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10 Games That Deserve Remakes

4-19-18

Remastered games have been fairly prominent in the gaming sphere as of late, what with games like Kerbal Space Program, Assassin’s Creed Rogue, and Bayonetta having remasters released earlier this year, and with remakes of Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, Luigi’s Mansion, and the Spyro the Dragon trilogy set to release later on. That being said, I thought I would share a list of games that I believe are deserving of the remaster treatment.


The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)


I would definitely consider myself a newbie to the Elder Scrolls series. The first and only game that I have ever played extensively was Skyrim. I picked up a copy of Morrowind for the original Xbox, but it didn’t peak my interest all that much. A problem I tend to have when it comes to games is that if I play the newest entry in a series, I find it difficult to go back to an older title, regardless of how good it may be. This is why I think a modernized version of Morrowind would be excellent, as it would give an opportunity for new Elder Scrolls fans such as myself to experience what many long-time fans consider the best entry in the series. In addition to the updated graphics and gameplay, this new version could also allow the player to explore the entirety of Morrowind, rather than part of it like in the original. One problem I could potentially see with remaking Morrowind is that it would be treading old ground, since the Morrowind expansion to Elder Scrolls Online was released fairly recently. On top of that, a team of Elder Scrolls fans have been working on a project called Skywind in an effort to recreate Morrowind with Skyrim’s engine, so an official remake from Bethesda would sort of steal their thunder.


Paper Mario (2000)


Judging by the more recent entries in the Paper Mario series and how different they are from the first two titles, I get the feeling that Nintendo doesn’t have much of an intention to make an original Paper Mario game that returns to the series’s roots. If that is indeed true, then the least Nintendo can do to honor fans of the originals is to give the first Paper Mario a fresh coat of paint. It wouldn’t even be that difficult either. Just leave the gameplay and story exactly the same, but give it the graphics of Color Splash, and it’s good to go. As a bonus, Nintendo could package the game with a remake of Thousand Year Door to sweeten the deal.


Super Mario Sunshine (2002)


Out of all of the 3D Mario titles, Super Mario Sunshine is the only one that I haven’t had the pleasure of playing, which is why I would love to have the chance to finally experience this game I’ve heard nothing but good things about in glorious HD graphics. Sunshine already looks good as it is, even over 15 years later, so imagine how stunning it would look with a face lift.


Pokémon Diamond and Pearl (2006)


Considering Game Freak has already released remakes for the first three generations of Pokémon, a return to Sinnoh is pretty much inevitable, it’s just a matter of when. After Game Freak releases the main series Pokémon title for the Switch that they announced at E3 2017, the next logical step would be to give Pokémon fans the Generation IV remakes they’ve been clamoring for for years. Generation IV was the first generation I ever owned games for, so seeing those games remade would be a very nostalgic experience.


Bully: Scholarship Edition (2008)


With Red Dead Redemption 2 set to come out later this year, Rockstar has shown an interest in returning to their non-Grand Theft Auto properties, so it would be great to see Bully make a comeback sometime soon. The new Bully could act as more of a reboot than a remake, having the same core gameplay, but in a more modernized setting. Today’s high school setting in terms of the way schools are run and the students behave is very different from high schools 10 years ago when Bully first came out. The internet and social media play a very important role in the lives of modern high school students, so giving the main protagonist a smart phone could make for a very interesting game mechanic that could open up a lot of new possibilities.


Assassin’s Creed III (2012)


If you’ve read my ranking of the Assassin’s Creed series, you would know that one of my biggest criticisms of Assassin’s Creed III is its lack of polish. Not only would Assassin’s Creed III benefit from a remaster by giving an opportunity to patch out its numerous bugs, but it would also reach a very wide audience, since it’s the series’s best-selling title. Also, Assassin’s Creed III and the original are the only Assassin’s Creed games that aren’t playable on current-gen consoles. While Assassin’s Creed 1 could benefit from a remake as well, it would require a lot of changes to elevate it to match today’s standards, so III would be the more logical choice. With updated graphics and without a ton of bugs holding it back, Assassin’s Creed III could be a lot of fun to play.


Sonic Adventure (1998)/Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)


For a lot of people who owned these games during their childhood, the Sonic Adventure series is a lot of nostalgic fun. For others such as myself who didn’t grow up with these games, its age really shows. A remake of these games would be the perfect way to appeal to both groups. On one hand, it would give long-time Sonic fans the opportunity to play their favorite games in HD. On the other hand, it would let everyone else play two iconic Sonic titles with modernized gameplay. Plus, it doesn’t seem like Sonic Team has much of an intention of making a new Sonic game in the Adventure format, so at the very least a remake of these games would be a nice gift to fans of the series.


Pokémon Snap (1999)


This one is sort of cheating, since my idea for this is more of a reboot than a remake. I used to have the idea that a port of this game would work very well on the 3DS that could implement the system’s AR function to take photos, but considering the 3DS is on its way out, that’s kind of out of the realm of possibility. Then, after the success of Pokémon GO, I realized that mobile would be the perfect platform for a revival of Pokémon Snap. It would work similarly to Pokémon GO, but instead of capturing Pokémon, you would use your phone’s built-in camera to take photos of them, and your photo opportunities would vary depending on your location. Alternatively, the gameplay could stay true to the original, where you’re on rails going through different preset areas of the game, and you could aim your camera by moving your phone around. Game Freak has said that they would only make a new Pokémon Snap if they knew there would be a lot of support for it. Given how much of a craze Pokémon GO created, I’m pretty confident there would be.


Fallout: New Vegas (2010)


Out of the three FPS style Fallout games, Obsidian’s Fallout: New Vegas is the personal favorite of many, myself included. If Bethesda were to re-release this game with updated graphics, I doubt many people would complain. Just imagine how great it would be seeing New Vegas’s iconic locales (including New Vegas itself) with Fallout 4’s graphics. The gameplay could be left well enough alone as it functions just fine as it is. Also, I doubt that Obsidian is going to develop another Fallout game for Bethesda, so New Vegas remastered would be a nice substitute for a new game.


Xenoblade Chronicles (2010)


If I could choose to have any game made that I wanted, a remake of Xenoblade Chronicles would be my number one pick. If you read my review of its sequel, Xenoblade Chronicles 2, you would know that I am a huge fan of this game. Personal preference aside, there are a few reasons why a remake would be a good idea for Nintendo and Monolith Soft. Xenoblade Chronicles was initially released on the Nintendo Wii, which was a bit problematic for the developers because their ambition for an open-world RPG was pretty far outside of the limitations of the Wii’s hardware. Monolith Soft had to cut a lot of corners to squeeze everything they possibly could on Wii game disc. Even with these shortcuts, the game’s graphics quality turned out pretty subpar in comparison to other games of the time. If Xenoblade were to utilize the Nintendo Switch’s vastly superior hardware, this would not be a problem, and if the amazing graphics of Xenoblade 2 are any indication, Monolith Soft could create a truly gorgeous experience. Also, a remake of Xenoblade 1 for the Switch would have a much better chance of success, due to the series’s recent surge in popularity with Shulk’s inclusion as a playable character in Smash 4 and the recent release of its better-selling sequel.