The 12 best video game remasters

We’ve compiled a list of the 12 best remastered games over the last few years that are worth putting time into.

 The 12 best video game remasters

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It’s a great time to be a gamer, especially one that holds sentiment for older titles that are more nostalgic. Over the course of the last few years, we’ve seen reboots, remakes, and remasters that range from an HD graphics addition to a complete overhaul in the look and feel of the game. It brings back memories and reminds long-time gamers that the games of the past are rudimentary in the success of the games of the present.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best-remastered games over the last few years that are worth putting time into.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection

A long-running FPS sci-fi that is not only fun in action and gameplay, but deep in story and lore that makes it feel like a true science-fiction epic. With games like Halo: Infinite on the horizon, we highly suggest players play this collection of remastered games that range from Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, and 4. It also includes ODST, a spin-off game and will eventually include Reach. The first game is just an HD remake, still with the dated graphics, but the second game is where you’ll see the complete overhaul which makes it feel like a completely new game. This franchise is one of the staples of the FPS genre and changed everything for the industry. A remaster is a nice way of keeping this legendary series alive.

Halo The Master Chief Collection Launch Trailer [Official]

Halo The Master Chief Collection Launch Trailer takes you into the definitive Halo experience coming November 11, 2014. The Master Chief Collection features a remastered Halo 2: Anniversary, along with Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 4, Halo: Nightfall (a new digital series), and access to the Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

A fast-paced platformer starring an obscure animal called the bandicoot, Crash is a classic 90s era game that holds a lot of nostalgia for many players. For many, this was the first game to introduce people to video games for the first time, so it’s great to see the zany and cartoonish adventure get a remaster. The game plays the same but with a nice modernization of the graphics. It also plays great on the Nintendo Switch.

The Comeback Trailer | Crash Bandicoot® N. Sane Trilogy | Crash Bandicoot

Your favorite marsupial, Crash Bandicoot®, is back! He’s enhanced, entranced & ready-to-dance with the N. Sane Trilogy game collection. Now you can experience Crash Bandicoot like never-before in Fur-K. Spin, jump, wump and repeat as you take on the epic challenges and adventures through the three games that started it all, Crash Bandicoot®, Crash Bandicoot® 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot®: Warped.

Resident Evil 2

Not only is this a remaster, but it’s nearly a completely new entry in the franchise. The Resident Evil 2 remake changes the POV, adds a new graphics engine, and adds story and enemy elements not present in the original game. Many newcomers to the franchise got a glimpse at the origins of the whole storyline and how Raccoon City fell to a zombie outbreak. The scares are terrifying, the puzzles are challenging, and the gameplay is tight. One of the greatest additions not only to the franchise, but a fine addition to the long list of remakes and remasters that proves we’ll be seeing more old classics coming back.

Resident Evil 2 – Story Trailer | PS4

Once again, enter the world of survival horror with this brand new trailer from the show floor of Tokyo Game Show! Explore fresh new details on Resident Evil 2, including fan favorite characters and a deeper look at the game’s story. Rated Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language

Shadow of the Colossus

Marked as one of the greatest games ever made, Shadow of the Colossus is a work of art that many experiences to be sad, but artistically beautiful visually and thematically. The remaster brings the PS2 era graphics to the modern age and makes it playable for fans of the original and gamers who never had a chance to try it out.

Shadow of the Colossus – PS4 Trailer | E3 2017

Here’s the E3 2017 exclusive trailer for Shadow of the Colossus.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

This is a great remaster because it lines up graphically with the latest entry, Gears of War 4. With the exciting announcement of the newest game releasing soon, this is a no-brainer remaster to pick up and play. Going back and playing through the story is not only nostalgic but a great reminder of how solid a shooter Gears of War really is. Although the action and testosterone fueled dialogue is over-the-top, Gears of War knows what it is and pushes itself to the limits, becoming one of the most fun sci-fi thrillers to date.

Mad World Launch Trailer – Gears of War Ultimate Edition

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Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Another classic from the PS1 era, Spryo was the entryway into the gaming world for many players today. The remake overhauled the graphics and engine while keeping the same spirit of the original game. There’s even an option to use the new soundtrack, or keep the original one from the 90s. If you haven’t played Spyro since its original debut, the Reignited Trilogy will bring back a lot of memories and even stand out as a solid gaming experience to this day.

Spyro Reignited Trilogy | Launch Trailer

Available November 13, 2018 Spyro’s back and he’s all scaled up! Same sick burns, same smoldering attitude, now all scaled up in stunning HD. Spyro is bringing the heat like never before in the Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy game collection. Rekindle the fire with the original three games, Spyro™ the Dragon, Spyro™ 2: Ripto’s Rage!

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Famous for being remastered and ported time and time again, Skyrim deserves a place on the list for its ability to continue through the years and still be an impactful experience. A large majority of the gamer population has played this open-world fantasy, whether modded or not and created their adventures and experiences that resonate with them on a personal level. It’s been ported to the PS4 and Xbox One, but the most interesting adaption was the Nintendo Switch, where it’s possible to play on-the-go. Not to mention, the Switch version features exclusive Legend of Zelda armor as well. It’s a timeless tale that has much to offer and worthy of any gamer’s time and money, especially with the announcement of The Elder Scrolls VI.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – ‘Take a Walk’ Nintendo Switch Trailer – Nintendo E3 2017

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the epic fantasy from Bethesda Game Studios, arrives for Nintendo Switch. The legendary open-world adventure where you can be anyone and do anything, now allows you to play anywhere – at home on your TV or on the go.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

This is probably one of the greatest video game adventures to date, feeling like a modern-day Indiana Jones with added humor, a charming protagonist, high-octane action sequences, and a strong supporting cast that makes for a fantastic storytelling experience. The collection includes the first three games that released on the PS3 but are now remastered for the PS4. It came out just in time for the release of Uncharted 4, which is a solid gaming experience for this gen – so those that are hoping to check out the adventures of Nathan Drake – it’s easy to access.

UNCHARTED: The Nathan Drake Collection (10/9/2015) – Story Trailer | PS4

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/uncharted-the-nathan-drake-collection-ps4/ Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is the culmination of years of hard work at our studio that has been lovingly rebuilt by the team at Bluepoint Games. It’s incredible to watch Drake run, leap, and shoot on the PS4 with enhanced graphics and gameplay.

Bioshock: The Collection

Ported from PS3 and Xbox 360, the Bioshock Remaster gives new players a chance to try one of the most mind-blowing stories in gaming history. In terms of graphical improvements, this one isn’t a breathtaking change, but just the idea of keeping this trilogy alive for future generations is great. Bioshock is a clever, artistic, and satisfying series with twists that has kept players discussing the conclusion for years.

BioShock: The Collection Launch Trailer

Rapture is coming back to life! Would you kindly play BioShock: The Collection? Revisit the depths of Rapture, sail through Columbia, and experience the never-before-seen video series Imagining BioShock, in BioShock: The Collection. All three BioShock games, complete with all single-player DLC, are fully remastered for current-gen consoles.

Resident Evil Origins Collection

In the last few years, Resident Evil has pushed the franchise to new limits and changed the way we see the beloved survival-horror series. With Resident Evil 7 and the remake of Resident Evil 2, the whole series stays alive decades after its initial release in the 90s. Fresh players who have experienced these new nightmares also have the chance of going back and playing the very first entry that started it all with the Origins Collection – which puts the original game and Resident Evil 0 on the same disc. It doesn’t change the POV like Resident Evil 2, but it revamps the graphics to make it playable to today’s standards. The scares are still there, the puzzles are still challenging, and the boss battles are still anxiety-inducing.

Resident Evil Origins Collection Trailer

Witness the origins of the Resident Evil universe with the Resident Evil Origins Collection, coming as a physical disc product to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting January 19th, 2016 for $39.99. The Origins Collection gives you both the upcoming Resident Evil 0, as well as the highly well received Resident Evil, which released as a digital download earlier in 2015.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

Although the franchise has released a game just about every year since Modern Warfare, this classic shooter remains a favorite amongst fans and continues to impress with this remastered edition, which gives it a nice graphics upgrade. It’s not necessarily on par with newer Call of Duty games in terms of its impressive engine, but it’s still worthy of mention. We’re mentioning this for the same reason we mentioned Bioshock – keeping a solid classic alive through the years with future generations. After playing the newer titles, going back and experiences something with more minimalistic and simplistic multiplayer is a breath of fresh air. It forces players to challenge their skills in player vs. player combat truly. Also, the campaign is still one of the best in the franchise, so those who haven’t had the chance to play through it should immediately.

Official Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Remastered – Launch Trailer

“Let’s do this.” Get ready to suit up once again as Sergeant John “Soap” MacTavish in one of the most critically-acclaimed campaigns of all time with Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Remastered, included with special editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

The Last of Us Remastered

To this day, this game remains on a lot of gamers’ top 5 of all time. The story, the characters, the gameplay, the action – all of it is a prime example of great storytelling in video games. Although on the surface, it appears to be just another post-apocalyptic survival game, the true story is much deeper than that, giving us one of the greatest character studies in entertainment. It’s an artistic look at the human condition and what we’re willing to do to hold on to what we have left after great devastation. Graphically, the remaster isn’t bad, but not impressive. That’s mostly due to the game originally releasing on PS3’s ending cycle, so the graphics were already top-notch. Much like Bioshock, this game is an artistic achievement that proves that video games can be more than just entertainment.

The Last of Us Remastered E3 2014 Trailer (PS4)

The Last of Remastered is available July 29, 2012. Winner of over 200 Game of the Year awards, The Last of Us is genre-defining experience blending survival and action elements to tell a character driven story about a population decimated by a modern plague. Cities are abandoned and being reclaimed by nature.