This generation has already seen some high profile games from the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 be remastered. The likes of The Last of Us, Grand Theft Auto V and Halo: The Master Chief Collection are all examples of titles that have had or are getting enhanced editions for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, not only allowing new players to experience them but also giving them new life with upgraded graphics and much improved performance.
However, most of the titles that are being remade are games that have only been out for a short time anyway. This article will explore some of the older games that deserve to remade in full HD, along with a few classics from the last generation that would benefit from the enhancements on offer.
Mention the name Battletoads to anyone who owned a NES and the responses will probably have something to do with just how hard the game was. It was more than just brutally demanding though as it featured hugely impressive visuals and plenty of fun action-packed sequences. With the last entry in the franchise coming in 1994, it’s been an incredibly long time since we got to experience the ungodly challenge of a Battletoads game. With Rare now owned by Microsoft any new title would likely be released for the Xbox One, but with Phil Spencer, a fan of the game, in charge of the Xbox division now anything could happen in the future. A HD remake would definitely be a welcome addition, keeping the gameplay exactly as it was but updating the visuals with a new splash of paint to take advantage of the latest hardware.
9 . Mass Effect Trilogy
Even with the ridiculous ending to the third game and a number of disappointing aspects, the trilogy as a whole is still one of the best series of games in a single generation. Combining deep role-playing mechanics with action-packed shooter gameplay made it a fairly unique offering. The fact that all three games are interconnected and carry over decisions and choices means that they would work perfectly as a remastered collection for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. They would allow players experience the trilogy all at once, with consistent look and far improved visuals. A new release of the games could also work to help excite fans for the upcoming fourth Mass Effect game that is currently in development.
8. Star Wars Rogue Squadron
The Rogue Squadron series was first introduced in 1998 and went on to be an outstanding trilogy of games that saw players taking control of various spaceships as they battled the Empire. Unlike the previous X-Wing series, Rogue Squadron focused less on realism and simulation and more on creating a fun and accessible arcade shooter. The fact that Factor 5 wanted to bring remakes of the three main games to the Xbox and then later the Xbox 360 gives some hope that there was at least some interest in keeping the series alive from people in the industry. Considering that there are very few good Star Wars games currently making the rounds and the lack of similar titles available for next generation consoles, a HD remake of the original trilogy would allow fans to replay these fabulous games and reintroduce new gamers to the series right when new Star Wars adventures are about to begin on film.
7. Road Rash
There is no shortage of racing games on the latest consoles but few come close the carnage and violence of the Road Rash series. Unlike traditional racing games that focus on mastering tracks and achieving the ultimate speed, Road Rash instead put the emphasis on brawling with your opponents. During races players could fight with their rivals using a variety of weapons, such as clubs, crowbars and cattle prods, to try to knock them off their motorbike, all while trying to avoid being busted by the cops. Electronic Arts own the rights to the series and the publisher has plenty of games in the series to choose from if they want to remaster one.
Much like Perfect Dark, the TimeSplitters series of games was seen as something of a spiritual successor to the immensely popular GoldenEye 007. The developer behind the three games was made up of a variety of ex-Rare employees and this meant that each title in the series had many of the same elements that made the Nintendo 64 classic such a hit. On top of brilliant shooting mechanics and sharp gameplay, the TimeSplitters series was famous for its fun multiplayer, map-making abilities and varied challenges. With a new sequel unlikely to see the light of day anytime soon, a remake of the earlier games in a single collection with upgraded graphics and online multiplayer would give players an opportunity to experience the games once again.
5. The Elder Scrolls
The Elder Scrolls series has been going strong for a number of years and each game has been praised for their brilliant storytelling, huge open worlds and deep gameplay. In particular, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim were all examples of superb role-playing games and fans everywhere would love to see each of those three given a new lease of life with vastly improved graphics and reduced loading times. Fans of the series have already shown how much they want to see the earlier games remade with more modern technology with projects such as Skywind and Skyblivion which are aiming to recreate the worlds of Morrowind and Oblivion with the Skyrim engine.
4. Dark Souls
Much like Battletoads, many people remember Dark Souls simply because of its difficulty. Unforgiving gameplay and a collection of bosses that are arguably the most challenging of any video game ever made make Dark Souls an incredibly test of player skill. Combined with epic landscapes and a strong role-playing adventure and the game was one of the most overlooked of the past generation. With its sequel also only available for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, both games are dying out for a remastering on next generation consoles. Not only would a whole new group of players get to go back and experience these great games, but they could fix the only real problem with them – their visuals.
3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
It appears that neither EA, who own the license to create Star Wars games, or BioWare are interested in creating a proper sequel to Knights of the Old Republic II. Instead, they chose to create an MMO in the same setting, but Star Wars: The Old Republic didn’t satisfy many fans of the series who wanted a deep RPG experience. So our best hope would be a remastering of the two games for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. With their rich story, distinct combat system, huge game worlds and excellent dialogue and choice options make both Knights of the Old Republic titles hugely entertainment role-playing adventures that Star Wars fans would love to see with updated high definition graphics.
2. Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus is one of the greatest games to ever release on the PlayStation 2 and that console had some seriously good titles during its life cycle. While it received wide critical acclaim for its intense story as well its ability to immerse the player in the game world and allow them to experience the full range of emotions mark it as a truly standout title. But it was with its impressive visuals and emotive soundtrack that made it one of the best examples of video game art. Despite being more commercially successful that its spiritual predecessor Ico, Shadow of the Colossus is still something of a cult hit and a remastering for the PlayStation 4 might allow developers to fix framerate problems and further enhance the stunning visuals.
1. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Nintendo has never been shy of bringing past Zelda games to newer hardware. They’ve done it in the past with 2D games being ported with enhancements to handheld consoles, while more recently they have released a 3D version of Ocarina of Time for the 3DS and a HD remake of Wind Waker for the Wii U. One game that is constantly overlooked though is Majora’s Mask. The sequel to the N64 classic Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask offered a new take on an established franchise. Incorporating a challenging time-based mechanic that forced players to think differently about how to approach puzzles and a far darker setting and plot that any other title in the series mark the game as a standout instalment. A HD remastering similar to Wind Waker HD would help get the more brooding atmosphere across visually and Nintendo could enhance the audio, using sounds that are not simply rehashes from its predecessor.