While the art of taking an old game and giving it a fresh coat of high-definition paint sounds like a great idea on paper, botched execution and rushed HD assets can often ruin classic franchises that we all know and love. That said, when an HD remake is given the love and attention that such a project demands, we can wind up with something better than the original. Something which can re-define an experience or genre, all while paying homage to its pixelated, polygonal forefather.
We all have our own list of favourite games from yesteryear, but while their blocky counterparts have stood the test of time, we’re shocked that the following ten games have not been given their own High Definition remake.
It’s unusual for a game as fundamentally broken as God Hand to appear with such high profile contenders, but this B-movie brawler stands out to many as one of the best “you’ve probably never played it” games that the PlayStation 2 has to offer.
Whether kicking a clown in the groin repeatedly or spanking a Power Ranger to death, Clover Studio’s God Hand gathered a cult following shortly after the game’s release back in 2006 due to its chaotic ‘fist-to-fist’ combat system, a nonsensical plot and quirky presentation. Since then God Hand’s infamous reputation has spread exponentially by word of mouth, and we feel the time is right for this classic beat-em-up to be brought to the HD console generation.
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
Creepy children and mental hospitals are scary for some, but if you tell a gamer that their memory card has become corrupted, watch as the pulse quickens and the palms begin to sweat.
Featuring a unique insanity mechanic that still hasn’t been replicated, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem scared the crap out of thousands of gamers back in the days of the GameCube for one sole reason — the game was playing you just as much as you were playing it.
Was the game really turning your TV volume down, or are you just tired? Didn’t your character look slightly different a moment ago? These are all questions you’ll have to answer while playing Eternal Darkness, and while we have no hope for a sequel, we can always hope for an HD re-release to test the waters once again.
Final Fantasy 7
When you read the title of this feature, you knew that Final Fantasy VII would be making an appearance somewhere on the list.
Responsible for redefining the face of gaming and launching Sony Computer Entertainment to the top of the charts, Final Fantasy VII is still undeniably one of the best RPGs of all time; and while developing a full HD version of Final Fantasy VII would be a massive investment, we’re genuinely surprised that Square Enix isn’t already toiling away.
Metal Gear Solid
Before you take to the comments section to call us out, yes we’re aware that there has been a Metal Gear Solid remake, and yes we’re aware that the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection exists. What we want, is a full HD version of the original Metal Gear Solid that’s readily available to play on our big-screen TVs.
Metal Gear Solid is still one of the most influential franchises on the market and while we patiently wait for The Phantom Pain to come out, we’d love to be able to play the original game in High Definition, once again reliving all of the moments that rocketed the franchise into the gaming Hall of Fame.
The Legend of Zelda – Majora’s Mask
It’s no big secret that The Wind Waker HD and Ocarina of Time 3D have sold more Wii U and 3DS consoles respectively than a 90% discount at a thrift store, so it’s truly mind-boggling to think that Nintendo has yet to announce a full HD remake of arguably one of the best Legend of Zelda games ever — The Legend of Zelda – Majora’s Mask.
Featuring a much darker story than previous games in the Zelda franchise, Majora’s Mask managed to disturb and frighten thousands of children back when it was released, due to its foreboding atmosphere and a giant creepy face just floating in the sky.
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver
Soul Reaver was easily one of the most ambitious games to have graced the original PlayStation. Almost every mechanic hit the mark, from the excellent combat all the way to the Soul Reaver’s ability to platform across the vampiric environments.
We here at TheFinalGen would love to once again have the chance to don the Soul Reaver, only this time, we’d love for the environments to be a little bit less barren.
System Shock 2
Being stranded in the cold reaches of space is bad enough as it is, but when everyone has been turned into highly apologetic zombies and crazed robots, you know that you’re probably going to die.
Famed as the forefather to the ever-popular Bioshock franchise, System Shock 2 is arguably one of the most influential First Person Shooters to have ever been created. Perfectly splicing Science Fiction with Survival Horror, System Shock 2 slaps the atmosphere on thick from the very beginning, all the while providing one of the most disturbingly intricate video game narratives to date.
With the Silent Hill Collection being the very definition of a botched HD port, we can’t help but hold out hope for a High Definition remake of the original Silent Hill.
Combining a creepy atmosphere with an excellently crafted story, Silent Hill set the bar for all Survival Horror games that came after it, spawning one of the strongest horror franchises to date in its wake, and while recent iterations have been missing the mark, we’re sure that an HD re-release is just what the franchise needs.
Syphon Filter 1, 2 and 3
Donning an anti-terrorist uniform and equipping a super-taser has never been as fun as it was in the original Syphon Filter trilogy.
Taking third-person shooters to a whole new level on the original PlayStation, Syphon Filter set the standard of many of today’s top out-of-body shooters, giving players a highly polished and intuitive control scheme along with an interesting narrative to boot. And now, the time is right to bring the Syphon Filter collection to the High Definition consoles, once again breathing life into a long-forgotten patriot.
Resident Evil 1, 2 and 3
While Resident Evil has strayed far from its Survival Horror roots in recent years, there’s simply no forgetting the impact that the original trilogy had on gaming, making the Resident Evil franchise a perfect candidate for an HD collection.
We’ll never forget the hours upon hours we spent searching the mansion for clues. We’ll always look back fondly on our time in the crowded streets of Raccoon City. And now, almost a decade after their original releases, we want to go back.