Last week, we shared the first five game remakes we want to see—the game remakes we’re aching to play, either because their predecessors are classics, or as you’ll see below, because they deserve better. Like you, the idea of seeing these games with updated visuals and new adventures makes me incredibly giddy and willing to throw ridiculous amounts of money at anyone who makes them. Today, we’d like to show you the second half of the top 10 game remakes we want to see.
Star Wars Battlefront
Want to ruin your day? Then read about what happened to Star Wars Battlefront III. Apparently, the game was already complete, but because of a change in LucasArts management, it didn’t push through. The reason: LucasArts doesn’t want to spend big on marketing a finished Star Wars game, despite already spending a truckload developing it.
Why it needs a remake: Aside from the fact that there’s an unfinished Star Wars multiplayer shooter out there that we’re not playing, let’s not forget that Battlefront is an excellent series and we haven’t seen a new installment on consoles for the past six years (as of this writing). If you’ve forgotten, think of it as a mix between Battlefield and Star Wars. Can you imagine how it would look now? It boggles the mind.
To be honest, I’m getting rather sick of the first-person shooter genre; there’s not enough variety. But then I think of Descent. Haven’t heard of it? Then imagine this: it’s also an FPS, except instead of being a space marine or soldier, you’re in a ship. What makes Descent special is that there’s no such thing as up or down in the game. You can move left or right, up or down, pitch, roll and yaw, so it can get confusing which end is up.
Why it needs a remake: Because FPSes could use a different flavor. Can you imagine how bananas this would be on Xbox Live or PSN?
The Uncharted series is what Indiana Jones should’ve been. Instead, we’re stuck with mediocre, headache-inducing games like Emperor’s Tomb and Staff of Kings. And no, Lego Indiana Jones doesn’t count—they’re more of a humorous take on the movies, not a separate triple-A game like Nathan Drake’s past three adventures.
Why it needs a remake: Because it’s Indiana Jones, the template of adventurers like Lara Croft and Nathan Drake. Granted, Indy is based on Allan Quatermain, but he’s way cooler and more iconic with his fedora and bullwhip. Jones is one of the granddaddies of the genre, and deserves a more successful action-adventure game, just as Sherlock Holmes deserves a terrific mystery game.
Hands down, the X-Wing space “simulators” by LucasArts were the best Star Wars games during the 1990s. They had great graphics (during that time), engaging missions, and you get to pilot a variety of Star Wars ships in the process. The games provided a perfect level of challenge where you had to simultaneously manage the ship’s power usage, maneuver through gauntlets of enemies and complete mission objectives. Admittedly, the controls could’ve been better (had to make do with a mouse), but when you’re a kid living on an allowance, buying a fancy flight stick is tough on the pocket.
Why it needs a remake: Because it’s an X-Wing simulator. The concept, while done before, never fails to blow the socks off Star Wars fans and gamers alike.
Almost 13 years and over hundreds of RPGs later, we still think that Planescape: Torment is the best the genre has to offer. No other RPG that gets this close to actual pen-and-paper role-playing like Torment. And to me, no other RPG is as well-written or has characters this fascinating. A chaste succubus that runs a brothel for intellectual lusts? A burning pyromaniacal mage? A perverse floating skull as a sidekick?
Why it needs a remake: Because Torment is crazy good and my brain would implode if I see the game with a fresh new coat of cutting-edge graphics. I do however have a wee bit of trepidation with such a notion: it would be quite hard to make a follow-up that’s just as good as the original, so it’s entirely possible that whoever does the remake would screw it up royally. But if a studio can pull it off perfectly, I will throw my money at them.