The Definitive (But Evolving) List Of New-Gen Remasters

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The Definitive (But Evolving) List Of New-Gen Remasters

Update (5/16/16): We've added some new entries to our list of remasters, including reviews for recent titles like Ratchet & Clank and Day of the Tentacle, plus looks at upcoming releases like Odin Sphere Leifthrasir and Call of Duty Modern Warfare.

Original Story:The PS4 and Xbox One are capable of delivering new and surprising experiences, but some of the best games available for the consoles are the ones you’ve played already. New features, better performance, and improved visuals provide more than enough of a reason to revisit older games, and we’ve assembled a list of the big titles that have won a second life on new hardware. 

Note that this isn’t a comprehensive list of every remaster or remake available. Right now, it covers released and upcoming games that have been touched up for new-generation platforms. Moving forward, we will expand the scope and update the list as games are released and new announcements are made. Until then, read on and relive the past.

Test Chamber – The Highs (And Lows) Of Doom's User-Made Snapmaps

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Test Chamber – The Highs (And Lows) Of Doom's User-Made Snapmaps

User-created content has been a part of Doom since the original release, when enterprising PC users modded the game to include their favorite characters from movies and TV and tweaked the rules to create new styles of gameplay. Doom's latest incarnation incorporates that modding spirit through its in-game Snapmap functionality, which allows players to build their own maps, game variants, and more. Andrew Reiner and I took a look at Snapmap shortly after its launch, and we've returned from our journey – a little worse for wear.

As you can see in the Test Chamber below, people are using it to create weird one-off experiences, like recreating the giant piano keyboard from Big. Alternately, there are plenty of levels out there designed to help players game the system, either for trophies and achievements or for the in-game currency used to purchase cosmetics for characters. We played through a ton of these levels, and you can check out the highlights and lowlights.

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Get Ready For Our Game Club On Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

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Get Ready For Our Game Club On Uncharted 4: A Thief's End

Last month, in the final installment of our GI Game Club covering Final Fantasy VII, we announced that our next game to dissect and discuss would be Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. With the game's release today amidst a glowing reaction from critics, here's the latest info on how you can participate.

On The Game Informer Show podcast airing May 26th, a group of Game Informer editors will be going in-depth on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End up through chapter 10. This is roughly half-way through the game and will be our stopping point until the next discussion. We will not spoil anything beyond the tenth chapter in that first discussion. The point of the GI Game Club is to play games alongside the community, so we strongly encourage people to play up until that point as well and send in questions, thoughts, or discussion topics to podcast@gameinformer.com before May 25th.

To get the ball rolling on some discussion points, feel free to write in to podcast@gameinformer.com  on the following topics...

Should You Play The Rest Of The Series Before Playing Uncharted 4?

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Should You Play The Rest Of The Series Before Playing Uncharted 4?

This feature was originally published May 10, 2016.

Uncharted 4 just hit stores today and is by all accounts a fantastic adventure game. However, given it's the fourth entry in the series, there might be some apprehension for newcomers who haven't played the other games in the series. Fellow editor Andrew Reiner and I decided to hash it out and try and figure out just how necessary it is to have played the previous games to appreciate Naughty Dog's latest.

Javy Gwaltney: So Uncharted 4, after several delays and much anticipation, is finally out. Your review suggests you really enjoyed it, Reiner.

Replay – Jak II

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With the release of Uncharted 4: A Thief's End this weel, the spotlight is on Naughty Dog. In honor of the release, we take back a look at one of the studio's classics, which marked its first step toward more mature storytelling.

Jak II released in 2003 and was a follow-up to the highly-regarded Jak & Daxter. The game picks up quite literally where the first game left off, but took it a dramatic new direction while maintaining its fantastic platforming and animated sense of humor. Join myself and Andrew Reiner as we introduce Jeff Cork to the series and attempt to set a speedrun record. For the second part of the episode, we randomly grabbed a Super Nintendo game from our vault that none of us new anything about, but ended up being surprisingly entertaining.

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Test Chamber – The First Hour Of Doom

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Demon meet shotgun. You're going to see plenty of that combo in this hour-long look at the beginning of Doom, which is readily available for everyone to play on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. This somewhat lengthy look includes our early impressions of the single-player game, which we can tell you are glowing at this point. Multiplayer and SnapMap are not explored in this video.

Sit back and enjoy the video, and if you have any questions about Doom's campaign, leave them in the comments and we'll do what we can to answer them. We do not yet know the length of the game, and we haven't seen the BFG in action yet.

Thanks again for watching, and we'll see you again in another episode of Test Chamber.

11 Games To Plan Your Summer Around

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Summer was once known as a dry season for video game releases – a time to get through before the fall flood of games. Nowadays things are different, with a wider market of games releasing all year long thanks to a booming indie scene and a constant drip of triple-A titles.

For some, summer is a time to get outdoors; for most gamers, it's a time to unwind and tackle new virtual adventures. Whether you have time off or just need new games to immerse yourself in, we looked at the summer release schedule and noted some games that you might want to put on your radar (or plan your life around).

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine Expansion Release: May 31 Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Get Reacquainted With Emily Kaldwin From Dishonored 2

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Sequels are usually the place for studios to refine the backstories of their main heroes. While Dishonored’s original assassin is returning for the sequel, Arkane took the opportunity to turn Empress Emily Kaldwin into a playable protagonist as well. Last time we saw Emily she was a young princess in need of rescue. In Dishonored 2, she’s grown into a capable assassin who can stand toe-to-toe with even the toughest of the royal guard. Here’s how she grew from feeble princess to fearless empress.

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A Collection Of Doom Easter Eggs

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Doom hasn't even been out for 24 hours yet, and fans have already stumbled upon a handful of awesome Easter eggs. As always, here is your big SPOILER warning.

The videos below show off new sections of the game. Some of the secrets people are finding are callbacks to the Doom games of yesteryear, and a few reference Bethesda games. One of the funnier secret pays homage to Terminator 2: Judgment Day. We'll continue updating this list is more Easter eggs are unearthed. 

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