Friday Debate: How soon is too soon for a remaster?

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A trio of Spyro the Dragon games is on its way for fans of the purple dragon. Just like the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy before it, it’s a great way to cash in nostalgia. Those games were all out what seems like aeons ago; in the heady, halcyon days of the original PlayStation. Bringing those game out now – decades later – with their remastered, spruced-up graphics is a smart move.

How soon is too soon though? Early on in the PlayStation 4’s life, we saw a few remasters of games from the last generation; things like God of War 3, The Last of Us along with a few other slightly lower profile games. Those almost made sense too, appealing to people who just jumped into gaming with the PlayStation 4.

Then there are remasters that serve a technical purpose. Though also from last-gen, the impending Dark souls remaster addresses many of the original game’s technical shortcomings, most notably its frame rate.

Then there’s the curious case of Bulletstorm. A decidedly fun but utterly middling game to begin with, is it something that really needed remastering just a generation later? Did enough people miss out on its profanity-laden shooting hijinx to justify a remaster now?

Should games only be remastered and rereleased years later? How soon is too soon to rerelease a game with a shiny coat of paint?

Last Updated: April 6, 2018

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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