**UPDATE – September 24, 2021**
There has been some very exciting news in the world of remakes and remasters recently. At Sony’s PlayStation Showcase, it was announced that Knights of the Old Republic will be remade. This is huge news and one of the best remake developments in recent memory. We listed Knights of the Old Republic at #3 in this list, so you can guess how excited we are for this game to come out.
Whether we like it or not, we’re in the age of the remake. Everything from TV, Movies & yes, even Gaming, is now being remade in next-gen high definition. Although I recently put together an article in favour of TV and Movies abandoning the nostalgia driven reboot-cycle, I’m not sure my opinion spreads to the world of gaming. The problem with movies and TV is two-fold. Either the actors have aged (or died), or the new rebooted characters are never as good as the original.
However, with gaming, that doesn’t need to be the case.
The world of make believe in TV & movies is completely different to the make believe worlds in gaming. Re-using characters and settings exactly how they were (maybe with some improved graphics) is a plausible and realistic thing to do.
There’s a few items I chose to leave of the list. Mostly due to their obscurity and minimal appeal to the wider public. For instance, If I was flat out choosing MY personal list, it would include things such as Madden NFL 2003, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005, Cricket 2007, 1080 Snowboarding etc.
You’re probably sensing a theme. But I understand that these games are not everyone’s cup of tea and are very unlikely to ever be touched again.
I’ve also chosen to steer clear of games that have included sequels which either match or improve upon the original game. These include titles such as: Mario Kart 64, Red Dead Redemption, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Smash Bros.
Finally, I’ve left out games which still hold up via their use on retro devices (NES, SNES, SEGA or Retro Arcade) or even modern consoles. These include: Super Mario Bros., Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and most other retro arcade classics.
That’s probably a lot to take in, but I feel it makes for a more realistic and satisfactory list.
With this in mind, here are 5 Video Games We’d Love To See Remade.
5. WWF No Mercy
Original Release: 2000
WWF No Mercy is the game that, for any Wrestling gamer of a certain age, has still never been beaten. Released on the N64, the game was simply light years ahead of its time. From the graphics, 3D animations and gameplay, it was THE wrestling game during the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
Of course, there have been about 30 different WWF/WWE installments since WWF No Mercy was released. Everyone has further increased the gameplay smoothness and realism. But nothing will ever beat the feeling of putting WWF No Mercy in the N64 during the late 90’s/early 2000’s.
If they were to slightly improve the graphics, and not touch the gameplay feel. This could be a wonderful remake for modern consoles.
4. GoldenEye 007
Original Release: 1997
GoldenEye is basically the gold standard for Nintendo 64 gaming. I remember as a kid, it was always the game that was featured as a demo in department stores or gaming retailers. If you went to a friends house, they wanted to play GoldenEye. It was everywhere.
The game is still tonnes of fun to play. But the fact is, not everyone has access to a Nintendo 64.
A remake of GoldenEye, with exactly the same gameplay and mildly improved graphics, would make for a delicious modern nostalgia hit.
3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Original Release: 2003
**UPDATE** Knights of the Old Republic WILL be receiving a remake.
Knights of the Old Republic is the GREATEST Star Wars game of all-time. Don’t agree? Fight me.
But seriously, this game is superb. Considering it’s original release date, the RPG nature of the game, coupled with terrific storytelling make it one of the greatest games of all-time.
Knights of the Old Republic has been heavily rumoured to be in line for a remake of late. I really hope this is the case, because it would be a sensation of modern, next-gen consoles.
2. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Original Release: 2004
GTA San Andreas may be one of the more contentious titles from this list. It’s not that people don’t love the game, but it’s that GTA 3 & GTA Vice-City also have massive fan bases.
But, I’m writing this list, so GTA San Andreas gets the nod.
I played hours and hours of this game growing up. It was so much fun (even before I found the cheat codes). GTA San Andreas was massively ahead of its time (in fact, so was GTA 3) and helped lay the platform for Rockstar Games to be one of the biggest gaming companies in the world.
Obviously we have GTA V (on PS4, Xbox One, PS5 & Xbox One X) & the hotly rumoured GTA 6 possibly on the way, so the chances of GTA San Andreas getting a remake are slim at best.
But one can dream.
1. The Simpsons: Hit & Run
Original Release: 2003
The Simpsons: Hit & Run allowed everyone who was born in the 80’s through to the mid 90’s live out a childhood fantasy: to be able to stroll around the streets of Springfield.
The Simpsons was a generation defined show. It may seem harder to believe now, but there was a time where The Simpsons was the darling of the Pop Culture world.
The Simpsons: Hit & Run was an open-world adventure game that allowed you to drive, walk or run through Springfield in a variety of different cars from the show.
The story itself was fun, but it was the ability to drive through the Power Plant, hang out at the Simpsons home and walk into the Kwik-E-Mart that made the game so special.
If the President of Gaming came up to me today and asked me for my one remake wish, it would unequivocally be, The Simpsons: Hit & Run.