There have been so many incredible games over the years. So many. Some of them were perfect for their time, and then faded into the history books. But others deserve a second wave. Some games are so magical, so enjoyable, that they should be brought into the modern era. Those are the games this list is celebrating. So sit back, relax, and enjoy as I tell you my top 5 classic games that deserve a remake!
1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (PS1)
The original PS1 Harry Potter games have become somewhat infamous on the internet for their terrible graphics and hilarious renditions of popular characters. Many a meme has revolved around the character assets from those first couple of games. However, despite the poor visuals, the actual games themselves had a lot of promise, and were wildly popular. They offered a good range of mechanics from the action/adventure genre, and there were even some puzzle/platformer aspects.
Their main drawback is the fact that the technology limitations of the time meant that the game was not as smooth as it could have been. However, in today’s modern era, there are so many possibilities for how they could upgrade the game. Not only do they have the opportunity to vastly improve the graphics and movement style, but they could add exciting new mechanics. I’d love to see some variation in the flying options during quidditch matches (maybe boosts/power-ups?) and they could improve the controls during mini games.
What I’d really love to see would be a two-pack of both Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets both included in one game. But if they were to only remake one, then Chamber of Secrets would be my preference as I loved the use of duelling, as well as the prevalence of Bertie Botts beans scattered throughout the world.
2. The Simpsons Hit And Run (PS2)
Ah, the pinnacle of 90’s kid hype. When The Simpsons Hit and Run came storming onto the scene in 2003, it was the talk of the playground. The Simpsons was THE cartoon back in the day, so being able to play it as a video game was beyond cool. Unfortunately, the gameplay mechanics missed the mark somewhat, being limited as they were by the technology of the time.
In a word, the game was slow. Very slow. They had so many assets to cram into what was a relatively small game. They needed to add all the characters we know and love, all the places, and a whole bunch of items that the player could interact with. Unfortunately, that meant that the game ended up being a bit haphazard when it came to the gameplay.
The quests themselves were fun in concept, but spending minutes ambling from house to house was quite draining. The movement was clunky and frustrating, and took away from the enjoyment of a game that was otherwise pretty brilliant. A remake could fix all that! A remake could allow us to explore Springfield in a way that was never possible before. We could get into the same crazy shenanigans as in the original, only this time it would work more smoothly. They could speed up the movement, and make the game better looking. It would be the perfect homage to a cartoon which has beaten the odds to remain hugely popular. Here’s hoping for The Simpsons Hit and Run for the PS5!
3. Tombi! (PS1)
There’s a good chance that you haven’t heard of this entry on the list, but if you ever played it, then you know exactly why it’s here. Tombi! (or Tomba! as it was named in the US release) is a 2D platformer with a whole bunch of personality. The interesting thing about Tombi! is that they released a lengthy demo of the game as part of an issue of Playstation magazine, but massively under-produced the game itself. This led to scarcity, and so very few people ended up playing the full game, despite the demo being exceedingly popular. This dearth in supply and demand means that copies of the original PS1 disc sell for upwards of £150 on eBay, with brand new copies being worth over £250.
So, why is it so special? Tombi! was not only ahead of its time in quality of gameplay and size of the game, but it was so fun and unique that it holds up today. It was released for purchase on the PS3 digital store (I remember literally jumping for joy when I first discovered it on there), and it’s clear that the game offers so much in terms of enjoyment.
You play as a pink-haired feral child, and you have to traverse the world to save it from the evil pigs that are trying to destroy it. Along the way, you complete several quests, and learn new skills as you explore exciting and varied regions. This game has so much potential, and a remake with smoother movement and better graphics would be incredible. This is one game that I would LOVE to see in 4k definition.
4. Halo 3 (Xbox 360)
Halo fans around the world were thrilled when Microsoft announced the Master Chief Collection. This included all the games 1-4, as well as Reach and ODST. Halo 1 and 2 had a remastered option, where you could toggle between new graphics and the classic look. However, whilst Halo 3 was included, it was just the original version on console (PC got somewhat of a remaster without being a full graphical overhaul).
Halo 3 is arguably the best game of the entire franchise, with some truly unforgettable missions. It also contains some incredibly emotional scenes, particularly those between Chief and Cortana. It can be played single player, or multiplayer with up to 2 players on couch co-op, or up to 4 players when using the online services.
One of the coolest things about Halo 3, though, is the extra game modes. Halo 3 had a system called Forge where you could create custom maps. This also allowed for the creation of custom game modes, and the community delivered some awesome ones. Namely, Grifball. I freaking LOVE Grifball. Imagine how cool it’d be to get a remade version of the Forge where you could create 4K maps! Ultimately, a remake would not only allow you to relive the glorious campaign, but also create your own custom gaming experience.
5. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Bethesda are responsible for a wealth of incredible franchises, but their most popular has to be The Elder Scrolls. Many gamers will have played and loved their games from the start, but it truly became mainstream with Skyrim in 2011. Skyrim at the time was one of the most impressive examples of open world gaming, and everyone was talking about it. However, excellent as that was, some would say that Oblivion is even better.
Oblivion is truly the game to beat when it comes to quests. There are so many different choices you can make, and all of them affect your experience of the game. With so much going on in the world, and so many routes open to you, each run-through of the game is different. The main downside is that the graphics are somewhat lacklustre, and the gameplay is quite clunky especially when it comes to movement and combat.
However, a remake could be huge! The quality of the plot, and the sheer expanse of quests are superb. The only thing holding Oblivion back from being perfect was the technical limitations in 2006. But in 2021, games are more beautiful and powerful than ever. Oblivion could be given a full overhaul, and we could explore Cyrodiil in gorgeous detail. I don’t know about you, but this is one game I would love to see making a comeback!
Have Your Say!
So, what do you think of this list? Do you agree with my choices, or would you have included some other classic games instead? Let us know in the comments what your favourite nostalgic games are, and which ones you’d love to see make a comeback!