Fed up with Remasters, Definitive Editions and Re-Releases yet? We’re not. Here are 10 more games from the last-gen that deserve a second lease of life in the current-gen.
The trend of remastering games from the Xbox 360 & PS3 back catalogue for the PS4, Xbox One and Switch seems like it’s coming to an end. While the upcoming release schedule used to be filled with HD Remasteres, Definitive Editions and Re-Releases, there’s only a few on the horizon now. While Remasters are still very prevalent in the gaming ecosystem (The Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy now holds the title for PS4 exclusive with the most weeks at the top of the UK charts) it certainly seems that efforts are being made to look to more historic projects rather than those from the PS3 & Xbox 360; Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen, Rogue Trooper Redux, .hack//G.U. Last Recode, Okami and LocoRoco 2 Remastered are the only titles penciled in to release in the next 4 months (and 80% of those are originally from handhelds or the PS2).
Before the industry gives up on remastering PS360 games for current-gen consoles entirely, there are 10 classic franchises that we think deserve to be remade, remastered or simply re-released for the PS4 and Xbox One. Here they are…
1). The MotorStorm Series
With the death of Evolution, so died the hopes of a new MotorStorm game. While the series was quite diversive, for its fans there was nothing better. The breakdown of the tracks into multiple routes which favoured particular vehicles was a refreshing mechanic back in 2007 and the games still look pretty damn good today. While it’s probably unreasonable to expect Sony to announce a new MotorStorm title, there’s a bunch of fans that would love to race through Monument Valley, the Pacific Volcanic Island, an earthquake zone and, yes, even the Arctic Edge all over again.
2). Mass Effect 1-3
When asked about a potential Mass Effect Remaster back in 2016, the then-EA executive Peter Moore said “Can we make an easy buck on remastering Mass Effect? Yes. Have a thousand people asked me that? Yes, they have,” he then added. “We just feel like we want to go forward. There’s a little thing called Mass Effect: Andromeda that we’re totally focused on at BioWare and it’s gonna be magnificent.“. Hindsight is a wonderful thing because, it turns out, Andromeda was the lowest selling, lowest reviewing, least liked game in the series. It has fared so poorly that it has some believing that the game has killed off the IP. The simple solution to this? Remaster the original 3 games for current-gen consoles and get that Mass Effect ball rolling again.
3). LA Noire
If the rumours are to be believed, a remaster of open-world crime thriller LA Noire is already in the works. Unnamed sources are claiming that, if the remaster is real, it’ll come with a first-person mode much like Rockstar added to GTAV for the current-gen release and that it’ll have PSVR support to boot. I recently played through LA Noire from start to finish because of a random craving to get back into that world and I can confirm that the gameplay has aged very well indeed. Let’s hope that even if the rumours aren’t true, Rockstar are looking to bring LA Noire onto current-gen consoles.
4). Dead Space 1-3
Dead Space is another EA owned series left to flounder in the past. That’s because, when asked about the possibility of a Dead Space remaster, Peter Moore (again) said “Because of who we are and this broad portfolio of intellectual property…you add all that together, I don’t know where we find the time to do remakes. We’re a company that just likes to push forward.”. He had a point – between FIFA, Madden, NHL, their slate of Star Wars titles, Need for Speed Payback and the continued support of Battlefield 1, they have their hands full. That doesn’t change the fact that Dead Space was a well loved series that was ahead of its time, demonstrating how sound effects (or the lack there of when walking around in space) can create a truly terrifying environment. If EA do find a space in their ever-so-busy portfolio, there are a lot of people out there that would like to return to the Ishimura.
5). The Resistance: Fall of Man Series
Insomniac CEO Ted Price said that the studio won’t be making any more games for the Resistance series and to be honest, who can blame them? The series which combined the WW2 aesthetic with sci-fi is drastically underrated and never really achieved their obvious sales potential on PS3. The original game was a better Wolfenstein than Wolfenstein (at least until the New Order), the sequel introduced PlayStation gamers to 60 player multiplayer matches and the threequel cranked the atmosphere up and told a compelling story. It as a fantastic series that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves. Sony could change that by remastering the series (hopefully with the lesser known but still entertaining Retribution & Burning Skies included too) for the PS4.
This past week signified the 10th anniversary of the release of the PS3 version of Warhawk. Paul spoke to Dylan Jobe to celebrate the occasion and when asked about a potential remake or remaster, Jobe replied “Who Knows 🙂”. WHO KNOWS SMILEY FACE?? That’s just too much of a tease to not mean something and the Warhawk community that has lasted a decade replied with hype and anticipation. Warhawk is a pure and solid multiplayer experience and it certainly has a place alongside Overwatch, LawBreakers etc on PS4.
Having recently received a long overdue PC release, Vanquish is once again in the public eye and more and more people are realising what an underrated classic it is. Part third person shooter, part “5 year old sliding on his knees across an empty dance floor at a party” simulator, Vanquish deserves a third bite of the cherry with a PS4, Xbox One and maybe even a Switch port too.
8). The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Everyone is over Skyrim by now, right? Even the hardiest Dragonborn fan must be getting a little fed up with the re-releases by this point. Skyrim Vanilla. Skyrim Legendary Edition. Skyrim Special Edition. Skyrim VR. Skyrim Switch Edition. I, for one, am all Skyrimmed out. While Bethesda think about where to head with the series next (whenever they get around to it, of course) it would be great to return to Cyrodiil. In my (probably unpopular) opinion, Oblivion was a more rounded game than Skyrim and certainly deserves to sit alongside it in terms of quality. A remaster or current-gen re-release would keep Elder Scrolls in the public eye long enough for Bethesda to take their time and really innovate with their next game.
9). Skate 3
How have we gone 4 years of this console generation without a truly brilliant skate game? Sure, we have OlliOlli and its sequel but they are more like twitch platformers than a true skating. After Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 bombed, it feels like most publishers are terrified of getting back into a genre of game that was already offering diminishing returns. This is why I think a remaster of Skate 3 is a good idea. It’s a toss up between that and THPS3 for the title of best skating game ever made and it would test the water on a genre that is being criminally ignored so far in this generation (NB – Yes. I know it’s backwards compatible on Xbox One but wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could play it? PS4 and Switch players too?)
10). Left 4 Dead 1 & 2
A decade ago, Valve were releasing their games on consoles on a regular basis. Half-Life 2 and it’s Episodes, Portal, Team Fortress 2 and, of course, Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 all landed on the PS3 and Xbox 360. Since then, Valve have concentrated on releasing their games on Steam and, seriously, why wouldn’t they? It’s their big money maker. Unfortunately, that means that console gamers aren’t getting to play their games. Back to my point – the unique gameplay formula used to create Left 4 Dead has been ripped up, evolved and borrowed by many games in the 9 year since it first hit PC and Xbox 360 but it’s still one of the best examples of atmospheric, thrilling co-op gaming to date. While I never expect Valve to take the time to re-release the Left 4 Dead games on PS4 and Xbox One, I’d love it if they did.