The Best Game Remasters That Are Far Better Than The Original

We all love to see remasters of the games we played in the past. Although sometimes these remasters make things worse (like GTA Trilogy: Definitive Edition), some remasters are far better than the original. In this article, we have compiled the best game remasters that are better than the original.

The Best Game Remasters

Dark Souls Remastered

Genre: Role-playing, Action, Open world

Original release year: 2011

Remaster release year: 2018

You’ve definitely heard the term ‘soulslike’ among game genres today. Dark Souls is one of the rare games that has created a genre in its own right. Since Dark Souls was released in 2011, From Software’s Dark Souls series has always attracted attention, and a remaster version of the first game was released in 2018. In addition to graphical improvements, innovations such as fast travel and item combination changes came to the game. 

Resident Evil 2

Genre: Action, Adventure, Horror

Original release year: 1998

Remaster release year: 2019

Resident Evil 2 is actually a remake, not a remastered. However, we thought it should have a name on this list because it is a great answer to the questions of how to remake an old game, how to adapt it to the present. Resident Evil 2 Remake changes the remote view in the classic Resident Evils, switches to the shoulder camera and manages to fascinate the players with its outstanding graphics and gameplay. 

The Last of Us Remastered

Genre: Adventure, Action, Survival

Original release year: 2013

Remaster release year: 2014

Developed by Naughty Dog, the producer of Uncharted, The Last of Us shook the world when it debuted for PlayStation 3 in 2013. Pushing the limits of PlayStation 3, The Last of Us had the best graphics, story and gameplay of its time. Not long ago, a remastered version of The Last of Us was also released at the release of PlayStation 4, a year after that. All texture qualities and lighting have been improved in this version. 

The Yakuza Remastered Collection

Genre: Action, Fighting

Original release year: 2006

Remaster release year: 2021

The first game of the Yakuza series, which tells the stories of the Japanese mafia, was released in 2006. The game, which was released for PlayStation 2 at that time, came to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in time. In fact, Yakuza’s latest role-playing game is out on PlayStation 5 right now. Last year, developer Ryu Ga Gotoku Studios remastered and released the entire Yakuza series. Remaster Yakuza games offer a great look while preserving the feel of past Yakuza games. 

Bully: Scholarship Edition

Genre: Action, Adventure, Open World

Original release year: 2006

Remaster release year: 2008

Actually, Bully: Scholarship Edition is not exactly a remaster. But many of you probably didn’t know that the ‘Scholarship Edition’ is a special edition. Bully was a game that was only released on PlayStation 2. The Scholarship Edition, on the other hand, was the PC special edition and included many extra missions and content in this edition. Of course, when it comes to PC, there is also improvement in graphics.

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

Genre: Action, Adventure

Original release year: 2007

Remaster release year: 2015

Naughty Dog’s legendary series Uncharted was released for PlayStation 3 in 2007 with its first game called Drake’s Fortune. Like Naughty Dog’s other legend, The Last of Us, Uncharted had great graphics for that time. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, in which the first three games of Uncharted were remastered from start to finish, was released for PlayStation 4 in 2015 and again, very nice touches were made not only in graphics but also in gameplay.

Burnout Paradise Remastered

Genre: Action, Adventure, Racing

Original release year: 2008

Remaster release year: 2018

Burnout Paradise was one of the games that pushed the limits of PlayStation 3 when it was originally released, just like The Last of Us, but of course, a racing game has its limits. Burnout Paradise, along with Blur, may be the most entertaining racing game ever released. The remastered version of the game, released for PS4 and PC in 2018, brings the Burnout Paradise experience to the next generation.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Original release year: 2003

Remaster release year: 2013

The Legend of Zelda franchise has always had its own audience. The 2003 game called Wind Waker was released on Gamecube and had great graphics even for that time. In the remaster version of the game released for Wii U in 2013, both graphics were improved and control changes were made for gameplay. You can find a comparison of the two games below.

Written by Sophie Blake

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