The 7th gen was home to a host of engaging video game experiences across all platforms, however there’s quite a few games that either did not age well, were overlooked by both the media and consumers, or simply just deserve a second chance due to how good the originals were. You’ve read our list on our favourite 6th generation games that need a modern overhaul, so now it’s time for the 7th generation to get it’s due.
Here are 7 games handpicked by us, which we think deserve a full blown modern remake/remaster for current gen systems.
Saints Row 2
One of last gen’s more underappreciated open world games, Saints Row 2 boasted a fun, sizable map to explore, with tons of customization options and quite varied mission design. Both the plot and characters were quite well done too but while the game is dated from a technical and mechanical perspective, with janky gameplay (with pretty atrocious car handling), bugs and perhaps the worst PC port of all time (which won’t run well even on a PC that exceeds the recommended specs) – it’s still a brilliantly done open world game.
Considering Volition’s endeavours after SR2 have been kind of underwhelming – with the mediocre Saints Row 3, extremely weird SR4, the universally hated Gat Out Of Hell and the more recent Agents Of Mayhem, a spinoff that was met with average reviews and very quickly forgotten – a remake of SR2 (and perhaps 1 too, seeing it’s an Xbox 360 exclusive) could end up being a triumphant return for them.
With the smashing success of 2017’s NieR: Automata, Square Enix’s Drakengard franchise (of which the NieR games are a part of) is finally getting some spotlight – which makes it the perfect time to go back and visit the original NieR. While the games’ story and setting is nothing like it’s sequel, it still features the unique hybrid gameplay that crosses action games, RPGs, puzzle games and top down shooters. And while the visuals can be dull at times, there’s no denying the isolated, melancholic, often enigmatic vibe that the atmosphere and music create. Like Automata, it chooses to do unique things with the medium that other games don’t, and as a result it steals a place inside your psyche. It’s become a bit of a cult classic over the years, and there’s good reason for that.
Fallout New Vegas
Fallout 3 launched the series into mainstream popularity, but it was the series’ spinoff New Vegas that truly stole RPG (and especially Fallout) lovers’ hearts. While it was unfortunately tarnished in part by a lot of glitches (often game-breaking), it brought back many of the great things from the old games that for some reason took a backseat in 3. A superb script (courtesy of Chris Avellone) that retained the sharp, dry, sense of humour of the old games. An endless array of creative and multi-layered quests, oddball and memorable personalities and quite frankly, a better, even more desolate version of the wasteland that still felt warm and inviting for some reason (Sorry for the oxymoron). It’s reputation has only grown in stature since release, as it should. New Vegas is just in a class of its own, compared to both its predecessor and successor, and thus needs a modern rebirth.
Disney’s Epic Mickey
Warren Spector made his debut on the Wii with this underrated gem- which despite being a Disney game, showed an unusual amount of ambition (true to its creator’s lineage). It had innovative and fresh gameplay (revolving around a paint brush), a superb storyline, elements of choice and consequence–all of which are hallmarks of the legendary games Spector previously worked on (like Thief and Deus Ex). More importantly, it’s one of the most stunning tributes to Disney’s history, with Spector mining decades of nostalgia to produce a superb, immersive world for the player to play around in, with sublimely thoughtful writing and world building. It was unfortunately marred by some camera problems, that made it unappealing to some players. Still, this flawed gem deserves a second chance, with the rough edges ironed out and re-released–as it is still one of the best DIsney games around in recent times.
Before Dark Souls took the world by storm, there was, well—its spiritual prequel, Demon’s Souls. This game has been somewhat buried in the hype of the games that From Software put after it, but there’s no reason why it should be. Demon’s Souls was mind blowing back in the day, and pioneered the amazing atmosphere, intense exploration, cryptic lore and punishingly enjoyable boss fights that have now become the norm in Dark Souls, and time has done little to dull its edge. The eerie, mystifying atmosphere it contains remains unique among Souls titles– and its best moments are still some of the highlights of the series. Along with the first Dark Souls, it probably is the most unforgettable entry in the franchise, that will get inside your skin and never leave.
Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning
This RPG was the brainchild of Ken Rolston (AKA the mind behind the ‘good’ Elder Scrolls games). While it lacked the AAA budget of RPGs of that era like Skyrim, it had a lot of charm, a painstakingly built lore (headed by renowed writer R.A. Salvatore), superb world building and its own sense of exploration and wonder. The world simply had more variety in it than Skyrim (despite not looking as gorgeous), and explorers were sure to discover tons of little surprises as they wandered off in the wilderness. Not to mention that the combat was excellent – one of the best RPG combat systems last gen – and the game was really fun to play. Considering Rolston was also behind the two Elder Scrolls games, Morrowind and Oblivion, it’s no surprise that he was able to integrate that same sense of meticulousness and detail to a mid-budget game. We would have loved to have seen a sequel, but it’s developer Studio 38 (owned by the notorious Kurt Schilling) collapsed.
No More Heroes 1 & 2
Suda 51 is a mental case. That was pretty well established by people who played KILLER 7– the game that put him on the map. But he’s a mental case with a unique point of view. And his madness almost always has a method. While KILLER 7 is maybe too weird for 99% of the people out there, No More Heroes marks an excellent point where ‘normal’ people can jump in and enjoy what his twisted mind comes up with. Both the first title, and it’s sequel NMH2: Desperate Struggle, are fairly simplistic (but very fun) action games that are overloaded with a kick-ass, ultra-cool vibe, and make great use of the Wii (the system they were on) motion controls. Not to mention, the eccentric sense of humour, the great sound track and a unique sense of personality that feels distinctively SUDA 51. Before the new one releases for the Nintendo Switch, here’s hoping these two gems get another shot.
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