We’re spending all of next week running through our most anticipated games of 2016 – a list that seems to swell every year thanks to our seemingly ceaseless optimism (read: increased meds dosage).

So, in an effort to make creating and reading that list less of a chore, we’ve carved off what we believe are the biggest remakes and HD do-overs coming out this year, which we present now for your perusal.

It does seem a little strange that there are so many games being remade right now that such a list is possible or even necessary (okay, it's not that), but hey, 2016 – am I right? Crazy year. Crazy.

First, some rules for entry:

Western release must be confirmed (sorry, Yakuza: Kiwami)
No games that have already been released (sorry, Amplitude)
No weird-ass Japanese releases I know very little about (sorry Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, God Eater: Resurrection, and Tales of Symphonia HD)
No butt stuff on the first date

With that out of the way, let's do this!

#10 Heavy Rain Remastered PS4

This one’s an odd choice for a remaster, but here we are. Obviously hoping to introduce a few of the PS4’s 36 million users to the Origami Killer, Cagen (reckon that’ll stick?) is polishing up the already graphically impressive Heavy Rain for release on Sony’s latest console. I guess it has been more than five years, and face crease technology has come along in leaps and bounds, but that gameplay? Oof. I had a seizure near the start and when I woke up I had still clocked it. But that’s just me being unkind, as Heavy Rain is actually good, which is a lot more than I can say for the execrable Beyond: Two Souls, a dog of a Cagen game that also getting the remaster treatment this year. Buy the bundle, pop in Heavy Rain, and use Beyond to start your log burner come winter.

The 10 Biggest Remakes Of 2016


#9 The Ship: Remasted PC

Say goodbye to your friends (again), because FPS / party game The Ship is back, and with the best remastered pun we’ve seen in a game title yet! A game so widely and thoroughly distributed that copies of it were briefly used as currency on Steam, The Ship can be played solo, but it’s much better with friends, as its “subtly kill others while acting normal” objective results in hilarious matches (and the aforementioned abandoning of one’s friends). It was innovative back in ’04 when it first appeared as a Half-Life 2 mod, and something tells me that priced right, it’ll find a great audience – especially as it’s well suited to today’s Let’s Play-style promotion.


#8 Day of the Tentacle Remastered PC PS4

No doubt spurred on by the warm reception that greeted last year’s Grim Fandango Remastered, Tim Schafer is reaching further back along his career timeline to revive Day Of The Tentacle, the wacky and hilarious Maniac Mansion sequel that first surfaced all the way back in 1993. The game’s age and incompatibility with modern machines make this remake a particular boon for gamers, and the new version includes an option to listen to commentary from the original creators, as well as a fully playable version of the original (and vastly inferior) Maniac Mansion. Aces.


#7 Pathologic PC PS4 XO

A cult classic psychological horror adventure with RPG elements, Pathologic is a weird-looking Russian title from 2005 that follows three characters attempting to uncover the source of a strange and lethal sickness known as the "sand plague" that has befallen a small town. At release it was praised for its surreal environs and dread-soaked atmosphere, and it actually got the HD remaster treatment last year – the trailer for which is below. However, if you find that version's dated graphics and animations off-putting, fear not: the game is in the process of being completely remade thanks in part to a Kickstarter campaign that raised US$333k.


#6 Resident Evil Zero PC PS4 XO 360 PS3

Originally developed for the Nintendo GameCube in 2002 then ported to the Wii locally in 2010, Zero is finally getting a high-definition remaster. The ninth Resident Evil game, but a prelude to the carnage of the eight released before it, Zero keeps its forebear’s set camera angles, but allows players to switch between its two protagonists on the fly, offloading the other's behaviour to the game’s AI. Rebecca and Billy each have unique abilities, of course, and this updated version will even feature an all-new Wesker Mode, where upon beating the game, players can jam it as the series’ main villain, Albert "Sunglasses at Night" Wesker.


#5 Gravity Rush Remastered PS4

One of the best games on Vita, Gravity Rush is getting a remaster that should find a decent audience on PS4. As the name suggests, Gravity Rush features a lot of defying and generally faffing about with the force of gravity, as the player helps protagonist Kat repel a “gravity storm” and its associated monsters that threatens her city. Critics loved the way the Vita version balanced RPG elements with action and exploration, and the game’s clean art was universally praised. Bluepoint Games is handling the remaster, and its track record porting existing properties speaks for itself, and includes Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Titanfall, Flower, and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. Play this, then get psyched for its sequel, which is also coming in 2016.


#4 Shadow Complex Remastered PS4 XO

I’ve met more than a few people who swear their favourite Xbox 360 exclusive is Shadow Complex, Infinity Blade developer Chair’s XBLA winner from 2009. And you know what? I get it. It dispenses with a lot of the tedious backtracking that plagues many Metroidvanias, features some less-often seen upgrades, and makes great use of its 2.5D perspective. It also slides a lot of plot and setting to the user while maintaining a frantic pace, and both those aspects are compelling, as it’s set in a universe based on Orson Scott Card’s the best-selling novel Empire. The remaster includes all of the original content along with better graphics, new dynamic melee take-downs, and additional Achievements and Master Challenges. PC players got it last month (and for free, no less!), but fortunately it’s also coming to current-gen consoles this year. Get it – you will not be disappointed.


#3 Ratchet & Clank PS4

A “re-imagining” of the first game in the consistently entertaining Ratchet & Clank series that is also based on the upcoming film of the same name, Ratchet & Clank is an easy sell to veterans and new-comers alike. The game is old enough (it released for PlayStation 2 in 2002) that many won’t have played it, and thanks to Insomniac's gameplay-first mantra, the franchise holds up extraordinarily well. Even so, this version includes a variety of gameplay elements from different entries in the series including strafing and weapons. It also features some brand new weapons – always a highlight of the series – such as the Pixelizer, which turns enemies into an 8-bit versions of themselves.


#2 The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Wii U

“What’s that you have there?” “Oh, it’s only a high-def remaster of the best games of all time, no big deal.” "Holy shitsnacks, that's awesome!" It may seem like I’m talking to myself, but isn’t that a conversation you want to have, even if there is no-one else around? The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess is, if you’ll excuse the wordplay, legendary. Considered by many to be the best Zelda title (and let’s face it, there have been some doozies), Twilight Princess sees a boy called Zelda rescue a twilight princess or something – I don’t know, I haven’t played it and kinda dislike Zelda games. But hey, people lost their minds over the HD version of The Wind Waker (admittedly that game was super pretty), so I don’t see why this one should be any different. Go on, dust off and rehang your old Borat poster, crank on some Gnarls Barkley, throw on Twilight Princess, and relive 2006 all over again.


#1 Final Fantasy VII Remake PS4

Look, I didn’t say “remake whose direction fans are stoked about”, did I? I said "biggest", and they don’t come much bigger than Final Fantasy VII. For those out of the loop, this one is controversial, to say the least. It’s not that folks don’t want a remake – they do, and they’ll step over their own mothers to get one – it’s that Square Enix has decided that it’s going to ditch the original game’s Active Time Battle system for real-time battles, and that it is splitting the game up into three episodes because apparently it doesn’t fit on a single disc (which makes you wonder how they’re managing that for Final Fantasy XV, huh?). Then there’s the story changes, and, well, we best not continue lest former GP forums member and reviewer JC go postal at his new digs on the other side of the world. Anyway, this will look extraordinary at the very least, and because it’s being carved up into three, chances are pretty good that we’ll see the first episode some time this year. Buckle up.


Which of these are you looking forward to, and what have we missed? Let us know in the comments below!