A question to gamers out there
I'd like to ask for your input on something that is related to a rumor that I heard.
The situation is this:
More than a decade ago, a game was released and, though it was not a worldwide hit, got itself a huge following of loyal fans. A few years later, the game was ported into another, more advanced platform, and was received quite well. It was re-released again with improved graphics, and a few new levels. It, again sold quite well.
Late 2007, it was annouced that the game will have another incarnation on a handheld platform. The fans were, of course, excited by the news. That game was released early last year. Thus came the tragedy.
The new game got mixed reviews, and as I see it, bad reviews came for new players, and worse reviews came from the loyal fans. The new game itself had so many bugs (fans even listed them in a site to complain to the publisher), and had a very different feel into the game. It failed to capture the feel of the original game. I learned (from my sources) that the latest one was, infact, a remake and not a port of the original game. Hence the bugs.
Recently, I learned (through Amazon.jp), that a new incarnation is currently under development. The publisher has already made announcement of this new game in magazines. The developers (another developer), seems to be under pressure because the previous game made fans very angry (to the point where fans boycotted the game).
Now the question is:
If you were one of those angry (but once loyal) fans, would you buy this new game?
Thanks for your input!
Strictly speaking, a port is not a remake.
A port of a game is a new game using the resources of the original game, modified to work on the target platform
A remake of a game is a new game built entirely from scratch (though it may use some resources of the original, like the assets), hoping that it will capture the feel of the original game.