Five Games That Can Benefit From A Definitive Edition

by Mike Futter on Jan 06, 2014 at 02:44 PM

It’s official. We’ve left the world of HD remakes behind (almost). We’ve evolved to the next generation. Enter: The Definitive Edition.

Tomb Raider is the first game that’s getting one, and it’s more than a Game of the Year edition. This is a full-fledged overhaul that will introduce some of the PC’s features to living room consoles, like TressFX hair rendering (yes, that’s a thing), improved models, a new technique that more realistically handles mud, blood, and sweat. Here are five more titles that could benefit from a definitive edition and would sell enough to justify the effort.

The Last of Us
Gamers have been clamoring for a PlayStation 4 version of The Last of Us almost since it was released immediately following E3 in June 2013. Naughty Dog’s farewell to the PlayStation 3 pushed that system to its limits, but with the added single-player and multiplayer DLC and the power of the PlayStation 4, Sony could deliver something even more stunning than the original.

If offered early enough in the PlayStation 4 lifecycle, The Last of Us’ creative multiplayer modes would gain new audience and new life. Naughty Dog is hard at work on the first Uncharted on the new system, but many of us would be glad to fight off the clickers one last time.

BioShock Infinite
Columbia was an impressive spectacle, and zipping along skylines was a lot of fun. At preview events for the DLC, I looked over at my compatriots playing on PC and realized how much better BioShock Infinite looked for some players.

The inclusion of both Burial at Sea DLC segments would give us the Rapture we’ve always dreamed of. Gamers would snap up a reworked BioShock an Infinite number of times. 

Grand Theft Auto V
The sprawling, vibrant city of Los Santos and the surrounding Blaine County are a fantastic playground. Rockstar pulled off an amazing feat pulling as much out of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 as it possibly could.

Imagine what that world would look like on a system that has barely had its potential explored. Grand Theft Auto V hasn’t even been announced for PC (yet), but we wouldn’t be surprised if Rockstar doubles back (and double dips) on the new consoles.

The Halo back catalog
343 Industries’ first excursion in the Halo universe wasn’t as well received by fans as Bungie's work, but it was an absolutely gorgeous game. This morning, we learned that the next Halo game is locked in for 2014.

Once that’s done, using the new technology to update the older Halo titles with a selection of the best maps and competitive playlists would give Spartan fans something to cheer about. We know how Microsoft loves its Halo collector editions, and a boxed set of all of these titles would be a must-have for any diehard fan.

Borderlands 2
With Borderlands 2 coming to Vita and still receiving extensive DLC updates elsewhere, few titles would be a better fit for a definitive edition on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. While the new consoles use AMD graphics processors, something that approaches the Nvidia PhysX effects found in the PC version would be welcome on consoles.

2K Games and Gearbox have poured so much into Borderlands 2, building an enormous fan base. Sure, we’re excited for a third trip to Pandora, but when the last DLC drop hits for the two year old second entry, we’re hoping to see it wrapped up with a bow for Xbox One and PS4.

What games do you think are worthy of an ultimate upgrade on the new consoles? Let us know in the comments.