The PS4 is, without a doubt, a console which defined a generation of gaming, and it’s not difficult to see why either.
Stunning visuals, easy control schemes, and a breadth of gaming titles made the PS4 insanely popular, to the point that it was one of the best selling consoles for quite some time.
However, what really made the PS4 stand out from the crowd was the sheer variety of remakes that it churned out. With a powerful system and processing power to spare, many gaming legends were given recreations that they lovingly deserved. These titles inflicted both console and online gaming trends, so let’s take a look at some of the best ones.
Crash Bandicoot – N Sane Trilogy
The PS4 is famous for being the playground of the bandicoot, returning faithfully to our screens in glorious detail. For anyone who doesn’t know, Crash Bandicoot is a series of platforming games from the PS1 era, designed and made famous by the powerhouse that is Naughty Dog.
Designed to be a direct competitor to Mario and Sonic, Crash became a legend in his own right thanks to the impressive trilogy that came out in the PS1 era. It was Vicarious Visions who ultimately resurrected the orange marsupial for the PS4 era.
The N Sane Trilogy remakes the three games that put Crash on the map – Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. Each game has been lovingly remade and translated to a modern era, featuring stunning visuals, remade soundtracks that pay homage to the original, and a plethora of completion challenges to make fans die of nostalgia.
Resident Evil 2 and 3
Resident Evil is a survival-horror franchise that redefined what it meant to be scared of video games. The series has been going strong since the late 1990’s, and it was the PS4 that saw two amazing remakes of the PS1 classics, Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3.
Built using the now trademark RE Engine, these two games are perfect examples of horror done right – atmospheric, dark corridors, monsters that are genuinely terrifying and challenging, and locations dripping with character and atmosphere.
Each game offers you a different take on events happening within a few days – all of them happening in Raccoon City, where a viral outbreak has transformed the population into the undead.
Resident Evil 2 sees Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield try to escape the city whilst fleeing the many horrors, and Resident Evil 3 follows Jill Valentine, survivor of the first game, as she desperately tries to escape the unstoppable Nemesis.
Spyro: Reignited Trilogy
Whilst Crash Bandicoot may well have failed to reach the amazing heights of Mario and Sonic at the time, he did manage to find his own rival in a small purple dragon called Spyro.
Spyro proved to be just as popular as Crash, being a 3D platform game which had big, open spaces and lots of unique mechanics in play. This trilogy covers the first three adventures that made Spyro iconic, much like Crash. You’ve got Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Revenge, and Spyro: Year of the Dragon.
All of these games managed to offer the same unique charm that made the originals so popular. The big open spaces return, with loving 3D updates. It’s clear to just about everybody that a lot of time and effort went into these, and the end result is definitely something you should check out. Whether you are a longtime fan of the purple dragon, or simply a newcomer to the series, there’s definitely a lot to explore.
Crash Team Racing Nitro Fuelled
So, what do you do when you’re riding on the success of the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy, but people want diversity in the series? Well, if you’re anything like Naughty Dog, you take an experimental punt into the world of kart racing, and completely redefine the centre whilst you’re doing it.
The team had zero experience with the genre, and yet, somehow, they managed to make a game which was rich in characters, easy to play, and controlled beautifully for the PS1 era.
It’s not exactly a surprise that the remake for the PS4 came out. This is a prime example of how to do a kart racer right, and it really does hold up to the excellent standard laid down by the original. Good controls, the same stages lovingly remade, and a fresh take all help to cement its place as a remake.
This is definitely a good way to check out the concept if you didn’t catch the PS1 version, and genuinely, it’s fun from beginning to end. There’s even microtransactions if you’re into that sort of thing. You know, to buy new skins for characters and such.