New video games come out every week. Dozens actually. 100’s if you count the utter crap that somehow finds its way to an e-shop. So how does one keep up?
Don’t! A growing trend in the games industry is for publishers to re-release their old games with a new lick of paint. Depending on the treatment, these re-releases will be given an additional word in the title like Definitive Edition or Remastered. Occasionally, a developer will go back to the drawing board and straight-up remake the game from scratch.
When your spare time is limited, who can justify replaying a game, or playing an old game for the first time, when so many new and shiny experiences hit the market every day? Well, I think we all should. Gaming is a relatively new hobby and the industry around it is only just finding it’s feet. This means that the history of games isn’t yet a thing. There are some great organisations out there fighting to protect classic games and hardware to ensure future generations can be schooled properly on the history of the medium, but we’re falling behind the world of cinema at an alarming rate.
Watching old films, watching documentaries on actors and directors, visiting old film sets, checking out IMDB, the Oscars… all different ways to remember what has come before in movies. In games, we have such limited access. Publishers and developers are tight-lipped. Games consoles come and go, taking their games with them. Old arcade machines break and disappear.
So I applaud publishers and developers who ensure the longevity of classic titles, bringing them back to life.
Here’s a few I think you should check out:
Rare Replay is a collection of Rare developed games spanning 25 years. It’s (in my humble opinion) the best put-together collection you can buy. The presentation, care and bonus feature content is amazing PLUS you get access to some genuine classics like Banjo-Kazooie and Perfect Dark. It’s super value, but unfortunately only available on Xbox right now.
Ratchet & Clank(2016) is a beautifully done re-imagining of the original Ratchet & Clank from 2002. It’s funny, charming and a blast to play. A good option if you’re nostalgic but can’t stomach dated visuals.
The SNES Classic Mini is simply wonderful. If you can find one, buy one. They’re hard to find, but not impossible like it’s older brother, the NES Classic Mini.
A mix of old and re-imagined stages, all wrapped in the original 2D pixel art-style. It plays great (if you liked Sonic to begin with) and sounds even better. Instant gratification if you’re short of free time.
This is my curve ball. Grand Theft Auto V came out in 2013 so hasn’t quite achieved ‘classic’ status yet. But it’s a fucking long time ago to still be one of the top selling games of 2017! If you played it back then, and then fell away from games, or if your friends showed it to you at some point over the years… go back to it now. The developer, Rockstar, never stopped making it better. Now re-released on the latest consoles and PC, GTAV looks great and offers so much to do. Grab some buddies and start planning some heists.
Hope you found this interesting!
Best wishes y’all.