The gaming world has made huge leaps forward in just a few years thanks to the constantly evolving hardware. Unfortunately, the downside is that games that were truly great just several years ago are no longer considered playable by most gamers because of their outdated graphics. This is why some gaming companies have decided to take the time to create remastered versions of their masterpieces; Space Hulk: Deathwing and Dark Souls are perfect examples of this trend.
Space Hulk: Deathwing
Created by Streum On Studio and Cyanide, Space Hulk: Deathwing is a first-person shooter originally released in December 2016. The action games are based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe and was the first game of the series that strayed from the turn-based genre. The Enhanced Edition of the game was recently released and, from my perspective, the best thing about it is that it removes a lot of the bug and glitches that riddled the original PC version. Don't get me wrong, you will still run into bugs every now and then and your AI-controlled brothers will still do the most awkward or stupid things imaginable, but it happens significantly less than before.
However, if there's an area where the remastered version truly shines that has to be multiplayer aspect. If you have three other friends to play with, you no longer need to put up with the AI walking in the line of fire or blocking the doorway you want to pass through. The standard levels are also more fun when played together with other people while the unpredictability of the Special Missions makes them a real delight. Other than that, the graphics look great and you can see the attention to detail, but I experienced some frame rate drops despite playing on above-average PC. All-in-all, Space Hulk: Deathwing - Enhanced Edition can be pretty enjoyable, despite its flaws as long as you can figure its auto-saving system.
Dark Souls: Remastered
Originally released in 2011, Dark Souls has been a real hit, amassing a wide following thanks to its wonderful graphics and, most importantly, to its unforgiving difficulty (being jokingly called a death simulator on more than one occasion). This action-packed game takes place in a gloomy universe and is heavily focused on exploration, patience and on combat moves. In fact, mastering the combat system is just as important as knowing when to look for a different route when you're outmatched by an opponent.
Besides bringing the visuals to the HD world, thus making the graphics a lot prettier, the Remastered Edition of Dark Souls also brings some other interesting multiplayer-related improvements: for starters, the game now uses dedicated servers for invading and summoning, thus making the action a lot smoother. Secondly, multiplayer sessions can now fit as many as six players after being limited to four in the original version. Lastly, the game uses the same password matchmaking system as the one from Dark Souls III. Taking full advantage of this release, Bandai Namco (the company behind the series) has also announced a trilogy box that will include the remastered version of the original game, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin and Dark Souls III along with all the DLCs created for the three games.
While I generally prefer to see gaming companies create new content rather than recycling their old stuff and reselling it to us, I must admit that certain titles deserve remastered editions to help us share the games that fascinated us in the past with the newer generation. However, not every game is as important as StarCraft, so hopefully, the publishers won't overdo it.