Friday, 24 April 2020

TOP 10 PS4 Remasters

10. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection

Although the first game is curiously absent, there’s a vault load of content in The Handsome Collection. It’s got both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-sequel and all of their expansions, with souped-up 4K graphics to boot. If you haven’t played a Borderlands game before, you’re in for a treat. This series is well known for comedy, looting, and insane over the top FPS fun - and this remastered collection is going to please fans and newcomers alike.

9. Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy

Yet another timeless platforming series, the classic Crash Bandicoot trilogy has been remastered and released together - and it’s just as silly, loud and zany as ever. There’s plenty of personality packed in with the jumping and spinning. With three crazy games in one, there’s a lot of bang for your buck. Like any good platformer, it’s easy to pick up but hard to master - probably much harder than you remember it.

8. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII was the game that got many into the franchise and won several "Game of the Year" awards on release. The Final Fantasy name is an RPG pedigree, and FFXII lives up to the name. Updates that have been made to it in The Zodiac Age tick all the right boxes - improved graphics, improved convenience - and the remake went on to win even more awards too. An absolute must-play for RPG fanatics.

7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Elder Scrolls Skyrim is, for me, a high contender for game of the decade. This masterpiece of action roleplaying is so well known that it’s meme-worthy, which also comes with the unfortunate side-effect of watering down how truly well made this game is. Special Edition comes with all of the downloadable content, and mods are also now available on PS4 too, which opens up the game even more. Time for my millionth replay. FUS RO DAH!

6. Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far

Kingdom Hearts is a wonderful RPG crossover of Disney characters and Final Fantasy characters, but with a famously convoluted storyline. If you’re looking for the best way to jump into the series, then this remastered collection is it. Featuring NINE separate games and cinematic shorts, every step of the story has been polished up, remade and remastered for the PS4. Everything you could possibly need before playing Kingdom Hearts III. 

5. Resident Evil 2

The original Resident Evil 2 was an absolute cult classic, and in the remake, a lot more is being updated in this game than the graphics. This legendary survival horror game has only gotten better. Little bugbears like fixed camera angles and clunky controls are long gone, but they’ve perfectly preserved what made RE2 great. It’s such an extensive recreation that you can understand why they’ve omitted any ‘remastered’ subtitles. 

4. The Last Of Us Remastered

The Last Of Us is one of those timeless games that will never not cut straight to your heart. The unforgettable story of Joel and Ellie in a world ravaged by a zombie apocalypse is told through engaging and strategic survival action gameplay that starves out resources enough to mean that you’re always on edge in any confrontation. The game’s harder modes are especially punishing, but even more rewarding.

3. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

The Uncharted series showed the world that Naughty Dog has a lot more going on under the hood than just Crash Bandicoot. This collection is an absolute steal, bringing together the first three instalments in the Nathan Drake quadrilogy. The storytelling, the platforming, the puzzle-solving - it’s all golden. These games are like Hollywood movies in the best ways - truly a treasure worthy of Sir Francis Drake himself. 

2. Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection

The legendary Assassin’s Creed series has slowly moved away from their classically stealth-based gameplay, and The Ezio Collection stands as a monument to that lost era. This curated collection of games includes all three Ezio-led Assassin’s Creed games and all of their DLC, which I think is a highlight of the series. Each game’s graphics have been remastered from the ground up too, making playing through the story of Ezio Auditore de Firenze even more show-stopping. 

1. Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus is a remake of a 2005 game that even at the time, was ambitious. It’s an action-adventure game, where the only goal is to defeat gargantuan enemies called Colossi. It’s refreshingly minimalistic; you’ve got nothing but a sword, a bow and a horse. The 16 Colossi are the only enemies in a largely empty world. It’s a beautiful modernisation of an absolute classic; a perfect gift for the ‘person who’s played everything’. 

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