It’s never easy being the new guy. Making friends with new co-workers can be intimidating and impressing the boss always seems to be a difficult task. In an effort to do just that, I thought I would write up a list of classic games that I think could do with a remaster or reboot because from what I hear, Dawid absolutely loves remastered games [Ed: I kill you!].
Vampire the masquerade: Bloodlines: Remaster
Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines was the first game to give me a taste of the RPG genre because I never had the chance to play any of the Zeldas or Final Fantasy games as a child. It was a dark, story-driven game that gave you the chance to create a vampire from a number of different clans, each with their own different strengths and weaknesses. The game is set up in a very similar fashion to Deus Ex: Human Revolution in the sense that it offers an open-world made up of various hubs where you can find NPCs that offer side quests which can be completed for rewards and/or experience points. Unfortunately the developers, Troika, went under shortly after the game’s release and what could have been close to a flawless game was left as a bug-riddled mess. A group of dedicated fans would not stand for this though and to this day, new unofficial patches are being added regularly, some of which even going as far as adding new classes and areas to the original game. There was also a planned MMORPG set in the same world but it was being developed by CCP Games and they canned the project in order to continue focusing on their major game, EVE Online. Bloodlines remains one of my all-time favourite games and I would love to see it with some shiny new visuals and perhaps some new quests, areas and classes.
Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen: Reboot
To be honest, I would love to see most of the Legacy of Kain series remastered,(I say most because I hated Blood Omen 2 and that game can rot in hell) but if I had to pick one for a full reboot, I would definitely go with Blood Omen. This was the first entry of the series and despite its top-down view and very dated-looking graphics, it kicked off one of the best story arcs I have ever encountered in a video game. The game follows Kain, a nobleman who is offered resurrection from death in order to exact his revenge on the assassins who killed him. He soon finds out, however, that even though the assassins are dead, he needs to restore balance to the world by restoring the Pillars of Nosgoth, which have been corrupted due to the decaying mental state of their guardians. The lore goes much deeper than that though and I don’t want to give too much away because even though the graphics are really dated, it’s definitely worth playing purely for the story. The puzzles can be mind-bending at times and the combat is insanely fun, especially considering that there haven’t been a whole lot of good games since that allowed you to really wield the power of a vampire. There were plans to revisit Nosgoth with a new game but it was recently canned which made me cry more than Justin Bieber on a bad hair day.
Original Pokémon red and blue: Reboot
For years people have been begging Nintendo to make a reboot of the original Pokémon game, but they have said on a number of occasions that they don’t feel that it could work. I got into Pokémon Red in my mid-teens and it was one of the most addictive gaming experiences I’ve ever had, next to World of Warcraft which consumed two solid years of my life. Pokémon Red and Blue were almost identical with the only difference being that certain Pokémon, such as Ekans and Arbok, were only available in Red and others, such as Sandshrew and Meowth, were only available in Blue. You were free to move around the open-world as you unlocked the various areas which contained higher level Pokémon as you progressed through the game. The fights were turn based and it was important to ensure that you had a team made up Pokémon with varied attack types; such as fire, grass and water; as each Pokémon had strengths and weaknesses against certain elements which needed to be exploited, especially in the more difficult fights later in the game. With the technology at our disposal today, a fully realised 3D world with action-packed fights could breathe new life into a series that, I feel, has been stagnating over the last 15 odd years. I only want a reboot of Red and Blue though because I liked the first 151 Pokémon and the rest can join Blood Omen 2 in hell.
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas: Remaster
This is the least viable entry on this list especially because Los Santos was fantastically rebuilt in GTA V but I still feel that a remaster of San Andreas would be great. The story followed CJ as he returns to the old neighbourhood filled with gangsters, crooked cops and women that seemed to really enjoy a cup of hot coffee. For the first time, players were able to ride bicycles and fly airplanes around Rockstar’s version of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas. The voice acting was brilliant and featured the voices of Ice T, James Woods and Samuel L. “Say what again” Jackson playing the part of the crooked cop, Officer Tenpenny. Up until the release of GTA V, this was my favourite entry in the GTA series but because we have been spoiled by amazing visuals of late, when I tried playing it again recently, I found it difficult to recapture the wonder that I felt back in 2005. Perhaps a talented modder will be able to recreate the game using GTA V once it lands on the PC. A guy can dream, right?
Leisure suit Larry: Reboot
When I was about 13, a friend of mine told me about a game where the central objective was to get laid. Being a typical 13-year old, I was concerned only with books and maths and was completely appalled by such an idea, as I’m sure all teenage boys would be. I realised that I absolutely had to have this game because…er…I had to…er…let everyone know what they shouldn’t be playing. Yup, that’s it. My intentions were noble you see. What I found was a fun, quirky game with puzzles that I’m pretty sure could not be solved without a walkthrough, which I might add, was fairly difficult to find back in the early days of the internet. [Ed: Try the days before internet]. The gameplay was very similar to the Monkey Island games but the insult sword fighting was replaced with swordplay of an entirely different nature. Larry Laffer, the protagonist, was a lovable loser that just seemed to have no luck when it came to chatting up the ladies and it was your job as the player to help him along. There was a remaster that was released in June 2013 but I would really like to see a full reboot that completely overhauls the series for our current generation hardware. I mean, can you really have enough se… I mean puzzles?