With all the remastered titles coming out nowadays, it always seems like there’s some that make me sit back and think “why did this get remastered?” or “why didn’t this other game in the series get remastered?”. So, I took it upon myself to come up with my own list of six games that I feel need to get the remastered treatment and boy, some of these are long overdue for one. I hope you guys enjoy this and I’d love to hear what other games that didn’t make this list should be brought back to life with a facelift.
Need for Speed: Underground 1 and 2
The Need for Speed games have always been great, whether you’re playing Hot Pursuit or Most Wanted or any other game in the franchise. To date, I can’t remember EA ever remastering any of their games, which is a shame because of how popular they were. I know this is supposed to be a top 6 list, but I had to put Underground 1 and 2 on this list because I would want it to be sold as a pack, kind of like what Square Enix did with Final Fantasy X and X-2. Both of the Underground games were fantastic and I’ve hardly seen a racing game, outside of maybe Forza, offer as much variety between visual and mechanical customization and not limiting it to a particular vehicle. These games deserve to be remastered and maybe such a re-release could help bring the Need for Speed back franchise to its former glory.
Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild
This game was freaking awesome! It wasn’t super popular, but it was a ton of fun and I remember spending countless hours racing around on my little jet ski and listening to ‘Pedal to the Metal’ over and over again. The smartass banter you’d hear as you passed someone or as you were picking your character was hilarious. Splashdown was the Riptide game we loved before Riptide was even a name (I love you, Vector Unit!). THQ Nordic definitely needs to buy back this IP while they are on a spending spree.
Burnout 3: Takedown
Who doesn’t love the Burnout games?! EA have actually been nice enough to remaster Burnout: Paradise, and Xbox recently put Burnout Revenge on Backwards Compatibility. There’s one problem with all of this: WHERE IS BURNOUT 3: TAKEDOWN? Seriously, it’s the best Burnout game in the line-up and no one has even touched it yet. Between the racing, the demos and the soundtracks coming from a realistic feeling radio station DJ (before Forza Horizon perfected it), I’m shocked that this hasn’t made its way to current consoles. Please EA, if you’re listening, do us all a favor and bring this game back to life in the most Evanesence way possible!
Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3
Tony Hawk games have always held a special place in my heart, way back to my consensual love of the first Pro Skater game. They just gradually got better with each instalment and for me, hit an all-time high with the third one. The craziness of the unlockable characters, the insane combos, the soundtrack and of course, my love for cheat codes made me lose many unforgettable hours on rolling plywood. Tony Hawk has tried to comeback with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, which flopped on all accounts. What he really needed to do was remaster, or at the very least, allow Playstation to breathe life into this as a PS2 to PS4 title. Come on Tony, do us proud!
I don’t know about you, but I loved nothing more than slamming a wide receiver into the turf and then giving him the ‘People’s Elbow’, Rock-style, as a final blow. NFL Blitz was a football game that we never deserved and didn’t know we wanted, but once we had it, changed the way we viewed sports games forever. It was a blast, just brutally tormenting your opponents, each and every play. I even loved the wonderful sound effects of bones crunching and the bowling alley pin crashing sounds when you’re running down the field and mowing over any peasants that stood in your way. This is another EA-owned IP and back in 2012, they made another reboot of the franchise, which received decent reception, though apparently didn’t provide the late play hits. Please EA, bring light to these old treasure troves you’re hiding from us.
This game holds a very special place in my own gaming history. While I never played the original Extreme game, Extreme G-2 was like Mario Kart 64, but with futuristic motorbikes going at insanely high rates of speed. You’d actually go so fast that you’d break the sound barrier and the sound of your bike would become distant and you’d see some billowing wisps of smoke come across your screen. The game had its issues, framerate mostly, but overall it was a really solid racing game and offered a bit of a difference between each racer you could choose. I’m not too sure where the IP ownership is as of late, due to Acclaim going bankrupt, but this game can still be picked up on Steam thanks to Throwback Entertainment (Extreme G-2 on Steam).
Now, while there are obviously many more games outside of the ones I’ve listed, that deserve the TLC that is required to bring back these gems. My main reason I chose the games above are that these are some of my favorites that I would love to go back and play… mainly because my Playstation 2 and Nintendo 64 are no longer working.
What are some games that you’d like to see be remastered? What do you think of the list that I’ve compiled? Do you think any games are missing? Let us know in the comments below!
David loves to play the guitar, though not always to other peoples favorite genres. He loves to play video games and has played them for longer than he cares to admit. His Favorite games to date include The Witcher 3, Rocket League, Titanfall 2, Bioshock, Halo and a new favorite, God of War. He has always wanted to do something in the gaming industry. Since he’s no programmer (yet), writing about them and why he likes them will have to do. Feel free to follow him on Twitter for all things gaming and maybe a few things that aren’t. Currently teaching himself programming and learning UE4 to make games that he’s always wanted to play!