As the end of the year approaches, you start to think about what games you have played in the past year. Before you ask, any kind of useful Top Ten is out of the question for me because most games I play tend to not be from the current year. Not a hipster, just behind the times.
Of course you’ve seen some of what I’ve played on here. A few mystery games, a bit of cartoon glory, and a lot of Dragon Age. But excluding what I’ve played and talked about here, let’s take a look at what has taken up the most time for me in the past year:
Final Fantasy X/X-2–120 hours
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Remix–110 hours
Bravely Default–100 hours
The Sly Collection-60 hours
Notice any patterns? Maybe the only exception?
Maybe I’m in the minority, but I obviously adore HD remakes. I have limited ports in my television and only so many rooms to put televisions in, so I appreciate being able to play as many games as I can on one system. With both of the ports from Square Enix, you also get the content from Japan that exclusive until now for…reasons. If you were a hardcore fan of the game the first time around, there was plenty of new stuff to do and you wouldn’t mind playing through the game again to get to it.
I know the main argument behind the trend towards HD remakes and not backwards compatibility is that is a poorly-disguised cash grab, and I have to agree. As someone who continued to play her Gameboy games from childhood on her DS in high school, I can see the benefits and would never wish for one to win out over the other. I just love the chance to take advantage of today’s televisions and cheap HDMI cables and see the a game I thought was beautiful five, ten, even twenty years ago become perfect.
So while everyone is culling their Top Five or Top Ten games, I’m going to be going through some of my favorite remakes. And of course it has nothing to do with my recent purchase of Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix. Or how distracting Danganronpa is from my Steam library. Or how I intended for this to be a single essay but could not narrow down all of my thoughts on these games into one post.
What are your thoughts on remakes and rereleases? Do you prefer disc collections or downloading retro titles piecemeal with Virtual Console or PS1 classics? Do you abhor the idea of any of these services, preferring the real thing? Comment below with why, why not, and everything in between!