One of the best things that has come out of this generation of Gaming are remakes and remasters of great titles from our past. Some from the last console generation while others have made even bigger leaps. Games like Crash Bandicoot, and Final Fantasy XII have proven that classic games still have much more life in them, and some don’t even need much of a face lift.
This list is a compilation of some of the games that I’d love to see on the current generation of consoles and PC. Games that were amazing when they first released, games that are still amazing today, just stuck being exclusive to older hardware.
Vin Diesel Wheelman (2009)
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC – not on Steam
- Our first entry is probably one that will surprise most of you, Vin Diesel Wheelman: Put Vin Diesel in anything, and it’s instantly at that bad ass level. Put him in a game with driving, cool action scenes, and unrealistic car battling and we get an easy excuse for a good time. Wheelman not going to be the best game you’ve ever played, but it will definitely be one of the most fun. Currently the only way you can play this one is to locate a copy of it for the PS3, XBOX 360 or the even rarer PC adaptation. Common Warner Bros, give us the remaster we deserve.
Def Jam: Fight for NY (2004)
PlayStation 2, Xbox, PlayStation Portable, GameCube
- Next up is everyone’s favorite hip-hop brawler, Def Jam: I vividly remember playing this game for hours, days, even whole weekends. Many a sleepover were planned around the potential of defeating your friends in this over the top street wrestling game. Back then we would play the hell out of the single player mode, get new characters and level up our favorites, then carry our memory cards with us as we met up for the hours upon hours of fun that this now dead franchise offered. Being able to pit famous hip hop icons like Snoop Dogg and Shawn Paul against each other was the selling point of these games, but it was the great gameplay and the company of good mates that kept us invested.
Lost odyssey (2007)
Xbox 360, XBOX ONE via backwards compatibility
- Like it’s name this game has been lost, buried on the XBOX brand since its release on the 360. Had it been released for the PS3 or PC it would have likely gain more interest from the JRPG crowd who mainly buy none Xbox platforms, because of their abundance of JRPGs. Lost Odyssey had one of the most unique takes on the turn-based battle systems for it’s time, and a plot that few other JRPGs could match. On the 360 the game was burdened by storage and technical limitations, and was also distributed on multiple discs, but if it’s ported to current gen those will be issue of the past.
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC – not on Steam
- Our next entry is Pure fun oh and it’s also named Pure: Just look at this, and this, and this too. Disney published this, yup that Disney. Now it didn’t sell well enough at the time, but I think if it were remastered today things would be different. It’s frantic over the top gameplay is highly reminiscent of the beloved SSX series (excluding 2012 of course. I don’t rate that trash). Pure was originally released for the 360, PS3 and PC, but as of this post there is no version of the game on Steam. I assume that if one is able to find a copy of the PC version it would work, but good luck finding one.
Tales of Vesperia (2018)
Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 – only in Japan
- It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the tales of franchise. They’re games that are included in almost every best of list I’ve created for this site, and there’s a distinct reason why. A series not known for having the best stories, or gameplay. They’re not even considered to be the best in their genre. What they are, are solid Jacks of all trades. In these fun anime styled JRPGs you get great graphics, gameplay and solid stories. Enough to satisfy most players, and Vesperia is one of the best games in the series. With Bandai Namco successfully porting 3 of their tales of games to the PC we’re hopeful that they’ll see fit to do the same to Vesperia in the near future.
SSX 3 (2003)
PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Gizmondo
- If you’re old enough to remember a time when the EA slogan was “Challenge Everything”, and all of their games had “BIG!” plastered all over them, then you should remember when SSX was absolutely brilliant. I do not rate that last SSX game for the XBOX 360 and PS3. As far as I’m concerned the last great SSX game was SSX 3. Back then sports games defied logic. Feeling like snowboarding down a mountain at insane speeds without a shirt, or as a cow, then do it. This was a time when getting special characters and content wasn’t something we paid for, but rather the icing on delicious cake that we earned. Now I’m not holding any actual hope for EA to remake or remaster a good SSX game, but that shouldn’t matter. Games like Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles and A Hat in Time have proven that indie devs can revitalize classic gaming concepts that we can wholeheartedly enjoy. I’m looking at you Tiny Build.
Lollipop chainsaw (2012)
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Let’s face it, we all got that one trophy/achievement for to get a glorious view of where the sun don’t shine. Similar to every other Suda51 game before and after it, this is a well designed excuse to have fun. As you play the game pokes fun at everything from the player to the illogical plot, and it all works so well. Lollipop Chainsaw is the video game equivalent of a well written adult swim series. It’s intense hilarious fun doesn’t skip a single beat from beginning to end, and most of us who’ve played it will be happy to play it all over again on new hardware.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game (2010)
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Of all the games on the list this got on of the most bizarre releases. It was a PS3 timed exclusive based on one of the most epic pop culture films of all time. A game like this should have never been an exclusive (even timed), and even more so it should have been ported to other platforms by now. I own the PS3 copy, but I’d much more rather playing it on my PS Vita, PS4 or PC, and it doesn’t even need to be remastered. Pixel styled gems of this quality just need to be appreciated in their in their purest form. Playing as Scott and his friends is an exhilarating experience. The levels are well designed, and each character is represented so well that you’ll very likely play it multiple times with different characters. The music is also some of the most fantastic you will ever experience, EVER. This is a game that easily an excuse to get some mates together for a good ole beat-em-up goodness.
Now remember this is my list. Which means I’ve more than likely left out a couple games that you’d likely have choose, so before you go, make sure to post in the comments below to let me know what games you would have chosen, and tell me what you think about my list. I’ll be reading every comment so make them interesting. It’ll be quite fun to find out what each and every one of you choose.