GameCentral readers decide which classic video games they’d most like to see get a remake, from GTA: Vice City to Panzer Dragoon Saga.
The subject for this weekend’s Inbox was suggested by reader Onibee and inspired by the recent spate of big budget remakes, such as Zelda: Link’s Awakening, the upcoming Final Fantasy VII Remake, and news that Bluepoint are working on a major new remake for Sony.
All manner of different games were suggested but the most consistent comment was that the game in question should be difficult to get hold of in its original form and genuinely in need of a modern makeover, rather than just being a randomly picked classic.
I know there’s one theory that Bluepoint’s secret new game is a Metal Gear Solid remake and to be honest that’s exactly what I hope it is. Despite being such a massively important game it’s actually quite difficult to get hold of in its original form and the GameCube remake has never been released to my knowledge.
The obvious problem is that Hideo Kojima would not be involved but I’m going to be controversial and say I don’t think that’s necessarily a problem. Although he clearly has a lot of talent he can be very overbearing and doesn’t seem to accept other people’s opinions, which leads to a lot of his games seeming bloated. Basically, he needs an editor but that seems to have become less and less likely the more famous he got.
I’ve read that he was actually against the original translator of Metal Gear Solid because he didn’t translate things exactly, and yet I think that’s why that game had the best script. He also made some really weird changes in the GameCube remake, none of which I think are good.
So I’d be happy for someone else to come along and just present the original game with updated graphics and gameplay, similar to Resident Evil 2 in that keeps everything good about the original but just moves it into the modern era.
My dream remake would be Panzer Dragoon Saga. I always enjoy remakes as they’re much less common than remasters and so are usually done with a lot more care and attention. But while things like Resident Evil 2 and Final Fantasy VII Remake have aged they’re still playable in their original form and you an easily get hold of them. Panzer Dragoon Saga is impossible to play on any modern format and costs hundreds of pounds second-hand.
I’m lucky to have a copy but the graphics are so old that it really is hard to get new players interested in it. And yet it is a great game and still my favourite role-playing game ever. I would love to see a full remake with modern graphics and techniques, not only to make the game look and sound better but to simply make it available again.
Apparently the old files have all been lost so a remaster is impossible, so a remake is really the only option. I’m not hopeful but that’s my dream.
An era that certainly needs remakes rather than remasters is the early 3D age. As someone who really enjoyed the Resident Evil 2 remake I’d love to see a number of other PS1/N64 get the same treatment. It’s not just the graphics but the controls that didn’t age well for a lot of those games. For that reason I actually have two N64 games I want remakes for: Jet Force Gemini and Glover. Both games have unique ideas even by today’s standards but both are virtually unplayable due to the controls – which was the case even at the time.
I am convinced they would make excellent modern games if they were to be built from the ground up. Obviously, I would want Rare to develop Jet Force Gemini and in an ideal world Nintendo to make Glover as a Mario type platformer with puzzles.
Glover was not universally praised (though Edge gave it 7/10) but it has a lot of potential in the right hands, while Jet Force Gemini was a lot more interesting but suffered too many gameplay flaws. I’d say Rare would enjoy another crack at it.
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