10 Games Worth a Next Generation Re-Release
With numerous games from the past generation being re-released on the newest generation of consoles and rumours of more to come, here’s a comprehensive list of the 10 games past generation games that I think would be a worthy addition to the libraries of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4.
Whilst I’m not particularly an advocate for the re-release of games on the next-generation, it seems to be a trend that won’t be going away for the next year or so.
So here’s a list of ten games that could be worth a next generation re-release.
Mass Effect Trilogy
The Mass Effect Trilogy was one of the most successful RPG series of the last generation, and a package with all three of the games including DLC would certainly be well received in the run up to the release of Mass Effect 4. BioWare have stated that this is a distinct possibility providing there is a demand for it, so here’s hoping. It would also be a chance to fix the buggy combat of the original Mass Effect and run the game on a system that can handle the game without stuttering frame rates.
Rumours have been circulation on NeoGaf that we’ll not only be seeing a Halo 2: HD Edition released on the Xbox One in 2014, but that there will be an option to purchase Halo CE, Halo 3 and Halo 4 in one big bundle for the Xbox One – with the addition of the Halo 5 Beta to come later. With excitement surrounding the next release of Halo on the Xbox One, it’s reasonable to think that Microsoft will have something big in store in order to try and compete with Sony’s PlayStation 4.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
One of the most successful games of the last generation, Skyrim was well known for reaching unprecedented levels of beauty on the aging hardware at the time of release. However, it’s clear that the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions are incomparable to the PC version of the game, and a re-release of the game with all DLCs on the next generation of consoles would allow console gamers to experience the superior performance and visuals of the PC version.
Grand Theft Auto V
I’m still convinced that this will become a reality at some point in the future, likely once Rockstar have reached a point with GTA: Online that they’re satisfied with, and once all the DLC has been released on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Along with a PC port of the game, Rockstar would make an absolute killing all over again with a re-release – it seems foolish for Rockstar to ignore the huge demand for this release on other platforms due to it’s huge success on release. For many gamers, a release of Grand Theft Auto V on the next generation of consoles would be the final push they need to abandon their older consoles.
The Last of Us
The sole reason that many gamers picked up the PS3 in the first place, admittedly aided by the backlash of the Xbox One towards Microsoft, The Last of Us has won numerous awards and is the flagship game for Sony at the moment. There have been a lot of heavy rumours circulating in the past few weeks that this will be coming to the PS4 this year, and it seems like a smart move for Sony. One of the best games of the last generation, any PS4 gamers would be happy to see this on the PS Store for their new console.
Bioshock, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite all still hold up visually despite the age of some of the releases, and the gameplay is for the most part, very good. So why is this worth re-releasing onto the next generation? With the closure of Irrational, we are not certain if we’re going to be seeing another Bioshock game released, certainly not one with Ken Levine at the helm. It’s therefore somewhat fitting that we’d like to get these three great games on the next generation, so that we can stretch out the lifespan of what were some truly incredible games. Perhaps a little visual buff and a few control tweaks wouldn’t go amiss, but this release is more of testimony to Irrational and the great games they made.
Fallout 3 and New Vegas
Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas were another of Bethesda’s more successful releases in the last generation, and in the same breath as Skyrim, these games would benefit from a console edition released with all DLC and a graphic upgrade. The performance and graphical differences between the console versions and the PC version of the game is pretty significant, and revisiting the world of Fallout on a superior console would be great for RPG lovers. We’d take a new version of Fallout 3, but a bundle of the two games would obviously be better.
Red Dead Redemption
Another of Rockstar’s open world successes, Red Dead Redemption and its expansions were particularly well received back when this game was released in 2010. This is a title that would benefit more from a PC release, but it’d certainly be great to see it on the Xbox One and the PS4, too. Whilst Grand Theft Auto V has a lot of acclaim for being one of the best looking games of the past generation, people seem to forget that Red Dead Redemption was one of the most beautiful games to hit the old hardware, and was the forerunner for a lot of the mechanics used in Grand Theft Auto V.
Gears of War Trilogy
With Microsoft potentially looking to bring Halo 2, or maybe even a collection of the Halo games to the Xbox One, why not the Gears series? After their acquisition of the Gears franchise from Epic Games, and the confirmed development of a new Gears of War game, it wouldn’t surprise that if a Halo collection materialises then a similar situation for Gears of War could be on the horizon.
Crash Bandicoot (Naughty Dog) Collection
All right, so we haven’t actually seen a Crash Bandicoot game produced by Naughty Dog since the first PlayStation console, but I’m going to break my own ‘past generation’ rule for the final game in this list. The Crash Bandicoot games from Naughty Dog were a huge hit on the first PlayStation console and Crash has been an icon for Sony ever since. Although Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2, Crash Bandicoot Warped and Crash Team Racing are all available on PSN for PS3, a HD remake of this collection for the PS4 would surely be a huge seller.
So what do you think? Do you agree or disagree, or do you just think that there should be no more re-releases on the new consoles. Let us know.