2013 is turning out to be the year of reboots and prequels. From Tomb Raider and Gears of War Judgement to God of War Ascension and Devil May Cry, this seems to be the replacement to game sequels . . . but is this a good thing?
I've just started playing the latest Tomb Raider and am hopeful that this will be the jump start the series has needed. Then I think about the forthcoming Gear of War and God of War games set to release in the coming weeks and my first reaction is . . . already? Maybe is a matter of timing but my interest in some of these games, prequel or reboot, seems to depend on how long it's been since the last game in the franchise. Although I'm sure I'll end up playing both of these games at some point, I am less interested in doing so on day one.
When I think about it I have more interest in developers taking the time to re-imagine and reboot franchises that may have been dormant for some time - such as Tomb Raider - and start to think about what other games I would like to see similar treatment of. The games that come to mind immediately include the following: Star Wars Battlefront, Soul Reaver, Prince of Persia, Syphon Filter, and Spy Hunter. These are just a few and I'm curious what others think about this topic and which games they would like to see given serious AAA attention in the hopes that it provides a much needed spark to prominent games from the past.
Funny how all major media sort of follows the same path. Movies have been doing this for years and now that gaming has been around for quite a while, they go to the same well for "new" games. Just like with film, it's how well the reboot is handled that makes the difference. Of course source material is important but assuming the source is strong enough to consider a reboot, up to the devs to make the game of interest to me personally.
That being said, there's nothing like a new IP especially when it offers some fresh experiences.
To me it feels like they are trying to milk it, i understand they need t make money so if a certain title makes the cash then why not milk it but i would rather see new ip,