10 games that should be remade

Whoever said lightning can’t strike twice was talking rubbish – it can and it should.


Retro games are coming back into fashion

The success of both Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and Duke Nukem Forever has proven that gamers are a nostalgic bunch.

A revamped version of Starfox 64 (Lylat Wars) is also due to hit shelves in September, while another title from the legendary Doom franchise is expected within the next few years.

This got us thinking and we’ve drawn up a list of 10 forgotten gems that deserve another run out:

1.) GTA: London, 1969 (PC, PSone, 1999): The thought of seeing London brought to life like Liberty City in GTA IV (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, 2008) is enough to make you salivate. Team Soho’s The Getaway (PS2, 2002) gave us a glimpse of how great a more modern, non-linear version of the capital could be. If you add GTA’s chutzspah to the mix it would be a sure-fire success. Let’s be ‘avin you Rockstar!

2.) Final Fantasy VII (PSone, PC, 1997): The Final Fantasy franchise is easily one of the most important ever. This game was largely credited with the success of the first Playstation and there’s an almost universally-held opinion that this is the best in the FF series. Fans have been clamouring for a remake ever since the PS2 came out, but so far Konami has kept them dangling. Surely it’s only a matter of time…?

3.) Body Harvest (N64, 1998): This N64 classic sows the seeds of greatness amid a sea of ugliness. The graphics, which were derided at the time, are now woefully out of date, but the explosive gameplay will always put a smile on your face. Developers DMA Design – later bought by Rockstar – went on to create the GTA franchise and you can see elements of what made those games a success. Although they’ve now moved on, it would be great to see a more complete version. Watch this space.

4.) TIE Fighter (PC, 1994): Best. Star Wars. Game. Ever. George Lucas’s mega franchise has been blessed with some great video games, but TIE Fighter is definitely the cream of the crop. Where this game differs is that you take on the role of a rookie pilot fighting for the Empire. This alternative look at the universe was lauded by fans as it adds greater context to The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. A remake of this game could be a dream come true for many, but the developers would have to tread carefully – if they messed it up it wouldn’t be pretty.

5.) Star Trek Armada (PC, 2000 – Armada II, PC, 2001): These real-time strategy games have developed a huge cult following and it’s easy to see why – think Command & Conquer in space with photon torpedoes, wormholes and red alerts. After Star Trek’s recent resurgence, a modified Armada – on a larger scale and with better graphics – could be a smash hit with casual gamers and Trekkies alike.

6.) G-Police (PSone, PC, 1997 – G-Police Weapons of Justice, PSone, 1999): Inspired by Blade Runner, this ultra-cool police adventure set in 2097 was well ahead of its time. While gamers universally recognised it as fantastic fun, the complex graphics led to draw distance problems and long loading times. Now that technology has caught up, gamers could finally enjoy all that G-Police has to offer.

7.) Earthworm Jim (PC, Mega Drive, SNES, 1994 – Earthworm Jim 3D, PC, N64 1999): When you think about unlikely heroes Earthworm Jim has to be right up there. After all, if it wasn’t for a super-powered suit happening to fall on him, the gun-wielding action star would’ve spent his days eating dirt, avoiding birds and trying not to get trampled on. The ludicrous nature of this platform game makes it incredibly endearing and there are constant rumours of a triumphant return. This one will probably happen.

8.) Zool (Amiga, PC, 1992 – Zool 2, Amiga, PC, 1993): Zool was supposed to rank alongside Mario and Sonic – it didn’t work out. However, there’s something strangely appealing about taking the weird little ninja through the game’s candy-laden worlds – Chupa Chups were the sponsors. It would be refreshing to see a forgotten face re-emerge in the platform genre, although dentists wouldn’t be too happy with sweet-filled levels encouraging kids everywhere to pig out.

9.) Conker’s Bad Fur Day (N64, 2001 – Conker: Live & Reloaded, Xbox, 2004): At first glance, this game appeared to be a childish clone of Banjo Kazooie (N64, 1998) – looks sure can be deceiving! Instead of being a cutesy platform game, Conker’s Bad Fur Day is filled with cursing, drinking and urinating. Great stuff. Developers Rare surprised everyone by ignoring conventions and making this with teenagers in mind. Their gamble paid off, although a watered down Xbox sequel somewhat spoils the memory. A no-holds barred follow up is long overdue.

10.) Home Alone (SNES, Sega Master System, PC, 1991 – Home Alone, PS2, 2006): For kids of a certain age, Home Alone is an institution. The film was a must-see and the game was one of the few tie-ins that offered a satisfying experience at the time. You take on the role of Kevin McCallister as he sets up traps for Harry and Marv. You then constantly have to avoid falling into their clutches. It’s tremendous fun. A few years ago there was a half-baked attempt to bring it back, but we think it deserves another shot.

What classic games would you like to see remade? Or should the past stay in the past? Comment below or tweet @dixonsintheknow