BY DEAN MOSES
The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (PS4) have some great new intellectual properties, games with incredible graphics, immersive sound, and engaging narratives. Despite all the new titles hitting the latest generation of consoles, it feels as though half of the game library is made up of remakes, remasters, and definitive editions. In order to help you determine which rehashes are worth re-buying and which ones are worth recycling, the Spring Creek Sun has compiled a list of the best remakes on the PS4 and Xbox One.
The Last Of Us Remasterd
Many have called this title the Citizen Kane of gaming.The Last of Us is acclaimed and loved by critics, hardcore players, and casual gamers alike. It tells the story of Joel and Ellie, and their venture across a post- apocalyptic United States. This game has stunning visuals and addictive gameplay elements, but most importantly of all, in this case, it focuses on the characters, their emotions and personalities as they face unimaginable horror and loss. The remastered version runs at 1080p and 60 frames per second, which is so smooth it is jarring at first. There is also a photo mode that allows you to take pictures with a variety of filters. In addition to all of this, it comes with all the downloadable content, both for the single player and multiplayer.
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
Uncover cops, open world, fast cars, and martial arts—Sleeping Dogs has it all. Following an undercover officer as he enters into Hong Kong’s seedy underbelly, Sleeping Dogs’ fascinating story and fun gameplay has been enhanced with a bit of polish to the visuals, improving textures and expanding the draw distance. This version includes all of the downloadable content ever released. These add-ons will have you traveling to a mysterious island to compete in an Enter the Dragonesque tournament, as well as fighting ghosts and vampires. All of this can be done in new attires, too. From outfits based on classic movies to fighting bad guys as a bronze statue, Sleeping Dogs really does seem to have it all.
Today there are plenty of fantastic game developers, Naughty Dog, Rockstar, CD Projekt Red, millions of players eagerly await the arrival of their new games. However, 1990s gamers followed one developer in particular: Rare. This name is synonymous with the 90s, and with brilliant titles. This is the developer that brought us Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Perfect Dark, Banjo Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, and Battletoads. These games mean a lot to a great many people, it is no surprise then that these titles, along with 25 others, have been brought to the Xbox One in a gigantic collection of games named Rare Replay. This assortment of classics is presented on a charming selection screen, and the games themselves now have a save featuring, allowing you to load your progress, something impossible in the 80s and early 90s. They also have a rewind feature that lets you backtrack to an earlier point, just incase you make an awful error while playing.
Bioshock: The Collection
While this title will not be released until September, Bioshock: the Collection looks to be one of the more impressive remasters we have seen yet. The bundle comes with all three Bioshock games, all of their downloadable content, improved visuals, and director’s commentary. The Bioshock games themselves tell some of the most beautiful stories ever told in video games, and have some important moral messages behind all of the fantasy elements. Taking place in a city under the sea and a city above the clouds, this is one remaster you won’t want to miss.
The aforementioned games show that sometimes playing old titles can be just as fun as playing with the new kids on the block. If you are still clambering to play your old games, Xbox One and PS4 have their unique methods of achieving this. On the Microsoft side of things players can now play some of their more timeworn Xbox 360 discs on the newer Xbox One, while Sony has a feature that allows players to stream PS3 games on the PS4 via a service called PlayStation Now.
Remasters blend the new and old, sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, but one thing is for sure: the list above is sure to provide you with a great deal of fun.