With the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and the new line of PC graphics cards ushering in the next generation of gaming, players are excited to see what new ideas will come out of the industry. But remakes and remasters of major releases are becoming more and more common.
Most of the time, remakes take the most time and work, but over the years, a lot of great classic games have been remastered and are great to play today. It’s a great way to breathe new life into old games and give them much-needed facelifts.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Even though the Uncharted games are straightforward action-adventure games, there is a lot to do in them. People often think of it as a video game version of the Indiana Jones movies because it has interesting action, exciting set pieces, and likeable characters. With The Nathan Drake Collection, the first three games in the series are remade for PS4 and come in one package.
This collection is great for people who want to play the original games again but want to improve them or for people who want to get into the series in a new and easy way. In the same way, it will be a great way to get ready for Sony’s Legacy of Thieves Collection for PC and (probably) PS5.
Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster
There are a lot of big JRPG adventures in the Final Fantasy series, which can be scary for some people. But Final Fantasy X is both one of the best games for new players and one of the best in the series as a whole. It’s a pretty linear game, but that doesn’t hurt it at all.
The console versions of Final Fantasy X|X-2 Remaster have simple but well-done visual and performance upgrades and extras. The PC version, on the other hand, has some quality-of-life improvements that make the game easier to play and lessen the amount of grinding you have to do. It depends on the player, but this collection is a great and easy way to play one of the best games and stories in the series.
The deep, introspective action-RPG series by Yoko Taro got off to a rough start, but with the release of the acclaimed NieR: Automata, it took off. NieR for the PS3, which was a spinoff of the Drakengard games for the PS2 that weren’t very well liked, had a troubled release around the world.
The remaster of NieR Replicant, which just came out, gave it a new coat of paint to make it more modern. Even though there are still some features that could have been added to make it more useful in 2021, Replicant is a welcome remaster that shows how far ahead of its time it was.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Even though most of Halo Infinite’s best and most exciting multiplayer modes aren’t out yet, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is already available for fans of Xbox’s main science fiction series. Before, it was only on Xbox and only had the original trilogy. Now, it’s also on PC and has the fan favourites Reach and ODST as spinoffs.
Like most first-person shooters, the franchise’s main draw may be its multiplayer mode, but it also has a compelling, epic sci-fi story. Before the campaign for Infinite comes out, this collection is a great way for fans to relive or catch up on Master Chief’s story.
The Last Of Us Remastered
The last game for the PS3 was the first game in The Last of Us. It was a deep and emotional dystopian thriller that became an instant modern classic. Now that Part II is out, both games are on PS4 and can be played on PS5 using its “backward compatibility” feature.
Even though the first game isn’t that old and is getting remade for PS5, The Last of Us Remastered is still a great and timeless way to play the first game. Its visuals have been improved even more, and its speed has been sped up. With this update, it’s still one of the best games that combines action gameplay with cinematic storytelling.
Dark Souls: Remastered
The famous Dark Souls games from FromSoftware helped make the “Souls-like” subgenre popular. As Dark Souls: Remastered, some changes were made to the original, brutal action RPG from the trilogy. It is still one of the best mediaeval dark fantasy games you can play.
It has a subtle way of telling a story, which makes it a compelling way to learn about the story’s rich, complex lore and worldbuilding. It also has complex themes that are explored throughout. Even though this remaster could have done more in terms of graphics, it is still an improvement and, more importantly, brings Dark Souls from 30 FPS to 60 FPS, which was a much-needed change.
Mass Effect: Legendary Edition
The original Mass Effect trilogy by BioWare was also praised by critics. The series did a great job of combining the action-RPG and third-person shooter genres to make a fascinating world full of lore, interesting stories, and rewarding character development, all of which went hand in hand with action gameplay that was very fun to play.
The branching dialogue options in Mass Effect were a big part of the story’s appeal because they led to interesting rewards and consequences and different endings. Legendary Edition is a collection of remastered versions of ME 1-3 for Xbox/PlayStation consoles and PC, with quality-of-life improvements that make the games easier to play. The first game, which came out in 2021, could have used these improvements.
In 1998, the first part of Half-Life came out. The Valve Software team’s first project, which included the well-known Gabe Newell, was a hit with players right away. Why not? The game was not only fun to play and shoot, but it also had a great story that kept you guessing, which doesn’t happen very often in FPS games.
The full version of Half-Life remake Black Mesa, which came out on Steam last year, was a remake of Half-Life. It wouldn’t have been shocking if it hadn’t been a fan project that had been in the works for almost 15 years. All of the work was done from scratch by the Crowbar Collective modders. Not a single piece of the original Half-Life code was used in the game files. No matter if you played the original Half-Life or not, you should pay attention to this result.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered
Players mostly remember Call of Duty: Modern Warfare for the mission in Chernobyl, which had a lot of atmosphere. Even after the game was over, we could still remember sneaking through the destroyed, enemy-held areas near the old nuclear reactor in Ukraine.
The original plan was for the remastered version of the game to only be added to the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Deluxe Edition. But because players asked for it, it was eventually put out as a separate production. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered has new animations, textures with a higher resolution, and better lighting, shadows, and an audio track. The rules of the game didn’t change.