The announcement of Darksiders II: Definitive Edition coming to PlayStation 4 later this year got Kotaku wondering if we're seeing way more direct ports this generation. While it sure feels that way, I've compiled a list of them from last generation, and it doesn't seem all that different!
I came up with a couple of rules to help put this list together. They are as follows:
- The ports in question are from the previous generation to the current generation. That disqualifies games like DuckTales, for example, since we're talking NES to modern times.
- It had to be released in the US at retail shops. Otherwise, we end up with a bunch of games, especially indie titles, simply being released on a new platform — i.e. Fez on PS4.
Here we go.
Interestingly enough, the re-release phenomenon takes a few years to get going, and for a while, the most prolific company was Nintendo. When the Wii was taking off, the platform was starved for new software. Since the GameCube didn't sell nearly as well as the Wii, Nintendo started porting some of its GameCube releases to Wii. Why didn't we get Super Mario Sunshine? Sigh.
Soon enough, though, Nintendo passed the baton to Sony, who would quickly embrace the remastering philosophy as the years between the PS2 and PS2 continued to expand. I'm not sure anyone's upset Sony finally decided to give Shadow of the Colossus a decent frame rate.
Even though we have Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U in our lives now, companies haven't forgotten about these platforms, which is why some re-releases are still coming out in 2015.
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma
- Bully: Scholarship Edition
- Donkey Kong Jungle Beat
- The Chronicles of Roddick: Escape From Butcher Bay
- Mario Power Tennis
- Metroid Prime Trilogy
- Pikmin 2
- Medal of Honor: Frontline HD
- No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise
- Prince of Persia Trilogy
- The Sly Collection
- Beyond Good & Evil HD
- God of War Collection
- God of War: Origins Collection
- Halo: Combat Evolved
- The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection
- Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
- Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD
- Tekken Hybrid
- Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Trilogy
- The Tomb Raider Trilogy
- Devil May Cry: HD Collection
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai HD Collection
- Doom 3 BFG Edition
- Jak & Daxter Collection
- Killzone HD
- Okami HD
- Ratchet & Clank Collection
- Silent Hill HD Collection
- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD
- Under Defeat HD
- Zone of the Enders HD Collection
- Hitman HD Trilogy
- Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix
- Ratchet: Deadlocked HD
- Cel Damage HD
- Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix
- Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
- Resident Evil HD Remaster
Since we're in the early years of this hardware cycle, we're likely to see more re-releases in the future. It's fair to say, however, publishers have been much faster with "definitive" editions this time around, a likely byproduct of the formula being a success a few years into last generation.
Then again, we're also looking at a generation in which two of the three major consoles have zero backwards compatibility with the previous hardware set. Xbox 360 games won't play on Xbox One, and PlayStation 3 games won't boot on PlayStation 4. Microsoft and Sony calculated they could leave the last generation behind, which no doubt has encouraged more re-releases.
By my count, we can look forward to, at least, nine more re-releases in 2015.
Anything with an asterisk (*) next to it is announced but has not yet been released.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition
- Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Halo 4 (Halo: The Master Chief Collection)
- The Last of Us: Remastered
- Metro: Redux
- Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition
- The Walking Dead: Season One
- The Wolf Among Us: Season One
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
- Borderlands Remastered*
- Darksiders II*
- Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin*
- Dead or Alive 5: Last Round*
- DmC: Definitive Edition*
- Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition*
- Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster*
- Saints Row IV: Re-Elected
- Tearaway Unfolded*
I might have missed a game or two, so let me know in the comments. I'll make sure to update the post as I'm able to verify what slipped through the cracks. Double-check the rules above!
In the meantime, I'll patiently wait for Red Dead Redemption HD...
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