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December 30, 2009 2:46:39 AM

hey guys, thought we could get a bit of a discussion going. the topic being; games from your childhood that should be remade. weather just as downloadable games with minor improvements for a new generation, or entirely rebooted and improved.

ive been playing games a long time, sometimes a remember a game that i used to play and hunt for it online. sometimes i get lucky and find one of them, but usually they just aren't fun anymore. expectaiotns are higher now, and we know what makes a good or bad game. so what games do you guys think would be great if remade?

my choices are:

Elite. anyone who has played this game will know just how brilliant it was. even by todays standards, its a huge game. but it was held back by prmitive graphics tech. i imagine the game re built in HD, with space battles like a star wars movie. a real time stock market (that is hooked up online, with values changing as people all over the world buy/sell) some multiplayer elements. perhaps every now and then you run into a PC, and can forge an alliance or duke it out for resources. this game would undoubtedly rock if a decent studio picked it up.

morrowind. okay, so the game isnt that old. but its my personal all time favourite. oblivion was alright, but it didnty have anything aproaching the freedom that morrowind offered. i logged 300 hours playtime, without even finishing the main story arc. the game weas plagued by bad programming (something of a speciallty of bethesda) and bugs. if it were re made, as a special edition atop the newest engine used for fallout 3... well i know id buy it. i woudlnt want a remake, since the story and gameplay should remain unchanged. but new grpahics, real time physics, and better A.I. if it were released alongside TES:V, it would sell a truckload.

and

Deus Ex. a perfect example of a game that was brilliant in its day, but to go back to it now is... meh. with improved AI, a new graphics/physics engine, and expanded missions through DLC, it would be amazing. this is a game that came years too early. it almost begs to have been made during the time of easy bugfixing and DLC.

so what do you all think? i must have missed some obvious choices? what games do you guys want to play again? or think that todays kids need to experience?

share. :) 

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December 30, 2009 3:21:50 AM

Return fire! the music was awesome, and with a simple graphics and AI overhaul this could easily sell again.

cannon fodder! so much fun. all it needs is higher res graphics.

[edited for typo]
December 30, 2009 5:20:01 PM

Anyone remember "Rescue on Fractalus" - very old on the Atari 800 computer... used to be a great game which made excellent use of the Atari's graphics :) 

Failing that I used to love Dungeon Master on the Atari ST -
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December 30, 2009 7:06:58 PM

Duke nukem 3D,mario pipeline,tank wars,banjo kazooi those would be great remakes
December 30, 2009 11:08:36 PM

i agree with mi1z, id lveo to see a donloadable version of canon fodder, with updated grpahics and sound.

they did that with money island, one of my all time favourite games. the re-make was brilliant.

duke3d is another great choice, though the violence and boobies would have less of an impact on todays seasoned gamer...
December 30, 2009 11:29:42 PM

but duke 3d on xbox360/ps3/pc in full hd would make it a best seller
January 1, 2010 12:10:41 PM

A remake of Battlezone 3 would be awesome.
January 1, 2010 8:08:31 PM

some good replies, any more ideas?

i was thinking about how cool a modern shinobi would be. screw the PS2 sequal. id lvoe to see the guys behind bayonetta, or ninja gaiden get a hold of it.
January 1, 2010 8:46:21 PM

Mechwarrior
January 1, 2010 9:54:13 PM

what was that game where you are a monster attacking a city and have to destroy a building as fast as you can? that would be an awesome remake
January 1, 2010 10:42:41 PM

RAMPAGE!

very good call. with fully destructable environments, swarms of army AI...
that would rock.
January 1, 2010 11:23:49 PM

hell yeah
January 2, 2010 8:36:31 PM

Interstate "76" or Twist Metal remakes would be cool.
January 3, 2010 10:54:01 PM

Going back to my Commodore Amiga days, I'd love to see a remake of Marble Madness!
January 4, 2010 12:28:33 AM

Wing Commander
Mechwarrior
Lemmings
January 4, 2010 12:35:01 AM

some more thoughts from me:

Metal Gear (the original)
streets of rage (that would be epic)
and

panzer dragoon saga!!

did anyone else have the fortune to play that game? criminally unheard of, one of the best RPGs ever...
January 4, 2010 2:24:30 PM

Hidden & Dangerous!
January 4, 2010 3:01:09 PM

final fantasy 7

this is the only game i've gone back and played again and again with a gap of 3-4 years each.

the more recent FF games bring some nice new stuff, but also become less similar to FF7. FF7 is just something special.

the story is really moving and an incredible twist. i can't think of any game that comes close to the story of FF7 without making a frankensein of western literature (bioshock).
January 4, 2010 3:15:44 PM

Goldbox Games of SSI (Champions of Krynn, Secret of the Silver Blades, Gateway to the Savage Frontier...and us to transfer characters like the originals did!)

Bad Dudes, Vigilante, Contra, Double Dragon
January 4, 2010 7:05:41 PM

Descent could definitely come back with an upgraded engine and be fantastic.

Also: practically anything from Lucas Arts would be amazing (for me, at least).
January 5, 2010 1:27:54 AM

tarquinbiscuitbarrel said:
final fantasy 7

this is the only game i've gone back and played again and again with a gap of 3-4 years each.

the more recent FF games bring some nice new stuff, but also become less similar to FF7. FF7 is just something special.

the story is really moving and an incredible twist. i can't think of any game that comes close to the story of FF7 without making a frankensein of western literature (bioshock).


as much as i love FF7, i cant help but think its vastly inferior to FF6 in terms of story. but, i owuld liekm to see niether game re-made. i tihnk they are examples of their time. they don't need to be remade because you can still play them and enjoy them now. their graphics and music are a part of their charm.

i have FF7 on my PSP, and FF6 on my dingoo. and thats the best way i could ever hope to play them :) 
January 5, 2010 5:51:24 AM

welshmousepk said:
hey guys, thought we could get a bit of a discussion going. the topic being; games from your childhood that should be remade. weather just as downloadable games with minor improvements for a new generation, or entirely rebooted and improved.

ive been playing games a long time, sometimes a remember a game that i used to play and hunt for it online. sometimes i get lucky and find one of them, but usually they just aren't fun anymore. expectaiotns are higher now, and we know what makes a good or bad game. so what games do you guys think would be great if remade?

my choices are:

Elite. anyone who has played this game will know just how brilliant it was. even by todays standards, its a huge game. but it was held back by prmitive graphics tech. i imagine the game re built in HD, with space battles like a star wars movie. a real time stock market (that is hooked up online, with values changing as people all over the world buy/sell) some multiplayer elements. perhaps every now and then you run into a PC, and can forge an alliance or duke it out for resources. this game would undoubtedly rock if a decent studio picked it up.

morrowind. okay, so the game isnt that old. but its my personal all time favourite. oblivion was alright, but it didnty have anything aproaching the freedom that morrowind offered. i logged 300 hours playtime, without even finishing the main story arc. the game weas plagued by bad programming (something of a speciallty of bethesda) and bugs. if it were re made, as a special edition atop the newest engine used for fallout 3... well i know id buy it. i woudlnt want a remake, since the story and gameplay should remain unchanged. but new grpahics, real time physics, and better A.I. if it were released alongside TES:V, it would sell a truckload.

and

Deus Ex. a perfect example of a game that was brilliant in its day, but to go back to it now is... meh. with improved AI, a new graphics/physics engine, and expanded missions through DLC, it would be amazing. this is a game that came years too early. it almost begs to have been made during the time of easy bugfixing and DLC.

so what do you all think? i must have missed some obvious choices? what games do you guys want to play again? or think that todays kids need to experience?

share. :) 






Contra from SNES.

Prince of Persia 3d (released in 1999) for PC, because it had real mind-boggling puzzles that not even Ubisoft could compete with with it's POP Trilogy.

Most of the games from NES and SNES.
January 5, 2010 7:54:40 AM

caddilacs and dinosours
January 5, 2010 10:04:54 AM

Mechwarrior: Mercenaries
Mech Commander
Dark Sun
Wing Commander
Dune 2
Master of Magic
Colonization
Magic Carpet
Dungeon Master
January 5, 2010 3:21:06 PM

Wizball (C64 version) & Defender.
January 6, 2010 12:38:25 AM

@morton. i belive they are creating a new mech warrior game? im pretty dure i read about that somewhere.

not a remake as such, but that could still be good.

January 6, 2010 5:13:44 PM

Yes, the new Mechwarrior game is one of the few PC games currently in development which really caught my attention. There was a cool video of some early version of it half a year ago at some gaming sites. Later there was news that the company faced some copyright issues. I hope they will be able to finish and release the game without problems. I am also waiting for Alien vs Predator 3, Aliens: Colonial Marines and Diablo 3.
January 6, 2010 5:29:23 PM

welshmousepk said:
@morton. i belive they are creating a new mech warrior game? im pretty dure i read about that somewhere.

not a remake as such, but that could still be good.

This is the last article I saw, you may or may not have seen it.
http://uk.pc.ign.com/articles/105/1054509p1.html
January 7, 2010 12:36:54 AM

@ mousemonkey, that's the exact article i had read. looks pretty good IMO.

+1 for the new AvP too. i would have put that on my list of wanted remakes if it weren't already on the way :D 

January 7, 2010 4:09:52 PM

@ mousemonkey: Thanks for the link! The article included some screenshots I hadn't seen before. The text is just a list of suggestions but there used to be another much more informative text about the game at some major gaming site half a year ago. It included an extensive interview with the developers. I really liked some of the features which they promised in the interview. For example, players will be able to get upgrades and polish their skills with each individual mech, so that player could focus on just one certain type of mech and become really good at it instead of keeping going for heavier categories of mechs. They also mentioned that single player is set early in the timeline of Battletech universe when mechs were very precious and rare (even passed on from father to son of a noble family like an expensive set of armor in medieval age), so salvaging will be very important.

Mechwarrior: Living Legends (Crysis mod) looks really great for any old Mech fans too.

@welshmousepk: AvP 2 was a gold classic. It's a pity that multiplayer servers don't work anymore (at least for the MP demo). However, Aliens: Colonial Marines looks somehow better than AvP 3 on the screenshots. Well, I'm waiting for them both. :) 

January 7, 2010 4:45:46 PM

@Morton, I think I've read the article you're referring to but I can't for the life of me find it.
January 7, 2010 11:56:40 PM

im just hoping my friends all decide to pick up AvP. they have a nasty habit of torrenting games and sharing them at our lans. but that means they can never play online with them, so barring the big releases (MW2, BFBC2 etc) im always playing online with strangers.

i swear im the only person these days who actually likes to BUY my games...
January 11, 2010 10:22:35 AM

has to be the Baldurs Gate Series! :) 
January 12, 2010 10:35:20 PM

My top two have to be Army Men for the PC from 3DO and the first Age of Empires. These were the best games!
January 12, 2010 11:24:19 PM

Final Fantasy 7, 8, and 9.

Unreal championship/Unreal Championship 2 the liandri conflict, using UE3, and available for the PC this time.

Contra, with some crazy online features/aspects would be nice.

!