This last weekend at the Capcom Summer Jam 2012, Kotaku East was able to get fifteen minutes with this samurai-filled collection—and the unfortunate news is, while it isn't terrible, it is a bit lackluster. Like most PS2 remaster titles seen this generation, nothing has changed gameplay-wise between the HD remaster and its original version; the changes are all visual.
At first glance, the HD looks very pretty: The frame rate is constant and the models are detailed and sharp. However, then you start to notice the problems that come from BASARA being a last-generation Dynasty Warriors clone. The draw distance is still terrible, with the scenery looking plain, dull, and muddy. The low amount of entities allowed on screen makes for a constant pop-in, pop-out of enemies mid-battle. Moreover, in the numerous in-game cutscenes, the characters' faces are completely static and have no lip movement nor change of expression. In the days of muddy PS2 SD, that might have been somewhat hidden; but in glorious HD, it stands out like a sore thumb.
So as far as HD remasters go, the Sengoku BASARA HD Collection is a competent one. The gameplay remains the same as always and the first three BASARA games have never looked better. Sadly though, as much as the HD coat of paint makes these games look their best, it serves to highlight the most dated aspects of the games as well.
The Sengoku BASARA HD Collection will be released in Japan on August 30, 2012 for the PlayStation 3. There is currently no word on an international release.