Top 5 Games That Desperately Need a Remake

Nath sometimes writes for the site. This is one of those times.

Seeing as 2015 will probably be seen as the year of the remake, with so many films and games being reproduced with younger actors (in some cases better actors) and older games going through an HD makeover. However, I do feel some brilliant games from the past are being left behind. Here is a list of games I believe need a HD remake. I have not included any games that have a remake coming up such as Pokemon or Final Fantasy 7 because they would be in the list otherwise.

5. Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Technically this is a remake of the granddad of first person shooters (sort of), however it makes the list because it is truly a fantastic FPS. You start off escaping a castle and helping the resistance fight against the Nazi’s but throw in some Nazi occult factions, zombies and genetically made super soldiers, you have some absolutely fantastic and hilarious battles on your hand. There are also 2 stealth missions too, and proper stealth missions. If the alarm is raised then it is game over.

The multiplayer was also brilliant, you could choose to be a commander, medic, engineer or soldier and if you are attacking a base, most of the time you have to blow up an objective whilst the other team defends it. There are also capture the flag options too.

This game was a particular favourite of mine, even my dad loved playing it (albeit with cheat codes) and it does need a remake. The Wolfenstein games that followed had nothing to do with the original storylines and seem to have gone off on a somewhat weird tangent.

Chances of this happening – 2 electric legless mutants out of 10. Probably not going to happen for a few reasons. iD is now owned by Bethesda and they are concentrating on the Doom franchise more than this one, and there have been 2 mediocre games that have followed this one so it is probably unlikely that it will happen.

 

4. Oddworld: Stanger’s Wrath

OK now we are getting a bit more serious. Stranger’s Wrath is an absolute hidden gem from the creators that brought you Abe’s Oddysee and Exoddus, two absolutely fantastic games. Now with Oddysee already getting a remake and apparently Exoddus is in the works (which I will be getting), surely this game deserves it.

Set in a Wild West version of Oddworld, Stranger is a bounty hunter who is also trying to uncover his identity. Quite simple really, but the gameplay is absolutely fantastic. A mixture of first person shooter and third person action and adventure.

This game did port to mobile devices but I found it too difficult to control. It needs a good old fashioned controller.

Chances of this happening – 7 slingshotted bugs out of 10. With other Oddworld games in the making, it is probably very likely, however it is not as popular as the other Oddworld games.

 

3. Metal Gear Solid

Of course this game needs a remake, it would be amazing to play the original storyline again but with a bit more stealth and the first person shooter aspect enabled for it. Everyone has to admit the storyline to this game is epic, as well as the characters introduced. Solid Snake, Liquid Snake, Revolver Ocelot, Sniper Wolf etc.

Coupled with some great voice acting and brilliant gameplay, this game is well deserving of a remake. I believe it is better than some of the sequels it spawned too. The likelihood of this happening is about 1 “!” out of 10. Hideo Kojima (producer of the series) seems to be no longer working for Konami and Konami seem to be interviewing for new staff to take over the series. They even barred Hideo from accepting a reward for MGSV at the 2015 Games Awards. Such a shame, but there’s always hope.

 

2. Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver

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This game fully deserves a remake, I can’t stress that enough. This is probably the first game I played with amazing voice acting incorporated. Might be a bit difficult to do it now seeing as the guy who voiced the Elder God is dead (same guy who voiced Frolo form Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame, don’t ask me how I know that) however the whole point of a remake is to remake it. I imagine we can find a new voice for the Elder God.

Regardless of this, as well as quality voice acting, the storyline is brilliant. Vampire who out-evolves his master is cast aside and thrown into a 1000 year oblivion. Then rescued by an Elder God to enact his revenge. What more can you ask for? It is absolutely brilliant, The series intertwines with the Blood Omen series and is finally finished off in Defiance with an absolutely brilliant ending.

I have already written a “Why haven’t you played this” review of it. Honestly get yourself a Playstation, get this game and play it.

Chances of this happening – 2 dimension shifts out of 10. Made by Eidos Interactive, now defunct but owned by Square Enix Europe and let’s face it, they have more important remakes going on at the moment.

 

1. Chrono Trigger

I’m putting this as number 1 whether people like it or not. This game deserves a remake and people have been trying. There was even a few fan made remakes created before Square Enix came along with their cease and desist orders and promptly put an end to the production. I’m no business man, but if there are fan games being made, surely there is a demand for the remake.

Again this is a game I have reviewed previously, however I’m mentioning it again for a reason: because it is brilliant. Arguably one of the best RPG storylines ever, with a fantastic battle system. Each character having an element assigned to them and also the prospect to combine their abilities in order to unleash some devastating attacks.

Chances of this happening – 6 time travel gurus out of 10. With Square Enix taking so long to create a Final Fantasy 7 remake, I think this game is a long way off it’s remake, but it may only be a matter of time before this graces our screens again.

 

Nath

Why the Hell Haven’t You Played Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver yet?

Nath sits back and judges people for not playing some of what he considers to be absolutely essential games.

Vampires have become increasing popular in the media in recent years with programmes like True Blood and truly terrible films called Twilight. I think I stomached 5 minutes of the first film and to be honest I was ashamed that I even managed that. However, if we go back to about 1999 a game called Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver was released and trust me on this, it is really worth a play.

You are thrust into the fictional world of Nosgoth, a world ruled by Kain. You play one his lieutenants called Raziel (badass name right?) and you are approaching him at the throne. You have recently grown wings and therefore you are out-evolving Kain. In an act of jealousy, he tears the bones from your wings and throws you into a whirlpool called the Lake of the Dead. You burn and writhe around in pain because Raziel is a proper vampire and cannot touch water until you die. However, you are resurrected by the Elder God, an omnipresent being, in order to become his Soul Reaver and with his guidance, you can enact your revenge on Kain.

Armed with claws, various weapons and magic, you patrol the world 1000 years after you first cast in the lake. Many things have changed, especially the appearance of your vampire brethren, as they have also evolved and become more powerful vampires. You fight your way past all the vampires and absorb their souls to make yourself even more powerful.

You also control the world around you, you can shift between the material and spectral realms in order to reach new heights on the map, or open new areas that weren’t previously there. At a later point in the game, you gain a spectral sword. How can you say no to that?

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Honestly, this game is certainly up there as one of the best games I have ever played. The gameplay is a bit annoying at times, but what do you expect from a game from 1999. The storyline is epic, the voice acting is incredible and it ties in very well with the Blood Omen series and the amazing final chapter, Legacy of Kain: Defiance.

It is available on the Playstation network, although there are some rumours floating about that a reboot may well be on its way. I will be keeping tabs on this, but hopefully we may not have to wait very long to play that game too.

Nath