Nostalgia – it’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it? That feeling of reliving some of your favourite moments or events can be really powerful! However, often times you are looking back on these things through rose-tinted glasses, and when you actually try to relive them, you’re let down.
For example; in my head the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy looked the same as the new N-Sane Trilogy remake does. Of course, that’s just not the case. This is why remakes are so popular, when done right (I’m looking at you, Space Invaders Remake).
Now, more often than not, remakes tend to be shallow, dull and a shadow of their former selves… This was the way it was with the aforementioned Space Invaders Remake (shown above), and even happens in movies a lot (Planet of the Apes), However, every now and then a truly remarkable remake comes along that shatters all expectations. For example, the Resident Evil Remake on GameCube was insanely good, and made the original look like an alpha test!
That’s why, today, I’m going to be listing the top 7 games I’d love to see a remake of! Now, Final Fantasy 7 would have been on this list up until 2 years ago (as a dream entry) until Sony and Square Enix blew our minds by announcing it. So, I can’t really put it on the list since we already know it’s happening.
With that said, let’s get on with it, shall we?
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
If you’re a Star Wars fan, no doubt you’ve heard of this game. In fact, if you’re a gamer in general, then you’ve probably heard of it. Developed and released back in 2003 by now utter juggernaut Bioware, I’m sure you can guess why this space exploration and adventure RPG was such a hit… I mean, what other space exploration and adventure RPG series have Bioware made?
Oh, wait, that’s right! They made the Mass Effect series! And whilst the latest installment wasn’t great, the series as a whole is awesome! Yet, somehow, it still doesn’t feel as amazing as the first Knights of the Old Republic. The twists and turns of the storyline, enjoyable combat, and the fact that you can create your own lightsaber, make this a standout game, even today!
Yes, it looks dated… Yes, the graphics haven’t aged well… But that’s the whole reason Knights of the Old Republic is on this list! The idea of having a fully HD remake with brand new, up to date graphics is insane! In fact, I’d even settle for using the graphics style and engine from the Old Republic MMO!
Final Fantasy Tactics
Ok, so the whole Tactical RPG genre isn’t as popular anymore… Like the turn based RPGs of yesteryear, interest has dwindled of the years due to the prevalence of fast-paced gameplay. For many people, the idea of taking it in turns to strategically move your characters around the battlefield like a fantasy version of chess probably sounds incredibly boring…
But trust me, it wasn’t. Final Fantasy Tactics was exhilarating, as you constantly had to restrategise and rethink your approach as the enemies move around you. On top of that, the storyline was amazing (I’m ignoring the Gameboy Advance spin offs here). It had everything; royal families feuding, bandit parties, rebellion and a deceitful religion. Oh, and an utterly insane amount of customisation for basically every character!
Having a modern engine running Final Fantasy Tactics in full HD with up-to-date character models would be jaw-dropping! Plus, it would allow the developers to build upon the battles, making them even more exciting!
Legend of Zelda; Majora’s Mask
Arguably the best Legend of Zelda game to date (although Breath of the Wild comes very close too), Majora’s Mask was a sight to behold back in the day! And I’m sure many of you are still scared of that damn moon! Now, Breath of the Wild has shown that we’re ready for a revitalised Legend of Zelda series, so it would be the perfect time to look at remaking Majora’s Mask!
I know many a person who would go crazy at the thought of this being announced, but I really hope it is one day! Fans of both Nintendo, and the adventures of Link, would be so happy! You can bet it would fly off the shelves!
We’re going back quite a long way now (for the original, at least). Chrono Trigger was first released way back on the SNES in 1995! I cannot believe it’s 22 years old already… That makes me feel old too! But anyway, I digress. The game itself is a J-RPG (Japanese Role Playing Game) by Squaresoft (now Square Enix), the makers of the Final Fantasy series.
It followed the time traveling adventures of Crono and his unlikely allies as they try to stop the destruction of the world in the future (which was 1999…). You get to travel to loads of different versions of the map throughout time, and even get to see how the world evolved through the centuries (and millennia). On top of this, it scrapped the idea of random battles that were so popular in J-RPGs at the time, instead incorporating enemies on the map. Oh, and of course, the story was excellent!
But again, the game is 22 years old, and whilst it has been re-released numerous times, on the original PlayStation, the 3DS and as a mobile app (to name but a few), each version still looked like a 22 year old game. Both Chrono Trigger and its awesome sequel, Chrono Cross, could definitely do with some modernisation! The game, itself, doesn’t actually need it, but having something as outstanding as this to play, with modern graphics, would bring so many new players into the J-RPG fan club!
Resident Evil 2
Okay, so this was has all but been announced, but it’s not official yet, so I’m including it! Now, as already mentioned before, Resident Evil 1 got a full remake from the original PlayStation version to a beautiful, yet incredibly horrifying version on the Gamecube. That, in turn, was re-released on the Nintendo Wii, and then given the HD remaster treatment recently on PC. So, there’s definite a market for these remakes!
The thing is, Resident Evil 2 is widely regarded as the best of the entire series. So, as with Final Fantasy 7, it’s kind of understandable why Capcom have been relunctant to remake it – you don’t want to screw up the best game in the series, do you?
But come on, who wouldn’t want to play the scariest Resident Evil game to date in full HD with up-to-date graphics? Even a group of modders had been working on recreating the game as a fan project! That’s just how loved this entry in the Resident Evil series is! Can you imagine facing off against Birkin in a modern gaming engine? It would be insane… Great, but insane.
You know, I’m not sure if I’d prefer a remake or another sequel to The Getaway… But we’ll go with a remake since a sequel is probably even less likely now… In short, The Getaway was Grand Theft Auto 3 in London, except with real cars, real locations, and realistic handling.
It’s really hard to explain what was so great about this game without you playing it, but in short, it had the gritty world and dark tone that Grand Theft Auto 4 wanted, and it carried it out without fault. Right at the beginning, your wife is murdered and your son is kidnapped… So you’re instantly drawn in to the character of Mark Hammond and want him to succeed. From there, you’re pulled deep into the criminal underworld of London, until the second half of the game, where you switch characters and play the rest of the game as a cop!
Another really cool little feature is the lack of a GPS style map giving you directions! This wasn’t a game built to act like an arcade game… This was supposed to be more of a simulator. Rather than having a map or a floating arrow telling you where to go, you had to pay attention to the indicator lights on your car. If you needed to turn left, the left indicator would flash.
This was such a cool and unique feature in the genre, and it helped the game keep its grounding in reality. Another cool and unique feature was that you didn’t have a health bar or ammo counter. Instead, your health was based upon how much blood was showing on the character, and when a gun ran out of ammo, you tossed it away. Oh! And to heal yourself, you didn’t pick up health packs, but instead, had to rest against a wall in a safe area.
All of this made for a really different type of open world crime game that felt fresh. I would love to see the series make a comeback in general, but a remake of the original would be enough for now!
Silent Hill 2
So when the new Silent Hills game was cancelled, that pretty much seemed like the final nail in the coffin for my favourite horror game series of all time. It sucked, to put it nicely. The game was being created by Hideo Kojima (mastermind behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise) and Guillermo del Toro (amazing director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim), also staring Norman Reedus (Daryl from The Walking Dead) as the main character. It all seemed like it was going to be truly epic.
However, as stated, it was not meant to be… And whilst the same trio have come together for the upcoming Death Stranding (which no one really knows what kind of game it is) the fate of Silent Hill as a series seems pretty certain.
That’s why, I think, it would be the perfect time to remake the most popular game in the series. As with the other games on the list, the storyline is great, but it’s also one of the most terrifying games I’ve ever played! I’ll never forget the first time I saw Pyramid Head, or the feeling of absolute shock when I got to the end of the game.
The game managed to build up the constant feeling of dread with outstanding accuracy. You never felt like you were safe. And it didn’t rely on jump scares like it’s competitor, Resident Evil. Instead, Silent Hill 2 made you fear what you couldn’t see!
Oh, and it also has one of the best soundtracks for a video game I have ever heard! To this day, I still listen to it… It actually relaxes me now, weirdly enough. That is, until I hear it in the game itself; then, it sends shivers down my spine!
With the future of the series completely up in the air, and fans angry at Konami for cancelling Silent Hills and firing Kojima, this would be the best way to rebuild their image! Give us a remake of Silent Hill 2, and you’ll see the money flood in and people (possibly) start to forgive you.
Honourable Mention: Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly
Also known as Project Zero 2 here in the UK (and the rest of Europe) and released on PS2 and Xbox, it didn’t make the main list because it has already had a remake for the Wii. However, that remake removed the static camera angles and added a torch, among other things. These tweaks, in my opinion, take away from the fear of what is, legitimately, the scariest game I have ever played.
I mean, seriously… I finished Amnesia, Resident Evil 7 and every other horror game I have ever played… Except this one. I still, to this day, haven’t been able to finish it. Not because it’s hard, but because it freaks me out so much that I can’t play it for extended periods of time.
Oh, and trust me, watching it is nothing compared to playing it… So what I would love is a remake of the game that keeps the camera angles, the dark corridors and everything that made the original version so scary. I know I’d never finish it, but I’d love to give it another go with modern graphics!
And That’s All Folks
Those are 7 of the top games I’d love to see remakes of (plus one extra). Are there any classic games that you love and would really like to see get the remake treatment for current generation consoles/PCs? Let me know in the comments below!