SA Gamer Awards 2016: Best Remaster / Remake
Love it or hate it, remastered and remakes are here to stay. It’s a great way for publishers to pull in some money from older classics by giving the game a facelift with an improved frame rate, sharper resolution, all the DLC and/or being remade from the ground up for a modern generation. Some publishers go the easy route and do a simple upscale to make some easy money (shame on you), but there are others who will go the whole nine yards to ensure you get something special – whether you’re a veteran of the series, or a newcomer.
In 2016 there were plenty games to choose from, but there was just nothing that remotely touched this game:
Ratchet & Clank
In a world where action-based platformers have become somewhat of a dying breed (unless you delve into Indie gaming) Ratchet & Clank was a reminder that there’s definitely still a place for this genre in this day and age. It of course tied in with the less than spectacular movie and was basically a remake of the original game that appeared on the PS2 many years ago. Unlike remastered games a remake takes the concept and style of an older game and builds it from scratch on modern tech… and boy, did Ratchet & Clank look good. It recently received a 4K and HDR patch (which, believe me, looks phenomenal) and is as much fun as it’s ever been. Include new trademark Insomniac-inspired weapons and you have what is arguably the best Ratchet & Clank game ever made.
Runner-Up: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered
Honourable Mentions: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, Shadow Complex