Over the years, there have been plenty of games that have received the remastering treatment. While most of them have simply seen their graphics upgraded to HD, other remasters have seen minor additions to the story and gameplay. There may also be solutions to issues that might have been a problem during the first run of a game.
Spyro: Reignited Trilogy was very well received upon release and seems to be the gold standard when it comes to game remastering. If Spyro sets the standard for remasters, here are some games that would definitely meet that standard.
10 Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
The Tony Hawk series has been a staple of skateboarding games since 1999. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 was remastered in 2020, allowing hardcore fans and newcomers alike to experience the games that started it all. While we may see a remaster of Pro Skater 3 and 4 in the future, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland is more than deserving of a remaster.
Set in Los Angeles, the game was designed to be one massive level where you clear one area of the map to access the next. It was also the first Tony Hawk game to include BMX in his game. American Wasteland could use a remaster that would update its nostalgic feel with an improved look and improve the story.
9 Area 51
Area 51 was one of those games that went under the radar. Initially released on PS2, Xbox, and PC, this sci-fi first-person shooter gave you mutagens, combat, and of course, the infamous Area 51. The story is a wild ride from cleaning up a virus to aliens that They are in contact with the Illuminati. What else would you expect from a game titled Area 51?
In this day and age where aliens, parasites, mutants, and otherworldly weapons seem to be favorites among gamers, this would be a huge hit with modern graphics, especially on PC.
8 bulldozer drill
There were many great games throughout the different generations of the Game Boys. Action platformers created some of the biggest hits like Mega Man, Super Mario, and Metroid to name a few.
One gem that stood out from them all was the Drill Dozer. A game about a girl named Jill and her Drill Dozer offers fantastic action packed gameplay just fighting with a drill. Throughout the levels, you will find a new way to use your drill in combat against a multitude of enemies. There are even puzzles to beat and upgrades you can find in levels to improve your exercise. A remaster of the Game Boy Advance classic would be an excellent addition to the Nintendo Switch and next-gen consoles.
7 vertiful joe
If you’re looking for a great fighting game, look no further than the glory days of the GameCube and the Viewtiful Joe game. This is a side-scrolling fighting game where you play as Joe, a 17-year-old with a passion for movies, who must save her girlfriend after she is kidnapped while she is watching a movie.
Developed by Capcom, this game was highly praised for its combined 2D and 3D graphics, storyline, and gameplay. It was ported to PS2, but seeing a remaster for Nintendo Switch and next-gen consoles would bring the hero Viewtiful Joe into a new generation.
6 Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island
Super Mario games that need to be remastered deserve a list of their own, however one of them would make a great addition to the Nintendo Switch. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, better known simply as Yoshi’s Island, has been ported to the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 3DS since its release on the SNES, but we need a remaster for Switch.
This game follows Yoshi on a quest to reunite baby Mario with his kidnapped brother Luigi. The game brought a fun and classic Super Mario feel as he let Yoshi take the lead. Remastering this for the Nintendo Switch would bring this SNES classic into a new generation of the popular series.
5 fables trilogy
It seems like some of the best games come in sets of three, and the first three Fable games prove why. This Xbox and Microsoft exclusive wowed millions of gamers upon the launch of the first game. Although it seems like a simple story of a boy who undertakes a journey to rescue his kidnapped sister, there are actions that result from him.
Each game allows you to make decisions, but depending on the choice you make, it will ultimately affect the main character in terms of good or bad. There’s a reboot of the series that has generated mixed reactions, so now would be the perfect time to remaster the original trilogy with stunning graphics.
Set in the not too distant future of 2025, this psychological horror first-person shooter really made waves upon its release. There were many games that tried to combine the horror and FPS genres and only a few succeeded with titles like Dead Space and Fear.
Fear follows the elite forces of the US Army who are investigating an all-powerful psychic being. Released in 2005, this game was highly praised not only for its originality, but also for its gameplay and AI mechanics. Remastering this for next-gen consoles and PC would bring back a spectacular game of its time.
There have been many games that can be considered great, but the first Diablo game is considered to be one of the best video games of all time. Released in 1997, this action RPG took the gaming industry by storm with its completely randomized missions, enemies, and unique graphics.
This Windows version follows a mortal man trying to defeat the Lord of Terror, Diablo. Diablo 2 was the first game in the series to receive a remaster. Now would be the perfect time to remaster the original game that started it all.
2 brutal legend
Games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band took over the 2000s with their extensive list of titles. All of this may have overshadowed one of the best heavy metal and music games known as Brutal Legend.
Starring Jack Black as the main character Eddie Riggs, this combination of action-adventure and real-time strategy game took consoles by storm with its incredible story, gameplay and fantastic soundtrack. Using guitars as weapons, you must defend your stage from enemies. This game also features voice work from many heavy metal musicians and would make a great remaster for current next-gen consoles and PC.
1 The Simpsons: Hit & Run
There is no game that has attracted more attention and demand for a remaster than The Simpsons: Hit & Run in recent years. Widely regarded as one of the best Simpsons games, it was initially released in 2007 for PS2, Xbox, and GameCube and later ported to Windows.
The story and the chaos that follows were heavily inspired by Grand Theft Auto.but it stayed true to the humor the Simpsons are known for. Although it appears there is no remaster in the works for this cult classic, a YouTuber named Reubs has remade the game using Unreal Engine 5, but it will most likely never be released as a playable game.
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