Remember the Good Times with These HD Remasters

Matthew Hadick

Later this month, Nintendo will treat Zelda fans with an HD remaster of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Do you love replaying the best games ever made? Make the old seem new again by diving into one of these classic titles, reimagined in crispy HD and brimming with extra content exclusively for the current generation of consoles.

Resident Evil / Resident Evil Zero HD Remaster (PS4/Xbox One)

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Revisit Raccoon City with the first two installments in the Resident Evil saga — Resident Evil and Resident Evil Zero. Featuring revamped graphics, audio, and controls, the remaster does away with much of the antiquated qualities of the original, providing players with an experience that feels surprisingly modern.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)

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Featuring versions of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4 completely remastered to look and play beautifully on the Xbox One, Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a no brainer for fans of Master Chief’s space-faring exploits. Halo 2 and Halo: Combat Evolved even allow you to swap on the fly between the updated textures and upscaled versions of the original textures. While the multiplayer is still plagued with network issues, there’s enough single player content here to keep Halo fans fragging for a long time to come.

Uncharted Collection / The Last of Us (PS4)

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Nathan Drake’s globetrotting trilogy is reimagined with beautiful graphics optimized for the Playstation 4. With each game requiring at least 10 hours to finish, this package will take you a long time to play through. A surprisingly robust multiplayer mode available in Uncharted 3 makes this deal even sweeter. Naughty Dog’s other PS4 masterpiece, The Last of Us, is also available for PS4, with remastered visuals that really highlight the game’s lush yet undoubtedly dismal atmosphere.

Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/Xbox One/PC)

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I know — Grand Theft Auto V seems like it just came out for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, but that version of the game didn’t let you experience the entire game in first person. That’s right: the remastered version of the game, which comes complete with better graphics and all of the original release’s DLC, allows you to play through the game from a first person perspective, making the crime and debauchery that much more uncomfortably immersive.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)

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Last generation, Marcus Fenix‘s blood-drenched alien extermination redefined cover-based shooters, establishing an engaging run-and-gun formula that has been used by countless games since. Experience the sensation that somehow made using a chainsaw attached to a gun seem like a normal, everyday thing.

Final Fantasy VII/X/X-2 Remaster (PS4/PC/Mobile)

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Get ready for the upcoming Final Fantasy VII remake with an HD remaster of the original. The characters might look even blockier with upscaled HD graphics, but the story is still just as affecting and the world of Gaia feels just as realized as it did in 1997. Time has been much kinder to the textures in Final Fantasy X,, and the lush world of Spira looks incredible in HD. If you’re looking to sink hundreds of hours into a pair of genre-defining games, look no further.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4/Xbox One)

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After a series of duds in the 2000s, there wasn’t a lot of hope for 2013’s Tomb Raider. The game defied expectations, however, winning ample acclaim by providing gamers with an engaging action-adventure experience in the vein of Uncharted. The Definitive Edition features all of the original’s DLC, as well as an unlocked frame-rate, noticeably enhancing the game’s visuals.

God of War III Remastered (PS4)

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God of War III Remastered provides gamers with a completely revamped version of the original game, complete with updated graphics and all of the DLC costumes from the original. Kratos’ third console outing is often considered his best yet — revisiting Olympus, in all of its gritty glory, is a great way to prepare for an inevitable sequel.

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (PS4/Xbox One)

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Borderlands: The Handsome Collection contains both Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, a pair of enormous open-world FPS games that made big waves upon release. This version contains all campaign add-ons, playable character packs, and level cap upgrades from both titles. Best of all, however, is the availability to play four-player split screen — a feature made possible by harnessing the power of current generation consoles.

Grim Fandango Remastered (PS4/PC)

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LucasArts’ classic point-and-click adventure game, which coupled Aztec mythology with film noir, is an absolute classic. Now that it’s available with updated graphics and a fully orchestrated score, there are no more acceptable excuses: this game is a must-play.


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