There’s no shortage of remasters and remakes this gen. Capcom and many other developers are making damn sure of that. We see these arriving in all shapes and sizes, though, arguably the very best so far is the recently released Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. This game goes far beyond that of a traditional remaster, building the first three Crash Bandicoot games from the ground up to produce a stunning, faithful and diverse experience. Though, what else could do with similar treatment? Here’s our top five picks.
Silent Hill HD Collection – Trailer
Ask me what game I regret buying the most on Xbox 360 and I’ll immediately tell you that it’s the Silent Hill HD Collection. Seriously, what a bug riddled mess this bundle was. There I was, loading up the game and gearing up to play some of the scariest games of all time, only to be struck with performance issues left, right and center. Why is it on this list? I hear you ask? Because I believe it deserves a second chance. I would be first in the shop queue if someone remasters these two hit gems and rids them of their last-gen technical problems.
Skies of Arcadia – Trailer
The Dreamcast. What a machine that was. I absolutely loved my Dreamcast. In fact, I dare say that it’s one of my favorite consoles to date. Skies of Arcadia, along with many other titles, stole my childhood. The game is a turn-based RPG that follows a group of air-pirates who venture out to prevent an evil empire from resurrecting world-destroying ancient weapons. The pacing was spot on, the characters were likable and the gameplay itself was fluid and in-depth. What I wouldn’t give to see this coming back with current-gen treatment.
Unreal Tournament – Trailer
Unreal Tournament is possibly one of the only multiplayer first-person shooters that I’ve ever been half good at. For its time, its visuals and gore was outstanding and its fast paced and simplistic gameplay made for some excellent energy-fueled moments. Its maps remain some of the finest FPS maps to this day. Despite its decent sequels, nothing has ever come quite close to the classic iteration. Should this be remastered and re-released? Probably not. Though I’ll tell you, this would swallow me up whole if that ever does become a reality.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver – Trailer
I still hold hope that somewhere within Crystal Dynamics, they’re secretly working on something Legacy of Kain-related. Yes, I know, I’m an idiot, but a man can dream, cant he? Players take on the role of Raziel, a disfigured and ghostly vampire that has the ability to shift between material and spectral planes of existence. This unique mechanic made for some very interesting gameplay elements that blended together action and puzzle segments extremely well. Group that with its solid story and cast, and what’s not to love?
Headhunter – Trailer
Another golden oldie from the Dreamcast days, Headhunter. Screw its stupid sequel. Headhunter was where all the action was at. Going from today’s standards, Headhunter probably wouldn’t be a good fit due to its clunky controls and its ridiculous voice acting, but anyone that enjoyed this game back in the day would likely back me up when I say that there was nothing else like it back at the time. It was interesting, it was engaging and above all else, it had that Chuck Norris-esque kick ass attitude. Now, shut up and take my money.
That’s our five top picks for games that we would absolutely love to see coming back for a second chance to shine. It wasn’t an easy list to form, believe me, and there’s countless other games that are equally as deserving. Hell, I almost threw Fatal Frame and Fatal Frame II into the fold but ultimately settled with Silent Hill 2 and 3. What games would you like to see remastered? Do you think older games should stay in the past? Perhaps you have a few that you would hate to see revived? Sound off in the comments below.