Everybody loves a good nostalgia hit, and there’s no better feeling of nostalgia than finding out your favourite childhood PlayStation 2 game is getting the remaster it deserves. Even in 2021, there are still some classic titles out there waiting for the remaster treatment. In recent years fans have been gifted with remasters of Resident Evil 2, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Destroy All Humans!, and the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. These are merely a handful of titles that have been re-released, with hopefully many more to come. With that being said, let’s take a look at seven games – in no particular order – that I believe deserve remasters, now more than ever.
Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006)
This might be a game that slipped under the radar for many or simply forgotten about after it’s release in 2006. Scarface: The World Is Yours wasn’t simply a quick cash grab of a successful film, quite the opposite, the game is actually a direct sequel to the 1983 classic and does the film justice. It is however set in an alternate universe where Tony Montana isn’t killed at the end of the original film, and instead begins with the same shootout that ended with Montana’s death; only this time, Tony Montana escapes death and begins rebuilding his empire.
Although the reversing of Tony Montana’s death may annoy purists, the game is utterly fantastic and was unfortunately overshadowed by the popularity of Grand Theft Auto at the time. It did, however, receive positive reviews from critics and sits at a score of 75 on Metacritic.
The game is full of action, entertainment, and plenty to do. Players can buy and sell properties, attack rival gangs, sell drugs, and so much more; for its time of release, the gameplay was well ahead of its time. I’m more inclined to believe the game deserves a remaster over a direct sequel, as it’s more than likely Universal Pictures will be rebooting the Scarface film at some point; after all, reboots are to Hollywood, what water is to a fish.
The Simpsons Hit and Run (2003)
When we talk about classic video games, it doesn’t get any more classic than this. The Simpsons has been one of the most popular sitcoms on TV since it began in 1989, and its huge success spawned numerous video game adaptations, but none quite like The Simpsons Hit and Run.
Released in 2003, the game was an instant success, selling an impressive three million copies on release. The game appealed to all ages and these days is often seen as the ‘family-friendly’ version of Grand Theft Auto. Fans have even taken to modding the game into Grand Theft Auto V just to get a taste of what a modern-day version of the game would feel like.
When originally released, The Simpsons Hit and Run was developed by Radical Entertainment and published by Vivendi Games, who is now better known as Activision Blizzard after merging with Activision back in 2008. Unfortunately, EA secured exclusive rights to The Simpsons back in 2005 and has stuck to mobile releases of the series ever since, apart from a 2007 console release of The Simpsons Game. EA hasn’t released a new Simpsons game since 2013 so a remaster doesn’t look to be on their radar, but we can dream, can’t we?
Fallout: New Vegas (2010)
There never seems to be much debate between fans when it comes to a favourite game in the Fallout series, many will point to the 2010 instalment, Fallout: New Vegas. The story takes place in 2281 and is a spin-off to the much-loved Fallout 3. Although New Vegas takes place four years after it’s predecessor, it is not a direct sequel.
Initial reception of the game was mediocre, but in the last 10 years, the game has become somewhat of a cult classic, with its reputation ageing like a fine wine. Much like other fan favourites, the modding community has taken it into their own hands and re-created New Vegas in its entirety using the Fallout 4 engine.
Again, the possibility of a remaster of New Vegas looks bleak, as Bethesda revealed they would rather focus on new games instead of remastering old ones. Although we won’t have any remasters to look forward to, at least fans can eagerly await the release of a new instalment to The Elder Scrolls series which was announced at E3 back in 2018.
Metal Gear Solid 1-4 (1998 – 2008)
I know that this is a bit of a cheaty one because I’m including four games under one, but it’s hard to separate the four games when all are deserving of a remaster. Plus, after years of playing the Metal Gear Solid series, I still don’t understand the story, so maybe a remaster will aid myself and other confused fans.
Although the future isn’t looking great for the Metal Gear series after the creator, Hideo Kojima, parted ways with publisher Konami back in 2015. The publisher still owns the rights to the series, so can continue to develop new entries, but the brain behind the franchise lies with Kojima. This isn’t to say that Konami couldn’t give the original titles a face-lift and re-release them for the new generation of consoles.
There is indeed a glimmer of hope that the series receives a remaster after YouTuber RedGamingTech claims he had insider sources stating the original Metal Gear Solid will be receiving a complete remake, and the three sequels will receive a remaster, all of which will be exclusive to PlayStation 5 and PC.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2002)
As much as I’d love to be taken back to my childhood with a remaster of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I am willing to settle with the upcoming ARPG game, Hogwarts Legacy, coming in 2022. However, I definitely wouldn’t turn down a remaster of the classic PlayStation 2 title.
Philosopher’s Stone was one of the earliest games I remember playing, although I did own an original PlayStation beforehand so my memory obviously isn’t that great. Learning new spells, collecting coloured beans, sneaking past trolls, are all things I’d love to experience again in a remastered version for the newest generation of consoles.
With that being said, Hogwarts Legacy looks to be everything a Harry Potter fan could hope for as next-gen instalment to the series. The game looks to be taking some elements of the classic games, as players will be able to attend classes, learn to cast spells, brew potions and much more.
The Getaway (2002)
The Getaway is the best British gang game ever released, period. The game is set in London, and for a PlayStation 2 title it offers an unprecedented amount of detail in the environment; the game arguably could have been so much more if it wasn’t held back by hardware limitations of the time.
The game did, however, offer a new experience for gamers, as the developers attempted to merge film elements into the game, making the London city even more immersive. The story wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was a good British gang story that kept you playing and driving the game forward.
The Getaway did receive a sequel in 2005, titled The Getaway: Black Monday, but was based around new characters and a new story. The sequel fell flat with critics and fans, and that was the last we heard of the series, until now.
Mike Rouse, who was a developer for the original game, recently commented that he’d heard through a contact at Sony that something was in the works for the series. What that something is, however, remains a mystery. A job listing for Sony London was also posted for a triple-A title exclusive to PlayStation, with the 20 year anniversary only a year away, could a remaster or remake be on the horizon for The Getaway?
Silent Hill (1999)
Silent Hill is one of, if not the most, iconic horror franchises of all time and after the P.T fiasco in 2014, now is the time to give the series a new instalment in the form of a remaster, remake, or sequel.
Back when Hideo Kojima was on good terms with Konami, he and award-winning director Guillermo del Toro were set to create a new instalment to the Silent Hill series, titled Silent Hills. The game was set to star actor Norman Reedus as the main protagonist, but after wetting fans’ lips with a playable demo, the game was cancelled.
Fans were furious with the cancellation after being able to play the utterly horrifying P.T, which received praise for its stunning visuals, story, puzzles, and tension that was built throughout the demo. There are reports still floating about that a Silent Hill remake is happening at Konami, but with Kojima no longer involved, will it be as horrifying as P.T?
This article was written by FinalBosses Kyle Knight.
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