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Friday Question: Which recent games should get HD next-gen re-releases?

In February, Square Enix released a revamped version of last year's hit Tomb Raider reboot for next-gen consoles. Subtitled as the "Definitive Edition" it was essentially the graphically superior PC version of the game, playable in ultra-high resolution on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

It can't have been a hugely expensive release for Squenix, taking an existing game and porting it onto two new consoles which are essentially PCs with very standardised hardware. Even so, it paid off: the re-release shot straight to number one on the sales charts in several countries, and no doubt produced a tidy profit for the publisher.

Red Dead Redemption was no wallflower on PS3 and 360, so would you pay for a next-gen re-release?
Red Dead Redemption was no wallflower on PS3 and 360, so would you pay for a next-gen re-release? 

This was not actually my first choice for a recently released last-generation game to get an HD re-release on PS4 and XBOne. but its sales success did at least vindicate the opinion I already held. You see, for months I have been nagging my PR contact at Bethesda, asking her to pass a message up to management for me. It's a simple message: "Release Skyrim on next-gen consoles. It's basically free money."

It's no secret that Windows PC was the lead platform for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. When it was released a bit over two years ago, it was immediately apparent that the game looked and played best on PC. Later it got even better, because Bethesda released an option high-resolution texture pack that cranked up the visual quality even further.

They released the "Legendary Edition" only last year, containing all downloadable content, and I think it would basically be granting them a licence to print money if they would just slap this complete version with PC quality graphics onto Xbox and PS4. Both new consoles are crying out for games, and Skyrim is a fan favourite. It would easily shift them another couple of million copies, many of them repeat purchases from people who previously bought it on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3.

I got to thinking about this topic again this past week when former Screen Play regular Matthew Hewson, now a published video game critic, brought it up on Twitter. His choice for a new HD re-release was Rock Star's 2010 western classic Red Dead Redemption.

Now, RDR was already a stunning game, but next-gen hardware could push it to a whole new level. Simply raising the screen resolution, upgrading the lighting model, and improving the textures would make an already gorgeous game look amazing. The new machines' larger memory would also allow a more smoothly-loading world with less scenery pop-up and other visual distractions.

Another game that game up was Fallout 3 and its sequel Fallout: New Vegas. A super-duper combo edition including both games and all the downloadable extra content, revamped for PS4 and Xbox One? That would be hugely popular, and easy profit for Bethesda.

Over to you now, readers. Which games from the last couple of years would you love to see re-released in high definition versions on the two next-generation consoles?

Note: No caption contest today, sorry!

 - James "DexX" Dominguez

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