The Games We Wish Would Get Remastered

There's plenty of titles that deserve to find a new audience, or even just a fresh coat of paint. But whether its due to licensing issues, problems with the original source code, a lack of supposed interest or just being forgotten through the passage of time, there are tons of games still begging for a remaster.

Having moved into a new office with tons of fresh faces - and people staring at their Switch for new things to play - I did a quick whiparound of the office. What games would everyone love to see brought back to life? Within seconds, I was inundated with replies.

Croc: Legend of the Gobbos

We might have Spyro, Crash and a wealth of retro-inspired platformers. But where is the adorable Croc, the cutesy-crocodile with one tooth trying to save Gobbo Valley? Croc was made by the same studio behind Star Fox - Argonaut - and the game was eventually released on PS1, the Sega Saturn and a year later, on PC.

"It was this giant crocodile who would run around and you had to make it through levels," Melissa, who nominated Croc, said. What's worth mentioning is that Croc had some particularly odd controls. Circle would flip Croc around, and left and right only rotates the characters - it doesn't actually strafe like most games. Left and right also invert when you're in the air, which is ... weird.

If Croc got remastered today, that's definitely something that should be changed.

Pokémon Snap

In a world of gyro-powered Switches and AR Pokemon games, how do we not have a new Pokemon Snap? The photography-centric game, where players focused on a Pokemon's poses or encouraging them to come on camera at all, was the equivalent of going on a virtual Pokemon field trip.

There's so many ways the game could be reinvented or remastered today - Pokemon Snap in VR, with the Switch using the gyroscope to aim the camera, using the Joycons for gestures to calm down and encourage Pokemon to venture out, or even another AR spin-off of the series.

Even just Pokemon Snap with filters. Oh God.

Magic Carpet (but in VR)

Magic Carpet - nominated by Lifehacker's Chris - is one of those classic Bullfrog games. Unlike Dungeon Keeper, Theme Park, Theme Hospital to a degree, and even Syndicate though, Magic Carpet doesn't hold up that well today. It's visually restrictive, isn't well explained without a manual, and the controls can be hard to pick-up from the off.

But we're talking about a game from the early '90s. What Bullfrog achieved with Magic Carpet was remarkable for its time. You've got a huge open-ish world, relatively stable frame rate, water effects, movement physics, explosions and freeform targeting in a time when Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM and Dark Forces were kings of the roost.

As seen with Resident Evil 2, remasters are a fantastic opportunity to update a game's controls and systems to make them a little more palatable in the modern age. Magic Carpet has an incredible base from which a game could be built in 2019, and it'd be amazing to see what a studio could do. Chris would love to see Magic Carpet in VR, which is totally possible too, although I think you could take the series a lot further than that with the power of modern engines.

Titanic: Adventure Out Of Time

As someone who grew up playing a lot of FMV adventures and point-and-click games with family, I totally understand the huge appeal of the classic stories from the '90s. And it's not the first time someone has mentioned the Titanic adventure around the Kotaku offices before. When Titanic: Honor & Glory was announced a couple of years ago, all work basically shut down across our three sites as people started geeking out about random historical accuracies on the ship.

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The original Persona games

I mean, surely Atlus are already working on this for the Switch. The interest in Persona 5 alone would make the project worth it. But the old Persona games blown up and given a new coat of paint and some anti-aliasing would be a banger of a second-screen game.

Landstalker

A banger of an RPG from '93 that probably won't end up on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis Mini later this year, Landstalker was an isometric RPG featuring a treasure hunting elf. Helped by a tiny partner Friday, and some decent controls for its time, Landstalker was an underrated title with a heavy focus on platforming.

The game was from that annoying PAL/NTSC era of games, although it has been reemulated and released through Steam. It could definitely use a bit of a graphical refresh - blowing the camera out a little, making everything a little more proportionate, and freshening up the UI a little. Landstalker was a character-driven game, so there's a lot that could be done with that in 2019, too.

Need for Speed Underground 2

This is an instance where I'd want as straight a remaster as possible - sharpening of textures, modern compatibility, as much of the original soundtrack as possible, and pretty much that. EA has had a crack at bringing the Underground formula back in various ways, most recently with Need for Speed in 2015, but it's never quite stuck. Just give me the original - or both games in a double-pack. That'd sell like hotcakes.

Kula World

Kula World came out for the PS1 back in '98, with players navigating a beach ball through about 200 levels. The puzzler was re-released as a classic title for the PS3 and Vita back in 2007, but not much has been seen of it since.

It's the kind of game that would fit rather nicely on iPads and mobiles today, with a bit of an art rework. The option for co-op is neat as well, but even some sharpening of textures and blowing out some more levels would make for a good couch co-op Switch game.

Suikoden 2

Jason reckons that Suikoden 2 is still one of the best RPGs ever made, so I'm not hugely surprised that a few people in the office are holding out for a remaster. "I printed out a copy of the entire walkthrough and had a folder with notes ... the only other game I ever had a connecting [with] like that was Red Dead Redemption," Gordon, our in-house designer, mentioned.

People love the shit out of Suikoden 2. Why wasn't it on the PS Classic, Sony? Either way, Konami really needs to get off its arse and bring this game back to life somehow. A Switch port would be a good start, especially since there's a whole generation of gamers who won't get to enjoy this.

Crazy Taxi

I always have a soft spot for Crazy Taxi, which was like a combination between GTA, Tony Hawk and Midtown Madness. It's playable again on phones for free, complete with songs from The Offspring and Bad Religion. It's available on Steam for $9, but it'd be nice to see SEGA dust the game off completely and do something fresh with that time-limited, racing-style atmosphere.

Quarantine

Similar to Crazy Taxi in a way, Quarantine was a game about a dystopian world where you drove an armoured cab in the future, armed to the hilt with miniguns, spikes and rockets. Because crime is an epidemic, the city agrees to let a megacorporation come in and test a secret chemical to deal with the problem.

Naturally, they test that chemical on the population and everything goes to shit. So you end up with a city full of crazed lunatics and, from time to time, citizens who need to get from point A to point B safely. The sequel was a vastly better game, with the player travelling from the desert to the city, but the general idea of an armoured taxi that goes around doing missions is a hell of a lot of fun. Personal favourite of mine growing up, even if it really wasn't that good.

Megaman Battle Network Series

The strategy treatment has done wonders for all kinds of franchises, but perhaps the most interesting about-face was the Mega Man series. Megaman Battle Network Series was a spin-off series that started on the Game Boy Advance, featuring an alternate reality Mega Man world where Lan Hikari and his NetNavi go around the real and virtual worlds solving crime.

Network Series started out as a horror game, with the developers putting together a prototype that linked to your heartbeat via a wearable device. But as card games started to become more popular, and the original idea became too unwieldy, the devs started to change tack towards a card game that only Capcom could make.

The series spawned six games for the GBA, along with Rockman.EXE Operate Shooting Star which was never released in the West. I don't know whether all the games would be worth a remaster, but at least the first two or three would be a blast to play again.

Morrowind or Oblivion (on the Switch)

And while we're at it, can we get New Vegas going on the Switch as well? Thanks Bethesda/Obsidian.

Heaven & Earth

A banger of a chilled puzzle game from 1990, Heaven & Earth is the sort of meditative game that would be a delight to play again today. The card, pendulum and various puzzle mechanics wouldn't be too difficult to replicate, particularly with touch controls.

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    I heard that Atlus makes games other than Persona from time to time, if only they could remember that.

    Trauma Center isn't going to remake itself.

      Be nice to finally get Trauma Team out in PAL territories! I still have never even seen the full story from that game and I love the TC series

      Also if they still have the publishing rights to all of Cave's early games (Donpachi, Dodonpachi, ESPRade etc) then it'd be nice to see those collected and ported to Switch.

    SSX3 is criminally absent from this list. It's the best snowboarding game in the world, and I'd argue just one of the most fun videogames to ever exist, but it came out in 2003. Yes, there is an Xbox One version which just ups the resolution (but still looks amazing even by today's standards, that's how great it was), but it's in dire need of release on other platforms with a remaster.

      Better than Tricky?!? I did love SSX3 especially the amazing full mountain run from the peak to the city, but it lost some of the sheer madness of Tricky in the process.

      But yeah, good call. SSX on the PS3 just missed the point.

        I haven't played Tricky, but I heard it was a really arcade-y sorta game with crazy tracks, so I can see why it would be rated higher than SSX3.

        But there's nothing more tranquil and calming like going down the entire mountain. Not to mention the great soundtrack, and DJ Atomika. Man I love his commentary whenever I played the game.

          Yeah, it was arcadey and 3 just toned down some of the mayhem a little far, but you're right about the freeride all the way top to bottom. Super chill.

          Atomika was in Burnout: Paradise too. :D

    Fun fact, Croc was originally a Yoshi racing game prototype that Argonaut came up with to show off their Power FX chip for the SNES. (later used in Star Fox and Yoshi's Island 2) Nintendo rejected it and so the company changed Yoshi to Croc and came up with the game on PSX. Nintendo would later take inspiration from the prototype and go on to make Super Mario 64.

    In terms of games I'd like to see remastered, I'd want Little Big Adventure and coming off the Sekiro high I want to see the Tenchu PSX and PS2 series remastered. Come on FromSoftware, I know you have the rights to it... Even a port of Tenchu Z would be a good start.

    I'd want the entire Legacy of Kain series remastered and brought up to date, then finished off nicely with a true sequel to Defiance that ties up all the loose ends.

    One can dream.

      It says a lot about the zeitgeist that the franchise's most recent entry was a failed always-online PVP hero-shooter.

        Absolutely it does. The weirdest thing for me, is that each time they released a sequel, it seemed to get further and further away from what the games should have been about, and inevitably just became a linear hack and slash game? Black Sun looked interesting but I'm not sure if it was meant to be a sequel or a new 'reality'?

          AFAIK it was meant to be a separate story but set in the same universe, just not focusing on Kain or Raziel at all.

          Not sure how I would have felt about it honestly when the main story arc still had a lot of unanswered questions.

    Meanwhile, Sega still lets top-shelf titles like Jet Set Radio Future and Skies of Arcadia languish and everyone forgets them. Also Sakura Wars, but at least they're releasing a new one of those so there's a good chance they might dig the old ones back out again for one more round.

    Also I have to say that you really *don't* want a Magic Carpet remaster as much as you think you do. They were interesting games at the time but mainly because they were 3D at a time when that was novel. There wasn't much game to them.

    For a modern take on Quarantine, can I suggest the criminally underrated Mad Max from 2015?

      JSRF is probably top of my list. I mean, there are heaps of games that deserve a remaster but absolutely JSRF. Can you imagine it on switch, with the ability to make your own graffiti on the touch screen and than to share it?

      Would love remasters of the great games from the DC days. The classics like crazy taxi and such but also the classic fighting games. Like mvsc2,cvsnk,powerstone,rival schools,etc.

        Powerstone is crying out for a Switch remaster.

          This is one I could see Capcom doing. No issues with expensive licencing.

      Mad Max is unquestionably underrated. Its progression mechanics were enjoyable and fair, its combat intuitive, fluid, and followed a clear and satisfying escalation, and the game seriously sold its world-building and atmosphere. Those salt flats had so much character to them relative to the actual content - that's a nuanced result that required a deft touch to accomplish. And the sound! My God, the sound engineers needed to be showered in awards.

    Timesplitter series
    Vigilante 8 series
    Dino Crisis
    Resident Evil 1,3 & 4 (ala RE2)
    Onimusha
    Tomb Raider 2

      RE1? That happened in 2002. Or do you want a remake/remaster of the remake?

        I think what was meant was a fully 3d third person one like the re2 remake. I would support this, along with 3 and 4

    Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem
    No One Lives Forever, I and II (A Spy in H.A.R.Ms Way)
    Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
    All the games in the X-Wing franchise. Every one.

      Nightdive studios tried their absolute hardest to get the rights to NOLF, they even have the original source code but its was too much of a shitshow between Monolith (now owned by WB games) and Fox Interactive which Vivendi bought and which was then absorbed by Activision.

        I know. Alas. But a girl can dream, right?

        And if we keep saying it, maybe one magic day, the right pair of ears will hear it.

          I second, third and fourth NOLF.

          I can't even find my discs anymore. :(

            NOLF was brilliant. Absolutely loved those games :)

      Sign me up for NOLF 1-2 and TIE Fighter.
      NOT X-Wing vs TIE Fighter.
      *grumps* Two decades later... still bitter at the shift from single-player campaign-based game to networked multiplayer PVP which underperformed and killed the franchise.

      Hm. That's not the first franchise in this comment thread I've said that about.

        Man, I was bitter too when it went multiplayer.

        NOLF is up there for me as well.

    Any of the Lucas Arts space combat games.

      You mis-spelt "all"

      as in "All of the LS space combat games."

      :)

    In all honestly, I would love to see a remaster of The Legend of Dragoon or Panzer Dragoon: Saga.

    Incredibly remote and likely to never happen, but a man can dream.

    Some remakes just shouldn't be done, or don't do the original justice. I would have loved to seen the SSF2THDR treatment given to Symphony of the Night... even looked at some texture replacement tools so I could run every asset through ESRGAN...

    Games I want to see a remaster of:

    Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (done in the style of Breath of the Wild (i.e. stylised graphics, 3d world, all quests intact).
    Bushido Blade 1 and 2 (the gameplay is already there, it was great. Just update the visuals).
    Dino Crisis
    G Police
    Colony Wars (parts 1 and 2 were amazing, seriously).

      Y'all got me drooling over that BotW treatment of Nosgoth.

      Also, YASSS G-POLICE.

        I'd love to see someone do it personally. I feel Blood Omen deserves some sort of gigantic, open world treatment. Kains world has a rich as hell lore, which could be delved into, then we could even get Soul Reaver remade or reimagined for the inevitable sequel?

      Oh man I was gonna say g police and colony wars until I saw this post. Fuck me that was some good ass fun back in the day wow.

    All the sierra "Quest" games

      And Kyrandia. I actually stumbled across my physical boxed copy of Malcolm's Revenge a couple months ago. Took some photos for posterity then binned it.

    SKIES

    OF

    ARCADIA

    FOR CRYING OUT LOUD SEGA COME ON.

    Also I think the reason Suikoden II doesn't get a remaster is because everyone who's using an original copy as collateral for their home loans would suddenly be in serious trouble.

    Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.
    "I'm selling these fine leather jackets..."

    The Dig

      I was waiting for this.

      @Shane would be proud. :)

        Yes, he would.

        But also, I really would love to see it get the same treatment as Monkey Island 1/2 with that reskin style remaster. Some cruel tease did the intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHJlIhpNS2I

        Gives me shivers.

        But to fill in the wait, I've got all the files for the old Lucasarts adventure games backed up (I've still got CDs for most of them!) so maybe it's time to get SCUMMVM working on my phone.

          Ohhhh crap, I was going to say The Dig doesn't need a remaster, it's already perfect... then I watched that intro. Fuck's sake.

            Innit.

            SCUMM reskin and pretty cutscenes. That's all it needs.

    I played Magic Carpet on VR back when VR was terrible (and Magic Carpet was new). Never again.

    I really want to see Fox Interactive's Croc Legend of the Gobbos make a comeback.
    Because number one I played it on PC since I was a young boy and it really did lift my spirits.
    Number two someone had setup a petition on change.org asking us to sign the petition to bring back Croc Legend of the Gobbos Croc 2 and make a new a Croc 3 to see what happens next after Croc defeats the evil Baron Dante and saves the Gobbos.
    But Argonaut as we all know is no longer developer since the British headquarters in London was shut down in 2004 because it was on the brink of facing bankruptcy.
    Croc Legend of the Gobbos has now got it's licensing rights owned by 20th Century Fox.
    2 years later though Fox Interactive had also shut down their headquarters in L.A after releasing their last ever Fox Interactive game Ice Age 2 The Meltdown.
    Number 3 it's Croc's 20th anniversary so what could wrong if they didn't bring back Croc Legend of the Gobbos?
    I mean who else is going to save the Gobbos? That's what I want to know.
    And finally number 4 you should know that Croc Legend of the Gobbos had achieved the commercial success selling over 3 million copies since it's release in 1997 which is 20 years ago.
    Come on everyone we really should stand up for ourselves because it's Croc's 20th anniversary and Croc Legend of the Gobbos really should make a comeback to be on PS4 and other gaming platforms as well including the Nintendo Switch.
    So are you guys with me or not?
    It's time that my early childhood of playing Croc Legend of the Gobbos comes back.
    20th Century Fox if you're listening sign me up I'm all in for Croc Legend of the Gobbos and I demand that Croc Legend of the Gobbos makes a comeback very soon.

    The fun Burnout games... no, Paradise does not count
    Dragon Quest 8
    Fatal Frame

      Part 3!!!!!

        Oh, number 3... so many weekends passing the controller around the couch with friends.

          I remember playing 3 on xbox live once against some dude who claimed he was one of the devs. I will never ever know if its true. I like to think it was...

      Don't know if you've heard but Dangerous Driving (I know it's going to be on PS4, don't know about other platforms) is due out soon and it's by the same guys behind Burnout. The proper Burnout games.

      Fatal Frame 4 & 5 remade on something other than Nintendo software. I swear, between the Wii controls of 4 & and the Wii U on 5 it convinced me that the Xbox and PS2 controller was best for it.

    One Must Fall 2097.
    Trog.
    Metal Marines.
    Ecco the Dolphin.
    EVO.
    Gargoyle's Quest
    Zombies Ate My Neighbors
    Shadowrun (1994)
    Bioforge.
    Crusader: No Remorse.
    Freespace 1 & 2.
    Rainbox Six (NO, NOT AS AN ONLINE MULTIPLAYER GAME)
    Heretic/Hexen
    SiN (episodes was a great start! That died in the ass. So sad).
    Myth: The Fallen Lords (series).
    Oni. (No, srsly. Oni. Do it, Bungie. Do it. Do it now. Do it. Please do it. Dooo eeeet.)
    Total Annihilation (hell, even Supreme Commander's due a remaster).
    Blade Runner.
    Front Mission (1. Not the sequels that 'evolved' the franchise.)
    SimCopter (why the HELL has this not happened already?)
    Star Wars: Shadow of the Empire
    The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall.
    TIE Fighter.
    Raptor.
    Vagrant Story.
    Daikatana. (lol j/k)
    Black and White 1-2 (but with the option to skip the dialogue)
    War Wind.
    Sid Meier's Pirates!
    Desert Strike/Jungle Strike/Urban Strike.

    Get back to me when those are done, there's much more work to be done.

      Black and White 1-2 (but with the option to skip the dialogue)

      Ooooh, we've got this notion
      That we'd quite like to sail the ocean
      So we're building a big boat to leave here for good
      We're not keen on sinking
      So we're all sitting here a thinking
      Cause we've built it to big and we've run out of wood.
      Eidle Eidle Eee
      Eidle Eidle Eee
      Continue for the next 5 minutes...

      My favourite 90s gaming homeboy!

      Gargoyle Quest but not Demon Crest? Have you played that? It's great!
      I was going to say Black and White too! I'll pinch Warwind.
      Also pinch Myth. (I played that Myth 2 entirely without losing a soldier.
      And geez, I was just going to say Bioforge and drop my mic, but you already did it.

      I'll add some that I think you'll probably agree with:
      Interstate 76
      Jagged Alliance
      A Mind Forever Voyaging.
      I'm tempted to add Dungeon Keeper, but War of the Overworld already did that pretty good.

      Not sure about a remake, but you ever play Albion? Man that was a great rpg.

        Awh hell yeah. Interstate 76 could be the bomb. Shame about the recent attempts to redo Jagged Alliance fell into F2P single-A studio failure. And yeah, Albion WAS pretty great. That and the Betrayal at Krondor style RPGs could do with a fresh coat of paint.

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