With the Shadow of the Colossus remake freshly out of the gate and the Far Cry 3 Classic Edition announced for this summer, I’ve had remasters on the brain. We’ve recently seen announcements for current gen versions of Catherine, Dragon’s Crown, and Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, and it seems there is always a remastered version of Skyrim puttering around. But there are still some huge games I’d love to see given the remaster treatment.
I’ve made no secret that the remaster I most want would be from Sucker Punch. If they announced an inFAMOUS 1 and 2 remaster (including the Festival of Blood DLC), I’d be so happy I might burst. The first two inFAMOUS games are among my favorites of all time, and how they haven’t been ported to current gen is beyond me. I felt sure Sucker Punch was working on a new entry in the series so I naturally thought we’d get a remaster announcement once the upcoming game was announced. As we all know now, that announcement wasn’t a new inFAMOUS, but Ghost of Tsushima (which looks amazing and I can’t wait for it). It does make me wonder if we will ever see an inFAMOUS remaster, though.
Another game I felt sure would receive the remaster treatment was Red Dead Redemption. With the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2, and now the October release date reveal, I fully expected a remaster of the first to be announced to tide people over until the sequel hit shelves.
Alas, that doesn’t appear to be so.
When the Handsome Collection was announced, I was excited, but also wondered why the first game (my favorite in the Borderlands series) wasn’t included or offered separately. I feel that was a missed opportunity on a grand scale for Gearbox.
I often hear people clamoring for a remaster of the Mass Effect series. While I may not be a fan of those games, I’d love if they were given a rerelease for the legions of folks out there who would appreciate them. It would also go a long way for EA to create some much-needed goodwill after their recent massive missteps.
A couple of survival horror series I’d love to see given remasters are the Silent Hill and the Fatal Frame series. I know they have seen iterations of rerelease (e.g.: PS2 on PS3), but I’d love to see an overhaul where the control schemes for both were updated to never again include tank controls. I never managed to get through the first entry in either series, but spent a decent chunk of time with both. I always wanted to complete those initial entries before moving along to the others in the series, but the control schemes are clunky at best and held my enjoyment back.
But I do want to complete them sooner than later.
And, if we are talking about long shot hopes for remasters, I’d like to add Gitaroo Man (one of my partner’s favorite games from the PS2 era), and Disney’s Haunted Mansion (one of my favorite games from the PS2 era) to that list. I’m sure neither is up there on the likelihood scale, but good gosh would I love it if they were.
With that I ask: what remasters do you most wish for? And why?
I will continue pining away for the inFAMOUS games to be remastered. I want them so bad. In the meantime, thank goodness I still have my PS3.