Excitement isn’t usually the first feeling that follows the announcement of the latest video game remaster and the various improvements it promises to make in an effort to be the ‘definitive’ version that so many of these claim to be.
The usual drip-feed of HD re-releases we get each year seems to be undergoing a welcome transformation this year, led by a growing number of titles that are arriving in bundles, rather — or in addition to — individual releases. We had the Dead Island Definitive Collection and Resident Evil Origins Collection earlier this year, followed by BioShock: The Collection this September and a Five Nights at Freddy’s series remaster sometime after that.
As we very recently discovered, the first two games in the Dead Rising series will soon join the above series as soon as Capcom’s ready to tell us about it.
This is an intriguing trend that might stick around for awhile. I hope it does, because I’m lazy and switching to my dusty older consoles requires effort. I’ve came up with a few more ideas for “Definitive Collections” of horror games from the era of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, since that, too, has been a consistent part of this trend.
Alan Wake series (Alan Wake, American Nightmare)
Amnesia series (The Dark Descent, A Machine for Pigs)
Condemned series (Criminal Origins, Bloodshot)
F.E.A.R. series (F.E.A.R. 1-3)
Resident Evil Chronicles (Umbrella Chronicles, Darkside Chronicles)
Saw series (Saw, Saw II: Flesh & Blood)
Dead Space series (Dead Space 1-3, Extraction)
Suda51’s Punk Rock Grindhouse (Shadows of the Damned and Lollipop Chainsaw)
Vote for your favorite(s) below, and please don’t forget to leave a comment reminding me how stupid I am for promoting remasters when we have more than enough of them already.