It’s Nice to Relive the Classics
It’s no secret that the gaming industry has been – and will be – seeing plenty of remakes of classics many of us remember so fondly. The immediate success of Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Shadow of the Colossus and Secret of Mana is proof that after enough time passes we crave to see some of our all-time favorites reborn in the stunning visuals, comfortable gameplay mechanics and enhanced audio that modern gaming brings to the table.
Meanwhile – if those success stories aren’t enough – the recent announcements of Burnout Paradise, Spyro Trilogy and MediEvil remakes – and remasters – have certainly shown how eager the community is to get nostalgically tipsy. With all of the hype regarding the upcoming classic rehashes, what other classics would we love to see reborn in the modern era?
While we here at Raging Gazebo could go on and on with a number of classic titles we would drool over if recreated in 4K visuals built upon a brand new gaming engine and thundering audio, there are some classics that are just so incredibly vital to the gaming industry. Games that have lived up to their expectations, but have either been drowned out by sequels, or lost in the catacombs of time. Well, we feel like this list of 11 classics is, at least, a solid start.
The Nintendo 64 has had a number of perfect titles to help bring gaming to the 3D world of visuals. Super Mario 64, Ocarina of Time and Starfox 64 are among the best of the best in terms of sales, but what about outside of the popular Nintendo mascots. GoldenEye 007 is exactly that title, showing up as one of the best and most influential games ever created. GoldenEye brought forth the massively popular multiplayer FPS gameplay concepts as gamers everywhere were challenging their friends to the intense shooting action that came with the revolutionizing 3D gameplay.
Bringing back the ever-popular shooter would not only please the massive audience clamouring for a remake, but also fix the gameplay issues that naturally came with the mid-90s console generation. Making the leap to 3D polygons was monumental in the industry, but going back to those classics nowadays often give those memorable moments of yore more headaches than it’s worth. GoldenEye is too important of a game to fizzle away and die with the rest of the outdated games of yesteryear, so instead let’s keep the historical title from stalling and remind the community of just how incredible GoldenEye really was.
The original Silent Hill title for the Sony Playstation has been a cornerstone in the survival horror series for nearly two decades now. The twisted and fog-riddled streets of the vacant town was like nothing you’ve explored in gaming up until that point. The story and setting were so bizarrely stirring that the experience would linger over players well after they’ve finished the disturbing tale. Konami has tried time and time again to recreate this haunting classic, but the overall dark, cult-like tone has never really been re-captured since.
Fast-forward to 2014, Konami is still going strong on pushing the Silent Hill series to brave new heights. This time, teaming up with long-time Metal Gear guru, and Konami veteran – Hideo Kojima – the long-running series showed immense promise in the short demo, known only as P.T. (Playable Teaser). Not long after the release of P.T. – which turned out to be a teaser for Silent Hills, and its soon to follow praise for the cryptic demo, Konami and the Metal Gear creator had a rough falling out, leading to not only Kojima’s departure with the studio, but in turn squashing the any chances of Silent Hills seeing the light of day.
Konami could help right the ship after so many have cursed their name for completely ditching what looked like a true revival of the Silent Hill series. Enough time has passed since the birth of Silent Hill, many of us are craving a chance to return to the incredibly bold tale of Harry Mason. Building the original Silent Hill from the ground up would also give so many of those awkward cut scenes a much greater deal of justice seeing them with sharp, new visuals and dialogue tracks in a modern gaming engine.
Metal Gear Solid
Sticking with the Konami train, maybe the more well know series – Metal Gear Solid – is a must-have, and the most probable of every game on this list. The first release of the MGS series (not to be confused with the initial Metal Gear games on NES) introduced players to the tactical stealth espionage that has been the trademark for the series since. MGS is one of the most influential action games ever made, and for good reason. The deep as can be story, unforgettable characters and intense boss battles were by far some of the most intuitive assets to gaming of its time.
In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima and his team were able to recreate the infamous Shadow Moses – taking returning players through an emotional rollercoaster of nostalgia. The recreated chapter in MGS4 only stirred up our intrigue in reliving the original plot line with the younger, less depressing Snake of 1999’s PSOne classic. With the recent rumor of Bluepoint Games heading for a Metal Gear Solid remake coming off their incredibly stunning Shadow of the Colossus rendition, we can at least keep our fingers crossed for future details on which project the acclaimed developers are leaning towards.
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This side scrolling classic hits the nail on the head when it comes to addictive gratifying gameplay and stellar cel shaded visuals. Seeing this fast paced beat ’em up remade from the ground up would greatly satiate the appetite of long time fans begging for more time in Movieland. The incomparable challenge mixed with the complex combo system in Viewtiful Joe has inspired countless platformer/beat ’em ups that came after.
Though Clover Studio is no longer around, there’s plenty of hype still surfacing around the timeless classic. In a world where new platformers come and go by the week, it’s nearing time we took a step back to the good ole’ days of Viewtiful Joe.
Crash Team Racing
Crash Bandicoot has already been basking in the world of remakes with the release of 2017’s N. Sane Trilogy. The trilogy took players back to the first 3 titles in the series in astonishing updated visuals and controls. The Trilogy is a perfect example of how bringing the polygon shapes from pre-millennium gaming should be recreated using the modern technology of today’s game developing studios.
What’s more is that Vicarious Visions’ recreation of Crash’s original trilogy brought out memories of other classic Bandicoot titles on the Playstation console. Most notably, Crash Team Racing – possibly Mario’s fiercest competitor when it comes to the winding competition of hectic kart racing. Seeing the iconic Bandicoot and his army of friends and foes strapped in for a blistering competition would certainly help wet the eager appetites of more Crash Bandicoot enthusiasts and newcomers alike.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Out of the long list of Grand Theft Auto titles to choose from, San Andreas is a no brainer for a remake candidate. At the time, it was by far the largest map to explore taking players through 3 different cities. The sheer amount of activities to partake were enough to keep players pouring in the hours of chaotic fun. Once the next-gen of consoles hit after the release of SA, it almost seemed as though Rockstar took the series down a notch with GTAIV, most likely to help focus on delivering a complete new generation title rather than filling the game up with obscure recreations.
We’ve seen the port of San Andreas, but what about a full-fledged remake. Bringing the trio of island cities to life with the incredible hardware that exists today would no doubt bring in positive sales numbers, as San Andreas was the best-selling Playstation 2 game, as well as one of the best-selling games of all time. We have yet to see any remakes that have come from the popular game developing company, but wouldn’t San Andreas be the perfect “first”?
We think so…
Rockstar games has had plenty of mega-huge series come through the famous studio. As noted above, GTA has been the crutch of the developing company, as well as Red Dead Redemption, Midnight Club and most recently, L.A. Noire. While many developing studios have plenty of titles get lost in the shuffle of the contantly progressing gaming industry, few have as great of a library as Rockstar.
One title many seem to have forgotten about is the open world offroad driving title – Smuggler’s Run. Featuring a free-roaming style of driving experience, Smuggler’s Run had players controlling a number of off-road vehicles in order to smuggle goods and contraband while avoiding and out running the many border patrol vehicles. The gameplay was quick and easy to understand, but the entertainment of hill hopping and beating your opponents to the punch was a thrilling concept, one that has never really been recreated since. If any of the forgotten Rockstar titles deserve a quality remake, Smuggler’s Run is one that would bring back a litany of nostalgic memories, and one that would work quite well with added multiplayer content.
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Quantic Dream has been known for their dark and moody dramatic thrillers, like Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls. While in today’s gaming headlines for their next piece, Detroit: Become Human, their first big release was a truly bizarre affair, but still marks many anchor points the developers continue to use in their games today. While the game has received a remaster for the PC, a full-fledged remake for all consoles would do the do the game a ton of good using the latest tech for the high-demanding cut scenes.
Indigo Prophecy – known as Fahrenheit out side of North America – took players on a grizzly tale complete with all of the staples that you’ll find in other Quantic Dreams big releases. The continuous use of QTEs, riveting dialogue options and tough decisions that alter the final outcome of the story all have their place in the French developers library of releases, but many would love to see where the cinematic thrills began for Quantic Dream. Bringing the intense and dramatic story of Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit into the beautiful world of modern gaming could be a positive step forward, especially if the Detroit falls short – just as Beyond: Two Souls did before.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
The cult following that trails the Legacy of Kain series knows just how solid of a release Soul Reaver was for the Sony Playstation, Windows and Sega Dreamcast. Shifting between the real world and the spectral world, controlling the ghostly Raziel showed us just what the future of video games held.
There have been plenty of other titles to release in the Legacy of Kain series, even a direct sequel, but none had the impact that the original Soul Reaver had. Having a chance to surface back and take on the role of the vampyric warrior, revamping the control scheme and slash your way through the multiple planes of existence would be an excellent addition to the remake library.
The Metroid series is one of Nintendo’s longest running, and most beloved franchises that mascot the Big N’s impressive timeline. Metroid Prime on the Gamecube took the franchise away from the traditional side scrolling platformer stylings of earlier Metroid games, and places payers into the boots of Samus herself. The first person view brought a whole new perspective on the series, and one that stuck with gamers for a long time. after.
Bringing back Metroid Prime and remade from the ground up would be an exceptional move for Nintendo, and bringing it over to the Switch is a perfect start. Having the option to relive the epic moments in Metroid Prime with the portability of the hybrid console would certainly help keep the latest Nintendo console from floundering later in its lifespan.
Original Persona Trilogy – Revelations: Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin and Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
Yeah, yeah, yeah this is technically three, but it would make a masterful trilogy if remade. The Persona series has hit its stride over the past decade showcasing its gritty and deep stories, highly entertaining social systems and incredibly emotional characters. Since Shin Megami Tenseri: Persona 3 hit store shelves on the PS2 in 2006, the series has seen new light in a number of numbered releases and spin-off titles. While the original Persona, and the two separate versions of Persona 2, were cult classics but never saw the worldwide success the latter 3 titles in the main series have seen.
Riding the waves of the hugely successful Persona 5, Atlus/Sega could easily gather more fan points by bringing players back to where it all began. Much of the fanbase jumped on board with the revamped social system in Persona 3, so remaking the original Persona trilogy would be an excellent method of rounding off the sub-series from the Shin Megami Tensei franchise.
There you have it. There’s plenty of other stellar classics that we would be completely satisfied with remakes of, but these ones are at the top of the wish list. It’s important to remember just how far along the industry has come; and fusing the classic gameplay elements with today’s standards of technology is a perfect solution.