Some commentators may dismiss PlayStation 4 ports of last-gen games as shameless cash-ins, but the truth is that they can genuinely benefit everyone; fans can enjoy a superior version of their favourite game, newcomers get to experience a game they would otherwise have missed out on, and publishers receive more revenue to pump into future titles.
Therefore, after last month’s release of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and the imminent arrival of Rayman Legends on PS4, we thought we’d take a look at some of the other PlayStation 3 games we’d like to see on Sony’s latest home console.
Beyond: Two Souls
Quantic Dream games are nothing if not divisive, and this was certainly the case with Beyond: Two Souls, released in October last year. People either loved it or hated it, and because we fall into the former category, it’d be great to see it come to PS4.
Even if you detested it, the one thing about the game that no one could deny was just how amazing it looked. It’s definitely a contender for the most visually impressive game of last generation, so we can’t imagine what it could look like with the power of the PS4 behind it.
Towards the end of the last generation (it still feels weird to talk about the PlayStation 3 era like that!), the visuals of multiplatform games on consoles consistently lagged behind their equivalent releases on PC, held back by ageing hardware; and so it was with BioShock Infinite.
Although the PS3 port of the game looked good, on PC, the floating city of Columbia was jaw-droppingly beautiful, so we’d love to see it on PS4.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
If you were to ask every PlayStation 4 owner which PS3 game they’d most like to see on PS4, we’re willing to bet that a good number of them would pick The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Unless you want to pay a monthly fee, there’ll be a big TES-shaped hole on PS4 for at least a couple of years, so it would be awesome to have Skyrim to tide us over. The PS4’s architecture is fairly similar to a PC, so porting that version to PS4 should be relatively straightforward, and theoretically means we won’t have to contend with the barrage of glitches that sullied the PS3 version.
Grand Theft Auto V
Of all the games on this list, Grand Theft Auto V is arguably the title which is most likely to come to PlayStation 4. Earning a huge $800 million in 24 hours, it subsequently became not only the fastest selling game of all time, but the biggest entertainment launch in history.
PC gamers are up-in-arms about the fact that the title still hasn’t been announced for their platform of choice, but we’d say that if it does come to PC (and, realistically, it probably will), then it’ll almost certainly come to next-gen consoles too; there’s no way Rockstar would turn down that kind of potential revenue!
Heavenly Sword could well be the most underrated game on PS3. Upon its release in September 2007, its reception, while mostly positive, was nowhere near as good as everyone was hoping; remember, this was at a time when the console was in dire need of a triple-A exclusive.
However, we happened to think it was brilliant, with lightning-fast gameplay, a superb cast and incredible visuals, and for those reasons a PS4 port would be extremely welcome.
Like GTAV, we’d say Journey also has a good chance of releasing on PlayStation 4. Rumours have been flying around for a while, which are given more credibility by the fact that fellow thatgamecompany titles flOw and Flower have already been ported to the console (with stunning results).
Given that Journey was by far the biggest critical and commercial success of the studio’s three PSN games, surely it doesn’t make sense to not port it? Oh, and Sony, it would be awesome if you could also throw in The Unfinished Swan – cheers.
The Last of Us
The Last of Us was one of those awe-inspiring, generation-defining games that everyone who played it instantly fell in love with. Therefore, if the title made the jump to PlayStation 4, we predict that it would make a lot of people very happy.
In truth, the game already looks so good on PS3, that all the PS4 version really needs is a higher resolution and improved anti-aliasing. Last week’s release of the Left Behind DLC has reignited rumours of a PS4 port, so let’s hope that some of them are true.
The Mass Effect Trilogy
When you think of the biggest videogame trilogies on PlayStation 3, the chances are that Mass Effect would be somewhere near the top of the list. BioWare’s role-playing saga combined a fascinating story with amazing visuals, and would therefore work extremely well on PS4.
At the moment, no one has any idea when, if ever, we’ll get to play a brand new Mass Effect game on PS4, but bringing the original trilogy to the console would definitely be the next best thing.
As long as you didn’t move, Rage on PS3 looked awesome, and the PC version was even better. However, unfortunately everything came apart slightly whenever you moved the camera, because the game does have a pretty major problem with texture pop-in.
But that’s where the PlayStation 4 could step in. The console’s extra horsepower could not only give the visuals a spruce-up, but potentially also eradicate these graphical issues in their entirety.
The Wolf Among Us
Although many gamers would vote for The Walking Dead instead, The Wolf Among Us undoubtedly has the edge when it comes to presentation and visuals, which would make it a great fit for PlayStation 4.
The first two of five episodes have already been released on PS3 to wide critical acclaim, and we know the title will eventually be coming to PS Vita at some point as well, so we don’t think it’s unreasonable to hope for a PS4 release too.