12 remastered games you need to play on PS4 or Xbox One

Loop back on these brilliant classics, now with a fresh coat of paint

Got a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One? Hey, there's no shortage of awesome new stuff to play on both consoles. Seriously, go crazy. That's what you bought one of those pricey boxes for, right?

But before you plunge in, don't dismiss a whole genre of games which you might be tempted to overlook on account of them not being 'new'. We're talking, of course, about "remastered" games: titles from the last generation of consoles or even earlier which have been given glossy remakes.

Some are straight remakes, some bundle together a collection of games, allowing you to play through a series in one nostalgic burst, and some also throw in DLC for the completist's dream package.

Ready to revisit a few classics? Here are 12 of the most essential remastered games available on PlayStation 4 and/or Xbox One right now, all of which get the Stuff stamp of approval.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4)

It's been almost 20 years since the last great Crash Bandicoot adventure, so we'd almost forgotten how great the first three were back in the PSone's day. Fortunately, the N. Sane Trilogy is here to remind us – and it proves that the ol' orange guy still can entertain today.

The N. Sane Trilogy packs in Naughty Dog's classic trio of 3D platformers, but instead of just giving them the usual widescreen and HD support, these games have been visually rebuilt from the original code – so they play the same, but they look like lush cartoons. Games from that era don't always hold up this well, but this is a remaster done incredibly well. But be warned: it's also really, really tough.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered (PS4/XB1)

Even after a decade of increasingly grandiose Call of Duty games, 2007's Modern Warfare remains the best of the pack – so it's a good thing you can play it on current consoles with all of the modern bells and whistles attached (pun intended, of course).

Modern Warfare brings back the tense campaign mode, which still delights even if it doesn't surprise on repeat plays, plus the seminal boots-on-the-ground multiplayer action serves as a welcome respite from the futuristic shenanigans of Infinite Warfare. This remaster comes bundled with Infinite Warfare's deluxe editions and was just released as a standalone game for PS4, with a standalone Xbox One version to follow.

Grand Theft Auto V (PS4/XB1)

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most spectacular games ever created, and it's even better on new-gen consoles.

The Xbox One and PS4 versions amplify the open-world classic with greatly improved visuals, and make the whole experience more engaging via the addition of an optional first-person perspective. Even the radio stations add another 100+ songs to the mix. That's all just icing atop a spectacular core experience, but it makes the game well worth playing through again.

The Last of Us Remastered (PS4)

We once picked The Last of Us as the greatest PlayStation game of all time, across six platforms and 20 years worth of amazing experiences. Seriously. Need we say more here? OK, we will. Naughty Dog proved itself a master of cinematic action with Uncharted, but The Last of Us takes it to the next level with an incredible world and mature, brilliantly acted storytelling.

Remastered refines the PS3 visuals and improves the frame rate – very welcome improvements – and bundles in the heartbreaking Left Behind add-on campaign.