HD is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only has it been instrumental in making this generation one of the biggest genuine evolutions we've seen so far, but it's given us a legitimate reason to go back and play the best games of yesteryear, via re-releases that actually add something. And it means that devs can make double the profit on an old game without having to fork out the budget of an actual game development, so everybody wins!*
But while the worth of HD remakes varies depending your love of the particular game and your willingness to look past occasional last-gen coarseness**, when one of the best games of all time is tipped for the HD touch-up, all considerations become meaningless in the face of frantic clapping and squealing.
Yep, there's rumour coming from that there Famitsu, via the lovely, fragrant people at Andriasang (with their hair shimmering in the sunlight and their smiles all sparkling and ethereal) that Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica are coming to the 360 and PS3. So far, talk is of a two-game compilation disc called "Resident Evil Revival Selection HD Remastered Version"***. Here's hoping the Resi 4 code comes from the far superior Gamecube version though. The PS2 port was grotty in comparison, and it would be madness to use it.
Why no previous Resis? The pre-rendered backgrounds would be graphical herpes when blown up to HD. Resi 4 in particular should look stunning though. It was possibly the best-looking game of last generation and it still looks great now, even in SD. Should this happen (and with claims of four pages dedicated to the collection in this week's Famitsu, it's sounding pretty likely) there really will be no need for Resident Evil 5 to exist any more. At all.
*Your mileage may vary.
**And the fact that emulators do this stuff for free. BUT ARE ILLEGAL.
*** Super Hyper Mega Ultra Turbo Edition Go Go!! Reload XX
March 23rd, 2011