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Paying over £15 for God of War III: Remastered encourages publishers to rip you off

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Brendan Griffiths
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Paying over £15 for God of War III: Remastered encourages publishers to rip you off

New-gen remasters. They can be great. Or they can be something of a rip-off. We’ve nothing against playing a better looking version of a last-gen game and it’s a great way to invite gamers that may have missed out last time.

But some of these re-releases are really starting to take the piss and are treating gamers like morons, or ripping off those that don’t know any better. At Dealspwn, we’re always looking at the value for money on offer by looking for the very cheapest game prices for you. So, when we see Sony and retailers trying to charge $40 (or £49.85 in the UK!) for a five year old game with slightly shinier graphics, we struggle to see how they can get away with it.

Paying over £15 for God of War III: Remastered encourages publishers to rip you off

The regular deal with most of the new wave of remasters is that you’ll at least get two games for your money or only pay a cheap price for one – DmC Definitive Edition was available to pre-order for as little as £20 in the UK. Given Sony has already released two God of War collections (at £25 in the UK), one for the PS2 games and one for the PSP ones, you’d think this would be the norm again. But no, Sony Santa Monica recently confirmed that there are no plans to remaster GoW: Ascension too. $40/£25 for the pair? We wouldn’t have had any problem with that bundle, although we’re not expecting a huge improvement in terms of graphics seeing as the originals were amongst the PS3’s finest looking games. Hell, you could always track down the original god of War III for about $5/£8. Or you can pay through the nose for a version that looks, well… wetter.

Publishers can sometimes get away with over-pricing these remakes by including DLC. But seeing as GoW III didn't have any, we can't see the incentive at all. Maybe they're going to include Ascension's multiplayer mode for a laugh, along with the extra DLC (no thanks). If you do want to pick up this remastered entry though, be sure to do one simple thing. Wait.

Paying over £15 for God of War III: Remastered encourages publishers to rip you off

As we’ve seen with the likes of Tomb Raider, Sleeping Dogs, The Last of Us, Metro Redux and Saints Row IV, you really don’t have to wait that long before the prices start coming down by at least a tenner. Except for you GTA V, people are still throwing top-dollar at you every week since release. Stop!

If we as gamers continue to pay full-price for half-assed re-releases, then publishers will continue to pump them out. And if we persistently support releases with extremely limited extra content or just the one game when a double-pack would have been as better option, we only have ourselves to blame that we’ll continue to see physical and digital stores packed with games we’ve already played years ago.

Paying over £15 for God of War III: Remastered encourages publishers to rip you off

Isn’t it time we forced publishers to get off their backsides and bring us some new classics already as we’re in this generation’s second year with little to show for it. For example, why when I pick up a copy of PlayStation Official Magazine UK are their top two PS4 Hall of Fame games (the highest rated games in their opinion) GTA V and The Last of Us Remastered? For f*ck’s sake, let’s move forwards for a change.

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stevenjameshyde  Mar. 23, 2015 at 15:14

GoW III’s DLC was extra content for the very so-so multiplayer

God of War 3 didn't have any multiplayer, or DLC for that matter

bggriffiths  Mar. 23, 2015 at 15:21

GoW III’s DLC was extra content for the very so-so multiplayer

God of War 3 didn't have any multiplayer, or DLC for that matter

Damnit, I thought I'd changed that in time as I remembered that just after posting this! But yes, you're right. Here's what I've swapped that para for "Publishers can sometimes get away with over-pricing these remakes by including DLC. But seeing as GoW III didn't have any, we can't see the incentive at all. Maybe they're going to include Ascension's multiplayer mode for a laugh, along with the extra DLC (no thanks). If you do want to pick up this remastered entry though, be sure to do one simple thing. Wait."

Last edited by bggriffiths, Mar. 23, 2015 at 15:25
WhatOp3  Mar. 23, 2015 at 15:45

I don't see a problem with it's price because a lot of work goes into remastering this games. Thing is we don't have to pay the price wait a bit and after it drops if you wish to buy it then you can and for those who think it's a ripoff because they already purchased the game on PS3 just pass on this one. I would have wished that not only did they remaster GoW 3 but that they would also do GoW: Ascension, that would have meant that they could only charge $60 for both. I'm guessing it's coming at some point down the line and it will also be $50.

Breadster  Mar. 23, 2015 at 16:13

I don't see a problem with it's price because a lot of work goes into remastering this games.


Far more work goes into making a new game, which would sell for the same price, so how do you not see a problem with it?

I'll definitely pick this up at some point as I haven't played it, but not at this price. As you mention, it already looked amazing in the first place so I can't see it looking massively different in the remaster, and I could literally buy a PS3 with the original version for this price.

shiftytigger  Mar. 23, 2015 at 16:32

Wasn't Last of us in production in tandem? Surely they didn't remaster afterwards? That's just lazy. I'm all for a remaster at a reasonable price. Personally I think its about time we had fully comprehensive Capcom collections. I'd play the older stuff,even the crappy ones. Instead we usually get a sanitised best of which doesn't even have the best of on it. I won't be getting a PS4 for a long time as there is nothing 'new' to grab my attention. My ps3 will suffice for the foreseeable future.

Last edited by shiftytigger, Mar. 23, 2015 at 16:40

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