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Question: What’s The Deal With Remakes?

I’m going to preface this by saying that I don’t make a habit of playing older releases of games. So, maybe that plays a part in my curiosity and apathy when it comes to remakes. That said, a lot of people have been hyped over the past few days with a ton of awesome game announcements and previews from E3. Games like Dishonored 2, Sea of Thieves, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Kingdom Hearts III, and Halo 5, among other titles have either piqued my interest or made me grin like an idiot.

The announcement of Final Fantasy VII getting a remake filled me with…nothing. I’m not totally against it, but I also don’t really care for it. Which isn’t a knock at Final Fantasy in general nor the generation that grew up loving FF7. I got into the series with Final Fantasy X, and while I loved that game, I’m not buying the HD remake. I already played the game. I know the story. So, as fun as it is, why would I spend a good chunk of change to do the same thing again? (…I say this as I prepare to pay for another year of college…the irony of that doesn’t escape me.)

I know a lot of people have been waiting for this announcement for a long time. I know a lot of people have been waiting to see one of the most iconic games in the Final Fantasy line-up get a sweet HD remake, but I honestly question why? In fact, I should have more reason to want to play this because I never played Final Fantasy 7, but a lot of people I know played the original and are already planning to purchase the game.

It makes me wonder the reason? Aside from the games obviously being fun enough that developers would take the time to remake them. You’ve already played a game, but you’re getting at most a few new things to unlock and better graphics. If I’ve already played a game, I don’t really think that’s worth another $60. And that’s not just me being a cheapskate, even though I am.

It’s not just Final Fantasy though. Almost a decade since Kingdom Hearts II released, while we have gotten some new installments in the series in the form of 358/2 Days and Birth by Sleep, we’ve seen more remakes than anything. Far more remakes than I think the series has warranted in lieu of the upcoming KH3. Final Mix, Re-Coded, Re: Chain of Memories, etc. while fun games for what they were, I personally couldn’t justify buying one.

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Nintendo and Microsoft have also been guilty of remake fever. The Pokemon franchise is riddled with remakes that are highly celebrated, such as the most recent launches of Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Not to mention various installments from the Legend of Zelda series. Halo has released a number of it’s older installments with enhanced graphics and multiplayer buffs, but they’re still essentially the same games, save for the ever-increasing number of Pokemon and the inclusion of Mega-Evolutions for the Pokemon games. With that said, at least for Final Fantasy fans, you may still be in for more of the classics to get a remake.

While I have no problem with remakes, as I do realize there is a demand for them, I don’t quite grasp the “why” of the situation. I guess that’s just something I want to know. Why are you attracted to remakes? Assuming you can still play the game that is being remade, would you still buy a remake?

Are you up for more remakes? Want less? Love them? Hate them? Indifferent? Let me know what you think in the comments. Later days!