Replaying a Remake


It’s a funny situation when a remake or remaster of a game that you have already played previously comes out as you then have to ask yourself the question of will you purchase this again just to play it with slight differences despite it functionally being the same game you have already completed?

These are the feelings that have come over me ever since the announcement of the Mass Effect: Legendary Edition as if the reviews and user impressions are good enough and nothing has been terribly ported or lost over the years then I believe I will find myself purchasing this too despite having already beating the trilogy several times over. Most of this is simply due to the fact that I haven’t played on the PC before so this will be a good opportunity to try it out on my preferred gaming platform but more interestingly is that the developers are making changes to the first game that hopefully will make it a more enjoyable experience overall which is a welcome sight to me, but it still doesn’t really answer the question as to why I want to buy what is effectively the same game again.

Truthfully I think that people end up buying remakes or remasters of previously completed games just out of curiosity. They want to see how it has visually improved, they want to see what small gameplay changes have been made and if they completed the game a long time ago they want to see if it still holds up years down the line. I’d say these are all valid reasonings and they all apply to me in this specific instance however it does set a worrying trend. Just like the film industry gaming could end up catching itself in a cycle of remakes and re-releases if this ends up being successful simply due to the fact they it is easier to remake a game that has already existed rather than coming up with a brand new concept. I think that as long as these projects are kept sparce and that new, creative content is the focus for developers then we shouldn’t have a problem. I have been wrong about this before though so we shall see.

Anyway what reasons do you end up buying remakes/remasters? Let us know in the comments! That’s all for now, and as always. It’s not just a game, It’s a Life.

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