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.
Below, we've compiled a list of what we think are the best PS4 remakes and remasters currently available. In alphabetical order, let's take a trip down memory lane.
Bringing together two games (Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel) that were already stuffed with content, supplemented with a wealth of DLC and visuals as sharp as Claptrap’s wit? Handsome indeed. Borderlands’ mix of RPG and FPS is just as satisfying today, and the sheer amount of loot involved will keep you playing for days, with or without co-op partners.
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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...
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.
Taking three games from the nineties and dragging them kicking and screaming into the “Fur-K” era, the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is beautiful but challenging. There’s also plenty of variety: whether you’re being chased by a boulder, sliding around on the back of a polar bear, or jumping through time to grab crystals, Crash has never looked or played better.
Beenox pulled out all the stops for its remake of the beloved PSone kart racer Crash Team Racing. This is right up there with the N. Sane Trilogy and Spyro: Reignited Trilogy as a top drawer reimagining from Activision. It looks and sounds stunning, with all manner of new details adorning the tracks and updated yet faithful music. With online play and an array of customisation options thrown into the mix, this is a nostalgic treat that's had a modern shot in the arm.
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.
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.