Even as the PlayStation 4 continues to be today’s most popular game console and a new generation of gaming kicks into high gear, there are still gamers who have yet to play some landmark exclusives on the PlayStation 3. These gamers may not have owned a PS3, or maybe they just had too many games to play that they missed out on some excellent titles. And while there is the discussion of
whether PS4/Next-gen remasters are must-haves or just cash grabs, getting remasters of quality titles into the hands of more players is always good in my book.
In line with the recently released and very well-received PS4 remaster for
The Last of Us (as well as the upcoming Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One), here are more PS3 games/game series that deserve to be remastered for the PS4.
What game or series should get a PS4 remaster in your opinion? And more importantly, what game
shouldn’t get the treatment? Sound off in the comments below.
PlayStation 3 Exclusives that need to be Remastered for the PlayStation 4
PS3 exclusives that should be remastered and released on the PS4
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is coming out some time in 2015, and is arguably the most anticipated PS4 title. This isn’t surprising as Nathan Drake’s adventures on the PS3 were some of the best and most popular games on the system. The Uncharted series has redefined the third-person action/adventure genre with a very relatable lead character, movie-like set-pieces, and some of the best writing the video game industry has seen. While Drake’s Fortune served as a good introduction, Among Thieves and Drake’s Deception are pure showcases of developer Naughty Dog’s masterstroke. And there’s no better way to welcome newcomers to the series or refresh the memories of the series’ fans than a remaster of the PS3 trilogy for the PS4.
Infamous 1 and 2
I’ve always thought that the
inFamous games deserved to be played by more people. While both games which starred the electricity-powered Cole MacGrath got good reviews, I always got the feeling that they sold less than they should have. inFamous : Second Son on the PS4 was a different story, as the open-world action/adventure title became a million-seller in just nine days. I’m sure that there are fans of Second Son who haven’t had the chance to play the first two inFamou s games and would like the opportunity to play them on the PS4. Even PS4 owners who’ve played inFamous 1 and 2 would probably give better looking versions of those games another go. After all, who wouldn't want to play two of the best superhero games of all time?
While a PS4 remake of Quantic Dream’s
Beyond: Two Souls has been rumored for a while now, there is no doubt that the studio's previous release, Heavy Rain, is the better game. Heavy Rain was a pretty groundbreaking title as it took interactive-drama to a new level of immersion and storytelling. The game’s controls and set-pieces did an excellent job of putting players in the shoes of the multiple characters they played as; while the branching story was more human and more complex than anything before it. The way Heavy Rain's story and scenes adapted to a player’s decisions was nothing short of amazing; and clearly demonstrated the power of video games as a storytelling medium.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
In the early years of the last generation, only a select few would disagree that the best reason to own a PlayStation 3 was
Metal Gear Solid 4. Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece was the highlight of the PS3’s early years, during which it struggled due to a high price and the lack of quality exclusives. Guns of the Patriots featured a groundbreaking version of Metal Gear's trademark “tactical espionage action” gameplay and to this day, is still one of the best looking and most cinematic games on the PS3. The game does suffer from lengthy cutscenes but if you look at it as whole, it still stands out as one of the best games from the last console generation.
God of War: Ascension
Being released close to the release of the PS4 may have negatively affected
God of War: Ascension's sales (among other factors), but that shouldn't put off anyone who has enjoyed God of War III or the other titles in the series.
Ascension still features the visceral action and incredible scale that the series is known for. It also breathes new life to the franchise by adding multiplayer and a reworked combat system. And as hard as it is to believe, the game looks even better than God of War III. Being a prequel to the entire series, Ascension is also a perfect jumping-on point for God of War newcomers on the PS4.
A PS4 remaster could serve as a second chance for games which suffered due to unfortunate circumstances. One title which deserves a second chance is
MotorStorm: Apocalypse. Evolution Studios' post-apocalyptic racer was released during the week of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, causing the game to be delayed in all regions , its Australian shipments to be halted, and its cancellation in Japan. Since Apocalypse featured races set in quake-ridden environments where structures collapsed and crumbled, it was easy to see why Sony decided to delay/halt its release. A re-release on the PS4 would allow MotorStorm: Apocalypse, together with its varied vehicles (which include choppers and superbikes) and race-interfering factions mechanic, to be experienced and appreciated by more players.
Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch
Ni No Kuni is one of the best if not the best JRPG for the PS3. As a title produced by a collaboration between famed JRPG developer Level-5 and the legendary animation studio, Studio Ghibli, the game features a cel-shaded look combined with the wonders of traditional JRPG gameplay. Wrath of the White Witch will look and play even better on the PS4, and it will easily bolster the PS4’s JRPG lineup. It has also been confirmed that Level-5 is now working on a PS4 game and since it is possible that the game they’re working on is a , a PS4 remaster of the first game makes sense for fans both old and new. Ni No Kuni sequel