Ever since the Xbox One and PlayStaton 4 launched in 2013, the gaming community has been hit like a freight train with remastered games. Some gamers have greeted these with open arms, others have brought their pitchforks to the developers' locations to riot.
While remastered games aren't always a bad thing, there are others that didn't deserve one (I'm looking at you, Batman: Return to Arkham). This got me thinking: Which games do deserve a remaster? Before I start this article, I'd like to share my three criteria for a remastered game:
- Has to be at least five years old.
- Well-received by fans.
- Hasn't had a remastered or definitive edition.
1. Dark Souls
I played #DarkSouls3 when it released this year, and couldn't get enough of the series. I picked up the first game when it was free on Games with Gold early last year and I finally got around to starting it last week. To be honest, the graphics are a trial. It's slow, clunky and just plain annoying. The blurry nature of this game is keeping my interest from growing.
While I did fork out for Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin while it was on Xbox Live Summer Sale, playing the original versus the upgraded version felt so much better. I want to experience this with the first game. I hope that one day there will be a complete series remaster and I'll be able to play all three games back to back on a single disc.
2. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
I never completed this game, but I felt this was the best in the series. It did everything right. It laid the foundation for Skyrim, which is why I felt that game was so good. I played Oblivion for about 100 hours, and Skyrim for over 500 and I got the same amazing experience from both.
#Oblivion was the first true RPG that I played and applied more than 25 hours to, and I couldn't put it down. I got it on my original Xbox and I played it nonstop during the rainy winters. This game deserves a remaster because of how well it's regarded by its fans.
3. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
After my 100 hours of Oblivion, I became intrigued with the RPG genre. My 13-year-old self had received #KOTOR for a birthday present and I became instantly enthralled with the world, which was almost too much to handle. This was the first game I had played where every decision was left open to chance and affected the outcome. Every player had a different experience with the game, and you could play through it in a couple of different ways. BioWare propelled itself as a world-class developer after this #game was released.
Knights of the Old Republic deserves a remaster because of the original combat engine, and as fan service to those who still play it, even 13 years later. If this was going to be remastered, one would hope the developer would also upgrade the sequel as well.
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4. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell
I'm going to cheat a little bit and say I want the first three #SplinterCell games remastered. The first one I played on my GameCube, and it was amazing; even though I was only 13, I understood the depth of this game. Then I bought an Xbox and played Pandora Tomorrow. The best part about those games were the ability they had with the stealth mode; it forced you to be stealthy. It was nearly impossible to run 'n' gun in this game.
But the best of the first three was #ChaosTheory. It blended the shooter aspect of Sam Fisher and the stealth of Splinter Cell. Games seem to have lost that stealthy nature, and even the more recent Splinter Cell games have been more shooter based rather than stealth. Releasing these games would bring so much nostalgia for many gamers who grew up with this genre, and they could also use a comeback in 1080p and 60 fps.
5. Dead Space
I've never been a fan of horror in general. But Dead Space was different. I loved the story, the survival aspect, and the different weapons that tear up your enemies. #DeadSpace2 is when the game really took off for me. When I started playing the first game, I was a Call of Duty and shooter machine; so playing a survival horror game was different and a territory I had never walked into before.
The second game was my favorite because of the shooter aspect and the guns that seemed to have the best ammo. The javelin was the best gun, and the one I used the most during my playthrough. The third Dead Space took a different turn and went more toward the shooter aspect, really taking on a life of its own. The survival horror aspect seemed to be left behind and the upgrade system wasn't the best. Overall, these games are worth remastering because of how they blended the survival horror and shooters into one fantastic series.
6. Mass Effect
Mass Effect was a game that I played the first two hours of before giving up. The combat was annoying, the weapon system boring — but the story was brilliant. Once the plot grabbed my attention, I became intrigued and wanted more. Saren was such a fantastic villain and a great addition to the universe.
Even though the gameplay was difficult to sit through, once the story started up, it kept me intrigued and invested in finishing the game. When the second game came out, I felt that the menu and weapon system were much better and easier to understand. This game deserves a remaster because many of the current generation of console owners were only children when #MassEffect was released, and everyone deserves to experience this game at least once in their lifetime.
Relive the adventure with the trailer for Mass Effect: Andromeda:
There are still many games that deserve a remaster. Which one do you feel deserve to make a comeback on the current generation of consoles? Sound off in the comments below.