Best Remastered Classic Games for PC and Consoles

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of a game you love. Just look at Skyrim fans, still modding to the bitter end against Father Time himself. But sometimes, as consoles evolve and developers move on, you just have to. Thankfully, some games are so beloved, the fans so clamorous, and the developers just wise enough, that we get a remastering of an old-school game. This isn’t just awesome because we get better graphics, performance, and often a few other nifty features alongside the familiar face, but because the wider audience, otherwise hesitant to try out an “old game” gets a chance to acquaint themselves with a real classic.

Down below we’ve compiled a list of our favorite remastered games, sure to deliver a 1-2 combo of nostalgia and sheer awe.

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (2012-2020)

  • Release: September 2020
  • Developers: KAIKO, Big Huge Games
  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
  • Price: $40

The original Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning sort of flew under the radar when it first came out, with most eyes still glued to Skyrim as the belle of the open-world RPG ball. And despite critical praise, the game didn’t result in the sales that its mega-expensive development warranted and it literally bankrupted 38 Games’ as their first project. Which was a shame, because those who played it (we did!) thought the quasi mashup of Fable and Skyrim was awesome. Thankfully, a fully remastered version, dubbed the “Re-Reckoning” is coming out later this year!

Download Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning: Steam

Download Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning: Steam

Final Fantasy VII Remake (1997-2020)

  • Released: April 2020
  • Developer: Square Enix
  • Platform: PS4
  • Price: $59.99

Final Fantasy VII was a monumental leap forward for the turn-based jRPG franchise that introduced us to the OG buster-sword wielding badass, Cloud, for the very first time. Since then, not only has the character but the franchise gone on to do some wonderful things, with many more Final Fantasy titles being released to great success. But we never really forgot VII, and neither did Square Enix, apparently, who decided to remake the whole game from the ground up, featuring completely overhauled graphics and a real-time combat system that really lets that buster sword fly.

Download Final Fantasy VII Remake: PS4

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Warcraft III: Reforged (2002-2020)

  • Released: January 2020
  • Developer: Blizzard
  • Platform: Windows, macOS
  • Price: $29.99

Warcraft III and its expansion, Frozen Throne, shook the very foundations of the RTS genre and ballooned the Warcraft IP into the titanic juggernaut it is today. The cutting edge cinematics, engrossing story, ridiculously deep competitive gameplay and the still mind-blowing World Edit was the first inkling of a new realm of gaming possibilities beyond anything that had preceded it. The new remastering features completely remade sprites and textures that simultaneously upgrade the game but do so without making it unrecognizable to those who played it before. Indeed, Arthas, Illidan, and Thrall all get makeovers as they fight to contain the spread of chaos in Warcraft III: Reforged.

Download Warcraft III: Reforged: PlayWarcraft3

Resident Evil 2 (1998-2019)

  • Released: January 2019
  • Developer: CAPCOM
  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
  • Price: $39.99

Resident Evil 2 pushed the envelope in hideously creative ways to terrorize an audience, gleefully scarring many of us forever, and anyone lucky enough to play it the first time around was stoked to see the remastering. Perhaps it’s just Stockholm syndrome, but we were super excited to play the completely remastered sequel to the original that came out last year, and apparently so was everyone else. The game sports a literal 10/10 across 46,000+ reviews on Steam. Anyone who missed the terrifying demonic zombie boat the first time around can hop aboard the S.S Nightmarish Gaming Experience right now and see the game that no doubt continues to pay for a sizable portion of therapist salaries today.

Download Resident Evil 2: Steam | PS4 | Xbox One

Shadow of the Colossus PS4 (2005-2018)

Released: February 2018 | Developer: Bluepoint Games | Platform: PS4 | Price: $19.99

Shadow of the Colossus was an incredible, awe-inspiring addition to the PS2 arsenal when it first came out 15 years ago, and the newest addition continues the tradition. Where the first game wowed us with its sense of scale and innovative gameplay, the remastered edition ups the ante with, seriously, some of the best graphics and cinematic lighting money can buy. All of which culminate to only further enhance the emotionally impactful story and thrill of the hunt.

Download Shadow of the Colossus: PS4

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2007-2019)

Released: October 2019 | Developer: Infinity Ward | Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One | Price: $59.99

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is the remake of the original, genre-expanding FPS that removes the number 4 from the title and reworks it from the ground up — including the storyline central to the campaign. The title sports massively enhanced graphics and reshaped content, alongside a renewed emphasis on the gritty realism that stood as the bedrock of the original game. This time, however, the setting is a fictional Eastern-European country, Urzikstan, and has the same characters from the original fighting alongside native rebels against an invading Russian military force.

Download Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: CallOfDuty

Burnout Paradise Remastered (2008-2018)

  • Released: March 2018
  • Developer: Stellar Entertainment, Criterion
  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Price: $19.99

Burnout Paradise was the first of its kind: an open-world racing game that let you drive just for the hell of it — and with friends too. The remastered version includes all eight DLC packs for the original game and renders the peerless vehicular destruction and high-octane arcade-style insanity that made the first game so addictive.

Burnout Paradise Remastered still supports the pivotal couch co-op mode alongside 8-person multiplayer and plays at 60 fps in glittering 4K — making sure that every particle of molten steel and smoldering rubber can be seen in exquisite detail, worthy of the PS4 or Xbox One’s capabilities.

Download Burnout Paradise Remastered: Steam | EA Games

Dark Souls: Remastered

  • Released: May 2018
  • Developer: FromSoftware
  • Platform: Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Price: $39.99

Dark Souls: Remastered is exactly what a remastering should be: enhanced graphics with little to changes to the original game’s design, preserving what made it so impactful in the first place. Indeed, the remastered version leaves the original game’s level design completely untouched but ups the graphics from 720p at 30 fps to 4K at 60 FPS, and has the added bonus of all DLCs unlocked and a dedicated multiplayer server.

Yeah, FromSoftware doesn’t mess around, and certainly not with one of their most beloved games ever. If you never got the chance to smash your keyboard in rage when you died again or scream in gleeful ecstasy when you finally made it, Dark Souls: Remastered is your one-stop-shop for everything that made the franchise great.

Download Dark Souls Remastered: Steam | PS4 | Xbox One | Switch

We’re sure you had an A-HA! moment or two with at least one of the titles on the list. Each of these proves that old is gold — or in this case, super-gold. Or maybe that’s platinum. Either way, with the enhanced performance and all-inclusive content with each of the remastered titles, and a whole lot of at-home time, there’s never been a better moment to take a trip down memory lane.