The Best Video Game Remakes & Remasters for 2017

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy


2017 may have been a tumultuous year for gaming, but we still got some quality releases.

Among the flood of great games that improved upon storied franchises and introduced new IP’s, a few remakes and remasters dropped. Nostalgia-mania ran high with the return of a certain orange marsupial. Former portable exclusives got upgraded for consoles. Plus throwback RPG’s, adventure games, platformers and more got a nice facelift. This list is full of the types of games that respect the original source material and do so much to improve upon its foundation.

The titles presented here cater to fans of the original release and newcomers who want to experience the best version of a game they never played before. Without a doubt, these are the best video game remakes and remasters released in 2017.

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King – Launch Trailer (Nintendo 3DS)Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King arrives on January 20th and is available here: Official Website: Facebook Nintendo 3DS: Twitter Nintendo UK: Twitch Nintendo UK: Instagram Nintendo UK: YouTube Nintendo UK:

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Besides Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest is one of the most legendary JRPG franchises known to man. Square Enix has spent years producing mainline entries and spinoff games within the series’ world full of swords, shields, magic and Blue Slimes. Originally released on the PS2 back in 2004, Dragon Quest VIII amassed several new fans thanks to its modern improvements and nods to old school JRPG sensibilities. This portable remaster throws in a whole bunch of new content into an already massive game. There’s two new party members to level up, new dungeons to explore, new bosses to challenge, new items to attain and more. And for all the Pokémon diehards out there, you’ll appreciate this game’s Monster Arena battles. Enjoy Journey of the Cursed King in its finest form on the small but still powerful 3DS.

Buy Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King here.

Danganronpa 1-2 Reload

Danganronpa 1-2 Reload – Launch TrailerCheck out the launch trailer for Danganronpa 1-2 Reload. Subscribe to GameSpot Trailers! Visit all of our channels: Features & Reviews – Video Game Trailers – Movies, TV, & Comics – Gameplay & Guides – Mobile Gaming – Like – Follow – gamespot.com2017-03-14T20:30:02.000Z

Developer: Spike Chunsoft
Publisher: NIS America
Platforms: PS4

When it comes to niche franchises that have a core group of fans awaiting its next release, the Danganronpa series is one of them. The overall premise of the first game deals with a murder mystery plot set in a high school turned prison. Then there’s the sequel, which transports you and a wealth of unique students to a remote island. Both games challenge you to figure out who’s killing who and why a bear named Monokuma is torturing you. Danganronpa 1-2 Reload brings the visual novel experience of the aforementioned two games from the PS Vita to the PS4. The visuals come with some notable improvements, the same nail-biting gameplay has been kept intact and a new feature (School Mode) lets you converse with your fellow students even more than before. True fans of Danganronpa owe it to themselves to own this HD collection.

Buy Danganronpa 1-2 Reload here.

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games

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Developers: Spike Chunsoft and Chunsoft
Publishers: Aksys Games and Spike Chunsoft (on PC)
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita, PC

Now here’s a second dosage of Japanese visual novel goodness that’s available on our shores. Zero Escape: The Nonary Games offers up the most definitive way to experience these Saw-like games. The Zero Escape trilogy (Zero Escape: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward) all entail a story of overcoming insurmountable odds. One portion of each game deals with you getting to know the other kidnapped victims who’re trying to survive, while the other half throws puzzles at you that determine your escape route. If you happened to get a kick out of the last remastered collection on this list, then Zero Escape: The Nonary Games is also highly recommended for you as well.

Buy Zero Escape: The Nonary Games here.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE Launch TrailerEnter an Era of War. Fight for Freedom. Embark on Adventure. Experience FINAL FANTASY XII like never before with enhanced high-definition graphics and the Zodiac Job System, allowing players to pick two of 12 jobs in a character progression system first introduced in the Japan-only release, FINAL FANTASY XII International Zodiac System. The title will…2017-07-12T15:00:01.000Z

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Platform: PS4

Final Fantasy XII happens to be one the more divisive games in the long-running JRPG series. Some fans regard it as one of the best entries of all time, while there are those who don’t look back on it so fondly. It debuted a new battle system mechanic that was more akin to the way fights are handled in MMORPG’s and more features that people either loved or lamented. The Zodiac Age brings Final Fantasy XII back to the forefront with a host of welcome changes. Along with improved visuals, several features have gotten retooled. The Zodiac Job System has been changed for the better, a challenging Trial Mode has been added in and Speed Mode lets you zip through vast landscapes. If you’re willing to give Final Fantasy XII another chance or if you just want to relive it its best parts once more, then picking this remaster up is mandatory.

Buy Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age here.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy – PS4 Gameplay Launch Trailer | E3 Watch the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy “Better with Crashtitude” Launch Trailer Your favorite marsupial, Crash Bandicoot™, returns on June 30th, 2017!2017-06-13T07:38:48.000Z

Developers: Vicarious Visions, Naughty Dog
Publisher: Activision
Platform: PS4

Taken from Game Review: The Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy proves that Crash’s original trilogy is just as admirable as it was back in the day. It’s gotten the HD remaster facelift that it deserves, plus the audio is just as humorous and memorable as its original incarnation. The stages themselves look amazing and the gameplay itself is still mechanically strong in the areas of tight platforming and varied boss fights. The first game in the series is sure to enrage you and force you to question your skills as a gamer due to its high difficulty. Don’t let that deter you, though. All three titles offer up some of the best platforming experiences in 2017 that people celebrated back in the mid to late 90’s. This collection is a shining example of how to revive a beloved gaming icon.

Buy the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy here.

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap – Consoles Launch trailerAvailable for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, Linux! Info & Purchase Reveal Trailer available here: Official blog: Facebook: Twitter: / © SEGA / LAT / DotEmu Original game © SEGA / LAT Developed by Lizardcube in Paris, France Published by DotEmu in Paris, France2017-04-17T14:43:00.000Z

Developer: Lizardcube
Publisher: DotEmu
Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC

Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is a full-fledged remake of the 1989 Sega Master System original. What’s so remarkable about this entry is its new hand-drawn animations and rearranged soundtrack. Gameplay wise, The Dragon’s Trap harkens back to the days of old-school platformers. There’s hacking ‘n slashing, platforming, animal transformations that bestow new abilities upon your hero and huge boss battles to hop into. The most noteworthy features from this remake is the ability to change the game’s graphics back to its 2D phase, easier weapon-toggling, a new female warrior to play as and new secret areas. Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap is the remake nobody knew they wanted, but are now more than pleased to have.

Buy Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap here.

Full Throttle Remastered

Full Throttle Remastered // Release TrailerFull Throttle Remastered is out for PS4, PS Vita, and PC on April 18th 2017, with Mac, Linux and iOS versions to follow later this year. More info: GOG: Steam: PlayStation:!/en-us/games/full-throttle-remastered/cid=UP2154-CUSA06644_00-FULLTHROTTLE0PS4?smcid=pdc:us-en:pdc-explore-playstation-plus:free-games:null:STORE-MSF77008-PSPLUSFREEGAMES:pssocial:blog:game:blogrightnav:3_24_152017-04-18T15:30:14.000Z

Developers: Double Fine Productions, Shiny Shoe
Publisher: Double Fine Productions
Platforms: PS4, PS Vita, PC

Tim Schafer is associated with some of the finest PC adventure games ever released. His years working under LucasArts led to the production of classics, such as The Secret of Monkey Island, Day of the Tentacle and Grim Fandango. Schafer’s first solo-led project is another one of those amazing adventure games that now has a new lease on life – Full Throttle. This remastered take on the biker badass inspired game features the same puzzle-focused gameplay 90’s gamers are still nostalgic for. The graphics look a hell of a lot cleaner, but you can switch back to the original visuals if you’d rather enjoy it in its first form. Double Fine Productions and Shiny Show did right by the original game and made it all the more appealing to veterans and newcomers alike.

Buy a PSN gift card here so you can digitally purchase Full Throttle Remastered for PS4 and PS Vita.

Pick up a Steam gift card here if you’re looking to start playing Full Throttle Remastered on PC.

WipEout Omega Collection

WipEout Omega Collection – Launch Trailer | WipEout Omega Collection brings together all the content from WipEout HD, WipEout HD Fury and WipEout 2048, enhanced for PS4 and PS4 Pro. Join the Anti Gravity League on June 6! We have been able to take advantage of the power and memory bandwidth of PS4 to rework all textures in the game. Compared…2017-06-06T19:00:01.000Z

Developers: XDev, Clever Beans and EPOS Game Studios
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform: PS4

Tekken reached its seventh main entry. Crash Bandicoot’s fur got a nice touch-up in his remastered collection. And the first PlayStation’s futuristic racing game series made its grand return. What a time to be alive, huh? The WipEout Omega Collection compiles two awesome games and an expansion pack (Wipeout HD, the Wipeout HD Fury expansion and Wipeout 2048). All three editions feature the breakneck racing pace WipEout is known for, plus the graphics look even shinier and sleeker than ever before. There’s hours of replayability to be had here thanks to the abundance of racing cups to complete and online challenges to compete in. Racing game fans owe it to themselves to add this awesome remastered collection to their PS4 library.

Buy the WipEout Omega Collection here.

Yakuza Kiwami

Yakuza Kiwami Launch Trailer | Own Yakuza Kiwami today for the PS4! 10 years ago, Kazuma Kiryu took the fall for a crime he didn’t commit to save his best friend. Expelled from his yakuza family, Kiryu is released from prison to a city he no longer recognizes. Chaos erupts when 10 billion yen vanishes from the Tojo Clan…2017-08-29T14:00:03.000Z

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Platform: PS4

So now it appears that Sega’s open-world, beat ’em up series is gaining even more traction outside of Japan. American fans finally got to play the prequel entry to the entire series (Yakuza 0), plus a remake of the very first game arrived on US shores. That remake ended up being Yakuza Kiwami. After completing the aforementioned prequel game, Yakuza Kiwami acts as the next logical step in experiencing Sega’s highly lauded franchise. As Kazuma Kiryu, you’ll travel through Japan as you smash goons faces into the cement and play various minigames. One of the newer features is the added “Majima Everywhere” mode, which throws in randomized battles against the always entertaining Goro Majima. Yakuza Kiwami is pretty much the gateway to everything you’ll end up loving about the entire series.

Buy Yakuza Kiwami here.

Metroid: Samus Returns

Metroid: Samus Returns – Accolades Trailer – Nintendo 3DSWelcome to Planet SR388, a world of subterraneous labyrinths, vicious alien lifeforms, mysterious secrets…and a deadly Metroid infestation. Legendary bounty hunter Samus Aran is the galaxy’s only hope—in this video, get a closer look at some of the enemies she’ll encounter. Metroid: Samus Returns is an action-packed, side-scrolling shooter which has been remade to include…2017-09-15T13:00:03.000Z

Developers: Nintendo, Mercury Steam, Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS

Development studio MercurySteam did wonders for Konami’s once-dormant Castlevania franchise. The first Lords of Shadow and its portable counterpart brought the Dracula hunting simulator back to its former glory. Their hard work on those games didn’t go unnoticed as someone from Nintendo saw fit to bring them onto a huge project – a 3DS remake of Samus’s first handheld adventure. Metroid: Samus Returns sticks to the same story arch of its Game Boy rendition and does a fine job of improving the visuals, audio and gameplay mechanics. Samus is given the ability to shoot in any direction she pleases and physically counterattack, which adds more depth to the alien busting skirmishes. Samus’ fervent fanbase wanted another 2D, side-scrolling adventure. This is the dream game they’ve been asking for.

Buy Metroid: Samus Returns here.

Okami HD

Okami HD – Launch Trailer (PC, PS4, Xbox One)Get ready to emBARK on one of the most epic and charming adventures in video game history. Okami HD is now available for PC, PS4 and Xbox One! Steam: PlayStation 4: Xbox One:

Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The legend of Amaterasu started out on the PS2. Then it got revived for the Wii with motion controls and got an HD makeover for last-gen consoles. In 2017, Okami got another lease on life with another HD rendition. Thanks to the game’s newfound ability to output 4K graphics, Okami HD’s sumi-e art style pops off the screen even more. For anyone who’s still not in the know, this grand adventure borrows elements from The Legend of Zelda and tasks players with ultimately bringing light back to the land as the Shinto Sun Goddess. There’s the intriguing Celestial Brush mechanic, that lets you slash enemies in half, bring forth the Sun and even rebuild bridges. Along with all of that, there’s also a fun battle system and the ever-evolving tale of Amaterasu’s world saving exploits.

Buy Okami HD here.

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