Ports, Re-releases, HD Remakes, Game of the Year Editions, etc... Chances are, your favorite game has at least seen a number of ports and re-releases with companies trying to either milk a franchise for what it's worth, expand their audience, or to introduce new-players to their game. While some are very clear-cut as to which edition or port you should get, sometimes it's not that simple. Other ports of a game could have some extra features, or is designed better than another console.
Sometimes a special edition isn't actually better when a game is remade it misses something that the original has, such as FPS issues, boggled down features, or it just looks plain ugly. There have been many times when JP and PAL regions have a more superior version of a game while others get mere scraps and vice-versa which can make a specific version less desirable than the base game!
This page is made to help gamers sort through all the versions and editions of a game and pick out which one is the best out of the bunch. Please focus on games that have multiple editions/releases of the same game (ex: GoTY, Special Editions, Aniversary editions, ect) in order to select the best edition of that particular game. Things like statues and music CDs are nice, but fixing up gameplay, adding new levels, and updating graphics is much nicer!
ROM hacks that do not signifigantly change the base game and are of a game that actually was released are allowed here. For example, the Sonic 3 and Knuckles hack that simply fixes bugs the company-released Sonic 3 and Knuckles games had is OK, however, a Sonic game that is splice with Metroid would not be appropriate. If the company releases a new version on par or better than the hack, please replace the hack with the offical version.
Note: It's also best to give out honorable mentions of other editions that might not be as great, but are well-worth checking out as well.
|Base Game||Best Version||Description|
|Bioshock 1 & 2||Ultimate Rapture Edition||Bioshock 1 comes with the full game, new plasmids, a challenge rooms pack and an in-game museum showcasing the development aspects of the Bioshock series. Bioshock 2 comes with new updated voice acting Sinclair Solututions Tester, Rapture Metro, and the critically acclaimed Minerva's Den. It's all wrapped up in a nice double box with beautiful thematic art on the inside, a sliding dust cover and new verions come with Bioshock Infinite promotional stickers.|
|Blazblue: Calamity Trigger & Blazblue: Continuum Shift||Continuum Shift Extend||Play the first two episodes in the Blazblue series now all updated with higher quality sound, remastered full animations on story mode, smoother fighting animations, and new characters to try. The combat also has been rebalanced to amke things more fair. Also comes with a new Unlimted Mars mode (a 12-round advanced difficulty Endrance Trial), RPG-like Abyss mode with character upgrades, art book, soundtrack CD and a mini-calender. Supports DLC as well as multiplayer matches Xbox live. Comes in a printed cardboard dust cover with the game and books inside.|
|Blood||One Unit Whole Blood||If you've never played a 90's era shooter, this is a great place to start. The irreverent humor, buckets of blood, bizarre weapons and B-movie references you know and love are all here. One Unit also adds two expansions on the initial story in which our charismatic psycho, Caleb, continues to battle the Cabal though suburbia (complete with Civilians to slaughter) and the Carpathian mountains. Four new multiplayer maps have been added for your LAN parties and dozens of new enemies to slaughter as well as new quips help keep things fresh.|
Also includes a sound track and music video both courtesy of Type O Negative, the definitive Goth metal band of the 90's, as well as three guides. Best of all, it can run smoothly on modern systems thanks to Good Old Games and works fine over Wine for the Linux inclined.
|Final Fantasy IV||FF4 DS (DS, also on iOS) / Runner-up: FF4 Complete Collection (PSP)||First off, take a look at this page: http://finalfantasy.wikia.com/wiki/Final_Fantasy_IV/Version_Differences |
For First-Timers: If you want more story about FF4 alone and a bit more depth from it, the DS is the way to go. If you want more content and gameplay hours, along with a smoother experience, go PSP. Broadly speaking, the DS/iOS version tends to ironically be appreciated more by those who have played FF4 before and looking for a more challenging rematch. The PSP version is geared towards first-timers who also love post-game challenges.
The DS version has superior storytelling overall and bosses and enemies provide more challenge. The cinematics and "thought bubbles" especially stand out. The Augment System in DS is a nice addition, but you don't get the most out of it until DS's New Game +, as there aren't a lot of augment options to spread between allies until then, and then in NG+ it's only for thrashing the same dudes again, save for 2 new optional superbosses.
The iOS version is mostly the same as DS, but a bit inferior as noted in the above link, yet has an added Normal/Hard difficulty option.
FF4CC has more content overall with much more challenging bonus dungeons and bosses making up for the main game being easier on PSP (vs DS). The Interlude chapter, which ties into FF4: The After Years, uses the same gameplay as in FF4. TAY may or may not appeal to you, but if you're looking more challenges and bosses to face, it has several. The bonus dungeons and bosses really test your mettle, as you can't simply power-grind to beat them.
|Lumines||Qubed (Lumines Live!)||Qubed expands on not one but three games to bring you better graphics, higher quality audio, and smoother gameplay than ever before. Although Extend Every Extra and Rez HD are also good, Lumines Live is where this game really shines with the same levels you know and love in glorious HD visuals and HQ sound as well as new multiplayer competitve modes, more puzzle modes, more characters, and the ability to purchase brand new level packs to easily double or triple your availiable songs. This game comes with just a regular Xbox disc, no frills, but is still very worth it for lovers of puzzle and rythm games.|
|Sonic 3 & Knuckles||Sonic 3 Complete (Romhack/Mega Drive)||At some point in the development of Sonic 3, SEGA decided to split it into two games: Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles. While it is possible to play the games combined as originally designed, via plugging the cartridges together on the Genesis, or playing the combined version released on the PC, doing so introduces a number of odd changes and bugs, not to mention the glitches present in both games seperately to begin with.|
This romhack combines Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, standardizes both games to fit together better (adjusting music and sound effect differences), and fixes a number of glitches in both (like Knuckles using the wrong palette/colors in cutscenes). Plus, most of the changes are toggleable via an ingame menu, or by supplemental patches made by the author.
While certain bugs are still present in the combined Sonic 3 & Knuckles (or "Complete") mode, the hack is still in development. As is, the game(s) is fully playable, with the majority of the bugs fixed from the original/official combined version.
Full documentation of changes, bugfixes, and features are available on the same page as the download.