Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 Remake, Remaster, or Re-Release of 2022, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. This category crowns the best PS5, PS4 titles that we have played in the past, but have been released once again in a new form — some will have received enhancements while others arrive as part of a collection. At the end, we will list a few honourable mentions.
Bronze Trophy: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion
Few would dare remaster a PSP game for modern consoles, no less one that didn't exactly release to much widespread praise. However, Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII was a fascinating title at the time, and it's getting its due all over again as part of the Final Fantasy VII Remake efforts from Square Enix. The portable title has received a magnificent glow-up that restores the original game — without any story additions — and makes it playable on PS5, PS4. While you wait for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth, this is a side story more than worth exploring.
You can read our Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion PS5 review through the link.
Silver Trophy: Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration
Collections of much older games are common nowadays, but rarely are they treated with as much love as has been given Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration. Digital Eclipse has set a new bar for retro compilations by matching roughly 100 titles with a complete history of Atari, allowing you to learn about the company's origins and then immediately boot up the games mentioned. It's essentially a museum in your own PS5, PS4 console, with a slick interface and excellent emulation. This is a must-play for history buffs.
You can read our Atari 50: Anniversary Celebration PS5 review through the link.
Gold Trophy: Cyberpunk 2077
The PS5 version of Cyberpunk 2077 didn't just fix the RPG, it rescued the IP from the depths and effectively rebooted sales. The CD Projekt RED game has now taken on a new lease of life with record player counts and a much more optimistic outlook for the future of both the developer and the series. It was most certainly broken at launch — and that should never be forgotten — but the Polish team has worked tirelessly to update the game and get it to where it should be. The developer deserves credit for that, and the PS5 version of Cyberpunk 2077 now represents a compelling experience more than worth playing.
You can read our Cyberpunk 2077 PS5 review through the link.
Platinum Trophy: The Last of Us: Part I
Pricing aside, there's absolutely no debating the impressive job Naughty Dog did with The Last of Us: Part I. Whilst remaining completely faithful to the gameplay and story of the original PS3 experience, the team made it a top visual contender on PS5 with gorgeous graphics, lifelike facial models, and stunning vistas. This is now the definitive way to experience the campaign of The Last of Us and its DLC Left Behind. The modern classic is made beautiful all over again with new accessibility features, AI improvements, and excellent DualSense controller support. An outstanding game it remains in 2022.
You can read our The Last of Us: Part I PS5 review through the link.
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