Can we have new games instead?

I’ve had my social media feeds pinging about the remake of Knights of the Old Republic this last day or so. The teaser trailer looks impressive enough, and the music is very evocative. But, to be honest I’m just not that interested in remakes even if they are much beloved games that I once enjoyed a great deal.

As a rule I almost never rewatch TV or films. I have never been interested in replaying RPGs over and over, whether it is to try different story paths or alternate endings. Reading blog posts over the years, I feel like I’m in the minority here – I don’t get the attraction of playing *and* replaying a sandbox like Elder Scrolls or Dragon Age. My ‘replaying’ of MMORPG leveling zones to level alts is the only major breaking of this pattern, and that’s more to do with the nature of MMOs than my burning desire to do so. Indeed the trend over time for more linear and narrow leveling experiences or paths in the genre over time has left me less inclined to alt-play because of this distaste for repetition.

So, I’m not that excited by this announcement even though I am in their target audience – I love Star Wars as a setting, and I like computer games (especially RPGs). If it had been KOTOR 3 (for real this time) I would be super excited by this announcement, but as it stands I do not foresee playing it. The fact we do not own a Playstation 5 is also a smaller impediment, though I imagine a PC port will come along too. Honestly can we not have new games instead of remakes?

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5 Responses to Can we have new games instead?

  1. odell01 says:

    Hi, Telwyn, nice to see your post. I get some enjoyment from watching Battlefront II on YouTube, once in a while.

    I have heard that a great deal of Battlefront II content is getting on about how the game isn’t awesome, or the best, albeit, of course, the sake of the game proposes that it may not be pretty. I have watched the trailer for Visions a couple of times, and become interested, more than by looking forward to playing any specific Star Wars game.

  2. Nimgimli says:

    I’m firmly in your camp! And that they opened with a remake was particularly disheartening to me. I thought we were getting a NEW Star Wars game but nope, just a remake. To go along with the remake of Alan Wake and the ‘next gen upgrade’ of GTA V.

    I’m happy for people who are excited for these, I guess, but I don’t feel they merit places of importance in these “Look what’s coming soon!” streams.

  3. kiantremayne says:

    I’m not sure whether these remakes, like the FF7 remake, are aimed at the nostalgia market of old gamers who played them the first time round, or if they’re aimed at younger gamers who’ve been told repeatedly how awesome these classics are and want a version that’s up to modern standards. FOMO is a very real thing.

  4. bhagpuss says:

    I’m not crazy about the remaking of games to bring them up to modern technological standards but other than that revisiting all artistic and creative endeavors is absolutely crucial to any understanding that hopes to move past first impression/novelty. Mmorpgs are slightly off-center in this context in that they change constantly so a revisit is always a more complex re-interpretation than, say, re-reading a novel would be (or, I guess, re-playing an offline, standalone game).

    I generally rely on the Rule of Three for coming to an initial understanding of a work. The first time is impact, impression and novelty. Also, in narrative forms, it’s story. You want to know how it all turns out. The second time is an evaluation of your own reaction. You inevitably compare your second experience to your first. It’s more about you than about the work. The third go-through is what I think of as the first chance you have to be objective, or as close as a de facto subjective experience can hope to bring you. With luck, on the third approach you’ll finally begin to understand the work on its own terms rather than yours.

    Subsequent visits will add nuance and insight and also can be used for specific investigations, of course, but the third generally gets you where you need to be to be able to form some kind of lasting impression. Sadly, time restraints means most things don’t get this level of attention unless you also limit your intake quite strictly, which I certainly don’t.

    • Telwyn says:

      That gets to the heart of the matter for me Baghpuss, I supsect, part at least of why I don’t consume media repeatedly is the lack of time. There is just so many books, films and games that are worth at least starting…

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