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Film studios seem to be running out of ideas. Classic movies like Nightmare on Elm Street, Ocean’s Eleven and even Star Wars are being updated, added to or prequelled to squeeze every last bit out of the IPs that people will still buy. Gaming has seen its own version of this with Silent Hill, Final Fantasy, Goldeneye and Resident Evil all given a makeover, usually with more positive reviews and fan reception than films. Here’s Stay-At-Home Gaming’s Top Five Games Overdue For A Update!
5. Knights of the Old Republic
Yeah, you’re the badass with the lightsaber
From Bioware, masters of the role-playing game, KOTOR tells an amazing story, packed with an Empire worthy twist, a diverse cast of interesting characters, an incredible setting… screw it. You get to whoop everything in sight with a lightsaber (or two if you so desire). The MMORPG “The Old Republic,” released in 2011, tried to incorporate the details of the singleplayer games but slightly missed the mark on all of them. MMOs aren’t about role-playing, they’re about level grinding and getting the best loot. And paying any price every month just to play a game you already paid money for is just silly. A remake of the first game or the long-overdue third game in the Trilogy (which we know all Star Wars ventures should be in) would be a welcome addition.
Remember when this series was fun?
From the NES, to arcade cabinets, to the N64 and Playstation versions, Gauntlet was a blast to play with up to 3 friends on any system. Multiple classes, upgrades and worlds led to marathon gaming that brought friends closer together for years. Seven Sorrows, which was released in the ancient year of 2005, was the last of the games released, and I miss getting together for pizzas and generator destruction. More classes and an updated combat system would be on the wish list for this update.
3. Luigi’s Mansion
This is why you knock on the door
Over 2.5 million copies sold, and a launch title for the Gamecube in November of 2001, Luigi’s Mansion starred the often second-fiddle green plumber in a haunted house adventure. With obvious notes to the Ghostbuster movies, the proton pack was replaced with a vacuum cleaner and various different tactics were needed for each of the boss ghosts. Definitely better than Super Mario Sunshine. Wii U could continue this series and make a killing. And Luigi wouldn’t have to be so jealous of his brother when his game is outselling Mario’s.
This feels like childhood
Sure it sold less than 150,000 copies in the US, and sure Chrono Trigger, released in the same year, was more innovative, and of course, most people who read this won’t have a clue what the hell this game is, but you know its hero, Ness, from the Super Smash Bros. series. It is the most wanted game for Nintendo’s Virtual Console service. It has one of the most diehard of communities in gaming. It had a modern day (for the 90’s) setting. And even at the time it received incredible reviews. All this for an SNES title released in 1995. Plus, this is the game that kept me in gaming, without which this site wouldn’t exist. That counts for something in my book.
1. Final Fantasy VII
Dear God it was so good…
Whoever isn’t with me on this one did not play the original (or somehow thought VIII was better because of its graphics… definitely not for its story…) This game featured some of the best characters ever written (Cloud was not an emo!), one of the best villains in the series (and the longest sword), and by far the best soundtrack in Uematsu Nobuo’s career. Seriously, listen to a single track and try not to be swayed by the emotions that fill your heart. Worst of all, at E3 2005 a technical demo was made, recreating the opening cutscene on a PS3 with the styling of the Advent Children movie. In June of this year, Square-Enix announced it wouldn’t even consider a remake until another entry in the series surpasses VII’s quality, and I could not be more distraught that they set such a ridiculously high standard. This game would be the highest selling game in their history and they wouldn’t need to change anything but the graphics. Period.
Agree or disagree with any of the choices in this list? Have any to add? Drop your comments below!