6 Classic Video Games That Need HD Remakes
With the announcement of the Final Fantasy VII remake at last year’s E3 Convention, the concept of video game HD remakes/remasters has once again reared its head. Many gamers are talking about what games released on PC or console would do well as a PS4, Xbox One or PC HD remake. To shine a light on a few of these options, here is a list of 6 Video Game HD Remakes (not remasters) that we would enjoy playing today.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
Original Release: June 23rd, 2002
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Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is a horror video game that many think of when any discussion on critically acclaimed, classic horror games takes place. When it released in 2002, it immediately garnered critical acclaim due to its masterful use of “sanity effects” designed to mess with not only the character in game, but the player as well. As you play in the dark of your room, you’d hear the sound of a spoon clattering against a sink, the sound of doors slamming shut, or worse. This bit of immersion added a psychological element to the already scary tale of the Roivas family.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Original Release: November 12th, 2001
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Raiden’s original classic MGS adventure has garnered critical acclaim, and multiple re-releases. With the popularity of the Metal Gear Solid franchise (as well as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance) it would only be smart to release an HD remake of the first adventure of Raiden, recreating this critically acclaimed stealth and tactical experience. Metal Gear Solid 2 also provides enhanced enemy AI (which could be further enhanced with modern technology) and a wide arrange of skills for players to employ. With new technologies and mechanics available, a new Metal Gear Solid 2 would result in the highest quality stealth mechanics.
Original Release: October 20th, 1998
Xenogears was named the 16th best video game of all time by Famitsu in 2006, and with the popularity of both the Xenosaga and Xenoblade Chronicles series, it is past time to revisit where it all began. Xenogears received critical acclaim upon release, and the turn-based action RPG had the perfect balance of science fiction, spirituality, and psychology to bring the player a multi-layered plot and a satisfying RPG experience. After almost 20 years, I think it is high time that Xenogears was brought to the forefront of the gaming industry once again.
Original Release: November 13th, 2007
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Before we began to see yearly releases, buggy gameplay, and character models with no faces; the first Assassin’s Creed presented players with an all new perspective on history and science fiction. While the original Assassin’s Creed wasn’t perfect, there are plenty of new technologies and mechanics that would allow Ubisoft to re-create the magic of their first ever Assassin’s Creed video game, in order to let people who no longer own last generation consoles play the beginnings of Desmond Miles’ journey.
With an Assassin’s Creed film releasing on December 16th, now is the perfect time to get people excited about it all over again.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Original Release: June 23rd, 1991
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Sonic the Hedgehog has had disappointing releases over the past few years, but many fans still adore the blue bomber and his need for speed. While many people would love a Sonic Adventure HD remake, I personally believe that what makes more sense is to go back to the series’ roots and remake the original, taking us back to where it all began. This worked for Mario, as the New Super Mario Bros. franchise gives us what we love about Mario, with new modern twists. Is it so strange to think that fans would enjoy going back to the series’ beginnings? The indie title Freedom Planet got rave reviews, a new Sonic the Hedgehog remake would probably do just as well if done correctly.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Original Release: July 15th, 2003
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With the popularity of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many fans of the Knights of the Old Republic series would LOVE a third game in the franchise. However, since an announcement for that seems unlikely, perhaps Bioware could go back to their roots, and remake the original game to modern standards. Bioware created a masterpiece with Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and it only makes sense to have a remake or new Star Wars game entry in the franchise release now that Star Wars is becoming popular again.
While there are many other video games that could best added to this list; the games above are some that not everyone thinks about, yet are deserving of a remake all the same. These games could breathe new life into the gaming industry and show a new generation of gamers the same sort of experiences enjoyed by those before them.