Published on March 12th, 2012 | by Charlie


5 Games/Franchises That Should Be Upgraded to HD

Last generations games are probably more fun than this generation; God of War, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell, Silent Hill, Devil May Cry, Metal Gear Solid, Jak and Daxter and many more. What do all those games have in common? They have all been upgraded in HD and re-released for either the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 or both. No doubt there are plenty of other franchises that gamers would love to also follow the same route. This also includes single games that have received HD upgrades, such as Halo: Combat Evolved and Beyond Good and Evil. In recent years, it’s been hard to play last generations games, with them slowly disappearing from the market, and of course with the PS3’s inability to play PS2 games on a disc do to an update years ago. Fortunately, you can still play some original Xbox games on your Xbox 360, but let’s face it, how long will that last? So lets go through 5 games or franchises that might please gamers if they were upgraded to HD. Ratchet and Clank I personally never played the original games on the PS2, but I wish I had. I’ve played Tools of Destruction and it’s absolutely fun to its core (I’ve been told A Crack in Time will be a right treat for me). There’s been rumors recently of a Ratchet and Clank HD remake, and no doubt so many gamers are begging for this to be true. But I came up with another solution: why just re-release the first 3 main games? Why not go down the God of War route, where Insomniac re-release Ratchet and Clank, Going Commando and Up Your Arsenal into one pack, and then release Ratchet and Clank Deadlocked and the two PS2/PSP games (Size Matters and Secret Agent Clank) as a second collection. Then gamers like me will get the full package. The Simpsons: Hit and Run The best Simpsons game ever made. I actually have this game sitting on my shelf right now for the original Xbox, so yes I could just pop it in and play it right now. But this article isn’t about what I want (much). It was a nightmare to find a copy of this game years after I sold it, so it’s probably the same for many others. Now playing this game on the original Xbox, it makes you wonder if the graphics really need a HD upgrade, because they were actually brilliant on the Xbox/PS2, so if this game was upgraded, who knows how polished the game may look. The reason why this game was so great is because there was so much to try out; you had fun collectables to find (where you actually unlocked something cool if you found all of a certain collectable), it had an interesting story, and it had the best characters from the television show. Oh and it’s known as the “Grand Theft Auto for kids” and it so is. The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind How can you say no? There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that this would be a challenge for Bethesda, because Morrowind is a big game. Think of all the textures Bethesda must have used; where they’d have to up scale them one by one. If Bethesda also include the two expansion packs, then the “Game of the Year” of 2002 could be the Game of the Year of 2012/2013. It might not, but who knows. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic Gamers have called it the best Star Wars game ever made, and it certainly is. Just like Morrowind, this game would also be rather tough to re-texture, since Bioware games tend to be big. I’m not entirely sure if KOTOR2 should be included, because let’s be honest, that just didn’t capture the same magic as the first game. I’m sure gamers wouldn’t mind it, but the first game is the main priority here. With interesting companion characters and beautiful environments to explore, a HD upgrade would be a must for all gamers. Personally, I’d hope that Bioware did a HD remake that goes as far as Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Half Life This franchise is… phenomenal. What is rather strange is that, when you think about it, it’s just another first person shooter (that is if you REALLY think about it). But what’s different about Half Life is how it’s story is told through the use of self-narration. Sure, you have characters guiding you, but it’s up to you to discover other characters in these games. This should be released as a HD collection, that includes Half Life, plus it’s spin off titles (Blue Shift, Opposing Force and Decay). There’s no doubt there are HD texture packs out there, and there are mods being created to up scale the textures and models. But if Valve took the idea into consideration, they could actually make something that was phenomenal to double that.   Honorable Mentions:
  • Sonic Heroes – Alongside Sonic Generations, this is one of Sonic’s best 3D games. How can Sega say no?
  • Need for Speed: Underground 1 and 2 – Before Hot Pursuit, there was Underground. Critics didn’t appeal to it, but gamers did.
  • Final Fantasy VII – Yeah. I said it.

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