For the past few years, game developers have been able to use our collective obsession over nostalgia to their advantage and remaster some of the most iconic games ever made.
We’ve already seen it in the last few years, and whether it’s the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Resident Evil Remake, MediEvil or the upcoming Spyro Reignited Trilogy or the Resident Evil 2 remaster, there is definitely a huge market for those of us who want to see the most favourite games from the golden days of youth re-imagined with today’s engines and graphics.
And of course, we know that the new and improved remasters could never replace those precious memories, but it’s nice to have that curiosity quenched. Although there are many remasters coming out at the moment, there are plenty of classic games that the public would love to see with a fresh coat of paint.
And with that, here are 13 classic PlayStation games that we would love to see remastered now.
13.Crash Team Racing and Crash Bash
It’s very hard to make a good kart racing game, but in Crash Team Racing and Crash Bash, the developers did just that.
Games like this are the perfect complement to groups of people getting together, whether it be a group of kids after school or adults looking for something to do while they have a few drinks, Crash Team racing and especially Crash Bash were the games that brought kart racing games to the forefront. They both remain some of the best games that the franchise have ever produced.
And in addition to being great games from our childhoods, it introduced a lot of first-time players to the true multiplayer experience. Now, with the graphics of next-generation consoles, it only enhances the experience.
It’s very rare these days that you see a game where the core gameplay mechanics are based around vehicle combat. It’s such a lost art, but in Twisted Metal, there would be an opportunity to bring the genre back to the forefront, and with the development of modern graphics and mechanics, you can bet that it would be a hot mess of a masterpiece.
Released back in 1995, Twisted Metal was the ultimate fun game. There were huge guns strapped to vehicles, you collected power ups and you blew each other to smithereens. It wasn’t all too complex, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t absolutely entertaining.
This game would thrive in the modern market, where there’s a decided lack of fun dumb games
Bushido Blade and its sequel Bushido Blade 2 are one-on-one swordfighting games like no other. It’s rare that you get swordfighting games full stop – nothing really ever came out of that genre apart from Bushido and Soulblade, as far as I can remember anyway – but this is a game all on its own.
It had no health bars. Instead, the players were charged with the knowledge, that a swordfight depended on skill, discipline, technique and timing.
It had large open arenas that players could fight in, and though dishonourable tactics were discouraged, you could still kick dirt in the face of your opponent, and use a lot of dirty tricks to get the upper hand.
It was a rare game that gave players the opportunity to really think about what they were doing, as opposed to just button mash. With modern graphics, this game would fill a gap that you just don’t tend to see anymore.
It’s safe to say that in the late 90s, Konami were absolutely killing it when it came to releasing quality games, and with Silent Hill, they looked to try and steal some of the glory that Capcom had built up over the years.
This game represents more of a physiological difficulty than an actual one. While the game is not easy by any stretch of the imagination, it requires a steady hand and a strong will to survive. Because while the likes of Resident Evil may have been gorier and a little tense, no game messed with your head quite like Silent Hill.
When we look back at older horror games, the one thing that truly disappoints is the graphics quality. Somehow, things just aren’t as scary, if your first thought is “Wow, the graphics have aged terribly.” But can you imagine just how terrifying Silent Hill would be if it had the best possible graphics possible? I’m getting scared just thinking about it.
The concept of a driving game is far from new these days, but Driver still had plenty to offer. The player had the opportunity to drive around the open world setting of the game in as real a simulation available at that time. For driving game enthusiasts everywhere, this was a must have in the collection.
What made this game so good (and what still makes it very playable) is the simplicity of it. In games like Grant Theft Auto, you have the opportunity to drive, but you are never able to fully experience the driving aspect without needing to get out and blow something up.
But with the modern advances in gaming, a remaster of Driver would allow us to return to glorious simplicity without having to suffer through the technological limitations of the PlayStation at the time.
Okay, so Dino Crisis was basically Resident Evil except without zombies and monsters. Instead, you had dinosaurs. Though it never found the success that its Capcom sibling has down the years, it remains as a real favourite among old school gaming enthusiasts.
This is one game that would especially benefit from the face-lift that modern graphics and development could give. The genre of Resident Evil has always been survival horror, but the genre of Dino Crisis was always said to be survival panic. It was, in all seriousness, terrifying.
You didn’t have slow moving zombies that you could saunter past in this game. Instead, you had swift moving dinosaurs that hunted you down wherever you went. Couple that with the unique health system – or rather lack of one, so you never knew how healthy you were – and this is a game that could breathe new life into the dinosaur genre generally.
As successful as the dinosaur trope has been in pop culture, a remaster of Dino Crisis would allow developers to present them as the deadly, violent and blood-thirsty creatures they were. With modern development, they would be far quicker, far more agile, and much harder to avoid. It would be a game of crippling tension as the player tried to cope with the fear of constantly being hunted.
It would make dinosaurs scary again, and it would finally give the public a modern R-rated dinosaur game that no one has ever really managed to produce.
As much as we love old school gaming, and as much as we say that graphics don’t matter – sometimes they do. And in the case of Vagrant Story – a game that was so far ahead of its time in terms of lighting, visual moods and cinematic settings – we have the classic example of a game that has suffered, without the context in which it was first played.
And though Vagrant Story’s visuals can still be evocative, they suffer by the hand of modern TVs. As they display in a different way, all the blemishes have nowhere to hide, If this game was given a remastering, then the vision that the developers had in their head all those years ago could finally be realised and if done well, we would all be given a true gaming cinematic masterpiece.
6.Hogs of War
It was always seen as the step-child of the more popular franchise worms, but this was a game that revelled in its own silliness. Never taking itself too seriously, but at the same time extremely tactical and difficult, Hogs of War remains as one of the most playable games from the original PlayStation.
Though it would be amazing to see what developers could do with the original skeleton of the game, Hogs of War would more than justify a remastering purely because of the online gameplay potential.
For anyone that has played it, you’ll know how frenetic, hilarious, challenging and chaotic, it was. It would be a joy to be able to play this game with modern graphics in an online capacity.
However, the experience would be bittersweet, because the man behind all the amazing voices – Rik Mayall, is no longer with us and I doubt there is anyone out there that could fill that particular void.
5.Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Legacy of Kain seems to be a forgotten gem from the heady days of the big grey PlayStation, but a gem it still is, and for fans everywhere, you could argue that it is long overdue for a revamp, as Matt Espineli of Gamespot argues: “The world of Nosgoth, a desolate and broken kingdom populated by all manner of mutated vampires, remains haunting and atmospheric. The vampire weakness-focused combat is still a creative and entertaining system to dispatch foes.
“In addition, the game is rich with fascinating locations to explore and secrets to unearth. There’s so much to enjoy about the original Soul Reaver; it would be amazing to experience it all over again with revamped textures, lighting effects, and updated mechanics.
“There’s still nothing else quite like Soul Reaver. While it has been 15 years since we’ve seen a new Legacy of Kain game, an HD remaster of its most iconic entry would be a brilliant way to revitalize interest. After all, its 20th anniversary is fast approaching, so what better time than now?”
In the 90s and early 2000s, snowboarding games were definitely the ‘in-thing’. But for whatever reason, the genre has fallen out of favour in the last ten years or so. In Coolboarders 2 though, there is so much potential for a HD remaster.
Everything from the soundtrack, the characters, the cutscenes, the visuals, it all screams 90s nostalgia, and in an age where nostalgia is the name of the game, Coolboarders would fit in nicely in today’s remaster market. Plus, with modern visuals and gameplay mechanics, as well as its multiplayer potential, this is an option that would keep modern gamers on the edge of their seats.
Parasite Eve was a game for grownups if there ever was one, given that its opening scene depicted an opera crowd being set on fire. Yep. Terrifying.
But underneath the haunting visuals and the terrifying atmosphere there was something interesting and supremely enjoyable about it, as the game combines its paranormal thrill with a unique mixture of action and turn-based role play.
Parasite Eve’s dark, haunting and gritty portrayal of New York City alone should warrant a remaster, but the game’s amazing presentation of RPG and mature themes pushes it over the edge.
2.Metal Gear Solid
If you’re a gamer, then it goes with saying that Metal Gear Solid is one of the best games not only of the PlayStation 1 era, but of all time. So ahead of its time was Metal Gear Solid that it still holds up today as a masterpiece of gaming, which makes the case that a video game can indeed be a work of art.
Metal Gear Solid follows Solid Snake, a soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to neutralise the terrorist threat from FOXHOUND, a renegade special-forces unit. Snake must liberate two hostages, the head of DARPA and the president of a major arms manufacturer, confront the terrorists, and stop them from launching a nuclear strike.
With superior graphics for the time, cinematic cut scenes, a Hollywood-like story and exceptional voice-over work, Metal Gear Solid remains as the gold standard for video games. However, despite being such a great game, it was still unfathomably difficult. The complex into which Solid Snake is dropped is riddled with security cameras and highly perceptive guards that will detect any and all ill-timed movements.
With a modern remaster, this game would have the potential to be one of the best games of all time in my opinion, and its inherent difficulty would sit perfectly with gamers who argue that developers are too quick to hold the player’s hand and help them through.
For gamers who yearn for the challenge of yesteryear, but with a modern cinematic edge, this game would be exactly what the doctor ordered.
1.Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
This will probably be on the way given that Resident Evil and Resident Evil 2 have been remastered and will be remastered respectively to great success, but even so, this has to be on this list because although the gameplay is probably not quite as good, (but it’s close), RE3 is far scarier than both of them put together in my opinion.
This game throws you in the deep end straight away, and might as well just say “here are your monsters, there’s about 50 zombies in your path, you’ve only got ten bullets, deal with it.”
RE3 ramps up the tension to a level that players can barely even handle, and that’s not even mentioning the Nemesis. He hunts you down constantly, he’s faster than you, he’s bigger than you, and he follows you through doors.
And crucially, you might think you’re safe because there are other enemies in the room, like slow moving zombies. Nope. The Nemesis will rip right through the zombies to get to you and there is literally nowhere to hide.
This game would be a true masterpiece of tension and fear if remastered. The original more than holds up today in terms of both gameplay and fear factor, and a HD remaster would only improve an already terrifying experience.