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7 must-play re-released video games in HD

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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.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro Hands-on: Best phone of 2018?

Huawei outdoes itself again

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In an industry where incremental updates are the new norm, Huawei manages to wow us again — barely a year after the release of the P20 Pro. The Chinese company is back with the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro which might just be the best among the best this year.

In this video, we go over the phones’ new designs, updated cameras, and new memory card format. We also go through the differences between the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro.

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Huawei Mate 20 vs Mate 20 Pro: What are the differences?

Price isn’t the only factor

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Huawei has once again launched two flagships phones at the same time; one comes with a Pro moniker, while the other does not. Like before, there are some significant differences between the Mate 20 pair to take note of.

While we wait to get our hands on the Porsche Design Mate 20 RS and Mate 20 X, here are the two phones we already know everything about.

Display

One obvious difference is in their displays. While the Mate 20 Pro goes for a notched 6.39-inch 1440p curved HDR OLED display — certainly a mouthful — the regular Mate 20 has a 6.53-inch 1080p RGBW HDR LCD with a much smaller notch.

The Pro model justifies the larger notch by housing a more complex camera system for secured facial recognition, but if that doesn’t matter to you, the regular variant’s Dew Drop notch may be more appealing — and definitely less intrusive.

In addition, the Mate 20 Pro’s OLED tech allows it to curve the edges and equip an in-display fingerprint scanner. It’s essentially the more modern-looking design of the pair.

Performance

Since both models have Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset installed, pure performance is virtually identical. The Pro and non-Pro also share the same memory and storage configuration of 6GB and 128GB, respectively, although the plain Mate 20 has a more affordable 4GB memory variant available, too.

Another minor difference: The 4200mAh capacity of the Mate 20 Pro, along with the more energy-efficient OLED, provides it with potentially longer battery life than what the Mate 20’s 4000mAh capacity and LCD panel offer.

A more significant advantage for the Mate 20 Pro is its inclusion of a 40W SuperCharge adapter in the package — noticeably better than the 22.5W output of the Mate 20’s. Plus, the Pro version can charge other phones wirelessly using wireless reverse charging tech.

Cameras

Perhaps, you’ll care most about the difference in camera quality and performance. While it’s too early to make photo and video comparisons, an initial look at specs shows that the Mate 20 Pro may have an edge.

There are three modules in place for the Pro: One is a 40-megapixel main camera, another has 20 megapixels and an ultra-wide lens, and the final unit offers 8 megapixels with 3x optical zoom

As for the Mate 20, its main camera has only 12 megapixels, the ultra-wide shooter settles for 16 megapixels, and the 8-megapixel telephoto camera goes up to only 2x optical zoom.

Despite the larger notch of the Mate 20 Pro, they share the same 24-megapixel selfie camera.

Pricing and colors

This part largely depends on where you reside, but in an ideal setting, all five colors — Emerald Green, Midnight Blue, Twilight, Pink Gold, and Black — should be available for both models.

Pricing is another matter, and it again depends per region. In Europe, the Mate 20’s 4GB+128GB configuration retails for EUR 799 and its 6GB+128GB model goes for EUR 849. The Mate 20 Pro’s sole 6GB+128GB variant costs EUR 1,049, making it more expensive by EUR 250 and EUR 200, respectively.

In Singapore, the Mate 20’s 6GB+128GB setup retails for SG$ 998, while the Mate 20 Pro is at SG$ 1,348 — a difference of SG$ 350.

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Huawei Mate 20 series first to have Nano Memory Card

Could this become a trend?

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Aside from introducing a host of flagship features to the freshly minted Mate 20 series, Huawei also introduced a new memory card standard, simply named Nano Memory Card.

It’s available on both the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, and it effectively replaces the microSD slot we’ve become so accustomed to. The question is: What’s so special about it?

The simplest answer is that it has the same size as the nano-SIM card inside any smartphone today. Because of the identical dimensions, the secondary card slot doesn’t have to be designed differently, like what has been done for microSD cards.

In the case of the Mate 20 series, the removable card tray has back-to-back slots: one for the nano-SIM, and the other for either another nano-SIM or separate Nano Memory Card.

As of writing, Huawei will be offering 128GB and 256GB NM Cards, with speeds of up to 90MB/s. They’re hoping it’ll become the new standard, and are producing adapters for additional compatibility.

It’s certainly a more efficient way of adding physical storage to a handset, and allows manufactures like Huawei to use the saved space for other features, like a large battery.

Looking ahead, it seems only logical for other smartphone brands to follow suit, but that would mean consumers would have to buy into a whole new standard and let go of their microSD cards.

The same thing happened with the introduction of the USB-C port, wherein users had to replace their micro-USB cables for the newer, more intuitive system. It’s been a gradual process, but definitely rewarding.

It’ll take a while before we find out if this will become a trend, but for now, we should appreciate Huawei’s courage in taking the first, big step.

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