Best Remake or HD Collection of 2012 - Article

By Gordon Bryant, December 23, 2012
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In a world where gamers are just as likely to put down money on better versions of games they already own and love as they are to buy something new or original, it's no surprise that many developers are adding content to old games and polishing them up so that the current generation can have a second chance at a good first impression. Over the last few years we've seen The Sly Collection, The Jak and Daxter Collection, Team ICO Collection, and The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D. 2012 continues this relatively new tradition by giving us the definitive versions of two critically acclaimed JRPGs, a remastered classic, and yet another definitive Sony mascot collection. 

Here are the Nominees: 


Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention

 

Okami HD

 

Persona 4: Golden

 

The Ratchet & Clank Collection

 


 

And The Winner Is...

 

 

Persona 4: Golden

 Even if Persona 4: Golden had just been a re-release with slightly upgraded visuals, it would still have been a masterpiece. Giving anywhere between 60-100 hours of play time with a cast of memorable characters and a fantastic story, Persona 4 is the kind of game any JRPG fan should pick up, but what makes Persona 4: Golden stand out is the sheer volume of tweaked and added content packed onto the Vita's game card.

New plot points and locations expand on the world of Inaba; there are new characters, new items to find, more secrets to unlock, new music tracks, and more hidden material than you're ever likely to find. Not only are all of these added features in the game, but they're all added in so seamlessly that if you'd never played the original beforehand you'd assume they were always there, as opposed to being new content. Whether you're a seasoned Persona veteran or a first time dabbler, Persona 4: Golden is the best version of the best game in the series, and that's why it gets our Best Remake or HD Collection Award.

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