You know, without the whole online server debacle…..
During the Xbox 360/Playstation 3 generation, publishers learned a means of charging gamers for backwards compatibility – the High Definition Reissue. This involved releasing either a single hit or a game and its sequels on one disc, a series popular during the previous generation of gaming. Fast forward to 2014, where we now have the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Wii U. Publishers are releasing HD remasters faster than they are releasing established sequels or brand new IPs. In fact, it almost seemed as if it was a quick way to “copy & paste” previously released games (some that were not even one year old) and make a quick buck on the new hardware.
Not all of these games were simply touched up and placed on newer systems (not to mention, many of these were not fondly remembered greatest hits). 343 Industries recreated the beloved Halo series’ numbered installments to celebrate Halo 2’s 10th anniversary in stunning style. It is (in my opinion) without a doubt, the best value you can get in purchasing a remastered collection. Not only does your $60 purchase Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4, it features a completely remastered campaign for Halo 2. The cut-scenes are absolutely stunning and make for the best graphics on any (now) current-gen game. The online servers are mostly running strong now and though the messy launch is inexcusable, Halo: The Master Chief Collection raised the bar to an extremely high new level.
Lets face it – these collections and reissues are here to stay. Here are 10 games and series that we would love to see receive the completely redone, remastered Halo treatment:
1. Batman: The Arkham Collection
Arkham Knight is my most anticipated game of 2015. I am counting down the days. Arkham Asylum was the first fantastic super hero game we received and was a game that deepened my love for video games in general. It brought me to a new level. Two years later, enter Arkham City. We also received a prequel in Origins. Origins is the only one I have not run through a second play-through of, but that could easily be changed. What better time than another run through on a beautifully remastered Arkham Trilogy?
2. Mass Effect: The Commander Shepard Collection
This one would take a lot of time and effort, but boy would it be worth it. A restructured game engine and revisited graphics/cut scenes would make many Mass Effect fans downright giddy. To have Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2, and Mass Effect 3 on current-gen would be a fun refresher going to the next entry in the series.
3. Uncharted: The Definitive Tales of Nathan Drake
Uncharted is the greatest Playstation series of all time, better even than The Last of Us. Uncharted, Uncharted 2, and Uncharted 3 looked gorgeous as they are – can you imagine how good they would look completely remastered? Uncharted 4’s graphics look to be insane, why not run through the beloved first 3 games to prepare for what will likely be this fall’s biggest blockbuster (next to Halo 5:Guardians)? If Naughty Dog wants to put it over the top, they could throw Vita’s Uncharted: Golden Abyss in the collection and you have an incredible bargain.
4. Star Wars: Battlefront Special Edition
Star Wars Battlefront & Star Wars Battlefront 2 were two of the Original Xbox’s most played games. A third Battlefront game was in development for Xbox 360 & PS3 but fell apart after a leak. Many Star Wars fans thought they would never see a third entry. When EA purchased the license from Disney to make Star Wars games, many jumped for joy. Set to come out in 2015, the rebooted game is already very hyped, despite no in-game action having been shown. I would love to go back and play Battlefront 2’s great story line with achievements.
5. The Quantic Dream Collection: Heavy Rain & Beyond: Two Souls
I know what you’re thinking, “he wants a Beyond remake?” But hear me out. Heavy Rain is one of my Top 5 favorite games of all time. It revolutionized choices and the lasting effect they have within video games. Your character could die, but the game would go on. Heavy Rain had more than 20 endings. 20! Despite rough voice acting and somewhat stiff animation, a remake on PS4 would result in a day one purchase for me. Beyond: Two Souls didn’t have the same great story that Heavy Rain had, or the depth, but I enjoyed William Dafoe and Ellen Page and I think the game had potential.
6. Red Dead Redemption: Remastered
7. Assassin’s Creed: The Remastered Collection
This would be quite meaty and many gamers would argue repetitious, but I would be down to see some visual upgrades on a new engine (particularly games 1 & 2). Add Brotherhood, Revelations, and 3 and you have a nice value. Of course, I can’t help but forget the nasty, buggy launch of Unity….
8. The Crash Bandicoot Collection
Yep, this one’s a stretch. But I am one of millions of gamers who would love to see Crash Bandicoot brought back. How about we start a kickstarter? Some of my fondest, earliest gaming sessions featured playing Crash Team Racing and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. Crash Bash was a great party game. Essentially, anything entry that came out on Playstation One would be ideal.
9. Gears of War: The Marcus Fenix Collection
Halo 5: Guardians will be Microsoft’s huge fall release for 2015. Odds are the next Gears of War will be 2016’s. Black Tusk Studios could create the remastered Gears of War, Gears of War 2, and Gears of War 3 would be a nice money maker for Microsoft this fall. Complete this collection with multiplayer from all 3 games and you’ve got me sold. This one’s likely in the pipeline.
10. BioShock: The HD Trilogy
BioShock is one of the most beloved games of all time. Though BioShock 2 didn’t garner as much respect, Infinite was a game of the year candidate. I think it would be a blast to play through these games on an Xbox One or PS4.
Josiah LeRoy is Geekiverse’s Senior Editor. He is finally embracing Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Stay tuned on December 31 to read about the Best of 2015.