Game Collections in the Next Generation
by Zachary Bridge on December 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM EST

Game collections have been growing in popularity throughout the current generation of gaming. They allow fans of a series to replay the entirety of a series, often in high definition, that may have been spread out across multiple platforms before the creation of a collection that brings all of the games in a series to one place. They also allow gamers who haven’t played a series before to play through a popular series, which is especially useful if some of the games in the series are on older systems that are difficult to find. While collections have been made for a while now, they really started to pick up steam over the past few years. If the trend continues, there should be quite a few quality collections in the next generation of gaming.

The history of collections

The trend of combining a few older games into a single collection game became widespread practice in the early 2000s. Games like the Phantasy Star Collection for the Game Boy Advance and the Mega Man Anniversary Collection  for the GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox were some of my first introductions to the collection trend. I had never played the Phantasy Star games before picking up the Phantasy Star collection, and the Mega Man Anniversary Collection featured a few of the Mega Man games that I missed. Of course, there were even earlier collections, like Super Mario All-Stars, which combined four early Mario games into one cartridge for the Super Nintendo. The collections were and still are a great way for gamers to catch up on some games that they wouldn’t have played if the collections didn’t exist because they were on systems that were rarely sold in stores by that point.

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Many more collections started becoming available for the current generation of gaming. High-definition collections of iconic series like Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, Zone of the Enders, Devil May Cry and God of War were released for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The PS3 also saw Ratchet & Clank and Jak & Daxter collections — games featuring characters which many would consider to be some of the PlayStation’s most prominent figures. Some of the most influential series in gaming history have been turned into collections. The next step is figuring out which series will earn a place in the wave of collections that will surely be released in the next generation of gaming.

The next generation

There were a number of iconic games for the current generation of gaming. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 had some especially great game series that gamers will be talking about for years.

Halo’s Master Chief is one of the most recognizable mascots of the Xbox, and it would be odd if a Halo collection is never made. While new Halo games are still being made, Bungie, the original developers of the game, have passed the torch on to 343 Industries. The collection could be limited to the Master Chief-centric trilogy, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2 and Halo 3, or it could include the rest of Bungie’s Halo games, Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach, which are intricately related with the story of the main trilogy. Halo: Combat Evolved was recently given updated graphics with an anniversary edition, so a similar makeover for the rest of the Halo games with next-generation graphics would be welcomed by fans.

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Speaking of iconic Xbox 360 games, the Gears of War games can’t be left out. Millions of gamers dismembered grubs with the series’ recognizable Lancer, a gun that combined an assault rifle with a chainsaw. The three games in the original trilogy, Gears of War, Gears of War 2 and Gears of War 3, would do well in a collection sometime in the next few years.

The Mass Effect trilogy deserves a mention. Whether or not you hated the ending to the series, it’s difficult to argue that the trilogy as a whole wasn’t one of the greatest role-playing experiences over the past few years. A Mass Effect collection with all of the DLC included would be a huge amount of content. Players would be able to take their Commander Shepard throughout the character’s entire journey without interruption, leading to the most complete Mass Effect experience possible.

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There’s tons of series out there that deserve an HD remake, or even simply a re-release since their original versions are no longer available. As consoles become outdated and games become difficult to obtain, the only way for some gamers to experience some of the most influential games ever made is through HD remakes and collections. Books receive new editions all the time, and games should receive the same treatment. The game collections aren’t limited to games from the previous generation, either. Imagine a collection of the first ten Final Fantasy games or all of the Pokémon games in one place. The release of collections doesn’t always get a lot of attention because they’re not new games, but many gamers get excited when seeing old favorites receive an HD collection edition.

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