“Oh dear, are they talking about remastered games again?" we hear you scream. “I want new games, not remasters!" Don't worry – we hear you. In truth, we'd be the first to admit that we're a bit sick of learning about last-gen re-releases – but we'd also be lying if we said that we've truly had our fill of PlayStation 4 ports.
Indeed, there are still a handful of titles that we'd love to see on Sony's new console, regardless of whether we've played them before, and we're sure that many of you are in the same boat. For example, this author in particular will likely jump with joy when the Mass Effect Trilogy is inevitably announced, and although we've concluded Commander Shepard's story at least a dozen times, we still wouldn't object to playing it all over again in crisp 1080p resolution, and hopefully free of those dreadful loading times.
Such is the temptation of remastered games. You know exactly what you're getting if you've played the title in question before, and the technical bonuses are just the icing on the cake. Like it or not, we humans are creatures of habit, and when we find something that we like, we generally milk it dry until something new comes along and snags our attention. Of course, not everyone has the same tolerance level to play a release multiple times over, and it's even safe to say that many people find it difficult to stick with a game through to the end in the first place, but we'll take the option where possible, thank you very much.
People are constantly crying out for more frequent releases on Sony's most recent console, but we reckon that along with indie titles, remasters have managed to pad out the time between blockbusters incredibly well. The only real downside to consider here is that publishers are essentially asking you to spend your hard-earned cash on titles that have already had their spot in the limelight, but at the same time, we can't really blame them for trying it. The PS4 has flown off store shelves since day one, so it only makes sense for companies to try and grab the attention of fresh users with games that may already be critically acclaimed.
Which brings us to the question at hand: are there any more remasters that you'd like to see on the PS4? On the exclusive side of things, an Uncharted Trilogy seems inevitable, while other last-gen collections would surely pay off for the publishers – a Batman Arkham Collection, anyone? The ever-brilliant Shadow of the Colossus also arguably deserves another upgrade, while existing compilations like the God of War Collection could also make the jump.
It's not just about the profits, though. We'd love to see, for example, the Yakuza series bundled up and remastered on the PS4, not just because we're massive fanboys, but because it would have a chance of sparking off the interest that the franchise so desperately deserves. In fact, there are more than a few unsung heroes that should be given a second wind on Sony's popular machine, like the superb Puppeteer, or a selection of surprisingly brilliant titles that flew straight under the radar, like robot-filled shooter Binary Domain, the stupidly hectic Vanquish, the stunningly beautiful Dragon's Crown, or even Ninja Theory's post-apocalyptic Enslaved: Odyssey to the West.
And then there are the games that would simply benefit from running on better hardware. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim immediately springs to mind, since it was riddled with technical problems on the PS3 for a huge amount of users, while Dragon Age: Origins may not look borderline horrific if it came to the PS4. We're not saying that you should double dip on titles that could have been better in the first place, but new players would have a great excuse to jump in and see what all of the fuss was about.
So, what would you like to see make the next-gen jump to PS4? Are you a fan of collections, or are you sternly against the idea of remasters? Cast your vote in our polls, and then open – or indeed close – your wallet in the comments section below.
Are you hungry for more remasters on PS4? (108 votes)
- Yes, I'd love some more58%
- Hmm, I might buy one I know I like35%
- No, I've had enough of remasters6%
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Which of the following remasters would you buy? (372 votes)
- Batman Arkham Collection11%
- Dragon Age Collection6%
- Fallout Collection11%
- Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy5%
- Mass Effect Trilogy14%
- ICO & Shadow of the Colossus7%
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim13%
- Uncharted Trilogy20%
- Yakuza Collection7%
- Other 0%
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