In the past few years, we've seen countless classic games receive an upgrade to the next generation. With the success of recent titles like Dead Space, Mass Effect, Bioshock, Final Fantasy VII, Demon's Souls and Mafia, we will continue to see more this year alone with The Last of Us, Resident Evil 4, System Shock 2 and plenty more to be announced.
With 2023 as the first full push into the next generation of consoles and gaming, we will surely see many different games receive a remastering. Here are a few classic games we would love to see receive the next-gen treatment.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Kicking off our list is perhaps the greatest Star Wars game from a canon full of arguably great games. Star Wars: KOTOR was the first of its kind as an RPG centered around the Star Wars Expanded Universe that explored stories yet to be covered in the mainline films that was unfortunately discontinued in 2014.
After the recent major success of Star Wars: Fallen Order and the subsequent Star Wars: Jedi Survivor coming in April, there is a palpable excitement for more Star Wars games during its run of new games and Disney+ shows, and many desperately want a return to this classic.
Red Dead Redemption
This is an easy choice for me. We've already seen the explosion in success and longevity of 2018's Red Dead Redemption 2 that's quickly cemented itself as one of the best and most visually stunning games on the current generation of consoles.
As a longtime fan of Rockstar Studios games and the series since its 2010 release with Red Dead Redemption, I would love to see John Marston's story revisited with the rich, detailed open-world dynamics introduced in its sequel bolstered by a full 60 FPS and 4K upscale. The first game looks fantastic even 12 years later, but an upscale would completely change the game for the better.
Fallout: New Vegas
As Fallout 76 has grown since its initial 2018 release and Bethesda Studios has had all hands on deck for the upcoming release of Starfield (and hopefully a 6th Elder Scrolls entry), we may not see a return to the apocalyptic Fallout series for some time. Although Bethesda has not been one to release remakes of older games, here's to hoping that the exciting world of the Mojave Desert is revisited!
Fallout: New Vegas has been debated as perhaps the best game in the series for its zany and unique setting and storyline as a Courier thrust into a large political conflict along the Las Vegas Strip. A return to the Mojave with sharp new graphics and all the fun bells and whistles added in Fallout 4 and Fallout 76 would truly make for a blast if Bethesda and Obsidian ever chose to come together again.
Another classic Rockstar game, because why not? Bully is a 2006 sleeper hit that follows teenaged troublemaker Jimmy Hopkins as he's sent off to a boarding school for the year. With all the fun of a Grand Theft Auto style game centered around a relatable character and a fun open world around the school, Bully made for a fun experience in a game outside of the norm for Rockstar.
Even 16 years later, I own Bully on multiple consoles still find myself starting the game up and going around to complete different mini games and start new saves for its story on occasion. I can only dream of how fun the game can be with a new look like that of Grand Theft Auto 5 and returning to Bullworth Academy.
Not to double dip too much into Rockstar's catalog, but how about another sleeper? The Warriors (2005) is one of Rockstar's strangest, yet most interesting games that adapts the 1979 Walter Hill cult classic of the same name. The Warriors adapts the 1979 film closely while also adding more onto its bizarre world following a variety of New York City gangs. The game even features a good handful of the original cast reprising their original roles. As a fan of the film, I found the game engrossing as a strong beat 'em up with great 3D environments that really seemed to match the tone of the film.
This is a very unlikely title to be revisited as the original 2005 ports are available for PS3 and PS4 (excluding some music due to copyrighted songs), but I would be remiss if I didn't bring up one of the more weird and underrated games of my youth.
The Simpsons: Hit and Run
Look, if The Simpsons is still running 32 years since its original air date, surely there's a chance they could revisit this underrated classic that turns 20 this year! Equal parts Grand Theft Auto and the brand of humor The Simpsons is famous for, The Simpsons: Hit and Run is such a blast to explore Springfield and uncover a strange conspiracy that threatens the goodwill of the town.
Just as I've spent countless hours watching its earliest seasons that I've seen dozens of times over, I would love to see a crisp new look at Springfield and return to this hilarious adventure with a lot of potential new characters and storylines to explore.
As one of the more underrated survival horror games from the genre's renaissance of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Capcom's Dino Crisis (1999) was a title I've always been incredibly interested in. With a plot surrounding a mysterious island and dinosaurs trying to kill you and your team, the game makes for such an engrossing horror experience reminiscent of Silent Hill and Jurassic Park.
Though Capcom hasn't shown a lot of indication about revisiting the series after its sequels were poorly received, the new remakes of the Resident Evil series make me equally giddy and terrified about the idea of seeing those dinosaurs and dark environments in all their glory.
Metal Gear Solid
I've greatly missed the Metal Gear Solid series after its potential end with Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and the fracture of Konami and Hideo Kojima's business partnership. Though Konami released the 2013 PS3 exclusive Metal Gear Solid: The Legacy Collection that includes a full upscaled collection of all of the Metal Gear Solid games from 1987 to 2012, it's unfortunate that its collection released just before the inception and release of the PS4.
With the franchise being quiet for the past 8 years, a return to the epic adventures of Snake back into an exciting stealth combat system with the same stunning graphics as The Phantom Pain would be a dream come true for longtime fans.
Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line is one of s few great games that falls in an interesting parallel of some of the best mainstream commentary on war with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker (2008) and Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979). Spec Ops: The Line did not sell like the Call of Duty franchise and was deemed a financial failure, but its cult following still lives on as a unique third-person modern shooter and, in some rights, can almost be a horror game at times.
Though this was a reboot of the Spec Ops series that concluded on this game and is unlikely to be revisited, I feel this is an important game deserving of a remaster to continue its influential story over into the next generation.
Rounding out this list is perhaps one of the weirdest hit games we've ever seen. Twisted Metal follows through on intense demolition derbies where players square off with other cars equipped with missiles, guns and every kind of weapon a car probably shouldn't have. It also features one of the strangest story modes I can remember that's full of bizarre characters and dark humor.
It sounds simple enough as a concept, but in a world where Twisted Metal walked so Rocket League could run, a return to a demolition derby game as something we haven't seen as a mainstream release in quite some time. A fun, full multiplayer version full of fast-paced gameplay with the goal of total destruction would be a perfect way to shake up the racing genre of today.