This week we're asking you to imagine that you can play any game you want in 4K resolution. If that was the case, what would you choose? Would it be one of the latest releases, or a classic title that you'd just love to see brought bang up to date with ultra-high resolution graphics? Whatever it is, we're interested to hear about it. As always, here's the USgamer team on the games they'd love to play in 4K.
Just to keep the site's recent Dragon Quest trend going… but, no, really, have you seen that PS4 footage of Dragon Quest XI? It looks great. Like a big, vibrant cartoon. Which I realize is a comparison cliché now, but whatever; DQXI is the real thing. Akira Toriyama's iconic designs come to life, and all using that weird Nintendo habit of rendering characters like porcelain but surrounding them with meticulously textured objects — fabrics, bricks, etc. I don't necessarily need to see any of those details in 4K, but what I'd definitely love to see would be the HDR lighting that goes along with it. Magic spells that explode from your television, clouds of evil darkness that suck up the light, and the obligatory camera pan up into a blazing, lens-refracting sun as the Dragon Quest anthem reaches its crescendo… yeah, sign me up.
That said, I would also settle for just playing the 3DS version of the game. So long as I can experience it in English somehow.
I've had a tough time whittling this down to a single choice, but at the end of the day, I'm going to go with a game that I think would really showcase the pin-sharp graphics and outstanding HDR coloring of 4K TV - and that's Forza Horizon 3.
The thing is, Playground Games' upcoming open-world racer already looks pretty damn stunning in 1080p - so I imagine it would look absolutely incredible in higher definition. I'd love to see the game just after it rains, when the roads are still glistening wet, and the cars are kicking up spray from the pools of standing water. Or perhaps park up at a vista point and watch the sun set over Surfer's Paradise. Forza Horizon 3's skies and lighting are both outstanding, and would definitely benefit from HDR technology to make them even brighter and more colorful. Being able to admire the game's meticulously detailed Forzavision cars in the highest possible resolution would also be something that I'd doubtless enjoy.
For the owners of very high-spec PCs (and an appropriate monitor), this is going to become a reality in the next few weeks. If that's you, I'm very jealous!
Jaz took one of my choices with Forza Horizon 3, so I'll go with Assassin's Creed. Ubisoft's previously-annual travelogue of history would probably be stunning in 4K. There's always that moment in every Assassin's Creed, where you climb to the highest point in the city and gaze out over the landscape. I've always found that to be a great and powerful moment: it's like you're seeing a snapshot of history sprawled out in front of you. AC may have faults, but that moment is always a great one.
Given Ubisoft's considerable resources, massive teams, and any era to choose from, I'm sure that a 4K Assassin's Creed would be a sight to see. Have you seen what some players can do when they crank AC up to max resolution and ultra-high settings? It's not playable, but I'll be damned if it isn't beautiful. Unity and Syndicate are among some of the best-looking titles when you really ramp things up, so I'm looking forward to seeing Assassin's Creed 2017 on PC, PS4 Pro, and eventually Scorpio.
Based on the demos I've played, Final Fantasy XV is a great looking game—which is unsurprising, since graphics have usually come first for this series since the beginning. Since this element seems to be the overall focus for XV, I'd love to see what Square-Enix would do with fantabulous 4K. (Which I'm hoping becomes the "glorious HD" writing cliche of our modern era.) If Final Fantasy XV already looks amazing in the paltry 720 of my peasant television, I'm sure a 4K version would make me think I could almost reach out and stroke the cast's perfectly coiffed hair. And that's what's most important about RPGs, right?
Incoming true fact: I’d love to see any of the Symphony of the Night-styled Castlevania games make their way to 4K. Heck, any Castlevania game is welcome to join the ultra-res party (Except for Judgement). But since Dawn of Sorrow is sorely lacking in anything like a remake or even a simple re-release, I think it’s way overdue for some time in the spotlight.
Dawn of Sorrow looked great on the Nintendo DS, though it’d probably take some serious tech magic to upscale a DS game to 4K (SOLUTION: Top-to-bottom remake). Though the gameplay hews a little too closely to Aria of Sorrow, there are certainly worse games to ape. Any way you slice it (or any way you douse it in holy water), I’m so ready for a Dawn of Sorrow remake. It may as well be 4K. That’d be more than enough to convince me to upgrade.
Too bad I have a better chance of witnessing a unicorn fart out springtime than I do of actually seeing a Dawn of Sorrow remake of any kind.