BioShock: The Collection (PS4/XB1)
BioShock is an absolute legend in gaming, and the sequels are almost as strong – and now you can experience all three of them on your current console with BioShock: The Collection.
The original is still the essential game in the batch as you're introduced to Rapture, a grim underwater city filed with genetically-modified freaks and armored beasts alike. BioShock 2's main game isn't as brilliant, but the included Minerva's Den add-on is a fabulous gut-punch of a mini-campaign – and then BioShock Infinite, with its dazzling sky city of Columbia, is a fine finale. No shooter series matches BioShock for atmosphere, and that's especially true with the extra HD bump.
WipEout Omega Collection (PS4/XB1)
WipEout has always looked amazing, even back on the PSone, due to incredible art direction, but it's only improved with each new hardware advance – so we're stoked to be able to play the Omega Collection on PS4 Pro in 4K with HDR support.
Of course, the game's a stunner and incredibly fun even on the standard PS4, as this collection bundles together the excellent Wipeout HD and Fury from PS3 alongside Wipeout 2048 from Vita, giving you a massive compilation of anti-gravity raving to savour. Let's keep fingers crossed that we don't have to wait 'til PlayStation 5 to get a brand new one.
Metro Redux (PS4/XB1)
Finding its niche in the space between typical first-person shooters and stealth-action affairs, the Metro series is quietly powerful – plus it's based on a Russian novel, and primarily takes place within post-apocalyptic Moscow's subway system.
Metro 2033 and sequel Metro: Last Light are different-feeling games, but this remastered bundle offers a very cool perk: the ability to play each game with the other's gameplay approach, if desired. That shakes up the original experiences, and everything is much nicer-looking too, of course. And with Metro Exodus on the horizon, now's the time to dig in.
Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (PS4)
Yes, the brilliant Uncharted 4: A Thief's End is also available on PS4, but that's doesn't dampen how fantastic of a package this is. The Nathan Drake Collection compiles all three of the PS3's Uncharted games' campaigns in a single bundle, delivering hours and hours of high-intensity action.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves remains the high point of the last-gen games and easily one of the greatest PlayStation exclusives of all time, while Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception is almost as strong and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune is… well, it's pretty good, but not quite as polished or memorable. In any case, you can find this one for less than £25 now, which is a deal almost as spectacular as one of the games' famous set pieces. Play it through before tackling Uncharted 4.
Resident Evil (PS4/XB1)
Capcom's been pretty aggressive over the years with re-releasing Resident Evil games, but a remaster of a remake? That's just funny. But seriously, this is by far the best way to experience the iconic original game.
It glosses up the great GameCube remake from years back by improving the environments and adding 1080p and 16:9 widescreen support. Perhaps best of all the tweaks is the option to ditch the old "tank controls" and use a more responsive, modernised scheme.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Special Edition (PS4/XB1)
Although we can make a strong argument for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim remains the completely essential, totally enormous, absolutely epic role-playing odyssey of choice – and yes, it's even better on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Skyrim looks a lot better than the earlier console editions, even if it's still a bit rugged in a lot of ways, plus it bundles in the various add-ons and allows for an array of approved fan mods, giving you a massive amount of fantasy excellence to dig into.
Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4/XB1)
Lara Croft's initial reign atop the gaming world ended in ruin – but 2013's Tomb Raider restored the iconic heroine to greatness. It's a lot like Uncharted, sure, but that's not a knock against a supremely exciting adventure that satisfies with wild action and dazzling exploration sequences, but also reboots Croft's origin story with success.
The Definitive Edition makes the console versions look as amazing as the PC release did on a high-end rig, plus bundles in previously paid multiplayer add-ons. It's certainly the best way to play it.