Nostalgia is a vicious mindset—one that makes the reminiscing mind longing for days past. In the entertainment industry, musing retroactively can be especially powerful with the source of such past-longing being right in front of the ruminator—an electronic landmark from two decades ago.
And, given the aforementioned industry’s obsession with rehashing the past in a nicer package—this exercise is seemingly more
Dusting off the Nintendo 64, the Super Nintendo, the Sega Genesis, or the Sony Playstation; RSVLTS has come to the following conclusion—some games are simply too awesome to be trapped within the confines of their primitive technology.
Hence, the gaming industry has a unique opportunity to make the past more tangible. But, what the ten best opportunities? Well, RSVLTS is here to countdown the top 10 Retro Games that deserve a full remake—not just an HD re-master.
10. Dark Cloud
Released for the Playstation 2 in 2000, Dark Cloud can be seen as one of the forgotten gems on one of the greatest consoles to ever serve as the link between the real and virtual world.
Armed with an arm-placed stone that can save the victims of a harrowing attack by an evil genie, the protagonist embarked on an epic dungeon-crawling quest that allows the player to craft unique weapons and recruit allies with different abilities.
Largely ahead of its time, many of the mechanics on Dark Cloud would be upgraded on the hardware of the Eighth Generation consoles.
9. Gauntlet Legends
An arcade-based Hack and Slash game that was released before the genre became tiresome, Gauntlet Legends was ahead of its time in the sense of genre-blending—a game that took many role playing elements and applied them to the action genre.
With modern special effects, the powers each character has in the game would come to life with stellar results.
8. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3
The Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater franchise was one of the most enjoyable brands in sports gaming history. Likewise, its third installment—appropriately titled Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3—was the series’ most noteworthy game.
With a fantastic soundtrack that blends Punk Rock, Hip Hop, Metal, and Alternative Rock; a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 would renew interest in the Tony Hawk franchise as whole. Simultaneously, it would allow players to skateboard as Darth Maul and Wolverine one more time.
7. Tenchu: Stealth Assassins
There has been a lacking of ninja games in recent years—the only notable example being Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which is a more of a flashy action game featuring a ninjas as its protagonist.
But, games featuring legitimate ninja stealth action have been scarce. And, with the latest installment of the Tenchu series being the forgettable Tenchu Z, there is a seeming need for the once-renowned series to reestablish itself.
6. Double Dragon
There have been remakes of Double Dragon, but most of them have been poorly reviewed downloadable affairs.
But, for hardcore gamers, Double Dragon was the undisputed king of the Third Generation consoles. And, given the fact that of the action takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, Billy (not to be confused with the misspelling “Bimmy”) and Jimmy Lee would be a great fit on the Eighth Generation consoles.
5. Legend of Dragoon
If someone made a game where you could control half human-half dragon hybrids, would you want to play it?
Well, assuming you said yes, then Legend of Dragoon—a cult favorite on the Sony Playstation—would be a game that you would enjoy. But, when playing it, the technology is undoubtedly dated.
Hence, a full reboot of the game—or possibly a sequel—would renew interest in the series and the RPG genre as a whole.
4. Star Fox 64
While there was a sequel to this game, it failed to capture what made the Nintendo 64 incarnation classic. And, it was mostly devoid of Arwings.
As long as they’d eschew constant commands from Peppy to “do a barrel roll”, then Star Fox 64 could thrive on the new hardware of the Eighth Generation consoles.
Ahead of its time in many ways, the air combat game would be supremely exhilarating if it was reborn into gaming modernity.
With sandboxes burgeoning in popularity, it would be appropriate to revisit one of the most ambitious gaming projects: Shenmue.
Arguably one of the original free-roaming adventure games, a Shenmue remake would have a Sleeping Dogs fused with Mass Effect dynamic. With a technological makeover, gamers would be able to replay the adventures of Ryo Hazuki—and possibly finally uncover the reason as to why his father was murdered.
2. Perfect Dark 64
During the late ‘90s, there were few gaming companies that produced better video games than Rareware.
With their other first person shooter classic Goldeneye 007 already receiving a remake, it would be appropriate for Perfect Dark 64 to receive similar treatment.
1. Final Fantasy VII
Final Fantasy VII can be labeled as the first attempt to blend cinema with video games. And, given its status as a classic game—and possibly the premier title for the Sony Playstation—it is clear that a remake is due.
Largely demanded by fans of the Final Fantasy series, Square Enix has made several spin-off titles and a sequel film. In addition, they remade the game’s opening trailer to serve as a tech demo for the Playstation 3.
However, fans are still waiting to see Cloud Strife fully realized on modern consoles.