You could say that next-gen consoles are already part of our console “family”. We had them on our desks for a while now and we’ve waited for them to come out like fresh, hot bread. Both Sony and Microsoft delivered new hardware, with endless new possibilities for developers to take advantage of in order to to build new games, new experiences. But there’s something missing, something really important for every console owner: games.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some nice games out there for the two titans, but not as many as we would want. Both platforms have a few titles that are worth playing, but the majority of them are also available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC. Just a few exclusive games make the two consoles worth using, and when you ran out of gameplay time in those games, what’s there left to play?
The whole charade started with Tomb Raider Definitive Edition. The game only offered slightly enhanced graphics and a few boring multiplayer maps. Well, even if the deal doesn’t sound that great, as you can go pick the game on old-gen for around $10, people still purchased the game. And we are not talking about just a handful of them, we’re talking about the majority of Tomb Raider fans.
Of course, I’m not going against people and how they decide to use their hard-earned money, but the fact that the studio actually managed to sell that many copies of that remastered edition of Tomb Raider allured way more developers for that quick cash grab. And because people will surely think I’m lying my ass off, here’s the list of both rumoured and announced remastered games up to this date:
- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
- The Last of Us
- Metro: Redux
- Mass Effect Trilogy
- Grand Theft Auto 5
- Beyond Two Souls
- *placeholder for another 100 remasters for every big gaming franchise out so far
Maybe I’ve missed a title or two, or maybe you feel like my list is not big enough to get upset. Well, don’t worry! I’m sure there are a few more remastered games in “development” as we speak.
To be honest, porting older games on next-gen is NOT a bad thing at all, as it allows people to play games from previous platforms or spend a few more hours in their virtual childhood adventures they loved, without actually having to keep the older console for just one favorite game.
BUT if developers announce and release more remastered titles than new IPs, this situation becomes a real problem. Instead of focusing on creating something truly innovative and worthy of next-gen, they are trying to grab your money in the easiest way.
In order for us to justify the money we used to buy new consoles, we need to get NEW games. Nobody wants to buy a newer device if they are going to play the same old games, even if they are a bit changed in terms of graphics.
Hopefully, everything will change with this year’s E3 conference… a place where all developers will race to gain both popularity and pre-orders.
We want good games. We deserve good games. We should get them!