Remastering hit games from past generations is a fine idea in theory — it’s nice to have your favorites on your current console looking as good as you remember them looking! Unfortunately, gamers are becoming increasingly wary of remasters, as a good percentage of them don’t really improve the source material in any significant way. A few, like the maligned Batman: Return to Arkham, actually make the original games look worse and/or less playable. Yes, remasters can be a mixed bag, but thankfully it looks like BioShock: The Collection will be one of the good ones.
2K Games has released a new trailer comparing BioShock: The Collection with the original games, and the improvements are definitely quite noticeable. Environments and textures are more detailed, the field of view is deeper, and fire, lighting and water effects are hugely improved. According to those who have had some hands-on time with the collection, all the games also run at 1080p and a nice silky-smooth 60 fps.
BioShock: The Collection features remastered versions of BioShock, BioShock 2 and BioShock Infinite, all the DLC for all the games, and a series of new interviews with series-creator Ken Levine, all for only $60. The collection swims into stores September 13.