I’m not sure how I feel about this trend of developers making HD remakes of their classic titles. I mean, it’s one thing for Nintendo to release old 8 and 16-bit classics via the Virtual Console, but for companies to remake one of their old hits with a shiny new coating of current-gen graphics… it just feels like a lazy way to release a game without actually having to make one from scratch.
I started thinking about this because Namco Bandai has just announced that they’re going to be releasing SoulCalibur II HD Online as a downloadable title on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later this year. The game is 10 years old this year, and they’re bringing it back with spiffier graphics and new online modes. You’ll still get all the different modes found in the initial release, with the added benefit of worldwide online multiplayer. (And Project Soul themselves are handling the brand-new online infrastructure, so hopefully it will play smooth as buttah…)
SoulCalibur II had unique characters in each of the three console versions, but this time around, both versions will feature the PlayStation 2 bonus character, Heihachi Mishima from Tekken. Losing the Xbox exclusive, Spawn, isn’t much of a loss, but sadly, the old GameCube version will remain the only place where you can play SoulCalibur with Link!
So are you tempted to buy another HD remake? SoulCalibur II is a pretty awesome game, but wouldn’t you rather see a brand new game in the franchise instead?