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

Late Video Game Review – Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

Nath sometimes reviews games. This is one of those reviews.

Firstly I must apologise for not submitting a review for the latest Batman: Arkham Knight. I have been very busy with work and studying so had no time to write a full review but in short it is brilliant, go and buy it and play it to your hearts content.

However after playing it I found an empty void, I tried a few different games to fill it, such as the new Witcher game however, I just didn’t get into it, I found The Evil Within boring so I got stuck playing Call of Duty: Ghosts for a while. I noticed the latest Metal Gear Solid installment and thought I would give it a go. I am a fan of the series, however I find the games a bit hit and miss. The first Metal Gear Solid on Playstation was fantastic, and the same could be said for Sons of Liberty and Snake Eater. However, Guns of the Patriots I found very boring, it was more an interactive movie than a game, but I carried on nonetheless. I didn’t play Ground Zeroes but I was told it wasn’t completely essential, instead I went in head first to the Phantom Pain. Please note, there are spoiler alerts ahead.

It can be said that is a little different from the other games, however I had heard that Ground Zeroes was similar. It is not a linear, one way stealth game, it is an open sandbox style game with 2 maps. Don’t get me wrong, you still have to use stealth to infiltrate camps and take out enemies, but you can use your surroundings to your advantage. You get the tranquilizer gun to take out your enemies instead of killing them (which gets you points and points mean prizes) and an arsenal of sniper rifles, assault rifles, rocket launchers etc at your disposal. You also develop your base for your army and send out your squad mates on missions. But how do you hire your army? Well you don’t. You kidnap them and basically hope they join or put them in jail until they join. And how do you kidnap them? By using a giant balloon that flies stunned or asleep enemies into the air, which by the way is hilarious.

The gameplay is brilliant, you do have to use lots of buttons to shoot like the old games but this didn’t bother me at all. You can also restrain enemy soldiers and interrogate them and then choose to kill them or not. I mostly suffocate them and then kidnap them. Each soldier is usually ranked from S++ to E on skills in Intel, Support, Combat, Research, Medical and Base Development. Upon leveling up each area, you can develop new weapons and vehicles.

The storyline is excellent, it is mainly developing the base by carrying out missions and side missions. Side missions usually include extracting highly skilled soldiers, recovering blueprints and saving prisoners. The main missions are a lot more difficult and for some reason Mr Hideo Kojima decided to put credits before and after each mission. This is fine, however the credits show you who you can expect to meet during the mission which gives the game away. It’s slightly annoying as you now know what to expect in each mission. There is something I do love about the missions however. You can be sneaking through an enemy encampment and reaching a group of people to extract when suddenly, Hideo Kojima throws a curve-ball of Japanese lunacy to your prim and proper stealth game.

I won’t spoil it for you, but there are many weird and wonderful characters throughout the game that you need to look out for, however the one you most definitely will have seen is Quiet, the scantily clad sniper. You have an epic fire fight with her and then after much deliberation, she becomes your ally. She is very useful but she doesn’t always follow you. She’s not useful for stealth missions however, as at the beginning she only has a rifle that kills and as I said before, not killing people means prizes. You can equip her with a tranquilizer rifle if needs be, hopefully that will make stealth missions a lot easier.

Another aspect of the game I thoroughly enjoy is the Easter Eggs within the game. There are diamonds and resources to collect as well as posters, but the best item to collect is the cassette’s of 80’s music. They are dotted about each map and when discovered, they are added automatically to your playlist. And of course you can play them as you are playing the game, it makes the stealth harder but a lot more fun. I won’t lie, listening to Europe’s The Final Countdown whilst waiting to blow up some tanks is hilarious, but there are other classics available such as David Bowie’s Man Who Sold the World and Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart.

All in all it is a truly brilliant game, lots of action and adventure and a gripping storyline full of twists and turns along the way. I would give it 10 hilarious sheep extractions out of 10. Probably one of the best Metal Gear Solid games ever made and certainly one of the best games I have played this year. Fallout 4 isn’t too far away and I’m sure it will be epic, but it’s going to have to be spectacular to knock this game down.

Nath

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 47 – Not the Opinion of The Lost Lighthouse

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we chat about DC finally crediting Bill Finger on their TV and film projects, Paul Bettany’s excellent response to Jason Statham’s barbs at the MCU and the weird rumours about Konami halting AAA development (apart from PES) following the extremely well received MGSV: The Phantom Pain, while Gary paints everything and Adam keeps throwing out opinions that do not necessarily represent the opinions of The Lost Lighthouse.
No main talking point or Gary in 60 seconds this week, we were both pretty busy and Gary forgot to pick a film for Adam.

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 36 – Powers of a Hawk, Mind of Stephen Hawking

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse. This week we chat about Deadpool’s costume and possible R-rating (spoiler warning for the latest issue of the comic too, but you’ve probably already heard what happens), the new Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, the Halo 5 Hunt the Truth teaser site, whatever is happening with David Lynch and Twin Peaks or Hideo Kojima and Konami, and the Deus Ex: Humanity Divided trailer, while Gary tries to pull himself away from the icy clutches of death, and Adam waits patiently for Ryan Reynolds to return his affections. No argument, 60 seconds or main talking point this week, largely because of illness and being too busy to actually adhere to any of our features. Next time! If you have any thoughts. questions or opinions on anything this week you can as always get in touch through Facebook or on Twitter @lost_lighthouse, email us at thelostlighthouse@live.co.uk or sound off in the ‘leave a reply’ box at the bottom of the podcast page on the website.

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 34 – Stabbed in the Ventricles

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This week we chat about video game length, Blade Runner 2, Arkham Knight’s mature rating (and new trailer) and Power/Rangers while Gary takes a trip in the wicker man and the police sound like they are closing in on Adam in his new flat already.

The main talking point was whether we have hit a saturation point with all the superhero films and comic book adaptations out and coming out, following on from some snubs and complaints about superhero films at the recent Oscars ceremony, and James Gunn’s response to it. We get some of your opinions, and discuss our thoughts on it.

We also mentioned the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, in case you haven’t seen it yet…

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The Great Video Game to Film Transition Curse

Nath ponders why video game to film adaptations are so awful.

As many of you know, most if not all video game to film transitions basically suck. They’re awful and I could’ve used the time I had to do something more meaningful like have a glass of scotch, see how quickly paint dries or catch up on sleep, something a lot more interesting. But it dawned on me, why hasn’t anyone made a good video game film yet?

I understand it is very difficult to condense hours and hours of gameplay and storyline into a 90 minute to 2 hour film, but still at least put some effort into it. I have tried my best to watch some video game films but some are truly awful. If you think there are some that are worth a mention then by all means let me know because I am struggling. Also Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and Final Fantasy: Advent Children don’t count because they aren’t based on video games. They are in the same universe yes, but they are not based on a game. Here are a few that get a mention of being terrible

Doom

It pains me to this on the list a I’m such a Doom fan boy and that it has Karl Urban (Bones in Star Trek and Judge Dredd in Dredd) and the Rock (the Rock Bottom and the People’s Elbow) in it, but they got the entire plot wrong. Doom is based on monsters escaping from hell and causing havoc, mayhem and carnage. This version of Doom is some sort of werewolf thing where as soon as you get struck by the monster, you turn into it. There is one saving grace which is where you see the film in first person mode, I admit I enjoyed that, but the rest of it is awful.

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Tekken

I remember a conversation with Adam when I said I would give this film a go and he said straight up “No, it will be terrible.” And he was wrong, so very very wrong. It is absolutely atrocious. The storyline was completely wrong and the characters were terrible too. the portrayal of Kazuya was awful and Kazuya is a great character. Also the Iron Fist tournament was changed. Why would you do that, that was the basis for Tekken. Idiots.

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Resident Evil

I will probably get some stick for this, but I’m not a huge fan of the Resident Evil movies. They are nothing like the games. Although the plot is solid and it does keep some of the basic gameplay and storyline, I don’t like the twist they have taken. Also the sequels were pretty terrible too and Nemesis was terrible. Nemesis is supposed to cause absolute carnage and he doesn’t. Again, why change that?

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Max Payne

To begin with I thought this would be epic, Mark Wahlberg was the best choice as he’s always angry, the storyline was pretty basic but could be easily transitioned. Good action scenes and great cast throughout. So what ruined it? Well they didn’t stick to the storyline and why did they bring the demon stuff into it. Last time I played Max Payne there was nothing to do with demons. Unless I am completely wrong. Can someone inform me otherwise?

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However, could there hope on the horizon? Let’s face it, comic book movies started off quite badly as well. There was Batman and Robin (George Clooney’s nipple suit) there was Superman Returns (Brandon Routh, oh dear) and the Fantastic 4 (need I say more) however we then got Iron Man, The Dark Knight, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. The comic book movies exploded because everyone saw the potential, so is it the same for video game movies? There are a few future releases to keep an eye out for.

Warcraft

A game based on World of Warcraft. Could be a riot, there’s some stars in it already, Dominic Cooper (Howard Stark) is in it, could be a good one but I’m not holding my breath.

Metal Gear Solid

This is a dangerous one because the game has a very intense storyline, albeit a fantastic one. To be honest the 4th one is like a film anyway. Still not a lot of details about this, but apparently Hideo Kojima will be involved which is some good news at least.

Shadow of the Colossus

Now this would be interesting. A truly amazing game being turned into a film. Kevin Misher (The Scorpian King, The Interpreter) is in line to produce and Seth Lochhead (Hanna) will write the script. Again could be amazing or it could terrible, lets hope for the first one.

Assassins Creed

Now then this is where the heat kicks up a notch. Ubisoft have created Ubisoft Motion Pictures and apparently Michael Fassbender will star and co-produce the film. Scott Frank (Minority Report, The Wolverine) is rewriting the script and we are looking at a release December 2016. Ubisoft are literally throwing everything at this so I think we can be pretty excited by it. Probably the only film we can be excited about. Could this be the film that breaks the curse? Only time will tell, but lets hope this will work.

Nath