The greatest video games that deserve a remake: Metal Gear Solid and …

Many forgotten classics should have a new chance to make themselves known by a different generation of gamers: here are the most important ones.

The new video games are great, nobody says otherwise. But playing the cream of the 90s or early 2000s is still almost always a spectacular experience today. Except, of course, when modern hardware gets in the way: Half-Life doesn’t know what a GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is, and although it had a futuristic imagery, System Shock certainly didn’t predict PCs with 32GB of RAM, and for this is unable to exploit them. For these seminal works it would take a remake, vero?

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So welcome to the stage, ladies and gentlemen, the nine remakes that we would like to manifest their existence to harness that computing power and unleash the maximum potential of their brilliant creations. Old worlds rendered new from graphics engines, controls, techniques of illuminations, current resolutions. Together, this can all come true – where “together” means a team of a few hundred talented developers and a handful of millions of dollars.

Dishonored (Bethesda, 2012) —

Yup, that Dishonored is from 2012, which means you’ve gotten really old. The music you liked in college is now considered rock by fathers, and Dishonored is a retro game. Perhaps Dishonored (which he received as well una Definitive Edition, but here we are talking about something more) is a victim of how good his own sequel is. The two share that distinct painting style – it’s just that Dishonored 2 brings it to life with greater brilliance and more refined lighting.

So, while mechanically it’s still fantastic and still represents one of the best immersive sims you can try (no debates about it are allowed), it’s a little less immersive when you realize the sequel has such superior art direction. It has arrived time for a facelift, Corvo.

Dragon Age: Origins (EA, 2008) —

It’s hard to start an entire fantasy clothing line from scratch, but Dragon Age: Origins did it so masterfully in 2008 that it felt like that world and imagery had always been there. It was, and remains, one of the best RPGs ever made with fascinating aspects of politics, tension and stakes.

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BioWare wasn’t afraid to occasionally produce meme material, like when Miranda would sing by the fire and transform a bloody RPG in a musical for a moment. And that gives a good idea of ​​how many other great moments you might have forgotten right now if you only played it once at the time of its release. Inquisition is better in many ways, starting with the graphics, and Inquisition came out six years ago. A modern remake treatment, even more so than it was with Mass Effect just a few weeks ago, would bring this very rich world back to life in the way it truly deserves.

Hitman Contracts (Eidos, 2004) —

In many ways, Hitman has never been better than his most recent sandbox and assassination trilogy complicated. Controls have been refined, in-game items have been refined and quantitatively extended, barcode-style tattoos have been rendered to a level of detail that once seemed impossible.

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But there is something special about the places of Contracts. We are talking about a game where strangling people with a garrote is something normal but in which, despite this, the depravity of the party of the king of the flesh still stands out as disturbing as it is. The Beldingford Family set a da tone Agatha Christie to the story, but only for a moment: immediately after, here is a very strong accent of John Woo, with all those Chinese mafia-style murders, which made you forget it. Blood Money’s missions are often considered the pinnacle of Hitman’s dark humor and Machiavellian solutions, but what if the best levels of both games really took off in the new graphics engine?

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (Bethesda, 2002) —

“Thing? Are you doing another re-release of Skyrim? ”. Actually, Bethesda, if you really have to bring The Elder Scrolls back, you could bring it back that weirdness of Morrowind next time?

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Morrowind is famous for two things: one, it was the first The Elder Scrolls in a 3D engine and the first to lay the foundation for everything we consider constitute a The Elder Scrolls. Two, you moved between cities on giant bugs piloted by elves who controlled them using their brains (literally). Do you need more arguments to convince you to want that game world revisited in the most refined graphics of 2021?

Deus Ex (Eidos, 2000) —

Those are the moments when you were just exploring and stumbled upon something huge, the ones that still live in the memories of Deus Ex players. When you wandered through a sewer and found a gigantic secret base. When you played the fool in a pivotal narrative moment and discovered that an important character didn’t have to die, contrary to what I thought.

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These moments are the manifesto of the rationale for immersive sim of Ion Storm who put freedom first and, while Human Revolution e Mankind Divided by Eidos Montreal captured some of that genius years later, from this point of view there is nothing like the original. A fan remake called Revision got the green light from Square Enix, which holds the license today, a few years ago and you should definitely play it. But why not remake the original game in the Mankind Divided engine, please?

Metal Gear Solid (Konami, 1998) —

Hideo Kojima had experimented with games that didn’t require you to shoot everyone and leave behind a trail of destruction in the 16-bit era. The first PlayStation hosted the culmination of those experiments: Metal Gear Solid brought a cinematic presentation to a game centered around silent action, political fiction and long-winded conversations to a two-way radio. And on spying on women through air vents. And about bosses who could read the data saved on your memory card. Come on…

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And it’s time to let you experience it all again, with the level of detail it made it seem Death Stranding a very, very strange TV ad from FedEx. Sadly, Kojima and Konami have separated, which means you will probably never get such a great gift, but in life you never know …

Interstate ‘76 (Activision, 1997) —

Let’s go back to the earliest days of 3D graphics now, and to a forgotten masterpiece starring two heavily armed vigilantes aboard home-made muscle cars. The soundtrack had more waka-waka wah pedal effects than your uncle’s videotape collection, and there was even a poem button. Really, you hit the poem button and your friend Taurus he was reciting one of the poems he had written.

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The question is, in 1997 it was not yet decided how polygonal 3D graphics would work. This makes Interstate ’76: a) very difficult to play on modern machines; b) a little more aesthetically ugly. But more people should know about this game as well a shimmering remake is what it takes to spread the word.

Chrono Trigger (Square, 1995) —

Square Enix showed what wonderful magic can happen when a 90s RPG is rebuilt from the ground up, with Final Fantasy VII Remake. But as a new generation discovers Cloud, the memory of Chrono Trigger fades.

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Chrono Trigger was one of the most experimental, unpredictable and moving stories of the 16-bit era, with its ability to play with timelines, and deal with determinism and consequences – all in one cartridge you could slip into your skater jeans. And it was never even made in 3D. Shame, video game industry.

Skool Daze (Microsphere, 1984) —

Young Eric is too cool for school, although he still attends school. To avoid confronting his parents’ wrath should they find out about his poor academic performance, Eric decides to steal his report card from the desk of prof. How he does this, however, will be entirely up to the player.

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It is very likely that you have never played Skool Daze. It is very difficult to run Atari games on our brand new machines, and it is even more difficult to make old Atari ones work. So how should a gaming historian recover the first sandbox game ever? Well, you could still play the 2018 re-skooled edition but that’s more of a reskin than a true modern remake. For that, you have to sit and wait.

Written by Phil Iwaniuk for GLHF

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