same game twice. Even for improved graphics and maybe some extra DLC. Only exception was Ducktales Remastered. It was cheap, and one heck of a graphic's improvement. Even a new level at the start.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 7:57:03 AM
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yeah i'd have to agree with @Temjin001 on this one fav games is the name of the game here it has to be pritty worth while for me to consider buying especially if i already have it on the ps3 it just seems a pointless waste of money to me other wise but i think i know that we all know why they are doing it though its to do with the stats of whos been buying ps4's and what did they have before that and sonys trying to cash in on that plain and simple.

but really i'm not too much of a fan of it in general it is really on a game by game basis but most of it i haven't really been all that interested it them cos i already have most of them on the ps3 so whats the point a bit more visuals nah i'm good.

theres my 2 cents on the matter

happy gaming

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Evil Incarnate
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 9:49:29 AM
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Better performance of course. Playing older titles that had choppy frame-rate and lower resolutions really benefit from 60fps, native 1080p. I hated when a bunch of stuff was happening on screen and the frame-rate would start to crawl. With the remasters those points in games are butter smooth all while keeping high quality textures through out. Uncharted collection, my wallet is ready.

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big6
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 9:53:05 AM
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My reasons:

1. If I absolutely love the game or series. Here's looking at you, Metal Gear Solid 1-4!

2. If the improvements are a huge leap. Here's looking at you, 1080p/60fps!

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maxpontiac
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 1:59:04 PM
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The only Remaster I have purchased is The Last of Us when it came to the PS4.

I owned it on the PS3 but during that timeframe of my life, I didn't have time to play it. So naturally I bought the PS4 version and was treated to one of the best games I have ever played.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 3:47:59 PM
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I'm with Ben, I need the best version of the most awesomest games. However I've been able to put off updating Final Fantasy X from PS3 to PS4. It just can't be much different.

Sometimes it REALLY matters. ArcaniA was horrifyingly represented on PS3. Practically unplayable. On PS4 it's so buttery smooth and lacking pop-in that it's like a new game.

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Bio
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 4:08:14 PM

So you own all non-PlayStation exclusive games on PC?

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Banky A
Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 12:52:24 AM

World doesn't have a gaming rig.
The answer to that thetorical, for 90% of our users is 'nope' haha.

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Corvo
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 9:12:11 PM
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What gets me is if I continue to play a game on the previous console, be able to play it again with some slight improvements makes it all the better.

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slugga_status
Thursday, July 23, 2015 @ 9:18:12 PM
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There's only two reasons for me. First, I have to love the game. Second, the Definitive/Remastered version offers a few bonuses here and there. For example the only Remasters I've bought are The Last of Us and Devil May Cry 4. Both were two of my favorite games of last gen and gave additional content along with the purchase

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