What are the best PS4 remakes and remasters? For years now, we’ve seen games ported, remastered, and remade so that they can be introduced to new audiences. And rose-tinted 'nostalgia vision' is no bad thing, especially when your old favourites look this good on Sony's system.
We've compiled a list of what we think are the best PS4 remakes and remasters currently available. In no particular order, let's take a trip down memory lane, shall we? If you want to see what we think are the best PS4 games overall, check the link.
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Best PS4 Remakes and Remasters
Below is a list of the best PS4 remakes and remasters. These are our favourite remakes and remasters on PlayStation 4, as determined by our editorial team.
The poster child of PS4 remakes, Shadow of the Colossus successfully modernises a PlayStation 2 classic without it losing any of its magic or mystique. Now PS4 Pro enhanced and dripping with graphical fidelity (in particular, the Colossi themselves steal the show), Shadow of the Colossus’ story is still one of gaming’s greatest 'show, don’t tell' tales.
More beautiful than ever thanks to this remaster's crisp high definition graphics, Dragon's Crown Pro still stands tall as a fantastic hack and slash dungeon crawler. The superb art style remains the highlight, but crunchy combat and a collection of fantastic enemy designs make Pro very difficult to put down — especially when there's so much loot to collect. A rerecorded, fully orchestral soundtrack is the icing on the cake.
Relive Jill and Chris’ first outing as they investigate the still incredibly creepy Spencer Mansion. Smart use of Easter eggs and alternate sections make Resident Evil Remake feel like a director’s cut, even adding in new story elements. While the somewhat dated visuals can at times dilute a lot of the horror, Remake’s new breed of monsters are each terrifying in their own right, and the way the title reworks many famous scares will constantly keep you on your toes.
The game that propelled Call of Duty to the stratosphere and made it the household name it is today, Modern Warfare’s classic multiplayer is as addictive as ever. The smaller pool of killstreaks and perks feel familiar and a lot less convoluted than more recent entries in the series. That said, replaying the campaign will make you fall in love all over again, with missions like 'All Ghillied Up' and 'Mile High Club' still being some of the finest in FPS history.
There's a good chance you’ve already bought Skyrim at least once before, because at this point, who hasn’t? There’s a reason for its popularity, however. Skyrim is one of the jewels of Bethesda’s RPG crown, even today. Its near-limitless gameplay opportunities have become legendary, allowing the player to craft their own narrative or forgo one altogether. Special Edition adds not only every DLC, but mod support to make your latest playthrough just as fresh and exciting as your first.
Paradise City is built from the ground up for two things: driving really fast, and causing catastrophic crashes. The ultimate racing playground looks pin-sharp on PS4, and with the amount of DLC included, you’ll be driving everything from the DeLorean to Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. As beautiful as Burnout Paradise Remastered is, please try to keep your eyes on the road...
There are parts of Final Fantasy X that haven't aged well after all these years, but there's still an undeniable charm and personality to Tidus' journey. A classic Japanese RPG through and through, it's deserving of its high definition remaster on PS4, and Square Enix has done well in bringing the visuals up to speed as much as it can. While Final Fantasy X-2 isn't nearly as fondly remembered, it can still be fun, and having both games tied up in one neat package is certainly a plus.
2K Games brought back the very first Mafia game with this gorgeous remake. It's faithful to the PS2 original, retelling the story with all new cutscenes and presenting everything with a PS4 coat of paint. While some of the original's quirks remain, like iffy vehicle controls, this is absolutely the best way to play Mafia. Definitive Edition, indeed.
Dark Souls has earned a rabid, loyal fanbase with its uniquely weighty combat, richly realised worlds, and challenging (but fair) gameplay. Lordran is beautifully realised on PS4, its foreboding architecture and often terrifying denizens forcing players to learn from trial and error. Dark Souls isn’t for everyone, but those that persevere will forever praise the Sun.
This remake of the first two Tony Hawk titles is stellar. As with Activision's other remakes, this collection rejuvenates the PS1 classics for a modern age with completely redone visuals that look fantastic. The licensed soundtrack is mostly intact, and it's been augmented with dozens of new songs that fit the tone. Most importantly, though, it plays just how you remember, the tight controls and addictive combo-chasing gameplay as good as it's ever been. Complete with online multiplayer, a revamped create-a-park mode, and hundreds of challenges to beat, this is a brilliant remake and the best Tony Hawk game in years.