The past year has been another huge year for the remaking & remastering of games we all played in our younger days. This remake trend is chugging right along and is far from going away as more and more games are being remade left and right. Games such as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Spyro Reignited Trilogy and the entirety of the Wii U’s library have found huge success once again in the current console generation.
As a result of this, a recent trend on Twitter has seen gamers discussing a bunch of games they want to see remade.
You are in charge of Nintendo (or Microsoft or Sony).
You decide to remaster three old games that have never been remastered before, updating them where necessary.
Their original publisher doesn’t matter, nor do licensing issues (assume you have an infinite budget).
— Chris Scullion (@scully1888) April 2, 2019
For arguments sake, I’m going to ignore games that have already been remade. Whether they were amazing or terrible–I’m looking at you Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes.
Here are three games I want to see remade, hopefully soonish:
Grand Theft Auto: London
It seems we all want some form of remake when it comes to GTA, even though Rockstar Games rarely entertain that idea. Some want San Andreas again, whilst most would prefer Vice City to be remade. Personally, I’ve been crying out for a London remake ever since the reimagining of Los Angeles (aka Los Santos) in Grand Theft Auto V.
The birds eye view of the original, which was essentially just a reskin of Grand Theft Auto, didn’t make full use of the potential that comes along with an open world satirical take on the city of London. A new HD 3rd person view, more missions and online play would allow for the conceptualisation of the city. I mean, imagine car jacking a black cab and then being forever stuck on a roundabout whilst on your way to meet the queen at Buckingham Palace.
Platform(s): PlayStation, Dreamcast
Following on from Capcom’s brilliant remastering of Resident Evil 2, the survival horror Dino Crisis deserves the same loving treatment. It was originally developed by the same team that worked on Resident Evil, resulting in one of the best creepy games on the PlayStation.
The game follows spec-ops agent Regina around a remote research facility that is overrun with dinosaurs–a la Jurassic Park. While the gameplay is solid, the extremely dated graphics makes for a slog of a playthrough. Remastering this one will undoubtedly breathe new life into this pre-historic classic.
Tony Hawk’s Underground
Platform(s): PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube,
Underground follows the misadventures of the player and Eric Sparrow. The two rise from rookie skaters to legendary professionals in their pursuit of fortune and fame. On their way to the top, they meet famous skaters, win contests, and engage in one of the strangest drug related beefs.
This game would drastically benefit from being remade with today’s technology. Adding an online mode, such as time trials or a ‘beat my score’ arcade mode to the brilliant open world would help with replayability. Especially with an updated level editor, like Super Mario Maker, allowing players more control in creating skate parks and sharing these creations.
A kick-push remastering of this underappreciated game would help the series to reach new audiences whilst pleasing existing fans of the Tony Hawk series.
If you were in charge of Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft, what three games do you want to see remastered?