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. SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated

A complete remake of the original 2003 game, SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom – Rehydrated is a welcome return of a beloved franchise, and a worthy remake of the best Spongebob game ever made. THQ Nordic have done a great job in making some of the most vibrant, beautiful levels ever found in a platformer, and there’s enough variety to keep you from ever getting bored.

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. Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning

There’s a strong argument to be made that 2012’s Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is one of the most underrated games of the modern era. Fortunately, it’s been given a second lease on life with Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning. Offering a vibrant, massive open world, charming inhabitants and a nice variety of quests, it’s a wonder why it didn’t spawn a multi-game franchise like it was intended to do. Perhaps the second time’s the charm. 

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. Resident Evil 3

After the success of the Resident Evil 2 remake, it only made sense to give the same treatment to its more controversial sequel. It lovingly recreates the original experience into a modern, polished product that feels as vital as it did when it first wreaked havoc on consoles in the late 90s. A much more action-packed affair, it might not have the outright spooks of its predecessor, but more than makes up for it with balls-to-the-wall action.

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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