The Best Remastered Games for PS4, Wii U, and Xbox One

By Tom Pritchard on at

This week was a very big week in the gaming calendar, arguably the biggest week. It was, of course, E3, and that came with a whole bunch of news about game releases for the next 12 months and beyond.

But it's not all about the future, so we thought we'd look back and have a gander at the some of the best older games that were deemed worthy of next-gen remasters.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection (Xbox One)

Halo is Microsoft's cash-cow franchise, so it makes total sense that Microsoft brought the four main titles to the Xbox One. The Master Chief Collection bundles Halos 1-4 with 1080p graphics and running at 60 frames per second. Halo 1 and 2 have had the anniversary treatment, updating their graphics and cutscenes with updated texture, and you can play through every single Halo multiplayer map against people all over the world. [Buy it here]

Gears of War Ultimate Edition (Xbox One)

Just like Halo before it, the original Gears of War is getting remastered for the Xbox One. That means brand new 1080p graphics, updated cutscenes, running at 60 frames per second, and 90 minutes of content that was originally exclusive to the PC version of the game. Sadly it doesn't have all four Gears games, but it's still a great way to celebrate its tenth anniversary. [Buy it here]

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)

Uncharted 4 comes out next year, and if you're a fan of the series you're going to want to play the first three games to catch up with the action/adventure Indiana Jones-like man that is Nathan Drake. But why stick with the old PS3 versions when you can play the remastered versions on the PS4? The plan is that it'll have 1080p resolution, and will run at 60 frames per second. It'll also have exclusive access to the Uncharted 4 beta. [Buy it here]

The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)

The Last of Us was one of those games that just blew everyone away, with some calling it a work of art. It was hardly a surprise that it was ported to the PS4, then. This version includes the game's DLC, nice shiny graphics along with, you guessed, 60 FPS frame rate. It's a post-apocalyptic game set after a virus turns the majority of the planet into weird mushroom-zombie creatures, and you have to guide a teenage girl across the US in search of a cure. It's an essential addition to your PS4 game library. [Buy it here]

Dishonored Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One)

Announced at E3 following the reveal of Dishonored 2, Dishonored Definitive Edition is the original Dishonored game with remastered graphics and all the games' DLC. You play as Corvo Attano, bodyguard of the Empress who is then framed for her murder. He then escapes custody and becomes an assassin with the aim of avenging her death and getting revenge. Think of it as a first-person steampunk version of Assassin's Creed. [Buy it here]

Tomb Raider Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One)

The recent reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise did rather well, and it became one of the games that made it over to the next generation. Obviously you play as Lara Croft, but this time it's before the whole 'Tomb Raider' thing kicks off. You get shipwrecked on an island inhabited by evil cultists, and you have to find a way off and stop you and your friends from being killed in the process. This version has the usual graphics remastering, along with all the additional content and DLC from the original. [Buy it here]

Bayonetta (Wii U)

Bayonetta was a cult hit from the previous generation, but sadly it didn't do well enough to warrant a sequel – until Nintendo came along. Not only did Nintendo produce a sequel to the original, it also remade the original game. It's fairly similar to the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, but you can enjoy some Nintendo-themed costumes to kit out everyone's favourite stiletto-gun toting witch. Those costumes add a slice of humour and extra features to the game for you to enjoy. [Buy it here]

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD (Wii U)

Perfect for fans of Nintendo, Zelda, and cartoony-style graphics. The Wind Waker HD is a 1080p remake of the GameCube classic. Within the remaster, you can sail the high seas as Link with brand new features enabled by the Wii U gamepad. That means managing your inventory and viewing maps on the mini screen, and the option to post pictures and screenshots in the Miiverse. [Buy it now]

Grand Theft Auto V (PS4, Xbox One)

This one goes without saying, really. It's the fifth main instalment in the Grand Theft Auto franchise that was such a success in the previous generation that it was brought to next-gen consoles. But it's more than just revamped graphics, GTA V has a bunch of new features, including first person mode, new weapons, and missions. If you love GTA you shouldn't hesitate to buy this. [Buy it here]

Metro Redux (PS4, Xbox One)

What would Fallout be like if it was a hell of a lot bleaker and set in Russia? It's difficult to say for sure, but the Metro franchise has a pretty good go of it. Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light are set in the a post-nuclear world where remnants of humanity have survived in the depths of the Moscow Metro. It's a first person shooter with aspects of post-apocalyptic science fiction, the supernatural, and lots and lots of mutants. Particular hyper-intelligent psychic mutants that kill everyone they come into contact with. [Buy it here]