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5 Video Games From 2013 That Deserve the “Definitive Edition” Treatment

Published: February 6, 2014, 4:52 pm, by Terry Terrones


Square Enix recently released “Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition” on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (You can read my review here). Despite the fact that I’d already played the game on Xbox 360 when it was released last March, I snapped the game up anyway. I wanted to play through it again, this time on a next gen system with even more stunning graphics and all the DLC that was included from the game’s first release.

Since the PS4 and Xbox One were released late in the year, there were plenty of great games from 2013 that never made it to next gen consoles. However, if certain titles from last year came out with their own definitive edition versions, I’d snapped those up too even if I’ve already played through them all.

Below are my top five picks for video games from 2013 that I’d like to see on PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. I included the odds that they’ll actually make it to those systems in 2014.

The Last of Us
Release Date – June 14, 2013
Chances of DE edition in 2014 – 80%
A PlayStation 4 version of what many consider to be the game of 2013 would be a huge seller. A definitive edition bundled with the “Left Behind” DLC that comes out later this month would be a big hit with fans of the game.

Saints Row IV
Release Date – August 20, 2013
Chances of a DE edition in 2014 – 65%
“Saints Row IV” would make a lot of sense on PS4 and Xbox One. It’d be a great money making opportunity for a company that doesn’t have a huge amount of yearly releases (publisher Deep Silver) and there’s plenty of DLC that could be bundled together.

Grand Theft Auto V
Release Date – September 17, 2013
Chances of a DE edition in 2014 – 0%
There are two big reasons we’ll never see GTAV on the PS4 or Xbox One this year, or probably ever. First, there are still a couple batches of DLC that Rockstar has planned for GTAV and that’s probably their focus right now. If their past record for DLC is any indication, that DLC will be parceled out over the course of 2014. With all that content on the PS3 and Xbox 360, there’s no need for Rockstar to pursue any action with next gen systems. Secondly, Rockstar, much like Valve, works on their own timetable. We’re sure to see a GTA game on Xbox One and PS4, but not until they’ve taken years to work on it.

Batman Arkham Origins
Release Date – October 25, 2013
Chances of a DE edition in 2014 – 50%
We know that Warner Bros. likes to make Game of the Year editions of their Arkham titles because they’ve done it before with “Arkham City” and “Arkham Asylum.” Whether a GOTY edition of “Arkham Origins” come out is a bit of a coin flip, however. The game wasn’t nearly as well received as its predecessors (although I really liked it) and it isn’t clear if WB is turning the franchise into a yearly release or not. If we hear about a new Arkham game for 2014, chances are there will be no GOTY edition for Origins, if not, gamers might get lucky.

Bioshock Infinite
Release Date – March 26, 2013
Chances of a DE edition in 2014 – 80%
A “Bioshock Infinite” definitive edition would have a lot of things going for it. It’s a well-respected game, it came out early in 2013, and it could include some solid downloadable content. Since it might be awhile before gamers see another “Bioshock” title (usually three years between games) a GOTY or definitive edition would be a treat for fans of the series.