Déjà vu in HD
Ah, memories of the past are creeping up on us. Fall has hit us and soon will the holiday season as well. Whether we are
blousingbrowsing for new games to play or are sipping eggnog out of a Wally World cup; memories of the past come up. As gamers, we reminisce on the fondness and good times we had in front of the old tube tv mashing buttons and getting thumb blisters. Video game companies have realized this and have started capitalizing on our nostalgia.
In what seemed like a test a couple years ago, Sony released the God of War: Collection right before they released the great God of War III. This godly set consisted of the God of War games originally released for the PS2, which launched the franchise, remastered in glorious high definition. But would gamers buy games they’ve already played years ago, with the only difference being up-rezed graphics and playable on the console plugged into your flat screen?
The answer must have been a resonating ‘sure, I suppose’. Recently and over the next few months, we are seeing a shoebox full of rereleases of games that have been played through and beaten by many on a generation of consoles from the past decade.
- Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
- Star Fox 64 3D
- The ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
- Silent Hill HD Collection
- God of War: Origins Collection
- Prince of Persia Trilogy HD
- The Sly Collection
- Tomb Raider Trilogy
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD
- Tekken Hybrid
Each one of the games in these collections deserves to be played again or rediscovered by our young gamers that missed out the first time. But what do we make of the old releases that can only be played in consoles of the past. Do they still deserve a spot in our game collection or does the HD version replace it?