The previous console generation was notable, among other things, for introducing us to HD remasters: upscaled versions of older games that took advantage of the increased capabilities of newer machines like the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Now we’re seeing the same thing happen on new consoles, which seems curious considering these games are already in high definition. That being said, some recent remastered editions, such as The Last of Us: Remastered and Grand Theft Auto V, came with some noticeable enhancements and are more than worth the price of a double dip. While it feels like practically every notable game from the last generation is getting a re-release (gotta pad out those release schedules somehow), there are still a good number that haven’t been given the redo treatment. While it’s still unclear whether we really need new editions of these games, we wouldn’t say no to seeing remastered versions of these 10 last-gen classics.
10. Dead Space Trilogy
The prospect of a 4th Dead Space game remains unknown (publisher EA infamously shut down production on the game after Dead Space 3 failed to sell enough copies) and as a result, the series’ absence is notable within the games market. The original Dead Space was a breath of fresh air to the survival horror genre and its sequel was even better. Admittedly, Dead Space 3 faltered significantly, but it was a still a solid game in its own right. While EA continues to keep the franchise on ice, they might as well go ahead and remaster the Dead Space trilogy for new consoles. Many gamers likely missed out on the terrifying conflict between Isaac Clarke and the monstrous Necromorphs, so putting the games together in a shinier package at an attractive price could be a good way to renew interest in the series…and hopefully spur production on a new title.
9. South Park: The Stick of Truth
To be fair, there are not many obvious benefits to remastering South Park: The Stick of Truth for the PS4 and Xbox One. Considering it’s based on a cartoon, there are only so many graphical enhancements one can make before they’re no longer noticeable. That doesn’t mean a port shouldn’t happen though. Stick of Truth is easily one of the best games to be released late in the PS3 and Xbox 360 lifecycles and would likely sell well on new consoles. Plus, the sequel, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, was recently revealed at this year’s E3, so interest in the franchise is about as high as it’s going to get. Ubisoft might as well take advantage of it and port the game over to other systems.
8. Killzone 2 and 3
Killzone is one of Sony’s biggest franchises and helped spur some of the PS4’s early success thanks to the launch title Killzone Shadow Fall. The series has always had a reputation for delivering impressive graphics (even if it still receives flak for that infamous pre-rendered E3 2005 trailer), so it would make sense for Sony to remaster the PS3 entries in the series, Killzone 2 and 3. Admittedly, these titles still look pretty impressive, even by today’s standards, but it would be interesting to see how much better they’d look running on a PS4. If Sony packaged the 2 games together and sold them for around $40, fans old and new would surely bite on that offer.
7. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Konami, the publisher of the Metal Gear franchise, is no stranger to releasing new editions of its games. Just a few years ago on the PS3, they converted a trilogy of Metal Gear Solid titles to HD, so there’s definitely precedent for seeing new version of older Metal Gear games. With the newest entry in the series, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, coming out this September, it’s actually surprising that Konami hasn’t put out a remastered version of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Released in 2008, MGS4 was one of the first games to show off the PS3’s capabilities and still looks pretty impressive today. Considering they haven’t announced any plans for a PS4 port, it’s too late for Konami to release a remastered MGS4 to coincide with The Phantom Pain’s release, but that doesn’t mean a port down the road would go unappreciated.
6. Gears of War Series
Yes, we know that a Gears of War remaster is already on the way in the form of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, but it only includes the first game. Considering that Microsoft was able to bundle four Halo games — its other flagship franchise — together with the Master Chief Collection last year, it feels like a bit of a rip-off for only one Gears game to be getting the remastered treatment. Of course, the Ultimate Edition isn’t just a simple port job, as developer The Coalition has put a lot of time and effort into remaking the game from the ground-up for the Xbox One, but it’s still disappointing to only be getting one entry in the series. Gears of War is great, but we want to play Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War: Judgment on our Xbox Ones too.
5. Ratchet and Clank Future Series
Insomniac games is hard at work on a next gen remake of the original Ratchet and Clank, which is coming to the PS4 next year. The PS4 pretty much makes the lovable duo look as beautiful as a Pixar movie, it would be great if Sony remastered the Ratchet and Clank Future series from the PS3 generation. While Insomniac made no less than 6 different Ratchet games on the PS3 (7 if you count the PS2 era HD collection), they would really only need to collect the main Future titles — Tools of Destruction, A Crack in Time, and Into The Nexus. These are the best of the series on the PS3 and were impressive-looking games in their time. A fresh coat of pain on the PS4 would make revisiting these games a visual treat; plus, they’re just really fun to play.
4. Mass Effect Trilogy
The Mass Effect series is easily one of the best franchises to be introduced in the last console generation and are still considered to be must-play games for fans of good storytelling and the science fiction genre. While the first 3 games were collected in a trilogy and released on the PS3, it didn’t have any noticeable upgrades. The PS4 and Xbox One could give the Mass Effect games (especially the first one, which looks considerably dated now) a renewed visual punch and get players set for the next entry in the series, Mass Effect: Andromeda. Getting to re experience the adventures of Commander Shepherd and the Normandy crew on new consoles would be a hard mission to pass up.
3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Considering how much time it takes Bethesda to make a new game (and the fact that they’re currently busy finishing work on Fallout 4), it’s going to be quite some time before we see a new entry in the Elder Scrolls series. While the most recent game, 2011’s Skyrim (we’re not counting Elder Scrolls Online, as it’s too different from the main series), still looks impressive on a powerful PC with the right mods, Bethesda kind of blew it when it came to the console versions, especially on the PS3. As such, getting the chance to jump back into the addictive RPG on consoles that can actually run it properly would be a welcome proposition to many PS4 and Xbox One owners. If Bethesda tossed in the game’s DLC on top of it? Even better.
2. Red Dead Redemption
If there’s one title from last-gen that is begging for a sequel, it has to be Red Dead Redemption. Rockstar’s open world western seemingly took everyone by surprise in 2010 with just how good it was and easily stands as one of the best games of the last decade. While a sequel is inevitable at this point (and is probably Rockstar’s next project now that they’ve finished with GTA V), Redemption still holds up really well and would be even better with some next-gen enhancements. Adding more visual fidelity and increased draw distances would only help the game’s already impressive level of immersion. As it is, there aren’t exactly any notable western games on new consoles, so Rockstar might as well give us another opportunity to go back to the best game in the genre.
1. Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock Infinite, Ken Levine’s long-awaited return to the Bioshock franchise, didn’t quite live up to the enormous expectations heaped upon it by fans of the 2007 original, but it was still one of the best-looking games at the time when it was released in March 2013 — at least if you were playing it on PC. While the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions offered a great experience, it was clear that they were just not powerful enough to handle a game as detailed as Bioshock Infinite. The PS4 and Xbox One, in contrast, are more than capable of doing the game justice and could easily reestablish Infinite as one of the most beautiful shooters on any platform. Throw in the Burial At Sea DLC and Bioshock Infinite instantly becomes the game that most needs a remaster.