Remakes and remasters seem to be all the rage these days. In fact, with a little research, it would seem that such games outweigh rolling series and fresh IPs. Makes sense, I suppose, as anyone who’s in possession of a cash cow will most definitely want to squeeze it for all it’s worth. And that appears to be the case in 2022 especially, only there are about a thousand cows and not nearly as many fields to house them.
Anyway, we’ve cast our eye on a select few remasters that are due to launch at some point this year. Although sitting among a whole mound of others, it’s these five that have caught our attention and secured a good few well-deserved pre-orders. So, if you, like us, are wanting to put your hard-earned money into reliving a few classics for nostalgia’s sake, then be sure to check these out.
5. Lollipop Chainsaw
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Lollipop Chainsaw, a candy-popping arcade hack and slash classic, will be making a gory return to modern consoles at some point in the near future. This is according to its CEO Yoshimi Yasuda, who announced that the game would be coming back under the Dragami Games’ banner. Makes sense, seeing as the game has just celebrated its tenth anniversary on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Lollipop Chainsaw follows Juliet Starling, head cheerleader of a zombie-infested high school. After her boyfriend suffers a fate worse than death, the lollipop-loving heroine sets out to challenge the undead faction leaders and revert her dearly beloved back to his former self. With that, you can expect plenty of epic clashes, eye-popping acrobatics, and, of course, a ludicrous amount of controversial themes that probably wouldn’t sit too well with a certain collective.
4. The Last of Us: Part I
It almost seems wrong that Naughty Dog would even want to lay a finger on The Last of Us, because the fact is, you can’t fix what isn’t broken. It’s flawless in its own way, and it isn’t exactly in need of any TLC. That being said, the ten-year anniversary of the game is due to take place next year. And if there’s one thing we know, it’s that remasters can get away with being made without any repercussions so long as there’s a decade between releases. Most of the time, anyway.
Anyway, the fact is, The Last of Us: Part I will join its sequel up in the stars this September on PS5. So, even if you’ve slugged through the same old story fifteen times over, you should still consider reliving all the memories by grabbing a copy of Joel and Ellie’s timeless masterpiece when it finally comes around. And who knows, maybe the Left Behind DLC will get some love and appreciation once this all blows over?
3. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Let's make this 7th anniversary even better, shall we?
We're delighted to share that the Next Gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is planned to release in Q4 2022.
See you on the Path, witchers! pic.twitter.com/2wQbxMP4zh
— The Witcher (@witchergame) May 19, 2022
Again, it seems crazy to try and reinvent a wheel that’s already firing on all cylinders. For many, recreating The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an incredibly unnecessary project, and one that has no real place in a world so chock-full of remakes and remasters. But then again, you know—it is The Witcher 3 we’re talking about, and CD Projekt Red can get away with just about anything so long as Geralt of Rivia is involved in the conversation.
Although only seven years have passed since CDPR dropped one of the biggest and most respected role-playing games of all time, the devs appear to be ready to give it a second whirl. Come Q4 2022, the Wild Hunt will once again commence, giving you another million reasons to venture back to the Continent to scrub it of all its secrets and quests all over again. And yes, everybody north of the Arctic will be joining you. No shame.
2. Marvel’s Spider-Man
One of the biggest flexes PlayStation has had the opportunity of displaying in the last five years is Marvel’s Spider-Man. In fact, it was partly the reason why quite a number of Xbox users made the switch over to the rival platform. That, as well as a few other top tier exclusives, of course. But now, lo and behold, it will pave its way over to PC on August 12th, severing that irreplaceable bond for the very first time since its 2018 launch.
Marvel’s Spider-Man has been praised for being one of the most versatile video games ever made. On top of its fluid combat system, flawless web slinging and parkour mechanics, and advanced skill system, it also features an engrossing narrative and an enormous open-world playground to toy around with. Basically, it’s a near-perfect superhero simulator, complete with the all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a Marvel masterpiece. Picture that, but running at stupidly high specs on a kitted out gaming PC. Convinced to make the purchase yet?
1. Destroy All Humans! 2 — Reprobed
Destroy All Humans had quite the run back in its heyday, which fortunately brought it quite the reputation and a plethora of loyal followers to go with it. Fast-forward to 2020, and that player base knocked on THQ’s doors and pleaded its creators to dig up ol’ Crypto and his alien gadgetry and put it all back into motion again. Lo and behold, the remake happened, and soon came the announcement for the sequel. Surprise, surprise.
Of course, the idea doesn’t change all that much from its first take. Like before, you hop from one destination to another, vaporizing cows and crashing a UFO into a variety of outhouses. It’s an otherworldly sandbox game that puts you in control of an alien, what more can we say? We loved it back in 2005, and we will continue to pledge our loyalty to it when it warps in this August on next-gen hardware.
So, what’s your take? Do you agree with our top five? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.