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HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

Matt Gardner
Dark Souls, HD remake, Metroid Prime, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Uncharted, Wii U games, Xbox One Games

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

HD remasters and re-releases are big business, and in the wake of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition earlier this year, and the Final Fantasy X/X-2 re-release a few days ago, I've been thinking about some of the other games from the past fifteen years that would make for no-brainer re-releases on current, new-gen platforms like the Xbox One, the PS4, and the Wii U.

Sometimes, it's all too easy to attribute a re-release to a cashgrab, and the line shifts depending on who's drawn it, and how much the person in question values a game. Convenience is often one of the greatest reasons for picking up a game again on a new platform, particularly if it's a beloved title. But there are also certain practical improvements that we all look for when it comes to these revamps, from graphical improvements -- resolutions, textures, framerate, AA -- to additional content, smoother handling, new features, and making the most of the opportunities afforded by new tech.

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

In the case of the Xbox One and PS4, that means gameplay broadcasting and sharing services. On the Wii U, that extends even further to the unique capabilities of the GamePad and a greater focus on online multiplayer.

With that in mind, here are a few of my own personal picks for games I'd love to see make the jump from previous generations to the current one.

Metroid Prime Trilogy

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

This is a no-brainer. Metroid Prime still, somehow, looks absolutely outstanding, and both the first game and Echoes received a bit of spit and polish for the Collection that released on the Wii. Not only is it the best and bravest move Nintendo have made with one of their precious properties, but the explortory nature of the gameplay would lend itself brilliantly to incorporating the Game Pad. Scanning alien planets, pinpointing enemy weaknesses, plus you could use the motion control to steer the Morphball, and if Nintendo fancied adding in a spot of extra gameplay, you could get a nice little Commander-esque mode going on with the Game Pad in competitive multiplayer.

Uncharted Collection

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

We'll almost certainly see this happen. All of the Uncharted games released on PS3, and all of them shone. But with Naughty Dog and Sony breaking up Uncharted 3 to allow for some free-to-play multiplayer action, there's no reason why we couldn't see the three campaigns receive a graphical overhaul to look even better, and then bring that accessible multiplayer action over to the PS4, which has already embraced F2P. It'd provide the perfect precursor to the next Uncharted game. (See also: Halo)

Souls Collection

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

We need Dark Souls and its sequel on next-gen consoles. Not only because seeing those stunning vistas and the visual detail that's gone into the world-building shine to an even greater degree would be fantastic, but mainly for that Share button. Dark Souls II, just like its predecessor, is proving immensely popular on Twitch and YouTube, and with a game such as this providing so many emergent moments of unique brilliance, frustration, and hilarity, I'd love to to see it given the platform it deserves on these more connected consoles.

F-Zero GX

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

Nintendo needs a racing game or two, and I know we're getting Mario Kart 8 come May, but seriously, just a little lick of paint would do for a re-release of F-Zero GX. The game was fantastic, looked fantastic, and the addition of online leaderboards, time trial ghosts, live feedback via the Game Pad screen, and optional motion driving controls (the Game Pad actually works quite nicely as a wheel) would be great. Better yet, if Nintendo throw in the arcade tracks and modes from F-Zero AX as well, there's the content boost done and dusted.


HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

Jon said it best when rumours about Skyrim making the jump across to XO/PS4 first emerged:

It makes sense from a business and gaming perspective. There's a lull in Xbox One and PS4 software right now barring a few major highlights (Titanfall, DriveClub, inFamous: Second Son and some of the most promising boutique releases - Transistor can't come soon enough) - and many new PS4 and Xbox One owners would rather like a great big meaty game to get stuck into. At least now most of us have polished off Assassin's Creed 4 and Dead Rising 3. Skyrim would be a great fit for the new consoles, helping tide us over, while also letting PS3 owners actually enjoy what should hopefully be a much more stable version. And a vastly prettier version to boot.

Let's face it, most of us will accept any excuse to play more Skyrim.

Yes, yes we will.

L.A. Noire

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

A new-gen re-release would allow for this little diamond in the rough to finally realise its full potential. Instead of diving headfirst into the uncanny valley due to phenomenally detailed faces in sharp contrast to the middling textures and models elsewhere, that balance could be redressed on PS4 and Xbox One. A revamp could also be used to cut out the pointless and destructive action sections and add in more investigations. It won't happen, mainly because Team Bondi are defunct and the development process was hazardous to the health of everyone concerned, but I'd love to it make the jump nonetheless. L.A. Noire's legacy can finally be properly fulfilled on these new consoles, we just need a team with the balls and the bread to make it happen.

Ultra Street Fighter IV

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

A cheeky entry this, because it's technically not actually out yet, but that gives Capcom the chance to make this one happen right now! Street Fighter IV and its many iterations look fantastic thanks to some highly stylised aesthetics. But think about that art style, those character models, that buttery smooth animation, running in 1080p at 60fps and, most crucially, adding in Twitch anmd sharing support. The connected, community features built into the new consoles were made for games like this.

Rogue Squadron Trilogy

HD Remasters We'd Like To See On New-Gen Consoles

Because I want to do the Death Star Trench Run in glorious HD. For @&!$#'s sake, will somebody pleased, PLEASE bring this series back in one way or another?! PLEASE?!

So those are my shouts, but what about you guys and girls? What games would you like to see given the HD remaster treatment? Let us know in the box below.

Add a comment17 comments
stevenjameshyde  Mar. 25, 2014 at 17:18

Yes to Uncharted, but it needs to include Golden Abyss HD. I'd pay again for The Last of Us with next gen polish and Left Behind bundled in

Yukes  Mar. 25, 2014 at 17:54

A Timesplitters HD collection - including the best FPS game of all time in Timesplitters 2 - is my dear wish. Did nothing come of the petition? :(

Otherwise Rogue Squadron and F Zero are good shouts; the others unnecessary for me.

Zeipher  Mar. 25, 2014 at 18:12

I want to see a next gen Eternal Darkness. Wonderful game. Ooh, Fahrenheit as well. Mmmm...

Also, I want FFX on my new PS4 :( Hesitant to buy PS3 games anymore. My Vita isn't getting much use.

Last edited by Zeipher, Mar. 25, 2014 at 18:13
MattGardner  Mar. 25, 2014 at 18:33

Oh goddamn...TIMESPLITTERS! There's always one, you always forget one glaringly obviously awesome one on lists like this :D Excellent shout.

epicpotato  Mar. 25, 2014 at 19:26

What about Simpsons Hit and Run? That game defined my childhood

Breadster  Mar. 25, 2014 at 19:28

The Onimusha series, but it's not likely because the first two had pre-rendered backgrounds which would take a lot more effort to re-do in HD.

Don't see the point in most of the games on this list but I agree with the older ones.

kmcroc  Mar. 25, 2014 at 19:28

Jade Empire on Xbox one, Shadow Complex, Brute Force also.

Last edited by kmcroc, Mar. 25, 2014 at 19:30
sharkymouth  Mar. 25, 2014 at 21:03

I'd like them to remake everything that was a commercial and critical success over the last five years and stop making new and original content. All new games would then have good review quotes for their front covers (leading to increased sales) and developers could spend their time coming up with new and inventive DLC that really pushes the boundaries of next-gen systems. Everybody wins.

cobaltmonster  Mar. 25, 2014 at 21:49

I want 3D Monster Maze redone.

I am getting bored of the limited graphics on my original copy; the tyrannosaurs is not scary enough anymore.

cobaltmonster  Mar. 25, 2014 at 21:55

Also, if they remade Rogue Squadron I would like them to replace all of the faces of the characters with Hayden Christensen's just like they did with old Anakin in Return of the Jedi.

ansirali  Mar. 25, 2014 at 23:08

power stone - awesome game

Drago_MkII  Mar. 25, 2014 at 23:43

Phantasy Star Online (Not that it would ever happen, just look what they're doing with PSO2 with regards to bringing it over here) and Resident evil 2 and 3 because I always wished they had given them the same treatment they did with the original. No making them like the ones after code veronica though. Eurgh.

Good call on the Metroid Prime games, I just finished replaying the first one and then played the second for the first time. They really are great games I was suprised how well the first one has aged, especially graphically. The second though I thought was incredibly dull to look at until the 3rd area and even then the original still outshines it. I think I'd probably rather they just made another new one on the Wii U though that works on some of the flaws of the old games(I've yet to play 3 so no idea if that does) while making use of the controller for the scanning as you suggested. Less of the morph ball motion control though, could see that getting very annoying especially for those tricky triple bomb jumps :s

Last edited by Drago_MkII, Mar. 25, 2014 at 23:56
Late  Mar. 25, 2014 at 23:43

I'd happily fork out to play the BioShock trilogy again on current gen - whether HD remake or direct port.

ChrisHyde  Mar. 26, 2014 at 08:15

At the risk of repeating myself - Secret of Mana!

Agree with Prime, Rogue Squadron and Eternal Darkness and Timesplitters that was mentioned.

And the world does indeed need a new F Zero game.

Others not been mentioned would probably be Skies of Arcadia, Majora's Mask and a Starfox game.

stevenjameshyde  Mar. 27, 2014 at 12:01

So, The Last of Us is happening:

Source: http://www.playstationtrophies.org/news/news-12695-The-Last-of-Us-Coming-to-PlayStation-4--Says-Sony-Rep.html

"The Last of Us is coming to PlayStation 4, according to PlayStation's Eurasian Software Market Manager Sercan Sulun.

Sulun told Turkish CNN, "There is no information about a new The Last of Us game but I can share this knowledge; as of this summer, The Last of Us will be on the PS4. Both on PSN and physically.

"The PS4 version will also include the DLC so you will be able to play 'Left Behind' as well.""

mrzootsuit  Mar. 28, 2014 at 07:57

oh for the good old days when next-gen consoles didn't = last gen remakes...

Late  Mar. 28, 2014 at 08:15

They did reuse the same old ideas a lot, sometimes as a direct remake, sometimes as a "new game" (that barely differed to it's predecessors).
And thus franchises were born.

Mario kart never really changes from one incarnation to the next, other than the graphics getting a bit shinier. What are they up to now? Mariokart 7?

I think Tetris has been re-released on pretty much every console since it's inception back in the GameBoy days. (Pacman and space invaders are probably on most, too.)

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