PS4 vs. Xbox One: The next-gen remaster race
New consoles means new, exciting games. But those games can take a while to start popping up. Like previous console generations, the best games come after the first year, or at least not until the end of the first year. That leaves a drought of games to play. We jump to play games like InFamous: Second Son or Titanfall, but their presence never lasts long enough to bridge the gap between the next game.
Sony picked a great time to re-release The Last of Us on PlayStation 4. It’ll be out in the summer, a period already known for its lack of games, and it’ll help give the new console some life before some of the more anticipated games release during the holiday season. It’s important for Sony to keep people interested in the value of buying a $400 console, and it’s great for people who missed Naughty Dog’s award-winning action game.
I’m all for better games preservation and a good step toward that are HD remake. They’re not always perfect representations of the original games, but they’re at least likely to be playable for much longer.
I hope this becomes a trend. I hope more HD trilogies, and HD remasters fill the time between releases, even if the games are outsourced so that the developers can continue working on their next games. They could even save some publishing costs and only release them digitally.
Microsoft should be doing it too. Hopefully the long-rumored Halo 2 remake is real. I’d take a Gears of War HD trilogy. The Mass Effect trilogy too, if BioWare decides to do it.
And Sony should continue doing it. Maybe with a remake of the Uncharted games. What about Ratchet & Clank or even Journey? the God of War trilogy remake already exists, but Sony Santa Monica could take the time to bring it to the PlayStation 4. The PlayStation Vita is a powerful system too, and it could always use more games.
Both of the new consoles are powerful machines. That power could be directed toward revitalizing older games for new audiences. Both Microsoft and Sony should be doing it. Competition in that space would only mean more things to play and, for some, more reason to pay the price of new hardware. Let’s just hope it doesn’t stop at The Last of Us.