Ah… Remasters and remakes. They’re often the topic of heated discussion by gamers across the lands. “No, remasters are rubbish! Just let me play my old disks!” is the sentiment we’ve seen time and time again. Look, it’s time to face the facts: the only way you’re playing PS3 games on PS4 is with PS Now or as a remaster/remake. It’s time to accept it. Remasters and remakes have proven to make money for publishers, so they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
With that said, I’m all for remasters and remakes. It gives me the chance to play games I missed during their original run, and on a console I actually still own. So here’s my list of the top 10 remasters and remakes currently available on PS4, in no particular order…
Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection
This is perhaps one of my favourite re-releases. Despite having played them to death on the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, I’m still overjoyed that I can play through Ezio’s story on PS4 and Xbox One. Yes, I have it for both systems. I have a problem.
You’re not just getting one game, but three. Stop and think about that for a moment. It’s a budget release, but you’re getting three great games. Three bloody games, damn it! Now, once Assassin’s Creed III gets remastered, I’ll finally be able to play all the Assassin’s Creed game on one console. That’s the kind of world I want to live in. Read the review here.
Batman: Return to Arkham
Rocksteady’s Arkham Knight might have rubbed people up the wrong way (read: that fucking Batmobile rubbed everyone up the wrong way) but the original games were almost flawless. I played the hell out of Arkham Asylum on PS3 in the winter of 2011 whilst recovering from having my tonsils removed, and it made everything better. Well, no, the Tramadol made everything better, but Batman was there too.
I never got around to Arkham City on PS3, so for me this re-release was a godsend as my PS3 has been retired to console heaven: The attic. Once something goes up there, it never comes down.
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered
I’d be a bit of an arse if I didn’t give this legend a mention, wouldn’t I? In fact, I think this is one of the few cases where pretty much everyone was on board with Activision remastering the tale of Captain Price, Soap, Gaz, and the crew. How it was released is a different matter entirely…
It was the Call of Duty that made the series a household name and a juggernaut in gaming. It was amazing back then, and it’s even better now on PS4. A lot of love went into this remaster, and it shows from the moment you get plopped into the training mission. Still can’t beat that fucking time challenge, though.
Grand Theft Auto 5
It’s not really a remaster, more a re-release, but by jove is it a great one. It’s the exact same game I played on PS3, but with extra features and nicer graphics. And I still play it every couple of weeks. I’ve completed it three times on PS4 alone. Like a fly to shit, I can’t stay away. It’s getting a little old in the tooth now, but it’s still one of the funnest games you can play on PS4. Let’s just forget about the single player DLC we were all expecting… Rockstar – you Jeffed up on that one, don’t let it happen with Red Dead Redemption 2.
The Last of Us Remastered
Would you believe me if I said that when I first played The Last of Us on PS3, I sold it after a couple of hours because I thought it was boring. That’s exactly what happened. I bought it, played a couple of hours, got bored, stuck it on Gumtree and sold it to some 14-year old kid later that same day. Yeah, I know. I’m scum. I should have carried on.
I was gifted The Last of Us Remastered on PS4 by one of my so-called friends. Turns out they’re a decent friend because The Last of Us Remastered is phenomenal. It’s a great game made better on PS4. With nicer graphics and a resolution that didn’t offend my delicate eyeballs, I actually got through the entire game in just a couple of evenings. Great job, Naughty Dog. It’s just a shame they buggered up Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Let’s hope The Last of Us 2 doesn’t suffer from the ego of its directors.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Yeah, I know, it’s kind of low-hanging fruit, but I’m putting it in this list anyway. The Uncharted games were revered on PS3, but on PS4 they’re even better, thanks in no small part to that sweet 60fps gameplay. Unfortunately the first game is still a pile of crap, but Uncharted 2 and Uncharted 3 are great, pulpy action games. Just, er, don’t think too much about the story or you’ll find it all comes apart with the slightest of tugs… Read the review here.
WipEout Omega Collection
You can play it with PSVR and that’s all you need to know. Read more here. I don’t need to explain myself. WipEout. VR. Duh.
Dead Rising Triple Pack
Remember when Dead Rising was out on the Xbox 360? I do. I remember not being able to read a bloody word of the on-screen text without getting a headache. It was a nightmare, but the game itself was really fun. Then the second game came out and that was fun. All three of the games were insane fun, because killing thousands of human-shaped monsters is fun. Well, it’s even better on PS4. You’ve got a proper nice HD resolution and a lovely 60fps to go with it. What more could you want from a re-release? Better graphics would have been nice, but let’s not forget that gameplay comes first.
Dead Island Definitive Collection
Yes, more zombies! Before Techland brought us the amazing Dying Light, the studio released Dead Island and Dead Island: Riptide on last-gen consoles. They were decent enough games back then, but they were a bit too ambitious for the consoles. Technical issues were often talked about more than the games’ actually decent gameplay.
Thankfully that’s all in the past and we can get on with smashing bikini-clad zombies with some imaginative weaponry. Oh, and there’s also the sweet little retro-style bonus game that came with the remastered package. All in all, a great little remaster that I’m still working my way through. If you’re interested to see Dying Light’s parents, take these games for a spin.
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Bundle
Yes, I know, Activision didn’t give a toot about quality when it released this double-pack last year, but it’s still on my list. MY LIST. Why? Because they’re awesome games, that’s why. I spent much of the PS3-era waiting for an X-Men Legends remaster, port, or sequel (I’d have taken anything) but it never came and it’s likely they never will. The next best thing is the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Bundle. You take control of a team of Marvel’s finest characters and go on lovely adventures.
The actual remastering here was minimal. The graphics looked a touch nicer than before, but that’s mainly due to the game running at full-fat HD. It was a cheap and easy cash-in for Activision, but I’m all for it if it means I don’t have to go up to the attic to fetch my PS3. I’m never going up there. Ever. It’s dark…
So that’s my list, and yes, I know what you’re thinking. No, Crash isn’t on it. The original games were better and I think the remake is a piece of poo that gets far too much love. The controls are awful, the input lag is borderline torture and… I’ve always preferred Spyro over that hairy fool. My list, remember? Read the review here.
What are your favourite remasters, remakes, and re-releases? What would you like to see get a second shot at life on PS4? Write you comment down below, then delete it, remaster it, then re-release it.
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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.)