Final Fantasy X, X-2 HD Remaster

By Square Enix
Rated by Rachel C.
Aug 23, 2014

The first Final Fantasy game for the PS2 now has a pretty graphical upgrade and new content for North American players!  FFX was pretty enough before, but the cleaned up character models are nice for general gameplay, and the cutscenes are inexpressibly gorgeous.  All of it has been adapted for widescreen, so there's even more to look at than before!  This edition also contains the optional Dark Aeons, previously only available in the International version that North America didn't receive, a new version of the Sphere Grid for leveling, and a handful of new abilities, so there are in-game

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

By Namco Bandai Games America
Rated by Rachel C.
Jul 25, 2014

With art from the esteemed Studio Ghibli, and mechanics that hearken back to the early days of RPGs, Ni no Kuni (literally "second country") is a game that exudes charm from its every pore.

You play as Oliver, a young boy in a '50s-influenced town who, after a charming introduction, suddenly loses his mother and is orphaned.  After weeks of withdrawn grief, his tears fall on a stuffed toy his mother had given him, and it comes to life.  The former toy, named Mr. Drippy, tells Oliver that he's from another world and says that since the two worlds are connected, it could be possible to save

The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection

By Sony Computer Entertainment
Rated by Rachel C.
May 31, 2014

If you've played the original PS2 versions of both of these games, then the PS3 upgrade doesn't make that much difference.  Sure, the games are prettier in HD, and the textures are gorgeous to behold (and if that's your thing, then I'm hardly going to discourage you!), but the glory of these games lies in the content, not the resolution.  If you've never played either of these, then this is a perfect opportunity for you.

Ico (pronounced EE-koh) is the first game in the series, and it's not without its flaws, but I feel that the flaws are vastly overshadowed by its brilliance.  You play as a