Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 Remake, Remaster, or Re-Release of 2023, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. This category celebrates games that have already released and were brought back this year, either in their original form or updated with better visuals and more features.
Bronze Trophy: Like a Dragon: Ishin!
First released as a PS4 exclusive launch title in Japan, fans of the Yakuza series thought they'd never get to experience this trip back to the late Edo period on Western shores. To much-unexpected delight, though, SEGA this year released a complete remake that localised the game and allowed everyone to see what the fuss was all about. A worthy historical trek, this is a great title just as good as any mainline Yakuza game.
Silver Trophy: Star Ocean: The Second Story R
Star Ocean The Second Story R is a remake done absolutely right. It takes a classic JRPG and, without recolouring perceptions or tone or atmosphere, it provides numerous gameplay improvements and an impressive graphical overhaul. For our money, this is the best version of what is arguably the best Star Ocean game — and the Star Ocean game to play if you're new to the series. In fact, it's left us hoping that Square Enix will go ahead with additional remakes of its retro catalogue, because The Second Story R is exactly what it needs to be.
Gold Trophy: Dead Space
EA Motive has rescued Dead Space from the clutches of the PS3 with what is basically a one-to-one remake that faithfully brings back Isaac Clarke and the USG Ishimura. There are some redone scenarios and welcome new features like being able to backtrack through the space ship, but this is the Dead Space you remember with a glorious new lick of paint. It looks fantastic on PS5, and having already been one of the best survival horror games around, it retains that accolade whilst looking and playing better than ever.
Platinum Trophy: Resident Evil 4
Continuing its plight to remake all of the classic Resident Evil games, this year it was the turn of one of the greatest games of all time: Resident Evil 4. Capcom faithfully brought back the Nintendo Gamecube original with top-of-the-line visuals, new side content, and better combat in every sense. It's not quite as dramatic a remake when compared to Resident Evil 2 as the original title already had a third-person camera, but this is a gaming masterpiece made even better.
What was your favourite PS5, PS4 remake, remaster, or re-release of 2023? Place a vote in our poll and then explain your personal pick in the comments below. For further Game of the Year coverage, click the link.
What was your favourite PS5, PS4 remake, remaster, or re-release of 2023? (878 votes)
- Dead Space24%
- Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster I - VI6%
- Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective1%
- Like a Dragon: Ishin!2%
- Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection3%
- Persona 3 Portable 0%
- Persona 4 Golden3%
- Resident Evil 451%
- Star Ocean: The Second Story R8%