Written by Rick Warren / Gfn2112
While there are some gamers who dislike the concept of remasters, I’m all for them. I love being able to replay smoother, prettier versions of my favorite games from past generations. On top of that, remasters can give gamers who missed out on an iconic game (Final Fantasy VII, in my case) or series the chance to have that experience. While there has been no shortage of HD ports, there are still plenty of titles I’d like to see remastered in the near future. In this list, I’ll be sharing the five that I’m hoping to see the most!
5.) The Dead Space Trilogy
This is one remaster that I've been waiting to see for this entire generation. The first two Dead Space games were masterpieces, with the original being the scariest game I've ever played and the sequel delivering a strong story. While it was definitely the weakest link, even the third game was fun to play due to the addition of some neat crafting mechanics. Dead Space's sound design is still some of the best I've ever experienced in a video game, and the necromorphs were truly terrifying enemies. I can only imagine seeing and hearing these creatures in better detail, but it's a dream I'd love to see realized. Though the recent, disappointing shutdown of Visceral Games has left me worried about the future of the series, a new studio could definitely handle remaking the classic entries. Isaac Clarke and the USG Ishimura deserve one more chance to shine, and hopefully it happens one day.
Likelihood of being made: 50/50 due to the closure of Visceral.
In the #4 spot sits a series of Xbox games that I'd love to see get the attention of Gears and Halo...
4.) The Fable Trilogy
This is a remaster that should have happened already. Fable 2 and 3 are some of my favorite Xbox exclusive games ever, and I'd love to get a chance to play updated versions of them. This trilogy would also give me the chance to rectify one of my biggest gaming mistakes ever: not playing the original Fable. I've always wanted to play the first Fable game, but I've waited so long to do so that I feel like I would be underwhelmed by it. By today's standards, it's outdated in every way. However, there is hope. I waited to play Final Fantasy VII, hoping for the rumored remake to become a reality. It's now on the way, and I'm thrilled to have the chance to fully experience that legendary game soon. Even better examples come straight from Microsoft's catalog. The Anniversary editions of Halo 1 and 2, as well as the borderline remake of the original Gears of War, are perfect displays of how to handle a re-imagining of the original Fable. Creating a "Fable Anniversary" type of experience and bundling it with HD remasters of the two sequels would be a perfect collection for the Xbox One. With the cancelation of Fable Legends and refusal to greenlight Fable 4, though, it seems like this will never happen.
Likelihood of being made: Unlikely due to the prior handling of this series.
In the third spot... wait, how has this not happened yet!?
3.) The Infamous Collection
Honestly, I'm shocked that this isn't already a thing. Sony has remastered or remade nearly all of their iconic series at this point, from their PS2 platformers like Sly to their story-driven PS3 games like The Last of Us. With the surprise announcement of MediEvil at PSX this year, it's clear that they are planning to continue this trend. How is it, then, that they have yet to remaster one of their best series? It's astonishing that Sony has yet to re-release Infamous 1 and 2 on the PlayStation 4, as I'd happily play through those games again. They could include the standalone Festival of Blood to sweeten the deal as well. It seems like such an obvious thing to do, especially with Sucker Punch moving away from the series. This remaster should definitely be coming sooner rather than later. It has to... right?
Likelihood of being made: Guaranteed (or at least it should be).
Next up, two more remasters that probably should have happened by now...
2.) Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas
Skyrim has been ported/remastered a ridiculous amount of times. Given the unparalleled amount of praise for this Elder Scrolls title, it's not as startling as it would be for nearly any other game. What does raise some questions, however, is that the most beloved game in Bethesda's other iconic open world series never received the same treatment. Fallout 3 bathed in positive reception, deepening its fanbase and securing plenty of game of the year awards. Four expansions followed, as did a spinoff with its own expansions: Fallout New Vegas. With the popularity of the series, it's surprising that these games haven't seen any remasters or re-releases. Honestly, it's a shame. I'm someone who started over in both Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas multiple times. I loved what I played, but never set aside the appropriate amount of time to play them all the way through. I took months off, coming back to a save where I forgot where I was or what I was doing. Usually, this is what caused me to restart, creating another save that would be forgotten down the road. This cycle continued all the way to the launch of the PlayStation 4, and I haven't gone back since. I loved Fallout 4, and it made me want to go back and play the two games that came before it. However, every time I consider it, I remember the severely outdated textures and lengthy load times. These games need, and deserve, a remaster. I'm one of many who would benefit from it.
Likelihood of being made: It's a toss-up due to how long it's been since their initial release (and Bethesda's obsession with Skyrim).
In the #1 spot, yet another reason to hate Konami...
1.) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Wow. Just... wow. This is a tremendously frustrating remake to talk about, partially because it's my second favorite game of all time, and partially because a lot of it ALREADY EXISTS. Konami thought it would be a brilliant idea to remake the perfectly-crafted cutscenes from the original Metal Gear Solid 3, and on the surface it would seem like a good decision; they look gorgeous. Yet, instead of using them for an actual game, they were recreated for a pachinko machine and nothing else. These machines are essentially arcade games made for gambling, and sadly they're the main focus of Konami nowadays. A huge portion of the work is done when it comes to remaking Snake Eater, but the publisher seems to have no interest in making an actual game with these scenes. It's a shame, as this is a remake I'd love to play more than any other. To this day I find myself watching the cutscenes from time to time, thinking of what could be but never will.
Likelihood of being made: No chance, because Konami is the worst.
That's all everyone! You can check out two honorable mentions in the comments below, and while you're there, feel free to share your own.