Real Talk By: KJ
This is a genre that isn’t going anywhere for a while. Im talking about the HD Remakes of course. Games are becoming available again, and newer generations of gamers will experience classic goodness. While some argue that it’s just hurting consoles of having any future backwards compatibility, were on the fence. We do know that some great games have benefited from re-releases. Here’s our Top 5 picks:
5. Bionic Commando: ReArmed
This was one of the first games (at least in downloadable format) to take a classic game, and completely remaster the experience. Earning rave reviews for its great visuals and superb New school/Old school Soundtrack, Bionic Commando Rearmed has led the way for other early titles to come back. Rocket Knight, Turtles in Time, and Tecmo Bowl just to name a few. It also added bonus mini games, coop, and a severely underrated 4-Player Deathmatch.
4. The ICO and Shadow of the Colossus Collection
Sony brought both cult classics together, and did a fine job polishing these titles. One thing that HD remakes do that will always benefit the gamer, is bringing back titles that might be hard to get a hold of now. ICO on PS2 was deemed a collector’s item. If you had an unopened copy of this gem, you were the man in your hood. Both games are unique and worthy of being in your PS3.
3. Metal Gear Solid HD Collection.
Konami went all out with their stealth series. They ported Metal Gear Solid 2, MGS3, and the still fresh PSP title Peace Walker. That’s a lot of story and gameplay. The visuals received a nice HD conversion, and the Online Multiplayer from the handheld port made the jump. This was a feature they could have easily left at the door, but they went all out this why the Metal Gear Solid Collection ranks so highly.
2. Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary HD
The game that made Microsoft relevant in the console wars: Halo Combat Evolved. To celebrate its anniversary, 343 worked on this remake. Not only did they give the dated Xbox visuals a little love, but they designed the game in an impressive way that makes you appreciate how far games have come. Click a button, and seamlessly go between modern gen graphics, and old school. All this is done, without interrupting gameplay. This is an HD trend we can support.
1.Chronicles of Riddick: Assault On Dark Athena
Speaking of updating visuals, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is a hefty deal. The original game Escape from Butcher Bay, received mountains of praise, with visuals that impressed all that time ago. You get that game, on top of that, a whole new adventure (Assault on Dark Athena), thus giving the player a new experience with old hotness. If you were to put in Dark Athena now, it still absolutely holds up and there’s a full online versus mode which features several different game types. Plain and simple this is a steal.
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