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5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

Brendan Griffiths
HD remake, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Remasters, Top 5, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

With the news this week that Sleeping Dogs is to be re-released for the PS4 and Xbox One (and PC for that matter), the issue of old games being remastered for the new-gen consoles has again become a hot talking point among many gamers. Are they good value? Or a rip-off to fleece gamers who don’t have many titles to play on their shiny next-gen machines? Is there any point? Well, here are our five essential tips to help clear the waters a little.

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

Check for additional content

Most new-gen remasters chuck in the paid DLC from the original release. Sleeping Dogs will include 24 pieces of DLC, one of which is a single-player story expansion. Start to add up the price of the DLC and it doesn’t take long for it to exceed the price of buying the old version of the game and the DLC separately. This is also true for The Last of Us: Remastered which includes the Left Behind story DLC. Pay for the old game and the DLC and it’ll be £30+, more than £28.97 we’ve seen for the new PS4 version. Granted, not all DLC is created equal; take Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and the additional multiplayer material. Nobody needs more of that. Conversely, as excited as the Dealspwn team are for the Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the polished up campaign, that one’s all about having all the multiplayer maps in one place.

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

Prices will fall

Yes, £40 is expensive for a re-release, but the price will fall over time. If you’ve waited all this time to play the game in the first place, I’m sure waiting six months (or less!) for the price to half shouldn’t be too hard.

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

Wait for the reviews

If you’re not sure about how much of a step up the new version will be, hold onto your cash until a few verdicts are out there. It was tricky to judge the differences between the PS3 and PS4 versions of The Last of Us via YouTube comparison videos because YT doesn’t display videos at a silky smooth 60 frames-per-second and the compressed resolution meant that the differences were hard to see. However, people I know that have played both are keen to enthuse about how smooth the new version is. With only a few screenshots available so far for Sleeping Dogs, we’ll be waiting for more to go on before being tempted to put down a pre-order. I’m just annoyed I joined PS+ two days after the original was on there for nothing.

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

Nobody’s forcing you to buy it

Enjoyed the original game in question and are content enough to revisit it at your leisure on the original console? Well, nobody’s going to stop you. A good thing too because...

5 Essential Tips About New-Gen Re-Releases

There will be more!

I’m looking at you Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Frankly if you buy this on your old console then moan when 2K announce a new-gen version you deserve a punch in the face. Gearbox has already stated they’ll look into upgrading it if there’s a demand for it and the original sells well enough. A trilogy re-release would seem like a better idea if we’re looking at a new-gen version six months to a year later. That said, trying to make the oh-so brown world of Pandora in the first game ‘next-gen attractive’ is probably too much of an ask. Other games to be wary of buying anytime soon if you’d prefer a PS4 or XO version might include Grid: Autosport, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Killzone Trilogy and Bioshock Infinite. Just a hunch, but yeah.

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Breadster  Aug. 9, 2014 at 14:56

Metro Redux is looking good to me. It apparently looks quite a bit better, I never played Last Light or the 2033 dlc and 2033 will apparently have several tweaks that were introduced in the sequel.

chieftex  Aug. 9, 2014 at 15:34

I'd be interested to see where PC fits in all this. Technically, you won't be playing on different, incompatible hardware (most of the time). This makes re-releases a bit of a funny thing on PC - do you buy the same game again that has say a higher frame rate or an extra dlc, even though you have the exact same game on the same machine? Feels a bit weird.

You mention Sleeping Dogs here. Maybe that's a good example. The new version will have some DLC included, and will run at 1080p. But, if you had it on PC before, and ran it at 1080p anyway, will there be any difference, other than DLC? You can get the game on steam during frequent sales, for something like £4, and pick and choose the dlc at 75% off.


Realhoneyman  Aug. 9, 2014 at 17:51

A very interest article on quite a hot topic of the moment. Given that a large number of hotly anticipated titles are due from early next year onwards, companies are capitalising on an existing models that may mean easy profits for a tweaked-up version of their last generation successes.

As long as the new releases start to outnumber the re-releases soon I don't think anyone will have a major issues with these. Granted companies waited longer before doing the same with PS2/X-Box titles on the PS3/Xbox One but climates change and so do buying habits. Plus patience goes a long way so you don't complain about a title re-release after you paid £40.00 for it on a different console, again!

ThePokeMaster  Aug. 10, 2014 at 20:09

But, if you had it on PC before, and ran it at 1080p anyway, will there be any difference, other than DLC?

Nope. It's not all about just resolution and frame rate.
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, for example, had more effects, reworked shaders and lighting, remodeled Lara, etc, plus all DLC.

chieftex  Aug. 11, 2014 at 02:59

Nope. It's not all about just resolution and frame rate.
Tomb Raider Definitive Edition, for example, had more effects, reworked shaders and lighting, remodeled Lara, etc, plus all DLC.

On PC?

socialjeebus  Aug. 11, 2014 at 10:18

Some of the games in question, clearly aren't remakes or remastered versions though.

Their development ran either parallel with the previous gen titles, or started a little later or simply needed more dev time.

The 'Remastered' and such tags are simply marketing gimmicks to encourage gamers who already own the titles to double-dip or to convince people who didn't purchase first time.

JoeDark64  Aug. 11, 2014 at 20:10

I can't really understand all the fuss over re-releasing these titles.

If you didn't pick them up before then you get an enhanced version (at the very least on the graphics front) as I did with Tomb Raider and soon GTA V.

If you picked them up before and loved them and want to see then enhanced and play through again then you can.

If you played it once and loved/hated it but don't want to buy it again then... erm... don't buy it!!

Never even noticed Sleeping Dogs first time so have an opportunity to play it on next gen welcome.

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