From Final Fantasy to Resident Evil, classic video games have seen a resurgence. New gamers can now play the classic titles that have influenced modern video games, while older players can relive their nostalgia. Today we explore six video game that we need remastered. As usual I am going to stick to one game per developer, and there will be spoilers. Whether you’re a gaming veteran or a newb, these titles have something to offer for everyone.
6. Spyro the Dragon
It’s undeniable that this little purple dragon has left a mark in the gaming industry. Originally released on the Playstation, Spyro’s initial trilogy is fondly remembered by any gamer of the era. Sadly his popularity quickly declined after a few failed titles on the PS2, with him almost being completely forgotten until his appearance in Skylanders. However, after Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy was announced, many gaming veterans now want the same for Spyro. While no plans have been announced, we remain hopeful.
5. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Following the story of Tommy Vercetti, this game took players away from the cold concrete of Liberty City to the warm beaches of Vice City. Regarded as one of the best games in the series, Vice City also featured the voice work of legendary actors like Burt Reynolds (Avery Carrington) and Gary Busey (Phil Cassidy). Selling more copies than the previous title, it served as a memorable introduction into the series for millions of gamers. Although Rockstar doesn’t have a history of revisiting old titles, remastering Vice City would provide a great introduction into any future installments that would revisit the setting.
4. Knights of the Old Republic
No other Star Wars game has been as memorable as Knights of the Old Republic (Kotor). Set 4,000 years before the events of the original trilogy, Kotor gives players control of Revan as he battles against the evil Darth Malak. The game was not only unique for its combat system and voice acting, but for the its morality system. Suddenly all your actions had consequences, creating unique scenarios and different endings. This mechanic would be built upon and has become standard in most modern RPGs. The success of this game helped establish BioWare as a game developer, while also inspiring Star Wars: The Old Republic. Kotor is easily one of the top RPGs created, and a must play for any Star Wars fan.
With an original release on the Dreamcast, Shenmue quickly became one of the console’s top games. Shenmue not only featured a compelling story, but the game was one of the first to feature a persistent world. Basically the game’s environment continued to exist and develop without player interaction, something revolutionary for its time. With Shenmue III in development, now would be the perfect time to remaster Shenmue and Shenmue II. This would introduce more players to the fantastic series, as few have had the privilege to play it.
Warcraft: Orcs & Humans originally launched in 1994, and spawned two sequels. These games are great strategic games filled with rich lore and are the inspiration for World of Warcraft.While Warcraft III is purchasable from Blizzard, currently there is no method to obtain the first two. Many players would gladly pay to experience the origins of WoW, making this series an obvious choice to remaster. Whether or not Blizzard thinks the investment is worth it remains to be seen.
1. Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Bethesda’s decision to remaster Skyrim left some fans confused; wondering why they didn’t choose a previous title. When you ask most Elder Scrolls fans which game was the best, they almost always answer Morrowind. But sadly the company has no interest in remastering it, claiming it would take too much work to not only redesign the textures, but update the code as well. However, there’s still hope. A group of modders is recreating the game using Skyrim’s engine. Dubbed Skywind, the project has been in development for nearly five years and has Bethesda’s blessing. The group is still seeking volunteers, so feel free to contribute. While no release date has been announced, the chances of us playing a remastered Morrowind seems likely.
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