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HD Collections are all the rage at the minute – over the last couple of years, several classic series from the PS2/Xbox era have been remastered and rereleased onto current generation consoles.

These have ranged from mainstream games such as Ratchet And Clank, Hitman, Metal Gear Solid, Devil May Cry, God Of War and Silent Hill to cult classics like Ico/Shadow Of The Colossus and Zone Of The Enders. More releases are in the pipeline for 2013, with perhaps the most notable being both a remake of The Legend Of Zelda: The Wind Waker for Wii U and a rework of the original Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts: Chain Of Memories, albeit without the vastly superior Kingdom Hearts II included alongside them.

Many cannot resist the urge to revisit such great franchises and fall in love with them all over again, even if it could be argued that such releases are somewhat overpriced, given that their developers are making you pay once again for games that you have likely already purchased in the past, albeit with sharper graphics and the inclusion of trophies/achievements.

With the wealth of high quality current generation games, from Mass Effect and Dead Space to Arkham City and Uncharted, it could also be argued that the market is flooded with high quality releases at the moment and that HD collections of technically inferior releases from the past are nothing more than a triviality. The lack of backwards compatibility in most new hardware releases, however, means that HD collections are one of the only ways that modern gamers can access gems of the past, and should continue to be released.

What follows are five such gems that have yet to see in the light of day in the form of a HD collection, but are thoroughly deserving of a place in any gamer’s collection and should be rereleased in such a manner…

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This article was first posted on March 9, 2013