Update (12/24/16): We've added some new entries and updated the list to reflect the new remasters and collections that have released in the last few months.

Original Story:
The PS4 and Xbox One are capable of delivering new and surprising experiences, but some of the best games available for the consoles are the ones you’ve played already. New features, better performance, and improved visuals provide more than enough of a reason to revisit older games, and we’ve assembled a list of the big titles that have won a second life on new hardware. 

Note that this isn’t a comprehensive list of every remaster or remake available, but we try to hit as many as possible. It covers released and upcoming games that have been touched up for new-generation platforms, and we will update the list as games are released and new announcements are made. Until then, read on and relive the past.


Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
Release Date: January 24, 2017
Original Version (review): Don't be fooled by the name! This isn't a remaster of Kingdom Hearts II; fans already got that with Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix. The original version of this game is Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, which was a 3DS-exclusive title.
New Version: The main attraction is finally getting a console version Dream Drop Distance, with improved visuals and controls. As an added bonus, the package also contains a short chapter starring Aqua called Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep 0.2 – A Fragmentary Passage, which uses gameplay elements in development for Kingdom Hearts III.

Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition
Release date: April 7, 2017
Original version (review): Bulletstorm is a shooter all about conducting a symphony of destruction. Using your weapons alongside various objects in the environments allows you to destroy your foes in gruesome, hilarious, and inventive ways.
New version: Improved graphics, better framerate, and 4K support are the highlights of this new version of People Can Fly’s crass shooter. Preordering the game unlocks Duke Nukem as a playable character.

The Silver Case
Release Date: April 17, 2017
Original Version: This game from Suda 51 (Killer 7, No More Heroes) didn’t originally release in North America. This PC version of this remaster was the first chance for many of Suda’s fans to try this quirky adventure game, and the PS4 version opens it up to an even larger audience.
New Version: Rewritten puzzles, improved interface, and a remix soundtrack are the main improvements apart from the obvious visual upgrade.

Crash Bandicoot: The N. Sane Trilogy
Release date: 2017
Original version: An iconic platforming hero from the minds at Naughty Dog, Crash Bandicoot helped refine the genre for 3D space. Though the mascot didn’t reach Mario or Sonic levels of fame, his first three installments (which were PlayStation exclusives) won him acclaim.
New version: Rebuilt based on the original designs, developer Vicarious Visions is adding some new features to these three titles, including time trials and unified save/checkpoint systems.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Release date: 2017
Original version: Final Fantasy XII is a unique and divisive entry in the long-running series. It has a fantastic ensemble cast, and the gameplay sheds traditional turn-based battles in favor of a Gambit system that has you programming your allies’ responses to various conditions.
New version: The expected visual improvements (like better textures) are all present, and players can even choose between English and Japanese voicework. The major draw, however, is the implementation of the Zodiac Job System, a revamped progression method that was previously available in North America.

Full Throttle Remastered
Release Date: 2017
Original Version: A classic LucasArts adventure with a mix of oddball humor and clever puzzles – the signatures of developer Tim Schafer. Players control Ben, the leader of a biker gang looking to clear his name.
New Version: A director commentary and more user-friendly control schemes augment the audio and visual improvements in this rerelease.

Resident Evil 2 Remake
Release Date: 2017
Original Version: Starring Leon Kennedy and Clare Redfield, this installment is a fan-favorite. You explore Raccoon City, solve puzzles, and fight zombies – all in a chilling atmosphere. These are all classic elements, but the clunky controls may not hold up as well these days.
New Version: Little beyond the existence of this project has been revealed (after an interesting public campaign to gauge interest). However, Capcom has emphasized its commitment to capturing the atmosphere of the original.

Next: The remastered titles that have already released.