Resident Evil REmake? Great, Now We're Doing Remakes of Remakes

There's nothing wrong with the concept of a remake or a high-definition remaster. But this is getting a tad ridiculous.

As usual, I should start with a disclaimer before certain impatient readers freak out over the headline:

I don't mind the idea of remastered versions, remakes, "definitive" editions, HD upgrades, etc. I really don't. It gives more people a chance to play a great game (they don't remake crap) and it gives fans of the original an excuse to play it again. The benefit of advanced technology makes older titles really shine, and I see no problem picking 'em up for my collection.

For collectors like me, they typically want the very best version of a particular game in their library. So, what's wrong with that? All this being said, I have to say that maybe - just maybe - this whole fascination with remakes and remasters has gone a step too far.

I love Resident Evil, too, but we already GOT this remake

It was for the GameCube, remember? Capcom has even confirmed that the upcoming Resident Evil REmake or Resident Evil HD Remaster (or whatever you want to call it) is a remake of the GameCube...hence, it's a remake of a remake. At this point, I think you have to hold up your hand and say, "whoa." Maybe that's enough. Tomb Raider: Definitive EditionThe Last Of Us: Remastered, and the myriad of collections out there? Sure, fine. I can get behind that.

But as much as I enjoy my survival/horror, and as much respect as I have for the original Resident Evil, this is the kind of project that concerns me. It's a slippery slope, you know? What's stopping publishers from pursuing remakes of remakes now? Of course, it isn't a trend at the moment, but these things have a way of snowballing.  What's next? In a couple years, we'll see a remake of The Last Of Us: Remastered? And what the heck do we call it? "The Last Of Us: Double Remastered"?

But hey, it's probably a better idea than Resident Evil 7 right now

I didn't think Resident Evil 6 was all that bad, but it was a polarizing title in the franchise. There are some veteran followers of the legendary series that really hated it, mostly because it was more of an action game than a true survival/horror production. Being a lifelong Final Fantasy fan and seeing how Square Enix has let "faster and dumber" hinder a once-great role-playing series, I understand the reaction. And let's not forget that RE has been slipping for a while; Operation Raccoon City was downright atrocious.

Therefore, it might make more sense to remake a remake. The original is in fact a revolutionary title for the industry, and just about everyone has fond memories of it. In order for the franchise to return to its survival/horror roots, this might be the only option. Chances are, you'll just see more action in RE7 because that's what the masses want, and Capcom has to produce a mainstream title if they want to make enough money.

So, maybe we shouldn't complain. Even so, the precedent a "remake of a remake" sets is just a little disconcerting.

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Published Aug. 5th 2014
  • topher339
    I see no problem with this. It gives others who never got to play the original or GameCube remake a chance to play a classic. I never got a chance to play either of them. This gives me that chance. Now, as far as Tomb Raider: the Definitive Edition or The Last of Us: Remastered, having a remastered edition that soon goes a bit overboard. Wait more than just a year before releasing a remastered edition. I do have both the 360 and One versions of Tomb Raider, but only because that's how it worked out. If I had had a better option, I would have only gotten the remastered.
  • Si_W
    I'd be happier if they just made it for the PC.

    Same as Uncharted, Red Dead, etc...
  • Jerome Phiffer
    I think the last of us remastered should have been a slap in the face to most, but everyone was eager to jump on it. This trend along with other trends that just outright suck in the gaming community will not going away. Why? Because we vote with our wallets, and a lot of people are casting votes opposite of what people are yelling about.

    People whine about COD being yearly half-assed rehashes, COD some how dominates the charts come fall time

    People scream out against day one DLC or DLC in general, people buy the DLC anyway saying, I'm not happy about it, but here is my money.

    People hate remastered trend starting to sweep through, in the UK Last of Us remastered is the fourth best launch on the PS4 to date.

    I'm not partial to remastering a bunch of old games, but if they are going to do it, please don't remaster games from the last generation. Either way, my point is, gaming companies are not the ones confused in this situation, gaming consumers are. People can tell me I suck and my ideas are stupid all day if they're also going to throw your money at me anyway.
  • Si_W
    I understand your point, but how long was the last generation exactly?
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Contributor
    I think most people wouldn't have had the chance to play the GameCube version of Resident Evil 1

    Resident Evil 4 already has a remastered edition, Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition which was released on Windows (there was also Resident Evil 4 HD which had remastered versions of Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Code on Xbox Live Games on Demand and PlayStation Network)

    It is a disconcerting trend though and indicates that publishers are not coming up with new ideas and instead falling back on old classics
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    "I think most people wouldn't have had the chance to play the GameCube version of Resident Evil 1"

    Uh...why?
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Contributor
    Well do you have a GameCube?
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    No, but what does that have to do with anything? Plenty of people owned a GC and plenty bought that RE remake.
  • Chai Chien Liang
    Contributor
    I said most people because when you consider it, around 22 million GCs were sold and not everyone who bought a GC bought the RE remake
  • Bob_7146
    "What's stopping publishers from pursuing remakes of remakes now?" - What was stopping them before? And this isn't a remake of a remake.

    The Last of Us remake example isn't a particularly good one because it's not even remotely believable. You say you don't mind remastered games, and yet that's exactly what this is - a remaster. A late, slightly touched-up port. How is it a remake? A remake is a complete re-envisioning, new assets, a new game built on the same conceptual foundation.

    Calling out remasters is like calling out an old film coming to Blu-ray - it's a port in the most basic sense.

    You angle the article that it's getting ridiculous, only to end it with "maybe we shouldn't complain", as you criticize the existence of a "remake of a remake", when it's a remaster - a glorified port - of a remake, suggesting that it's somehow opening the flood gates for more remasters and remakes, which have been happening for years already anyway.

    I quite like your style, man. But this article says, well, nothing. It's all over the place. And your very last sentence simply doesn't make sense, as it's NOT a remake of a remake.

    Carrie = a remake: all-new EVERYTHING telling the same basic story.
    Old Carrie film on Blu-ray - "a remaster", a port.

    The two are VERY different in the amount of resources they require.

    The Star Wars trilogy DVD sets weren't remakes, where they? Same stuff, slightly touched up. So why do you claim this is a remake? When it's conceptually identical.

    Twin Snakes -- now that's a remake! But if it was released now in HD, it wouldn't be a remake of a remake, it'd be a remaster - a modern-day port!

    Remake and remaster are not interchangeable words!

    I totally get your fundamental point: teams are dedicated to porting old content instead of new ideas. Done en mass the industry would stagnate. I don't think anyone would disagree with you at all :)
  • Fathoms_4209
    Featured Columnist
    Rehashing an old game, regardless of what you're specifically remaking, is rehashing an old game.

    The concept and story in the "Carrie" remake and the "Carrie" remaster are the same. It's the same thing. No new ideas anywhere.
  • Mvega
    You say this like it's a bad thing. Not everything needs to be a new idea.

    It's been long enough. It has been 12+ years since the Gamecube remake of Resident Evil. I still have my Gamecube and I still have Resident Evil for it somewhere, but I'm fine with a remake of it. In the end if another remake sells then it was a good idea, and I'm pretty sure this is one of those remakes that will sell quite well.

    I don't really get the complaining about remakes. If you don't like them, don't buy them! But since they keep getting made, or rather remade, your fellow gamers DO like them. As long as that is the case, as long as people want them, it's a good thing for developers to release them.

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