I hope so. Nostalgia of this kind is hard to come by. Resident Evil was remade on the Gamecube and boy did it make a difference, it really was awesome.
Now with the growing popularity of downloading games, and getting more for your money (although that has always been a priority) the revival of the classics has a really good place in the market. With Silent Hill HD collection, Splinter Cell HD and the like the old school is becoming new school. Plus with a price tag below the £15 mark it really is great value. As the classics had great stories, characters and game play, they just lacked the visual. Now they have been given that, new cut scenes and better game play and the cost has come down.
There is a great satisfaction with remakes; it is like you have been there before. You will get to a bit and remember where a secret is that took you a month to find on the original. And that doesn’t make it pointless; it makes you realize how far it has come. When you have flashbacks to a frustrating time where the zombie kept getting you from the wardrobe, and this time you come in with the shotgun raised, it is satisfaction guaranteed.
The benefits to the other side, I assume, are the same as internet TV get, being able to use archived material to get fresh income. And why not? It would be a waste for a generation to never have played Metal Gear Solid, a diverse and huge universe, now they can, on a whole new scale.
The next release (and inspiration for this piece) is Tony Hawks HD, which incorporates the first and second installment of the original games (this itself being the 12th in series). It looks great, the originals were great, and so I have doubt that this will be a stunner. And with its release this month on Xbox live I bet the price won’t be unreasonable either.
In conclusion, I think that it is a resounding YES to the question, are HD remakes here to stay? They are a great idea, well executed and just well brilliant. It’s like going full circle in a positive way. And I look forward to the next ones that get picked. Fingers crossed for the remake of the first Driver.