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So many of our favorite classic games have been reimagined for modern hardware! Welcome to MojoPlays, and today, we're taking a look at the 20 best remakes and remasters on PlayStation 5! Our list includes “Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered” (2020), “Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2” (2021), “Demon's Souls” (2020), “Resident Evil 4” (2023), “Final Fantasy VII Rebirth” (2024) and more!

20 Best PS5 Remakes and Remasters

Welcome to MojoPlays, and today, we’re taking a look at the 20 best remakes and remasters on PlayStation 5!

“Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered” (2020)

The PS4 version of “Spider-Man” was already exceptional in its visual fidelity technical performance. But when news broke about the game being used to demonstrate the PlayStation 5’s capabilities, we were curious. Well, “Spider-Man Remastered” somehow managed to be even better than its slightly older version. In addition to crispier visuals, “Spider-Man Remastered” takes full advantage of the game’s SSD, making it take roughly a second to fast travel from one end of the map to the other. Heck, just booting up the game and jumping into your save file takes about eight seconds. It’s insanely fast!

“Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft” (2024)

The original “Tomb Raider” games haven’t aged super well. The controls are super finicky and can make platforming a real hassle. While this remaster hasn’t driven away from the clunky controls, “Tomb Raider I-III Remastered” does manage to tighten things up a bit and even offer alternative control schemes. On top of that, the collection gives you total freedom in swapping between the original graphics and the new and improved visuals. Just keep in mind that not every part of the remaster “fixes” the problems of the originals.

“Alan Wake Remastered” (2021)

If you tried playing “Alan Wake” in its original state from 2010, you would still find an enjoyable horror shooter, but the controls and technical performance could get touched up. Thankfully, Remedy Entertainment did just that in 2021. “Alan Wake Remastered” preserves the original game while bringing it up to modern standards. You got smooth frame rates, refined controls, better visuals, the whole shebang. And hey, for thirty bucks, you’re getting a pretty good deal on what was one of the coolest games on Xbox 360 and PS3!

“BloodRayne: ReVamped” (2021) & “BloodRayne 2: ReVamped” (2021)

Back in the old days of the sixth generation of consoles, we saw a fun assortment of games that let us play as total badasses. “BloodRayne” and its sequel were just two of those games. With the powers of the sexy dhampir Rayne, you can slice up your enemies, suck their blood to restore life while using them as a meat shield, enter bullet time to kill enemies in slow-motion, and so much more. And the cheat codes added a ton more fun to our playthroughs! The “ReVamped” remasters preserve these gems while making the textures and character models much clearer. Trust us, these are both worth the twenty bucks.

“GrimGrimoire OnceMore” (2023)

If you’ve been enjoying their most recent release, “Unicorn Overlord”, then you should check out this remaster of one of Vanillaware’s very first games! “GrimGrimoire OnceMore” puts you in the shoes of a young girl who finds her school of wizardry has been attacked with many of the other staff and students having disappeared. In order to bring everyone back, you will have to harvest resources and summon familiars while defending yourself from incoming enemies. And thanks to modern hardware, you can enjoy the breathtaking artwork complete with its fine details.

“Like a Dragon: Ishin!” (2023)

To Western audiences, “Ishin” looked like a new spin-off for the “Like a Dragon” games. Well, it was…back in 2014. What we saw here in the West was the remake of “Like a Dragon: Ishin!”. The differences between this and the original are kind of what you’d expect: better visuals, new voice actors from newer games, so on and so forth. But the biggest change was the combat; Trooper cards are still a core mechanic, though it is optional to use in fights this time around. Consider it an improvement and a warm welcome for a fun spin-off in the “Like a Dragon” franchise.

“Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2” (2021)

Just when we thought we would never get another new “Tony Hawk” game, Vicarious Visions dropped this incredible remake for us in 2020, the PS5 version releasing roughly five months later. A remake of the first two “Pro Skater” games, “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2” offers up hours upon hours of fun with its assortment of challenges, jammin’ soundtrack, and incredible customization in both skater profiles and the level editor. Honestly, it’s a real shame that Activision rejected a remake of “Pro Skater 3 + 4” and instead had Vicarious Visions absorbed into Blizzard.

“Quake II Remastered” (2023)

The remaster for the original “Quake” was a remarkable package in its own ways, but “Quake II” got an insane amount of love and care put into its remaster. All Nightdive Studios had to do was just make the original game crisp and clear in detail. What we got was that AND all of the expansions AND the Nintendo 64 version of “Quake II” AND online crossplay support AND a brand new expansion developed by Machine Games! And all it cost was just ten bucks?? Yeah, we went ahead and bought this on every platform. This will keep you busy for quite a while.

“Diablo II: Resurrected” (2021)

In case you’ve been wanting a taste of classic “Diablo” on PS5, well, your best option is “Diablo II Resurrected”, and it's a damn good option! Just like the “Tomb Raider” remasters, “Resurrected” allows you to switch between the new and old graphics of “Diablo II” whenever you want. But just to make this remaster more of a devilishly sweet deal, it automatically includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion that was released in 2001. Oh, don’t got the forty bucks to get it now? Well, you can grab “Resurrected” during a sale often at fifteen or sixteen bucks. Sometimes, you can even get the Prime Evil Edition for the same price, which includes “Diablo III”. So, keep an eye out for the discounts!

“Nioh Remastered” (2021)

“Nioh” was already a truly exceptional game when it was released in 2017. Developer Team Ninja did a fantastic job at developing an action RPG clearly inspired by “Dark Souls”. But what separated it from the pack was the vast enemy variety that made every scenario feel like a brand new fight. Under the PS5 remaster, you can now replay the entire game while taking full advantage of the box’s capabilities. And it's not just incredibly fast loading either; the remaster turrets one hundred twenty frames per second! And if you have any friends who are still playing the original PS4 version, you can still party up with them through the remaster.

“Demon’s Souls” (2020)

While we’re at it, we should acknowledge the remake of FromSoftware’s first foray into what folks now call the “Soulsborne” genre. “Demon’s Souls” was pretty tough to play given the technical limitations of the PlayStation 3. But the 2020 remake developed by Bluepoint Games helps preserve it now and forever. “Demon’s Souls” can now be enjoyed at a smooth sixty frames per second with seamless loading as you travel between worlds and walk through foggy doorways. Of course, don’t expect this to suddenly make the game easier.

“Destroy All Humans! 2: Reprobed” (2022)

Now, if you would prefer to experience the original “Destroy All Humans” and its sequel, you can do that. Both have ports made for PS4. But if you want something that looks and feels next-gen with the PS5, “Re-Probed” is where it's at. Even though the world is just like the original with its hilarious writing, “Re-Probed” comes with some extra bells and whistles that make it feel like a different game. New character models, new weapons, a new upgrade system, new enemies, and even some expanded areas of the story! You will quickly find that this remake of “Destroy All Humans! 2” is the best in the franchise.

“Oddworld: Soulstorm” (2021)

Those who aren’t turned off by some puzzle-platforming will find much to love in “Oddworld: Soulstorm”. Right away, you can tell that developer Oddworld Inhabitants was wanting to create the look and feel of an animated epic movie. The amount of detail in the character models and animation make the whole world seem a lot stranger than they used to be. As expected, some of the puzzles will probably stump you, but don’t steer clear of this one just because there are puzzles. Give it a good hour or two, and you might wind up loving this one!

“Overcooked! All You Can Eat” (2020)

Some of us here at MojoPlays are BIG fans of the “Overcooked” games! But we’re recommending “All You Can Eat” as it is one big remake of both “Overcooked” and “Overcooked 2”. What makes this version so special is not just because of its upgrades in visuals and animation. It isn’t just the meaty selection of different chefs to play as either. It's mostly for the fact that you have two whole games to play in one package with ALL of the DLC that both games got after launch. Big bang for your buck? We’d say it’s flambé from top to bottom!

“Star Ocean: The Second Story R” (2023)

“Star Ocean: The Second Story” has long been known to be the best of the franchise with its captivating story and thrilling combat. This remake of “The Second Story” makes it even better! Now, we can relive the 1999 original with gorgeous environments, full voice acting, and a newly remade soundtrack by the original game’s composer, Motoi Sakuraba. Honestly, if you love RPGs at all, do yourself a favor and pick this up as soon as you can. You will not be disappointed!

“Dead Space” (2023)

The original version of “Dead Space” can still be played on PC and Xbox Series X/S, but unfortunately, it hasn’t aged too well with its controls and technical performance. That alone should be enough reason to pick up the remake on PS5! The 2023 iteration of “Dead Space” is wonderfully terrifying in how it forces you out of playing things safe; can’t progress if the only source of power is going to the lights! Add in the smooth sixty frames per second and modernized controls, and what you have is a remake for the ages. Don’t sleep on this one!

“Pac-Man World Re-Pac” (2022)

One of the biggest problems of the original “Pac-Man World” is the random spikes in difficulty and stiff controls. Seriously, Anubis Rex and the cave levels are ludicrously hard compared to the rest of the game. “Re-PAC” manages to make the game far more digestible by keeping levels to a proper scope and even reworking the boss fights to make them more engaging. Plus, Pac-Man can run faster than ever with abilities that are much more responsive. So, if you never got to play the original, this remake delivers a far better experience that will make “Pac-Man World” more enjoyable for you.

“Persona 3 Reload” (2024)

Even though the original version was released for 2006 on PlayStation 2, “Persona 3” still looks and plays just fine. The only issue is that it doesn’t hold up visually when compared to “Persona 5”. But that is no longer a problem with “Persona 3 Reload”! Here, “Persona 3” gets more flair in its UI and animations while keeping almost all of the story intact. Plus, the new voice actors portray the characters so effectively that it manages to capture each and every one of them as if there was no transition at all.

“Resident Evil 4” (2023)

Folks were already cautious about “Resident Evil 4” getting a remake. It's super hard to top such a widely beloved classic such as that. Well, Capcom went above and beyond our expectations! For starters, simply allowing players to move and shoot just like in later entries helped bring RE4 into the modern era of gaming. Then, you have a tighter focus on the narrative, which manages to bring out the camp in moments that feel much more appropriate. Combine all that with the same level of interactivity the original game had, and it was all over - RE4 once again became one of the best games ever made.

“Final Fantasy VII Rebirth” (2024)

“Final Fantasy VII Remake” was already exceptional in how it beautifully recreates the first third of the 1997 original. The music, the story, the world of Midgar… It all felt just as magical as it did back then. Yet somehow, “Rebirth”, the second part of the remake trilogy, came out even better than its predecessor! From the minigames to the expanded combat to the unique ways party members work together, “Final Fantasy VII Rebirth” is one of the most ambitious RPGs we have played in recent years. Really, it is worth every minute of your time and every cent of your dollar!

What’s your favorite remaster and remake to play on PS5? Let us know down in the comments, and be sure to subscribe to MojoPlays for more great videos everyday!