By Dean Moses
With many gamers focusing primarily on the latest generation of video game consoles, many PS4 and Xbox One players may, understandably feel left behind. Not all hope is lost though, as the new systems are proving hard to find amongst the wild, wild West of online shopping. The older systems are still receiving plenty of software support going forward in 2021. These are the new games for old systems.
Game: Mass Effect Legendary Collection
Platform: PS4 and Xbox One (as well as PS5 and Xbox Series X)
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: May 14th
Perhaps the most beloved series of science fiction series of role-playing games since Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Mass Effect 1-3 captured the imagination of players back on the Xbox 360 and PS3. This franchise afforded gamers the ability to explore a universe brimming with reverting alien characters, force like special powers, and a variety of planets to investigate. There will be a new collection of the classic trilogy released for the PS4 and Xbox One. This iteration will feature updated textures, faster loadings times, new character customization options, new game mechanics, and changes to the in-game environments. It is clear both old and new fans alike will find much to enjoy here.
Game: Resident Evil: The Village
Platform: PS4 and Xbox One (PS5 and Xbox Series X)
Rating: M for Mature
Release Date: May 7th
In addition to the latest outing in the classic survival horror games being hotly anticipated for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, it will also be released for these consoles’ predecessors. While we can safely assume these versions will not benefit from the power of the updated systems, the overall experience will likely be the same. Once again seeing the world from a first-person viewpoint, but this time we will be battling all kinds of new monsters like werewolves in–as the title suggests–a spooky village.
Game: Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
Platform: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
Rating: E for Everyone
Release Date: Spring 2021
For many years now the Lego videos games based on famous movies have brought laughter and joy to people of all ages. It is only fitting that developer TT Games has returned to the saga that made their releases so popular: Star Wars. Although many Lego Star Wars games have been made dating back to the original Xbox, this upcoming toy brick adventure looks to combine all of the central films that follow the Skywalker family. With the promise of being able to play
Anakin, Luke, and Ray all in one game gives players near endless opportunities of mixing and matching characters from decades of movies.
Bonus Update: Old Game for Newer System
Game: Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade
Rating: T for Teen
Release Date: June 10th
If you own the Final Fantasy VII remake for the PlayStation 4, you can rejoice that there is a free upgrade to their Intergrade edition. Final Fantasy is one of gaming’s most beloved franchises. Dating back to the Nintendo Entertainment System, it is one of those games that has always produced an element of mystique, a childlike wonder that generations grew up romanticizing. I am sure many readers have fond memories of discussing in-game urban legends at recess. Last year, the game was re-released with a full remodeling from its 1997 iteration. This award-winning game has been enhanced once again and expanded for the PlayStation 5, including a brand-new episode (featuring a story with Yuffie,) new story arc, and additional gameplay options as players follow Cloud, a mercenary hired by a rag-tag group of eco-terrorists named Avalanche.