Some video games will always be special to us because they formed an essential part of our childhood. It depends on when you grew up or what console(s) you owned as to which games these are, but it’s very likely that you have some nostalgic favorites. Given that graphics (and gaming in general) have come a long way in recent years, it would be amazing to see some of these old titles get remastered in HD. With series like “Crash Bandicoot” and “Spyro” successfully returning after so many years, isn’t about time these other games got some attention too?
Seeing as the “Harry Potter” video game series spans a decade, there are some titles in the franchise that are much more graphically superior than others. However, it’s mostly the older games in the collection that are the best to play, even if they look like they were made on a potato.
It’s been over 15 years now since the “Sorcerer’s Stone” was released on the PlayStation and Game Boy consoles, and it’s about time it got remastered. To be honest, the first three titles all deserve a bit of a graphical update, especially given the compelling gameplay on the PS2 copies of the games. With the “Harry Potter” series still as popular as ever, this remaster is something a lot of people would want. Don’t the fans deserve to be heard?
Metal Gear Solid
“Metal Gear Solid” has already been revisited once before back in the early ‘00s. After the title was released on the PlayStation in 1998, it was remade for Nintendo’s GameCube console four years later. While that version made improvements to the original release, it’s still been almost 15 years since that came out.
To say that it’s about time for “Metal Gear Solid” to return to the spotlight is an understatement. Although the franchise itself continues to bring out new games – “Metal Gear Survive” launched in February 2018 – nothing beats the originals. With interest in the series still clearly very high, shouldn’t we revisit the titles that first brought stealth gaming to worldwide attention?
Now, unlike all the other games on this list, this one is actually supposed to be getting the remastered treatment. At the 2017 Playstation Experience, the CEO of Sony America announced that MediEvil would be coming to PS4 sometime in the future. Horror fans like ourselves couldn’t wait to see Sir Daniel Fortesque resurrected once again, but since the announcement was made, Sony have been annoyingly silent.
There’s been no teasers, trailers or even whispers of a release date. Is it still happening? We hope so because it’s been a while since we’ve had a good hack n’ slash game to play. Even though MediEvil was the stuff of our nightmares when we were younger, we know that this spooktastic game would look simply incredible in HD graphics.
Super Mario 64
Few video games are more iconic than the most successful entry in the “Mario” franchise. Following its release in 1996, “Super Mario 64” completely changed the face of 3D gaming forever. We wouldn’t be where we are now if it wasn’t for titles like this. Although the release has been brought back via the virtual console on other Nintendo systems like the Wii and Wii U, it’s never received a proper remaster before.
Can you imagine how much more inviting the world of “Super Maro 64” would be if it implemented today’s graphics? We’ve seen firsthand that people still love the Italian plumber just as much as they did two decades, so a remaster makes a lot of sense. What better way to celebrate such a monumental game than by giving it a fresh coat of paint?
The Simpsons: Hit & Run
This family-friendly version of “Grand Theft Auto” was a firm favorite for many people who grew up in the ‘00s. Back then, “The Simpsons” was no longer in its Golden Era, but the quality of the show was still considered to be strong. That’s why “Hit & Run” sold so many copies when it was released. People loved the dysfunctional yellow family, and a video game designed around them was exactly what many kids wanted.
However, considering technology has had 15 years to develop, wouldn’t “Hit & Run” be so much better if it came out now? The animations would be smoother, the driving more reliable, and the nostalgia still very present. Who doesn’t want that from a remaster? Plus, with the series now in its landmark 30th season, there’s never been a better time to bring this game back.
The “Rayman” series has never really gone away, but it’s been through a few changes over the years. The franchise received a bit of a facelift in 2011 with the release of “Origins,” a game which introduced a brand new visual style for the series. The more animated approach made light of the darker tone in the earlier games, something that we’ve come to miss over the years.
With its curious charm and eerily beautiful soundtrack, the first few “Rayman” games helped bring platforming into the 21st century. Don’t you think it’s about time we revisited such an iconic series? Although the newer titles are great in their own way, we miss the doom and gloom of games like “The Great Escape.” Don’t ask us why, we just do.
Now that the major gaming companies have seen just how positively people respond to remasters, we’ll likely be seeing plenty more of them in the coming years? Will any of these great games make the cut? We’ll just have to wait and see.