Remasters, remasters, remasters. They’ve become the cheap and easy method for publishers to make a quick buck while also providing players with the means to play some cracking games that they missed last-gen. It’s not all fun and games, though, and many have moaned loud and clear that remasters aren’t welcome. We’re a little different here at Pure PlayStation as we don’t actually mind a well-made remaster. Here’s a few that we still think deserve to remaster treatment on PS4.
Assassin’s Creed Rogue
Ubisoft released Assassin’s Creed Rogue for PS3 and Xbox 360 alongside the next-gen Assassin’s Creed Unity. We expected that the publisher would eventually get round to giving Shay’s tale a polish before re-releasing it on PS4, though it hasn’t happened and it doesn’t look like it will anytime soon. It’s a great shame, really, as it’s basically Assassin’s Creed IV.5 and it was generally better received than the botched release that was Unity. Oi, Ubi, get it together and give us more pirate adventures!
Red Dead Redemption
We know, we know. This one is as likely as Sony suddenly announcing that they’ll be making first-party games for the Vita again, but we can dream, can’t we? Rockstar’s epic-western was a truly spectacular game in just about every sense; even the multiplayer was pretty good.
It’s been rumoured for about five or so years now that Rockstar is working on a follow-up to Red Dead Redemption, but is it too much to ask for a remastered version of the PS3’s best open-world game? We don’t think, but we’re not holding out breaths for it. It’s all the more likely it’ll find its way onto PS Now before it gets reworked.
Splinter Cell: Blacklist
Yep, we’re going back to Ubisoft again with this entry, but that’s hardly a bad thing. Splinter Cell: Blacklist really brought the franchise back to where it needed to be after Conviction’s more-action-less-stealth approach. Actually, PS3 players never even got to experience Conviction as it only released on PC and Xbox 360, so we’ll take a nice remaster of that, too, please. It’s actually about time that we got a new Splinter Cell; Ubisoft has released a new entry with every successive generation since the days of the OG Xbox, PS2 and Gamecube, so we’re a little baffled that Sam hasn’t crept out of the shadows on PS4 yet.
The Killzone Trilogy (plus Mercenary)
We’re a little confused as to why Killzone hasn’t gotten the love it deserves. Honestly, it’s a great series with a decent story (let’s forget about Shadowfall, shall we?) and solid gameplay, but instead of being polished up and improved on, it’s being left on PS Now. Not that PS Now is a terrible, but some games deserve more than streaming and many a Pure PlayStationer have voiced their disinterest in the service.
While we’re at it, the PS Vita’s exclusive Killzone Mercenary would do well on PS4, surely it can’t be too much of a stretch to get it running. Saying that, what do we know about coding a game – we can barely operate a kettle…
The PS4 isn’t shy of a few racers with the likes of DriveClub and Project Car, but what we really need is something that’s pure, unadulterated fun. Unfortunately we’re unlikely to see a new Wipeout game in the near future as the studio behind it, Sony Liverpool Studio, has since closed down. Still, we’d be happy if Sony got some coding monkeys to get Wipeout HD working on PS4 – maybe even with the incoming PlayStation VR?
Back to Rockstar with the entry. GTA IV was the first truly “living” city that Rockstar had created for us lot to cause mayhem in. Obviously it doesn’t stand up too well against GTA V, and graphically it’s a little bit underwhelming now, but imagine if you will, a remastered version of GTA IV: a full 1080p experience with razor-sharp image quality and 60fps to boot. OK, 60fps isn’t happening with anything these days, but we’d take a ride through Liberty City again in a heart beat. We miss you, Nico, you and your psychotic tendencies.
Batman: Arkham Asylum/City/Origins
This entry actually has a bit of history behind it and it may not just be wishful thinking. For one, Warner Bros. loves making money, and secondly, there have been whispers of an Arkham collection for PS4. The rumours claimed that Warner was working on getting the first two games working for the PS4 and Xbox One, though Origins may be left behind – not that we’re complaining…
They were technically impressive games on the old hardware, but we’d love to see what could be done if they were given the right care and attention for the PS4. Full-HD, 60fps (not happening) and upgraded textures to give it all a nice shine. C’mon, they looked alright on PS3, but they’d look a world better on PS4.
Are we crazy for wanting to pay again to play old game? Are we begging for the wrong ports? What would you like to see remastered? Chuck your list down in the comments section below.
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Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella. (Bronze trophies, that is – he only has one Platinum.)