Every gaming geek has his or her favorites, and it’s safe to say that they are often games that are not exactly at the cutting edge. For most of us, a look at our favorite games is a little like counting the rings in a tree trunk. It’s an accurate way of calculating our ages, as those games we played as teenagers are invariably the ones we just don’t want to let go of.
From Pac Man to Mario to Sonic and beyond, those gaming preferences single us out as kids of the 70s, 80s or 90s. But just like classic movies, some of the classic games have been revived for a new generation. Also like those big screen offerings, some are definitely better than others. Here are four that are definitely worthy of your attention.
The original Burnout Paradise was released for the PS3 in 2008, and was one of the first and best-loved open world racing games. In fairness, it still stands up well today, but last month, EA presented us with a remastered edition for PS4 and Xbox. Think of it as a shiny new coat of paint and an engine tune up which, let’s face it, any racing car is going to need after 11 years of smashing its way through Paradise City.
Random 4 Runner Deluxe
If you cut your gaming teeth on the slots, then you might well look on in bewilderment at the range of games out there today. Random 4 Runner Deluxe is the perfect antidote for those who want to play online slots game that keeps things simple. Developed by Green Tube, it has all the attributes of a classic fruit machine, with three reels and the traditional symbols. But by giving you the chance to play two sets of reels at the same time, it opens up a world of winning opportunities.
Anyone who remembers the first generation of PlayStation will certainly know all about Crash Bandicoot and his adventures on the Wumpa Islands. The series of games ran for 15 years before petering out in 2011. Not before time, however, the N. Sane trilogy has hit the shelves. This brings us the original games, lovingly recreated from the original code, for the PS4. Perhaps the biggest surprise is just how well it has stood up. The game is 25 years old, but is as fun and engaging today as it was in the 90s.
Shadow of the Colossus
Here’s a game that has gone down in geek folklore. Originally launched for the PS2, you might be shocked to learn that it is 14 years since it first hit the shelves. The story, the effects and the sheer engagement factor made this game an instant classic, and one of the best indy titles in history. It received an HD makeover for the PS3, but the latest remastering for the HDR and 4K age is by far the best version yet.