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Rising from the ashes – a new life for games

Many games are being remastered and recreated for a new audience, where the old and new generations of gaming merge together to create something new. This is a look at what our classics have become with a loving touch added to their legacy.

Game remakes bring new life to old games

Imagine cleaning through your childhood home, and stumbling upon a toy that gives you an incredible feeling of nostalgia. Now imagine that when you find it, it is just as amazing as you remember. In fact, even better now that you can fully appreciate what you may not have understood of this toy in your younger days. It is that feeling of nostalgia that some game developers are striving to recreate with their old beloved titles. 

One of the most popular remakes in recent years is the ‘Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy’, developed by Vicarious Visions, and published by Activision. This was a very highly regarded re-imagining of the original Crash Bandicoot games, which featured recreated audio, cut-scenes, and dialogue. 

The game was praised for remaining faithful to the original games, while providing an enjoyable, fresh experience that will bring in a new generation of gamers. 

 Crash Bandicoot isn’t the only classic game that’s been remade. Even more recently, the Spyro Trilogy of games have become: “Spyro: Reignited”. Same as the N Sane games, everyone’s favourite purple dragon has been given new life for a younger audience, as well as for the older audience that loved the originals. 

Spyro

The only issue that comes from these games is that there may be an over-saturation in the market. That too many old games are being remade and are costing the same amount as a full-release game, when some people will be paying a second time for what is essentially the same game, but more polished. 

The general consensus is that as long as the remake is of good quality and adds something to the original concept, then the new production will be well received. If it is just a graphical overhaul, and is re-released as the same game, the price should then be lower than a typical game price as a result. Though many people have complained about the lack of effort being put into what eventually became a sub-par cash grab. 

Problems aside, there are some incredible re-imaginings of original worlds that recreate the feeling of wonder that we would have originally felt when we first played them. It is amazing to know that the same games are being enjoyed many years later by a whole new generation of gamers.  

About Ryan Grant

Ryan Grant, Entertainment and Marketing Editor at Glasgow Clyde College, is a music, movies and games enthusiast, hoping to build a career in the magazine industry. His immediate goal is to improve his writing and journalistic skills and to become a professional in the field. Do not touch his hat.

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