Five Games In Need of an HD Remake
Or alternatively, these games keep my PS2 around.
August 29, 2012 9:47 pmJeremy Corter
This may be a bit strange for most people to hear, but I'm a bit of a Luddite when it comes to gaming. I'm still using the PS2 and the games as though it was still the latest piece of equipment. Sure, I've got a Wii, but when you're a little too tall for play comfortable sitting or standing, it isn't much fun. And who has the space on a computer for those newer, bigger games anyway?
However, the reason I still freak out when I can't find my memory card is because I'm so in love with the games on them. And after hearing the news that the PS3 won't play the older games anymore (like I said, I'm behind the times), I just can't get rid of my old hardware. Unless they decided to make some HD remakes that is. It would be wonderful to see these games so slick.
1. Parasite Eve and Parasite Eve II
Okay, I can't speak too much for the first one as I've only watched a friend play it. But Parasite Eve II is a different story. This is a game that I played so much that I manage to beat the main story in less than two hours because I had learned everything about it. I'd still be playing it if I hadn't lost my aforementioned memory card.
For some reason, I'm a sucker for games that make science both the bad guy and good guy. All the monsters, much like in the Resident Evil series, were just people whose genes were messed with. It was like evolution gone wrong.
The monsters are creative, the story engaging and the frights are real. And with several different game modes and unlockables, both games would make for a great HD remake. Let's just hope they forget that 3rd Birthday exists.
2. The Legend of Dragoon
So many hours lost to this game. Oh so many.
This game is big, four CDs big. And while a few people didn't like this game because of it being like many existing RPGs and having only slightly less random encounters than an early Final Fantasy game, no one could say this game wasn't beautiful. If you were big into pre-rendered backgrounds, you were into this game.
Now, I don't dislike this game because of it being pretty much like every other RPG. I mean, if it works, it works. I loved it because of the story and the amount of playtime you could get out of it. The only downside is that there isn't any replay value. You can't start a game with the stats you earned. Once beaten, you had to start a new game. And since you could beat this game without leveling up everyone or even buying the best weapons, there is a feeling of a lot missed out.
Still, this game could only look better on something like the PS3 or even the Vita.
3. Warpath: Jurassic Park
We all have "that" game. You know, the ones that aren't very good to the point that the controls hardly function. The graphics are choppy at best. And all the unlockables are just new skins for already playable characters. But you still played the hell out of that game.
Warpath: Jurassic Park is that game for me.
This fighting game lacks any story because it's about dinosaurs fighting. What story could there be told? And if you mastered one move list, you mastered most of the game, as there were only about three move lists for 12 characters. And, for some reason, when a herbivore killed a person or something, it gained life. Nothing about this game makes any sense, but that was fine as I was a young boy who only cared about the fact that he was playing as a dinosaur.
But at least we could fix the graphics. Pointless flesh rendering, now in HD!
2. Army Men 3D
Okay, I have two of "those" games. Like Warpath: Jurassic Park, the graphics and controls of this game didn't work out very well. It also had the bonus of the bad guys' AI ranging from "barely breathing" to "psychic super solider." But at least the idea was novel at the time. And, if you think about it, this game was pretty gory.
Plastic bits fly off, bodies melt, and the bad guys explode into peices. If these guys were flesh and bone, it would have been rated M. Make them little plastic army men and it's silly T rating. Pointless plastic rendering, now in HD!
I'm cheating a bit on (as well as at) this one. Carnivores is a PC game, but it was one of those I felt would have looked and played better on the PS1.
Carnivores was a bit like the Deer Hunter games, except with dinosaurs and a much higher chance of being eaten. It was also incredibly easy to hack the weapons, so you could modify a pistol to blow away, say, a T-Rex. But even if you didn't want to feel like a gun-wielding dinosaur-killing god, it was challenging and pretty to look at for it's time. There were a few other games released in the series, but this is the one that got me hooked.
Of course, I haven't lost hope on seeing these games in HD. With MonkeyPaw Games recently announcing a few of their older titles will be available on the Vita, it seems Sony's little handheld will most likely be the place. In fact, Europe is getting Parasite Eve II, as well as Destruction Derby and Gex, two more games I thought would look great.
Well, this changes everything. I can finally lose the PS2. Now I just have to get to Europe.