Moving Forward in Video Games
Happy Throwback Thursday gamers and welcome to this personal segment where I touch base one final time on backward compatibility. I have to retract my previous statement about how PS4 needs to get on the backwards train and join in on what Xbox One has been doing lately. I only came to this conclusion as I started going back in time for a bit to play some games and unlike some wine, it didn’t get better with age.
So What Brought This on?
I recently bought a few games on PS4 Primal, Kinetica, and Mark of Kri with its sequel. These were some of my favorite PS2 titles and I was happy to have them back, but so far Primal was the only game that I had a hard time playing. I mean it was giving me a headache for one and the controls were so bad, but I was going through it because I loved the story especially the protagonist. Until I came to the conclusion to check some other games that may fail as well to today’s gaming.
Since I am a racing fan one of the biggest games that I keep hearing some fans scream for a comeback or in this a Backwards Re-release is Need for Speed Underground. I bought copies for the original Xbox back in 2014 which made me happy to return to that racing glory along with NFS Most Wanted. Need for Speed Most Wanted still played just fine for the most part and I only assume because there is an Xbox 360 port of it. However, going back to the old graphics of NFS Underground 1 and 2 was not the problem it was more with the controls.
I am used to racing games from Need for Speed Shift, Grid series, Forza Motorsports and now recently Need for Speed: Payback. The response times in Underground 1 and 2 are hard to adjust too since the game engines of today are smooth and cars actually drive like cars these days. Hell, even playing the old Midnight Club titles are giving me some trouble since most cars drive the same and I do tend to feel like I have no control at times with the vehicles.
Other games that I have played that went well were Def Jam Fight for NY, Killswitch, Ninja Gaiden, Crimson Skies, Bloody Roar series and many more.
So Whats Your Point?
I had a problem with remastered titles from jump since I didn’t feel they were justified in pricing wise, but when you break down to going back to the drawing board, rebuilding the game from the ground up with the latest graphics. The price for it doesn’t seem all that bad in some cases. I purchased the remastered version of Crash Bandicoot series and it was beautiful to play and feels updated from its PSOne years. However, when you buy a remastered version of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim which is not that far as being titled as “old”, it becomes questionable for the price tag.
This comes to the point where I have to agree with a friend of mine that stated, “Rather the video game companies move forward instead of worrying about the past.” I have to agree since companies will find any reason to start charging you more for your past. Just like how the PS3 first had full BC for PS2 and PSOne but the system was highly expensive and they had to take it away. Like myself, I have many old consoles and if I want to play I will turn that system on. I know many of my fellow gamers that classic collectors still with their systems hooked up.
At the end of the day remastered is not that big of a deal if done right. I was thinking about EA remastering Underground series, but NFS Payback good enough to be considered a resurrection version of Underground and Most Wanted. But we also have to worry about contracts and rights so we may not get what we want and that is okay. We should be pushing these developers to bring in better content and working towards better journey’s for us to brag about.
That is just my two cents, how do you feel about it? – Beast Out –