When it comes to video games, they get dated quite quickly. Every decade, games literally at least double polygon count. Graphics and gameplay get smoother and control innovations take hold, sometimes even on the same hardware. This list is to cover games in need of a remake. By that I mean applying the same formula to new levels with updated graphics, audio and so forth. For the sake of this list, let’s assume each gets a remaster as well, because the cherished originals deserved to be relived in full form as well. In other words, I want them all to get the Ratchet and Clank treatment.
Vampire Masquerade: Bloodlines
This title was released without much polish, as Troika Games ran out of funds during production. However, enough was in place to garner a release, followed by various fan-made patches, something charming came about. Over a decade later, people are still talking about it, so it only makes massive amounts of polish gets added.
Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Alright, so there was a remaster on xbox, but it was lackluster and they censored material that wasn’t even cut on the N64. Even then, the graphics failed to have a major boost. It’d be great to see this series have a new batch of quests, interestingly profane enemies and improved controls. Thoughts?
Zombies Ate my Neighbors
If there’s one SNES game worthy of being remade, it’s Zombies Ate my Neighbors. I first played this in grade school, far before I could easily get my hand on the movies the game referenced. Still, it was a blast killing the giant ants from THEM!, getting my ass beat by the wolfman or using a hedge trimmer on Chucky. I don’t know if I’d want to see the camera perspective changed, but a fresh gloss of paint would rock.
Legend of Zelda
I don’t know why this hasn’t been done on a commercial scale yet, but many would be greatly inclined to play the original if it was redone for the 3DS or Wii. It can easily be downloaded to the system from Nintendos E-Shop for $6, though I’d like to see improvements made. There is, however, a rom available to give it more of an SNES quality.
As with Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Banjo-Kazooie did get some Xbox Live Arcade love. Actually, Banjo-Tooie did as well. Wouldn’t we like to see both of them remade? And how is this not a long-standing franchise with more titles?
Resident Evil 2 and 3
We’ve seen Resident Evil one get a full remaster with some level adjustments, but we haven’t seen any special treatment go the way of Resident Evil 1 and 2. An indie effort has put 2 in first person, but it clearly needs some extra revamping to make a playable full-scale game of the change. Capcom, do this and accept our money. It’s waiting for you. Also, some fans have made fun projects of remaking bits of 2.
Aliens vs. Predator 2
Now is a prime time to remake AVP2, especially since there was an AVP for PS3 and Xbox 360. Nothing has quite measured up to the creepiness of this classic, which lets the play be a marine, Predator or Alien. Each species is played through first person with an individual campaign, none of them easy.
Duke Nukem 3D
Modern console have the new Megaton Edition, which includes all Duke Nukem 3D content, but it’s time for a revamp. Let us use the analog sticks, up the graphics, maybe tweek the audio, but keep everything else the same.
StarCraft & WarCraft 1-2
While these titles are still playable, the newest games have added better character management, more hot keys, graphic improvements and so forth. StarCraft 2 may be a renowned masterpiece, but the campaign missions never reached the intensity of the original’s deathmatch style. Same goes for WarCraft, which had less of a linear play style, encouraging exploration over water, air and so forth. Mods have accomplished much of this, but let’s get Blizzard at the helm to help make a polished title available to customers who don’t feel like extensive work to get the program to run.
Being one of the oldest PlayStation titles, Twisted Metal deserves a heavy revamp. While several levels have been redone a few times, it’s time for a best of compilation for the PS4. It doesn’t need to be a full fledged new game or make many level changes, aside from perhaps sprinkling unlockable characters throughout hidden areas. Maybe with the movie coming out, we'll get some kind of accompanying game treatment?
Are there any others you'd like to add?