One year into the lifespan of PS4 and we’ve already seen quite a few remastered versions come to the system that were previously on PS3. The Last of Us Remastered as the big exclusive, but other titles like Grand Theft Auto V, Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider, Diablo 3, and Metro Redux are some. Next year will see Dark Souls 2 come to the system, and I’m sure even more announcements of remasters will be coming. These are largely cash grabs, but I’m okay with that. I’d like to be able to play prettier, better performing versions of the games I already enjoy on my newer system. So with that said, here are the five games I most want to see remastered for PS4 (and Xbox One as well, with the exception of the first one since it’s a Sony first party game).
Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, & Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
Cheating here right off the top by including three games in one; yes, I’m greedy like that. Sony has already paired Uncharted and Uncharted 2 together for a retail release on PS3. Let’s take that idea of move it to the next level by remastering all three games (1080p at 60fps) and releasing them for PS4 for the sweet price of $59.99 (or available digitally separately for $19.99 each). Yes, I realize that this is a lot to ask for considering upgrading a game from PS3 to PS4 isn’t an easy port. Naughty Dog put in quite a bit of effort to get The Last of Us Remastered out on PS4 earlier this year. Take what they learned there, and the process here would be a littler easier (and yet more difficult because its three games instead of one). A photo mode would be nice. All three of the Uncharted games are amongst my favorites of all time, and all still hold up exceptionally well as beautiful (especially two, my favorite, and three). Still though, I have this PS4 sitting here and going back to PS3 to play these games is somewhat disappointing, especially after seeing how much better The Last of Us is on PS4 over the PS3 version. This just makes too much sense, and considering the folks who moved over from Xbox 360 to PS4, there’s a lot of PlayStation 4 owners who never experienced the adventures of Nathan Drake. It’d be perfect to release it prior to the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
I picked up Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen last November when it was free for PlayStation Plus members and instantly fell in love with it. As I sunk hundreds of hours into it, it quickly became one of my all time favorite video games. It wasn’t graphically stunning by any means, but it made up for its visual shortcomings with some absolutely stellar gameplay. A lot of action RPG’s struggle to convey scope within combat because even if you’re fighting a large monster you’re still confined to being on the ground. Dragon’s Dogma changed all that by allowing you to climb up the large monsters, including the dragons, and really take the fight to them. Sometimes that was a gamble, like when you don’t get off before the flying monster begins flying and eventually tosses you to your death. Dragon’s Dogma was and is a great adventure. The campaign wasn’t fantastic by any stretch of the imagination, but the journey within the world made it really special. In fact, Dragon’s Dogma doesn’t even really begin until you beat the campaign and begin farming for the good stuff in the underworld area that is only available while in post-campaign. The Dark Arisen expansion further enhanced the value. This may have been free a year ago, but if Capcom were to release a remastered version of this wonderful game for PS4, I’d buy it day one for $59.99 without giving it a second though. I NEED this one to happen, so please Capcom (and make a sequel too).
Red Dead Redemption + Undead Nightmare
I played a lot of games on PS3, and I played a lot of those games for quite some time. Red Dead Redemption however is at the top of the list, because no other game came close to matching the hours I spent playing in the world of Red Dead Redemption on a single save file: 400+ hours. That’s just in the single player. I had a few hundred put into multiplayer, and probably another hundred into the Undead Nightmare campaign. I played the single player obsessively like it was a huge RPG. While it lacks the mechanics of an RPG game, that’s really what it was to me. I role-played Marston the way I thought he should be played; as a good guy. Fast travel not an option in a game the size and scope, and as beautiful as this. I rode my horse everywhere, and a lot of time was slowly. There is no game I anticipate more than the next Red Dead game; I’ve been waiting patiently for it and still fire up Redemption from time to time. Rockstar recently brought GTAV to PS4, and it made the game so much better. Truth be told, I’d be fine waiting a few more years for a sequel if I could get a remastered version of Redemption for PS4. The PS3 version had a sub-HD resolution, and still looked great. I’d love to go saddle up in that world again with the 1080p resolution and at a solid 30fps. Outside of the single player, I really want to play some Undead Overrun on my PS4. Make it happen Rockstar.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
I’d like to see this one as a make up. I really wanted to enjoy Bethesda games on PS3. I own Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout 3, and Fallout New Vegas on the system. Skyrim is the only one I ever finished the campaign of. With Oblivion I got hit with what was, for me, a game breaking bug that would have sucked out my continued enjoyment of the game had I bothered to try to continue playing. Skyrim I managed to complete, but didn’t spend nearly as much time with as I would have liked because of how poorly it started to run the longer you played the game. Bethesda just couldn’t make a game run will for PS3. I’d love to return to Skyrim and explore the game as I much I wanted to before, and a PS4 version would certainly be a lot easier to make compared to the PS3 version, and would both look and run way better.
Here’s a free-to-play title that has a slim chance of happening. Defiance is an MMO built in conjunction with a TV show of the same time and the two cross over. The show does relatively well for SyFy, and the game, which never required a subscription, switched over to being free-to-play this year. I played an awful lot of Defiance when it released, and I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t as great as I was hoping it would be (I was really hyped for the game before it released), but it was still a solid third person shooter MMO. It supports a lot of players on screen, and the battles (Arkfalls) where many players come together to kill enemies was always a ton of fun. I fired it up on PS3 just recently and now it just looks ugly and is overall quite sluggish; very disappointing. Trion has had their issues, but I really think they need to look into bringing the game to PS4 and Xbox One. They’ve said they want to see higher install rates before considering it, because the game needs a lot of players, but I say work with what the systems have. I’m not playing a lot of my PS3. If a better looking and better running version of Defiance came to PS4, I’d start back playing it regularly. There’s zero chance of that happening on PS3. Many of the folks on my friends list got this game on launch and played a lot of it. I never see anyone playing it now; like me, most have moved on to PS4 games. Trion needs to consider that as a free to play MMOTPS, a move over to the new systems would actually generate a lot more interest and even if the new systems don’t have the number of users Trion would like to see, there’d probably still be more people playing the PS4 version than the PS3 version (I saw very few people when I played recently). Make it happen Trion. PS4 needs more free-to-play games anyway.
What games would you like to see get the remastered treatment for PS4 and/or Xbox One? Or are you against the trend of last gen games getting trotted out to the new systems for a cash grab? Let us know in the comments below.