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Gamer's Thumb: The ages of remastering video games for the better

By JR Ortega
Aug. 20, 2014 at 12:36 p.m.
Updated Aug. 20, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.


We see it time and time again - video games digitally remastered to continue the legacy the games created.

In July, "The Last of Us," a high-selling PlayStation 3 game about a man on a journey with a teenage girl during a zombie apocalypse, was remastered for the PS4 audience.

Remastering video games is nothing new, I can guarantee you any game that I love that's been remastered is on my game shelves.

I recently read an article by Gamespot writer Emanuel Maiberg that says not to expect frequent PS3 to PS4 remakes.

I agree wholeheartedly.

"The Last of Us" HD remaster made sense, considering it was released just as PS4 hit the market. People who forked over their money for the new and shiny gaming system were disappointed the highly anticipated game wouldn't be available for the PS4.

Still, there is a market for remastered video games.

Of course, one of my top remakes would be "Resident Evil."

The original game was released on the first PlayStation in 1996 and since then has undergone at least one remake - the 2002 "Resident Evil" remake for GameCube.

While you don't hear people raving over the GameCube anymore, this remake was absolutely fantastic.

It brought to life what the PlayStation could not at the time. The game always had a great story line, but recreating this game was worth it.

Don't have a Gamecube? No worries - Capcom, the game's creator, announced it is remastering the game yet again; this time for several current video game systems.

Another all-time favorite is "Tomb Raider: Anniversary," which comes in at a close second for me.

Also released in 1996 (man, that was a good year for games), "Tomb Raider" finally got its remake in 2007 with "Tomb Raider: Anniversary."

The video game is a completely different engine when it comes to gameplay, but the locations you visit and the story line is the same.

It's games like these that really make you realize what the original creators must have envisioned but couldn't do because of limited graphic possibilities.

So what's next? We really don't know. I do, like the writer for Gamespot, see a decline in re-releases.

Whatever the next remake though, I'm sure it will be a good one.

Want to talk games? Contact J.R. Ortega at 361-580-6504, jrortega@vicad.com or follow him on Twitter @j_r_ortega.

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