HD remasters appear to be a dime a dozen in this generation, often being used to tide fans over whilst they wait for bigger releases. Re-releases like, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition have proved successful due to their graphical upgrades and technical improvements upon the originals. However, some ‘definitive editions’ are simply treated as ports that include all of the DLC and act more as ‘game of the year’ editions, not truly upgrading the game to the best degree. A lot of these definitive editions are for great games that are truly deserving, like Sleeping Dogs and Dishonored but there are also many that have been neglected. Some of these games are available on Steam but console owners are stuck with having to play these games on last generations. These are the games from last generation that I think truly deserve a HD remaster.
Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
A surprise hit of 2010, Enslaved was a retelling of the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West and told the tale of Monkey and Trip. The game was very well received with praise being aimed at the story and graphics as well as the combat. Unfortunately, much like other games in this list, the game wasn’t a financial success even with the critical praise. Many people missed the opportunity to play Enslaved and a HD remaster would Ninja Theory to iron out the frame rate and polish the graphics even more as well as open up the franchise to new players. A platinum version of the game including all of the DLC was released for Steam but this acted as more of a ‘game of the year’ iteration of the game and didn’t truly upgrade the game.
Sly Cooper Thieves in Time
Despite being developed by Sanzaru Games instead of Sucker Punch, the long awaited fourth entry into the Sly Cooper series was still a resounding success in the eyes of fans. Receiving good reviews and a moderate amount of attention upon release, Thieves in Time really deserved more success than it got, especially as it released at the tail end of the PS3’s lifetime. Re-releasing Thieves in Time in 1080p would certainly allow for those who missed it the first time to give it a go as well as tide over the fans who are still waiting on a resolution to the cliffhanger of an ending. The art style would also look absolutely stunning in 1080p.
PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale
Called out for being a clone of Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. series, PlayStation All Stars had it’s work cut out for it from the beginning. Much like the other games on this list, the game was well received but didn’t meet Sony’s sales expectations. Fans still loved it and the community for it is still there on the PS3. A HD remaster would allow current gen players access to an extremely underrated celebration of PlayStation history. The timing is just right too, with rumours of a new game being present from ‘inside sources‘.
This 2009 rock adventure from industry legend Tim Schafer is certainly due for a new entry. Loved by metal heads and Double Fine fans, Brütal Legend suffered from the Double Fine curse of great critical reception but low sales. Schafer has teased the possibility of a sequel and fan interest is certainly there so a revisit to Eddie Riggs’ world is a no-brainer and would generate a ton of hype for a sequel.
Super Mario Galaxy
Considered to be one of the best platformers out there, Super Mario Galaxy is easily one of the most requested Wii titles for a HD remaster. The graphics are still outstanding today, especially considering the limitations of the Wii so putting it onto the Wii U or even the NX would certainly drop jaws. Besides the graphics, Super Mario Galaxy is also one of the most entertaining and addictive platformers around and would provide hours of entertainment whilst Nintendo secretly works on the third entry into the series.
Red Faction Guerilla
Containing one of the greatest destructible sandboxes to this day, Red Faction Guerilla attempted to bring the franchise back into the gaming world, having been dormant for quite some time. It was successful in doing this, with the destruction physics still being impressive now, more than five years later. A sequel was released, Red Faction Armageddon but this was poorly received and didn’t contain much of what made Guerilla great. How about we give Red Faction another try? A HD remaster would reintroduce the series in a quick way whilst the developers work on making a bigger and better sequel.
inFAMOUS is different to several games in this list in the sense that it has had two sequels that actually greatly improved upon the formula of the original. However, inFAMOUS would be fantastic for a HD remaster because many people actually missed the first game and instead joined the franchise with the second entry. Whilst inFAMOUS 2 is fantastic as well, I would argue that the tone of inFAMOUS is so different in the original title and the story so involving that it is perfect for a HD remaster- especially for those who managed to miss it. It would also allow Sucker Punch to show off how far they’ve come since 2009.
Perhaps the most underrated game on this list, Bulletstorm was reinventing the first person shooter genre before it had even begun to be stale. Nowadays we have Doom and Overwatch to spice the genre up but originally Bulletstorm was the most unique shooter out there, and arguably still is. A running theme of this list, Bulletstorm was critically successful but underperformed financially. It’s doubtful whether the game will ever have a sequel because of this but many fans (myself included) would be happy to see its return in one way or another.
Red Dead Redemption
A new Red Dead is almost inevitable at this point. Rockstar know it, 2K know it and the fans certainly know it, but this doesn’t rule out a revisit to the best representation of the wild west. Similar to what was done to Grand Theft Auto V on current generation consoles, this version of Red Dead Redemption could include a first person mode and add several different things to the already stellar game. Of course, this would just be to tide us off until the new Red Dead. Please Rockstar?
The Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword
Much like Twilight Princess and Wind Waker, Skyward Sword is considered to be one of the best Zelda games in recent memory. The reason that Skyward Sword is on this list is simple. Many people avoided it originally due to the motion controls being a mandatory part of the experience and this meant many fans missed out on one of the best Zelda adventures in a long time. Porting it to the Wii U or even the NX would also complete the current run of HD remasters that Nintendo have been making with the Zelda franchise.