In my first few minutes with the PS4 HD remaster of Final Fantasy 12 I was awestruck by how fresh it looked. As a recent blog post by designer Robert Yang explains, however, the new game’s new coat of paint seems to have come at the expense of its soul.
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Remasters are getting more and more common every day. The category has grown so much over the last few years that it’s now necessary to break it down even further in order to distinguish complete remakes like Metroid: Samus Returns from games like that receive graphical overhauls but otherwise remain the same underneath like The Last of Us on PS4.
The Zodiac Age falls into the second group. The gameplay remains untouched and it doesn’t include original assets. Instead things have been retouched using the computing resources of