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Best Remake or HD Collection of 2016

Best Remake or HD Collection of 2016 - Article

by Brandon J. Wysocki , posted on 08 January 2017 / 8,248 Views

A wise(ish) man once said “when done thoughtfully, HD collections, remasters, and remakes can all be excellent ways of bringing proven IPs to new generations, and act as an opportunity for developers to improve aspects of their games that they were unable to before - be this due to timing or technological restraints - and deliver a definitive version of their most beloved titles. It allows gamers to revisit nostalgic games and moments, and share those with younger and newer gamers who have not yet experienced them.” 
Titles in this category can sometimes be overflowing with content and even feature an affordable price to boot, such as Rare Replay (last year’s winner), while at other times they are for the most part same game with a shiny new coat of paint, but fantastic all the same. These are the shortlisted titles for Best Remake or HD Collection of 2016.     
The Shortlist:

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD


The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Skyrim Special Edition

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

Modern Warfare Remastered

Ratchet & Clank

Ratchet & Clank


The Winner:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered

Modern Warfare Remastered wins!

Perhaps this pick shouldn’t have been as surprising to me as it was. The Call of Duty series is a juggernaut, and the very first Modern Warfare title is arguably the pinnacle of the series. Upon its release, this instant classic offered an exhilarating and compelling campaign, along with its beloved multiplayer which would go on to dominate the series' focus going forwards. Thanks to Raven Software that same incredible game now has a few extras to go along with greatly improved visuals on current generation platforms.
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Poojipoo (on 08 January 2017)

I feel like Ratchet and Clank should've had this, considering it's the only game on the list that's a full blown remake (and a rather gorgeous one, to boot).

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HylianYoshi (on 08 January 2017)

Ratchet and Clank is extremely out of place in this category, considering the rest are simple remasters.

Also, I couldn't agree less. Modern Warfare Remastered is a game from 2007, that is only playable with a pricier copy of Infinite Warfare (you can't even sell the disc, it has to be inserted), and the biggest sin of all: microtransactions. What a nice precedent it is to set that you can make money from rereleasing classics AND adding microtransactions too.

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Darwinianevolution HylianYoshi (on 08 January 2017)

I agree. Dubious ethics aside, the fact they added microtransactions to a game that didn't have them at all, possibly making this version less balanced than the original, is a really ugly stain for this one.

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teamsilent13 (on 09 January 2017)

I would give it to R&C just due to the effort put in, but I am playing MWR right now so I think it's a good choice as well. Skyrim Special Edition is honestly a big disappointment to me. Sure if you never played the game it's a 9/10, but they did not fix any prior issues or bugs or add even a single piece of new content. Adding mods to consoles hardly warrants a repurchase. It feels like Bethesda abusing console fans to rebuy the same game for $60, but on steam we get the upgrade for free.

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Barkley (on 09 January 2017)

One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

(It's ratchet)

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KazumaKiryu (on 09 January 2017)

Ratchet & Clank is awesome. The best is for me Heavy Rain/Beyond Two Souls Collection.

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Mr Puggsly (on 09 January 2017)

I think MW is arguably the winner simply because its a high quality remaster with more value.

Both MW and R&C raised the bar in remasters and remakes. Skyrim is impressive as well but not a significant upgrade in my opinion.

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captain carot Mr Puggsly (on 09 January 2017)

R&C to me is a remakr. As for remasters, MS set the bar quite high years ago as did Capcom (Resident Evil GC) and Nintendo (Mario All Stars) decades ago.
It's a shame most remasters are so poorly remastered.

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Mr Puggsly Mr Puggsly (on 09 January 2017)

Oh, I wouldn't say most remasters are bad. The bad ones just really stand out like Batman Arkham collection.

Even if remasters fail to reach their potential they're generally better than 7th gen versions.

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captain carot Mr Puggsly (on 09 January 2017)

Just my opinion. But basically having the same game running in 1080p30 or 1080p60 isn't that great. Very often you can be happy if the better textures of PC-versions get added.
There's rarely put that much work in. Skyrim added effects, changed lots of textures, improved the lighting and, most important, added mod support.
But very few remasters do what Halo or Halo 2 anniversary did, the Resident Evil Remaster on Gamecube or right now CoD Modern Warfare.
For me that is what remasters actually should do.

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Mr Puggsly Mr Puggsly (on 10 January 2017)

I'm fine with the remasters that are primarily resolution/frame rate upgrades as long as the price is low or contain multiple games.

Capcom has been pretty good about that. I've been replaying Residient Evil 5 on X1 and simply making 1080p/60 fps has made revisiting even more enjoyable than the 360 version.

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Nuvendil (on 08 January 2017)

Honestly not much of a contest. Skyrim Special Edition is nice and brings much needed updates but it's nothing profound. Twilight Princess is a good remaster, but the engine is so old and the power gap so wide that really the engine reached a limit pretty early; would have needed to be a ground up remake to really impress. And Ratchet and Clank is a reboot not a remake.

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Poojipoo Nuvendil (on 08 January 2017)

I dunno, Ratchet and Clank seems like pretty much the definition of a remake. It isn't a simple HD remaster like the others, but also sticks very closely to the original (some level design, general progression, plot, characters are all pretty much the same). Compared to, say, Tomb Raider, which started its reboot with completely new and totally different games, Ratchet and Clank sits perfectly in remake territory to me.

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Nuvendil Nuvendil (on 08 January 2017)

Disagree. There's a lot of substantially different and new new stuff, it's a reboot even if it is very similar.

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AngryLittleAlchemist Nuvendil (on 08 January 2017)

Nope, it's a remake. Re-make. They re-made the game. There's stuff from previous games that weren't in the original game, but it's still a remake. Reboot has to do with restarting a series or changing it's identity, we don't know if they're doing a sequel to the 2016 version(for all we know it could be the only Ratchet game we get on ps4), it hasn't been called a reboot, and it hasn't changed the identity of the series, so it's not a reboot. It's a remake.

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Zkuq Nuvendil (on 08 January 2017)

A reboot starts everything anew (possibly keeping the backstory). I'm pretty sure Ratchet & Clank is nowhere near to fitting that description.

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busbfran (on 09 January 2017)

revisiting Dead island was fun also

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