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Top 5 Games that Deserve to be Remade or Remastered

Everyone loves the classics, but with some games approaching their 30s, it is becoming more and more difficult to play the aging games that we all love. Some of them could simply use a fresh coat of paint, while others may need to be completely reforged from the ground up. This is my list of the top five games that deserve to be remade or remastered.

#5—OVERLORD II

Overlord II, the 2009 sequel to the game Overlord, places the player in control of an evil lord, who has control over creatures known as Minions. The game immediately follows the first title, with the new Overlord replacing his father and attempting to defeat the roman-esque Glorious Empire who has invaded the new lands following the defeat of the previous Overlord.

While the gameplay is highly similar to the original title, Overlord II introduces new pieces to the puzzle, such as mounts for minions and the ability to take direct control of your strongest living minion with the Possession Stone. The game, which received fairly credible reviews, only managed to improve on things the original provided. Because of this, I believe that Overlord II is more deserving of a remaster than the original, and may repair damage that was done by the disastrous release of a spinoff to the series, Overlord: Fellowship of Evil, in 2015.

#4—METAL GEAR SOLID

Metal Gear Solid is one of the most famous games of all time, and a ripe choice to be remastered. In fact, Reddit user oxide-NL created a modern update of the game, known as Metal Gear Solid 1 Integral, which runs on PC. While this release is excellent, and shows the desire for a working, remastered version of the original title, Integral is just a proof of concept, if anything.

Metal Gear Solid deserves to be remastered, maybe even completely redone with the graphical quality of games like Metal Gear Solid V, Kojima’s final title in the series. This is one of the least likely future releases on this list, tragically, since Kojima’s firing from Konami prior to the release of Metal Gear Survive. And if you don’t know what that is, it’s a spin-off title which was met with a large amount of contempt, as it was not only an asset flip of the successful MGSV, but it also was part of the zombie crafting/survival genre, which had fallen in popularity at the time of release.

#3—FALLOUT 2

If it is unlikely that Metal Gear Solid will be remade, it is next to impossible that Fallout 2 will ever see the light of day outside of its isometric role playing game format.

This is one title on the list which would be served by a complete remake, as the Fallout franchise has shifted from a top-down isometric game to a first-person RPG akin to Bethesda’s other major RPG series, Elder Scrolls. With this in mind, people have been suggesting for years that Bethesda recreate Fallout 2 in the style of the modern Fallout games, but the task may be too much to handle.  Modders have attempted to recreate the early titles time and time again within the Fallout: New Vegas engine. This is due to the fact that F:NV, stylistically, is the closest to the early Fallout games, as it is the only one of the modern titles to be set out in the west, featuring the New  California Republic and many other callbacks to the original titles.

While Fallout 2 being remade is almost certainly never going to happen, it is good to dream.

#2—ELDER SCROLLS: MORROWIND

On a different note, a game which has a much better likelihood of being remastered in a new engine is Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

Often considered the pinnacle of the earlier Elder Scrolls titles, Morrowind is a title highly deserving of remastery above all others. Of course, with remastering the title would come the release of Morrowind’s two DLC packs, Tribunal and  Bloodmoon, which were, like the base game, praised. Bloodmoon would be the most familiar to modern Elder Scrolls fans, as it takes place on the island of Solstheim. Solstheim was reintroduced to fans in the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim DLC pack Dragonborn, which had players returning to the island to defeat an ancient heretical dragon priest who was ravaging the land after the return of the dragons in the base Skyrim game. This is one of the reasons that Morrowind has a good chance of being remastered, as some assets that are needed in the game have already been re-created and updated as a part of the Dragonborn DLC.

#1—TONY HAWK’S PRO-SKATER 2

One of the highest-rated video games of all time, often considered the pinnacle of the pro skater franchise, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 Remastered could be what it takes to redeem whatever hopes the franchise’s fans had of a happy ending after the tragic release of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, which was a barely playable mess that received absolutely horrible reviews.

The game, which was released by Neversoft and Activision almost 20 years ago, featured a wide cast of famous skaters and character customization. One of the most popular modes in the game was the level creator, allowing users to create and share their own wild and crazy adventures to skate through. Many consider the pinnacle of the game itself to be the later released Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2x, ported by Treyarch to the original Xbox. 2x added female custom skaters, new levels, upgraded menus, and the balance meter. The remaster of this game would require a completely new engine, different from the failed Pro Skater 5, but there is almost no way the game could do poorly, unless they managed to take all of the mistakes from Pro Skater 5 and port them to the franchise’s most beloved title.

Are there any other games you want to see remastered, or are there games you think need to be preserved in their natural state?

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  1. I’d suggest the Legacy of Kain games, but I’m not sure how well Square would do that.

  2. Good list , but it should be mentioned that metal gear solid had a remake on gamecube called Twin snakes. Pretty good game if you can ignore some over the top cinematics.

  3. I agree with Morrowind and MGS. I disagree with Fallout 2. They would most likely ruin the old Fallout games. If all they did was update them with some graphics. But if you mean a total revamp than no thanks. I don’t need to see Fallout 1 and 2 made to be like Fallout 3, 4 and to a lesser extent New Vegas. Fallout 1 and 2 are very accessible and the high res patch for Fallout 1 makes it playable on new computers with modern monitors and resolutions.

    If someone was going to remaster Fallout 1 and 2 it should be Obsidian. But that’s never going to happen.

  4. Chad Kern on May 12, 2019 at 1:50 am said

    Twisted Metal 2 remastered would make my lifetime.

  5. robloxman3334 on May 12, 2019 at 3:24 am said

    To me, A game that needs to be remastered is fallout 3 because it is so poorly optimized for modern systems you need mods to fix it. If they remastered fallout 3 and fixed the bugs and made it better optimized so it doesn’t crash all the time I feel more people would play it and veteran fans would enjoy it more.

    • Ranek Eisenkralle on May 12, 2019 at 12:08 pm said

      Fixing bugs? Remember, we are talking about a Bethesda Game here. *read: Not going to happen.

    • Don’t know why Fallout 3 isn’t on the list, people playing it on PC run into problems. I enjoy playing it on Xbox bc, but it deserves better, a Fallout 4 coat of paint would help.

  6. maybe a ps2 or ps3 classic with pre loaded games like the ones mentioned above

  7. Remake fallout 2. No, no and hell no! It loose a lot of it charms, the one thing I love most about fallout2 is the talking heads, they’re never able to make any kind of a charismatic characters like them, not even NV

  8. Mass Effect 1 could do with a remaster. The story is fantastic but some of the gameplay is “meh” & the graphics definately need an uphaul.

    • Ranek Eisenkralle on May 12, 2019 at 12:11 pm said

      You aren’t referring to the Meh-ko by chance?
      Graphics are okay as far as I am concerned. Mako is really the only thing that frequently annoyed the hell out of me. So much so that I frequently drove it in reverse most of the time – just to keep the bloody wheels on the ground. That way around it handles surprisingly well – but is slow aF.

    • Agree, ME1 looks really grainy, there’s a reason it came on one disk and the others two. The others could be brought up to modern consoles too, currently it’s either PC or Xbox backward compatible.

  9. henbayward on May 12, 2019 at 5:15 pm said

    I’d *love* to see Demon’s Souls with the 6th Archstone to the Land of the Giants accessable. Every now and then, I get a hankering to buy a PS3 again, just to play Demon’s Souls (well, that and Nier).

  10. As someone else stated, Metal Gear Solid Twin Snakes was a pretty decent remake on the GameCube, and I remember enjoying the cuteness even if they were over the top (I can never get enough Cyborg Ninja action!) I wouldn’t mind having Twin Snakes polished and ported to PC or something.

    A couple of my old favorites that I would love a remake of are Vagrant Story and Legend of the Dragoon. I would love to see the stories and gameplay done with modern hardware!

    • Cutscenes* not cuteness (except for Meryl.)

    • KakersUK on May 13, 2019 at 3:01 pm said

      I would love a modern Metal Gear Solid remake, as a kid it was the very first game I ever completed all the way through. I didn’t know about Twin Snakes, might have to pick that up for my GameCube.

      I never followed the franchise after dropping off from Sons of Liberty (very early in the game) it just felt too different and I didn’t really like Raiden.

  11. Legend of Dragoon is a game that should be remade in glorious HD instead of FFVII.

    Hell even Xenogears would be a fantastic candidate for an HD Remake…. as well as completing most of the actual gameplay that I’m sure they had planned but had to cut thanks to FFVII.

    Chrono Cross is another game that screams to me for a remake. Update the character models, fix some of the tech combos not working right, expand the combo techs, give even “MORE PARTY MEMBERS”. Though all of the cut scenes are perfectly fine as they are.

  12. saladfruit63 on May 13, 2019 at 3:07 am said

    I definitely agree with this post, a faithful remake of morrowind would do justice to my nostalgia.

  13. Vafthrudnir on May 13, 2019 at 2:30 pm said

    Arcanum and Rune.

  14. drunkduck on May 13, 2019 at 4:01 pm said

    I agree with MGS and FO2, and personally I’d really like to either see the FO New Vegas in FO4 engine mod release or New Vegas get a remaster someday as well.

    If that game was given a revisit and they could rework cut content it would be worth wandering around the Mojave again.

  15. Golden Eye, duck hunt, fallout 1+2, sunset riders, operation wolf, blades of steal, NFL blitz, marvel vs capcom 2 and ET (we can do better for that little guy.)

    I’m very excited for the command and conquer remakes. I hope they keep the old cut scenes.

  16. Devon Fuson on May 14, 2019 at 2:08 am said

    Great List!

  17. I would still like a Mass Effect remaster considering how different it is from the 2nd ad 3rd games.

  18. Baulder’s Gate, and its successors. Not as much Icewind Dale, its fine I just don’t think it has the story works that Baulder’s Gate (BG) does. Also, not Torment, though that hurts to say it would be to much work too out there for a lot of people, I love it to death, but I have found what I love and what others love vary greatly… Also, some tell me about giant red flags I missing but, we love who we do right?

    Baulder’s Gate shows all of the good and sometimes bad side of D&D, has this epic story of betrayal, gods, and vengeance, but it gets there so naturally and you get drawn in. Unlike the other two, BG has that slow and steady start to get you in before the dragons and non-sense you’re in another world and it seems novel and quaint and you can see how it works. I think it is a perfect advertisement of why RPGs are fun.

  19. Adam Jensen on May 14, 2019 at 6:18 pm said

    You… Do realize that MGS Integral came out in 1999, right? It wasn’t made by a reddit user, It’s an official release. You might want to fix that little mistake.

  20. Would love to see the Mass Effect Series and the first two Dragon Age games remastered. Don’t want them changed, just have a graphics updated, but not using Frostbite.

  21. One game i would like to see remastered is Scarface the world is yours. Very fun game and the taunt button or on the wii shack the numchuck to taunt is very fun and you can make tony Montana look like he has tourettes.

  22. lowtier4life on May 15, 2019 at 7:27 pm said

    Pretty good list. Personally I’d really like to see the original Persona get remade.

  23. I would like to see SquareEnix remake 2 of my favorite RPGs from them and those would be Chrono Cross and The Legend of Dragoon.

    I enjoy playing both a lot, Chrono Cross for all it’s unique characters and it’s fun but sometime annoying battle system, and Legend of Dragoon for it’s fun story and awesome Dragoon fight system as well, always loved transforming into a dragoon in the game.

  24. ShidaPenns on May 15, 2019 at 7:56 pm said

    I actually want Resident Evil 1 in the RE2 remake format, rather than the essentially HD upgrade we got.

  25. I’d say if Fallout 2 was remastered, do not make it an over the shoulder Fallout NV mod or anything similar. Keep the birds eye view, update the combat system, make some of the quests that go nowhere go somewhere. It would lose the feeling of the original game if it was just made into New Vegas.

  26. E_Dubble on May 15, 2019 at 8:09 pm said

    I’d absolutely love a remake of the original Blood Omen Legacy of Kain game

  27. Bellinati on May 15, 2019 at 8:12 pm said

    What a wouldn’t give for a Valkyrie Profile or Symphony of the Night Remake…

    • At least Bloodstained: Ritual of the night is coming next month. I think that counts as a spiritual sucessor for symphony of the night. Same director

  28. CarboniteDreamer on May 15, 2019 at 9:58 pm said

    I would play Every single one of those if they remastered them. I can’t count he number of hours i have on all of them especially Metalgear solid i used to do game genie codes just so during the opening cut scenes you could see how snake moved around and was actually punching stuff. so cool great idea.

  29. Leanna S on May 16, 2019 at 1:19 am said

    I really want the Obsidian/Interplay fallout games remade. I could not get used to gameplay of the first two Fallouts.

  30. I would like to see remakes of Legend of Dragoon, Star Ocean, and FF3 or 9 if they are made properly but this is a good list.

  31. Personally just want Sonic Adventure 1 and 2 remade if I had to pick games to be remade/remastered

  32. harshfieldz on May 16, 2019 at 3:49 am said

    I’d only accept a Fallout 2 remaster if some one other than Bethesda handled it. As for a MGS remake, that would be awesome. I don’t understand why Konami is so oblivious to that market, instead they make pachinko machines and that terrible zombie game with the Metal Gear name slapped on it.

  33. Septerra Core, And on same note make a sequell. or spiritual sucessor

  34. There is a project on going to update Morrowind and Oblivion using the Skyrim engine:
    http://tesrenewal.com/

  35. I would love to see a new age remake of fallout 2 as well as the first one.

  36. janewtonv on May 16, 2019 at 10:35 am said

    Kotor 2 needs a remaster or at least a mobile port. With the removed content of course, but that’ll never happen,too many companies need to agree for it to happen, same with New Vegas, my favourite fallout

  37. Glynn Taylor on May 16, 2019 at 2:16 pm said

    I’d love to see a remake of Deus Ex. I replayed it recently and, for the most part, it held up pretty well. I wouldn’t say no to updated visuals and better combat, though.

  38. Eddie Sheridan on May 17, 2019 at 3:07 am said

    Pro skater would be great it got me into skateboarding as a kid and is my childhood

  39. beehummer1 on May 17, 2019 at 5:29 pm said

    The Dark Forces games would be pretty cool for enhanced editions or remakes! Too bad it’ll never happen under EA.

  40. theboulder2018 on May 22, 2019 at 1:50 am said

    I would love to see Brute Force remastered. Pretty unpopular game but I love dit nonetheless

  41. gruszkamarek on May 22, 2019 at 11:58 am said

    Hands down Fallout 2 needs to be played (duh…), not sure if remastered – as Bethesda will most likely make a flop out of this God-like level game.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve heard about some fan made mode (or it’s still in production) that uses the Skyrim engine to “remaster” the old good Morrowind.
    …and yeah a remastered THPS2 would be gold too, still I liked the THPS3 bit more 😉

  42. longfellow1145 on May 22, 2019 at 1:22 pm said

    I’m still holding out hope for Xenosaga with past rumors of the series being remastered and the popularity of Xenoblade despite the hurdles it would face. I’d love to see the Shadow Hearts series modernized as well.

  43. Mister96 on May 22, 2019 at 7:33 pm said

    Xenogears is the main game that I don’t just want to see remastered but also remade.

  44. tonii.chan on June 17, 2019 at 7:50 am said

    Hell yeah!! 🤘🏻😈

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