With the number of quality titles coming out these days, there’s never been a better time to be playing video games. That doesn’t mean old games aren’t worth revisiting, though! Thankfully, taking a trip down memory lane is easier with all the HD remasters and remakes of the classics.
Let GadgetMatch help you pick out the best of the re-releases that both fans and new players can enjoy.
Resident Evil HD Remaster
Relive the nightmare in the iconic Spencer Mansion of Resident Evil in all the gory detail that Full HD brings. Resident Evil HD Remaster is based on the GameCube remake of the original, which already looked great in 2002 and boasted a ton of new features. Everything from that package is in this remaster, but with all the visuals touched up and looking crisp in 1080p. What this version adds is the option to switch between control schemes, letting players pick either the old-school “tank” movement or modern omni-directional analog controls.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection
Find out how the Indiana Jones of video games earned that lofty reputation of swashbuckling spectacle with Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection. Featuring all three Uncharted games that debuted on the PS3, this remaster updates each title’s graphics to look like they belong on the PS4. The hardware’s horsepower also gets the games running at a much smoother 60 frames per second for more responsive control. The added Photo Mode lets you take pictures of any breathtaking moment, providing all sorts of camera customization and effects to pretty up your shots.
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
As one of the less popular, daresay divisive entries in the Final Fantasy franchise, Final Fantasy XII gets a remaster treatment worth nothing but praise in Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. You won’t mistake this PS2 game for a AAA title released today, but the Full HD reworking of the visuals and the updated orchestral soundtrack are nevertheless impressive. Since this is based on the 2007 Japan exclusive re-release Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System, it also has the more tactical character upgrading mechanics, Speed Mode to make grinding easier, Trial Mode for rewarding challenge runs, New Game Plus to carry over your progress, and two difficulty options.
Grand Theft Auto V
Released on the tail end of the previous console generation, Grand Theft Auto V was already a technical marvel on the PS3 and Xbox 360. The re-release for the PS4 and Xbox One takes the graphical fidelity to the next level. The fictional world of San Andreas looks bigger and feels livelier thanks to the modern hardware the game runs on. Immerse yourself even deeper into the criminal lifestyle with its first-person mode, making you literally see through the eyes of the character you control.
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
Mario Kart 8 came out on the Wii U in 2014 to critical and commercial acclaim, becoming both the fastest- and highest-selling game on that console. So it made perfect sense for Nintendo to put out an updated version of the beloved kart racer for its more popular platform, the Switch, and it’s kind of amazing how the company managed to improve on near-perfection. Sporting all the DLC of the initial release, a revamped (and way more fun) Battle mode, a host of new content and gameplay features, and the portability of the Switch, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is a clear winner. Read our review for a full breakdown!
Grim Fandango Remastered
Unravel a crazy criminal conspiracy in an epic journey through the Land of the Dead, laughing all the way through the charming absurdist humor of Grim Fandango Remastered. Despite its award-winning debut in 1998, this 3D puzzle adventure with Dia de los Muertos stylings was a commercial flop (and heralded the decline of the entire genre). There’s no denying its quality though, so its cult classic status led to this beautifully up-res’d release with improved lighting to better reflect the game’s noir atmosphere, a soundtrack that is now fully orchestrated, more conventional controls, and insightful developer commentary.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
As the PlayStation’s first unofficial mascot, Crash Bandicoot has seen better days. Jump back in time to the halcyon years of the attitudinal marsupial with the glorious remakes of the three original PSX platformers in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The 90s are ages (and tens of thousands fewer polygons) ago, so the complete visual overhaul for each entry to look like they just came out today is absolutely welcome. The addition of contemporary saving mechanics, a time trial mode, and the option to play as Crash’s sister Coco through all three games all make for a more accessible and more satisfying experience for hardcore Crash aficionados and newcomers.