5 Games That Need A Remake
Nothing sets off nostalgia quite like playing a video game from your childhood. Games like Spyro, which I played on repeat on the original PlayStation, have experienced a rebirth through the Reignited Trilogy. Complete with additional polygons and smoothed out controls. And more recently, Capcom has blessed us with the Resident Evil 2 and 3 remakes while Square Enix finally released Final Fantasy VII. With all these remakes and remasters we’ve seen on current gen, it’s had me thinking about other games that I would like to see given the same treatment. So many classics have been overshadowed by newer releases, and ultimately, forgotten in the modern era.
These five games, though a bit outdated, are just as incredible today as they once were. And, to me, are fully deserving of a revival.
1. Grand Theft Auto 3
Grand Theft Auto has made a name for itself over the years, and it seems as though everyone has dipped into the franchise at some point or another. For some, their very first taste of unbridled mayhem came through the latest installment in the series, GTA V. However, there are many gamers who have been playing Rockstar’s bread and butter since the early days. They fondly remember the worlds becoming more open and the tools of destruction more proliferate. San Andreas stands as a common favorite, with many starting their GTA histories on the streets of Los Santos.
But for me, it all began with GTA 3.
Perhaps it’s nostalgia, but there is something special about this particular game. You play as Claude, working for and taking out a variety of crime syndicates like the Mafia, Yakuza, and the Triads. This was Rockstar’s first 3D Grand Theft Auto title, and though it may not impress most gamers today, it’s not difficult for me to see the beauty of this game. Though I highly doubt that it’s anywhere on the developer’s radar, I would love nothing more than to revisit Liberty City with a remastered coat of paint.
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2. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation
Lara Croft has seen a lot of changes over the years, especially in recent times. We’ve seen her journey from childhood to novice explorer to seasoned survivor. Yet, it was in the distant year of 1999 that I saw my favorite version of Ms. Croft. Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation was the fourth installment in the original TR series and was meant to put an official end to the story. It was the developer’s final farewell before burying Lara in a crumbling tomb. Of course, her death wasn’t meant to be and they eventually revived everybody’s favorite grave digger.
Looking over Lara’s early history, her adventures were many things, taking her across the globe and putting her in a variety of environments. Yet, it was The Last Revelation that encapsulated what I love about this franchise. The exploration, puzzles, and locations were iconic, and for once, the story wasn’t half bad. This is a game that needs a full remake, and if that were to ever happen, it would certainly be a day-one purchase for me.
3. Legend of Dragoon
How many times have I mentioned this game? Honestly, I’ve lost count, but I can’t stop bringing this one up. I am one of those gamers who happened to play this PS1 classic, and haven’t gotten over it since.
Legend of Dragoon is your typical story of revenge, love, and secrets. There is ancient magic, non-human races, and even a plot to end the world. Yet, it was the way that this story was told and the execution of the gameplay that always draws me in. Over the course of four discs, you come to know each of the characters and their backstories. You grow stronger and gain new abilities. And ultimately, you save the world. It was a game that was meant to overtake Final Fantasy, and though it obviously did not succeed for the majority of gamers, it did for me. As much as I’ve tried to enjoy Final Fantasy over the years, there’s always something missing, and I find myself wishing for the familiar music and engaging narrative of Legend of Dragoon.
Recently, I replayed Legend of Dragoon for my YouTube channel and I still enjoy it now just as much as I did back then. Of all the games that I want to see remade, this is the one.
4. God of War
Is it too soon? We are, after all, in the middle of a brand new story featuring father and son, set within the realm of Norse mythology. But the original game was released in 2005 on the PlayStation 2 and I want this game to be rebuilt from the ground up.
It was this story that introduced me to the Ghost of Sparta and his agonizing journey of wrath, loss, and grief. Kratos was a brutal warrior on the path for revenge, his only goal to slaughter Ares the god of war. This game was also the launching point for everything that would come after. From his rise as a deity to his descent into the Underworld, God of War was unlike anything I had seen before. The combat at this time was visceral and full-on hack-and-slash. There was a touch of RPG without taking away from the fast-paced action. The story and the graphics and the music coalesced into one grand adventure that is more than deserving of a remake.
What Santa Monica has created with the new series is incredible, and I’m happy to see God of War getting another chance to wow newcomers to the franchise. But for the veterans out there who have poured hours into the original trilogy, we need to see Kratos’ story from the beginning, one more time. In ultra HD.
5. Demon Souls
Picking the final entry that I want to see remastered was a tough choice. Having been a gamer since the ’90s, there were plenty of titles that I could easily add and still not run out of ideas. However, as a huge fan of the Soulsborne franchise, it only felt right that I mention Demon’s Souls. Ironically, I wrote this article BEFORE the PlayStation 5 reveal, and it seems as though I’m getting my wish on the next gen. Praise. The. Sun.
Now, unlike so many other fans that have been begging for a remaster, I’ve never actually played this one. Sure, I’ve watched walkthroughs and heard how amazing this game was, but this wasn’t something I got a chance to experience on the previous console generation. I remember the community talking about Demon’s Souls. About how challenging and brutal it could be. But at the time, I had no interest. It wasn’t until Dark Souls III in 2016 that I gave From Soft a chance.
Will this game “wow” me in the same way that Bloodborne and DS3 do? Maybe not. Will I dump countless hours into playthrough after playthrough for the sheer joy of experiencing another Soulsborne title? Most likely. So while other gamers are hyped for Ghost of Tsushima, Cyberpunk, and Horizon Zero Dawn, I will be counting down the days until the Demon’s Souls PS5 release. This is a game that I simply need to play.
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5 Games That Need A Remake – Final Thoughts
Choosing just five titles out of hundreds was no easy task, and I probably left out some obvious choices. So let me know in the comments below which games you would like to see a remake or remaster of, and as always, happy gaming!
About the Author
Guest post written by Kristin from Seven Days a Week, a gaming website dedicated to spotlighting old favorites, indie finds, and modern releases.
Gaming since the ‘90s, Kristin has a long-standing history with PlayStation. From the PS1 to the PS4 (soon to be 5), she’s played everything from PacMan to Uncharted. Though her real passion is anything produced by From Software.
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