REMAKING retro games with modern-day graphics can produce big hits, and we’re desperate for more classic titles to be reborn in 4K.
Last year’s DOOM remake was a hit, this year’s Shadow of the Colossus remaster was fantastic, and there’s talk of a Spyro reboot in the works. But what other classic games would we like to see in 4K for the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X? These are our top picks…
Contra is a classic in dire need of a graphical overhaul
Contra (Commodore 64)
Built by Konami, Contra was one of the first shooter games to become a cult hit.
It began life as a coin-operated arcade game, but eventually made its way to home consoles.
The fast-paced action would sit well with 2018 gamers – all Contra needs is for the old-school boxy backdrops to get a retina-tingling 3D, 4K makeover.
Few spy shooters have become as iconic as Goldeneye
Goldeneye (Nintendo 64)
GoldenEye 007 is possibly Nintendo’s most famous first-person shooter ever, and regularly features on ‘best games of all time’ lists.
Inspired by the 1995 Bond movie of the same name, the game boasted a riveting single-player campaign, but an even more gripping multiplayer mode.
Revamping the graphics for modern-generation consoles would be a major hit with gamers, who might enjoy the simple gameplay compared to the over-complicated shooters of 2018.
The Prince of Persia franchise has all but faded away, so we’re hoping for a 4K reboot
Prince of Persia (NES)
Prince of Persia was an early platformer available on the Apple II and NES, wooing gamers with its unique ancient Persian setting.
It eventually made its way to PlayStation 2 with The Sands of Time, offering more contemporary 3D graphical stylings, but the game’s visuals haven’t aged well.
However, the game – which is said to have inspired Assassin’s Creed – is beloved by many, and would definitely be welcomed as a 4K reboot.
Virgin Group Remote island. Military weaponry. Giant dinosaurs. What’s not to love?
Dino Crisis (PS One)
Capcom’s survival horror Dino Crisis was one of the best creepy games on the original PlayStation, and was developed by the same team as Resident Evil.
The game has a Jurassic Park-gone-wrong feel, following a spec-ops agent called Regina around an island research facility that’s become overrun with dinosaurs.
But while the gameplay is solid, the graphics are extremely dated, so we’re definitely angling for a modern-day revamp.
Snapping Pikachu was strangely addictive, and we’re not convinced it would be any less enjoyable in 2018
Pokemon Snap (Nintendo 64)
This surprise hit saw gamers travelling around Pokemon Island, taking virtual photos of the local creatures with a virtual camera.
It might sound boring, but it took the Poke-world by storm, and is fondly remembered by N64 owners everywhere.
Given the fact that Pokemon is still a global craze, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a Pokemon Snap reboot at some point soon.
Few games in Ico’s era could match its incredible visual fidelity
Ico (PlayStation 2)
A much-loved pre-cursor to Shadow of the Colossus, Sony’s Ico was one of the most beautiful games available in the early days of the PlayStation 2.
It’s often considered a work of art, due to its stunning graphics, sweeping vistas, and highly detailed textures.
Its spiritual successor Shadow of the Colossus was recently rebooted in 4K, and we’ve got a sneaking suspicion Ico could be in for a similar treatment sometime soon.
Legacy of Kain was a gloriously gothic classic that would surely be a repeat hit today
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (PS One)
The dark, brooding, gothic atmosphere of Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver made it an instant hit among game reviewers.
The game took place in the fictional world of Nosgoth, and let players control Raziel, a ghostly vampire with the ability to shift between material and spectral realms.
The franchise hasn’t survived into the modern era, but this game has a loyal fan-base that would certainly appreciate a 4K remaster.
check copyright Timesplitters 2: best PS2 shooter? Quite possibly…
Timesplitters 2 (Xbox)
Timesplitters 2 regularly ranks among the best shooters ever released on the PlayStation 2.
It garnered a large player-base thanks to its enjoyable single-player mode, solid multiplayer, and quirky cartoon visuals.
There’s no shortage of interest in shooters, so we reckon rebooting this long-dead franchise is overdue.
Handout GTA Vice City is one of the most beloved entries in the franchise
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (PlayStation 2)
GTA Vice City needs no introduction: it’s one of the most popular and iconic Grand Theft Auto games ever released.
Set in a fictionalised city based on 1980s Miami, gamers played as gangster Tommy Vercetti in his quest to dominate Vice City’s dodgy underbelly.
Modern-day GTA titles are among the best-looking games available, so bringing Vice City up to scratch in 4K is a must.
What games would you like to see remastered in 4K? Let us know in the comments.
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