Ever since the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 hit the market, remastered versions of games have been a part of their libraries. Some developers put a lot of heart and soul into these upgrades, while other games show the hand of publishers and higher-ups pushing forcing the developers to get a product to the market. According to leaks and rumors, two “remastered” games that we will be getting are new versions of Skyrim and the original Dead Rising. The question is will these games be the former or the later? Do we even need these remasters in the first place?
Let’s break these games down one by one. I’ll be upfront with you guys, I am enormous fan of Skyrim. My room back in my hometown has multiple Skyrim posters, collectibles, and statues. With that being said, I don’t know that it’s time to release a remastered version of Bethesda’s marquee 2011 title. Yes, with the addition of Fallout 4 mods on the Xbox One we could see them added to this remastered version of Skyrim, but I don’t know if that’s enough to really make this game worthwhile to go back to. Like I said earlier, the game released in 2011 and will only be 5 years old when November rolls around. With this brief absence, has it been away long enough to make fans want more?
As someone who primarily plays on consoles and loves Skyrim, I just do not think it’s time to release this game yet. Plus, if you take a look over on the PC side of things, it’s hard to argue that this game adds anything to those who already own it on Steam. The only way that I can understand this game being a viable title is if its release is needed to help fund the next Elder Scrolls game. In that case, I could see the need for the game.
When we move onto Dead Rising 4, I see a polar opposite instance. According to the rumors and leaks, this is a game that will take the original Dead Rising and add some multiplayer, graphical enchantments, and all of the fun stuff that comes with a remaster.
The original Dead Rising was released in August of 2006. This means that in just a few months, the game will be 10 years old and will be ready for the remaster/reimagining treatment. Even though I will not be playing the game, since I don’t own an Xbox One or PC strong enough to run it, I am on board with this game being made, as long as it is done right.
I see this as an opportunity to give the Dead Rising franchise a bit of the Ratchet & Clank treatment that was seen on the PlayStation 4. If that care and attention to detail is paid to this Dead Rising game, while adding things like multiplayer, Dead Rising 4 could really be a special game.