Top 5 Console Ports Never Made
I’ve primarily been a PC gamer throughout my life, and I think that’s a good thing. I’ve always had access to a huge selection of brilliant games, with (for the most part) a more diverse selection of styles and genres. These days, multi-platform releases constitute a significant portion of games released, if not the majority. But this wasn’t always the case; PC gamers often missed out on some of the great console releases. Occasionally, a console game would be ported to the PC, but they were frequently janky, and the buggy experience could be a significant barrier to enjoying the game.
Emulation was one way to get around this, and emulators like ZSNES allowed me to experience brilliant games like Chrono Trigger and Harvest Moon. Unfortunately, these emulators were often developed by individuals in their spare time, and bugs or other technical issues could go unfixed for months. Not to mention, playing a Nintendo 64 game with a mouse and keyboard was as difficult as it sounds.
Most of these issues are a thing of the past, and thanks to the proliferation of gaming throughout society, cross-consoles releases are common, emulators are advanced and officially supported, and USB versions of classic console controllers are cheap and easy to find online. We are also seeing an increasing number of classic console games being remastered and appearing on PC.
#5–Gran Turismo series (Polyphony Digital, PlayStation platforms)
Over the years, I have spent an inordinate amount of time either borrowing consoles or sitting on friend’s couches playing the Gran Turismo series. While not the genre behemoth it once was, Gran Turismo was always considered the gold standard when it came to racing sims, and sadly the PC was never lucky enough to get a piece of Sony’s golden goose.
#4–Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360)
PC gamers have been screaming for a piece of this Rockstar classic for years, and while the sequel has finally made it to the PC, it remains to be seen whether we will ever see the original join it. Which is a shame, because it is one of the greatest gaming experiences on any platform, and features one of the most beautifully placed pieces of music in gaming history.
#3–The Warriors (Rockstar Games, PlayStation 2 and Xbox)
It is absolutely criminal that this game has not only never made it to the PC, but that it has never received a modern rework for the current generation of consoles. This Rockstar gem is non-stop fun from start to finish, and emulates the style of the film perfectly, while capturing the best elements of beat-em up classics like Double Dragon and Streets of Rage. Rockstar, if you’re listening, I want The Warriors on PC, and I want it now.
#2–Shadow of the Colossus (Team Ico, PlayStation 2)
When Shadow of the Colossus was remastered for the PlayStation 4, Sony really missed an opportunity in bringing it to the PC, because the original is a cult classic that is loved and appreciated throughout the games industry. Few games give the player such an overwhelming sense of scale like this one, and it holds the title of being the only game that made me cry over a horse.
#1–Mario series (Nintendo, Nintendo platforms)
Unlike his blue Sega rival, Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario and friends have never made an officially licensed appearance on the PC, unless you include a handful of educational games like Mario Teaches Typing (which you shouldn’t). It’s understandable why Nintendo has never let the Mario series escape their grasp – Mario is such an integral part of Nintendo’s brand identity that it would be marketing suicide to allow the series to go anywhere else, and the Mario series is a major selling point for Nintendo against its competitors.
In about 1989, Gavin Annand played his first games on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Thus, began a lifetime obsession with games. A gaming addict or connoisseur, depending on your perspective.