Five Remakes Gamers Would Pay Extra Cash For

by Ernice Gilbert on January 10th, 2010, under Editorials

Sacrifices, we all make them at many points in life. Most times they’re made because the situation demands it, and other times we make sacrifices to satisfy a craving, seek out a long lost dream and simply because there’s an embedded inclination in humans to always have what they want. Having what they want is a perfect example to use in this case because although this is not a serious or life threatening situation, gamers would go out of their way, using moneys they don’t have, swearing to purchase no matter what the cost; just to enjoy certain classic games on next-gen consoles. Here’s Five of them:
Killer Instinct:
Super NES
This awesome game came alive on the Super Nintendo and immediately became a hit. Those days, Rare, the same company behind the Donkey Kong titles was at its prime. Killer Instinct was the best fighting game in its time; with breathtaking combos that rivals even the best fighting games available on today’s. Characters like Cinder, Fulgore, Spinal, Jago, Glacius, Saberwolf, Thunder and the awesome Orchid are among the excellent roster of characters to choose from.

In its day, Killer Instinct’s graphics were first class; I’m still amazed that Rare was able to pull this off, but they did. The story is also very well scripted and will keep you coming back for more. The Ultras and Ultimates when executed made you feel like you’re the boss! I could go on and on about this title (I still think I’m the best in the world, seriously) because it’s such a masterpiece. Will someone call Rare and tell them we need a true remake, not a new iteration, not a spin off, but a true carbon copy with the same characters, same combos, same stages, (add a few more) and leave the characters with the same stories. All we ask is for upgraded visuals and I know I’d pay $80.00 any day if this ever happens.
Syphon Filter:
We’ve heard rumors that Sony indeed has a new Syphon Filter in the works, and while it’s a rumor to get excited about, there are countless gamers out in the wild who’d just love a remake of Syphon Filter. This PSone game was nothing short of stellar. You are Gabriel Logan accompanied by your partner Lian Xing, as operatives of The Agency, your job is to find and take out Erich Roemer, an international terrorist.

What is Syphon Filter? It’s a deadly next-generation biological weapon, capable of targeting specific demographics. It got into the wrong hands and if you don’t act, then the world goes up in flames. There’s a lot of depth in the game’s story plus interesting characters to keep you excited from the onset till it ends. I know gamers who don’t mind coughing up $90 for this title any day.
Rocket Knight Adventures:
Sega Genesis
Allow me to be blunt about this, few games that I’ve played got me so deeply enthralled the way Rocket Knight Adventures did; few ever will. If you haven’t played this game, I’d advice you to scour the web for an e-tailer that sells old consoles, find you a pawn shop and buy this title. One of the best platformers ever made.

You are a sword wielding hero named Sparkster, a princess has been kidnapped and you’re the last chance she has, so what should a lone star do? Save the beautiful princess of course. At the beginning of the game, Sparkster draws his sword, the camera turns around to his back then a hologram of a villain show up. The villain, Devitondas then laughs at Sparkster and the awesome journey begins.
Taking you through stage after stage of interactive gameplay with controls that are very responsive, Rocket Knight Adventures will leave you wanting more. The story is simple yet interesting enough to keep you entertained to the end. There’s someone I know, and if I were to call him now and tell him there’s this brand new remade game out that he might like to check out, and then proceeded to tell him it was Rocket Knight Adventures, he’d easily dig up $100 without hesitation to get it. I’m not lying.
Streets of Rage:
Sega Genesis
The first time I played Streets of Rage, I could not let go of the controls, I guess beating bad guys with clubs and baseball bats was just awesome in those days and the game itself was groundbreaking in its time. SoR is similar to Golden Axe in many ways, your enemies come on screen from both sides and randomly from other locations.

Here’s how it works: The player (s) must compete against each other and whoever wins the battle progresses through eight locations known as rounds, except round seven where you must defeat a rather mammoth boss.
In fact although they’re quite different, whenever I play inFamous, it somehow reminds of of SoR. “What was once a peaceful, productive city, full of life and activity, has fallen into the hands of a secret criminal syndicate,” the story reads. “The leader of the syndicate has somehow managed to keep his identity a secret.” At this point, anyone will do anything if the price is right.
Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze fielding were once policemen who tried tirelessly to organize a special attack unit but the upper bosses would not allow them to because the bosses themselves were infiltrated. The three policemen, after they tried to make a difference and found no success quite the force, hence your mission. Decent storyline and groundbreaking gameplay in its time qualifies SoR as remake worthy.
How much would you pay to experience SoR totally remade for the next-gen consoles? I’d drop $70 with no second thoughts.
Final Fantasy VII
You know what? This might surprise many but I have nothing more to add to the many pleas gamers have been making to Square-Enix for a Final Fantasy VII remake. We all know about this game; arguably the best Final Fantasy ever made, arguably. To say gamers want a remake of this title is an understatement really, we would give anything, or do almost anything to experience FFVII in hi-def.

They don’t have to touch the story because it’s the best, don’t touch the gameplay because it’s up to this day unmatched, in all honesty all Square-Enix really needs to do is simply remake the game with excellent CGI looking graphics and we’ll be alright.
You know you’d go to the bank, withdraw $120 just to buy this game. Heck I’d not even think twice.
So what are the games you’d like to see a remake of? Let us know in the comments below.


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  1. Sun, 10th Jan 2010 at 1:09 am


    Nice list!

  2. Sun, 10th Jan 2010 at 3:17 am

    I would agree with the Final Fantasy VII choice. A remake featuring Advent Children visuals with the voice acting from the movie and I’d get a PS3 exclusively for that.

  3. Sun, 10th Jan 2010 at 3:25 am

    My personal favorite is actually Killer Instinct. Yes, I would love Final Fantasy VII no doubt, but for some reason Killer Instinct is what I’m actually craving for right now. : )

  4. Sun, 10th Jan 2010 at 9:49 am

    lol i always said if they remade final fantasy vii, i would buy a ps3 just for that.

  5. Sun, 10th Jan 2010 at 9:50 am

    I really also don’t understand why they wouldn’t remake it. i mean come on, do you know how much money it would make. i think it would sell better than the original.

  6. Sun, 10th Jan 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Make a SF game, any game will do, remake or not. BTW good list

  7. Sun, 10th Jan 2010 at 1:00 pm

    @cky4987, a FFVII remake could very well be the best selling out of all the titles.

  8. Sun, 10th Jan 2010 at 3:58 pm

    The only remake on this list that would excite me is FF VII. However Square are pretty busy at the moment with XIII, XIV and Versus XIII so i don’t expect to hear about it anytime soon.

  9. Mon, 11th Jan 2010 at 12:45 am

    I cant wait for final fight by Capcomon PS3, coming out in April with trophy support.

    My other favorite was Shadow Dancer by Sega

    • Thu, 21st Jan 2010 at 10:58 am

      I’m with you Final Fight was a great game.

  10. Mon, 11th Jan 2010 at 1:30 am

    I didn’t own Killer Instinct, but I did rent it and had good fun with it.

  11. Mon, 11th Jan 2010 at 10:47 am

    I loved Streets of Rage and Rocket Knight Adventures as a child. Memories…

  12. Mon, 11th Jan 2010 at 11:00 am

    That’s good to know DesertEagle, I guess we have a few things in common : )


  13. Sun, 17th Jan 2010 at 11:55 am

    Nice list…..i loved playin Streets of Rage back in those growin up years..o’sega how i loved my little black system wich also had a Sega CD and a 32X hooked to it. But my kicker would be a remake of FF7, that would be GREATNESS right their.

  14. Thu, 21st Jan 2010 at 11:00 am

    I would love for them to remake Streets of Rage and Syphon Filter, one of the best games I played on PS1.

  15. Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Out of those five, I MIGHT pick up FF VII to see what the fuss is all about. But I’d wait for it to hit the bargain bin, 20 bucks tops.

    • Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 at 5:32 pm

      Never played FF VII darkheath? Ah but you’re missing out on half your gaming life! Just kidding but seriously, you should give it a shot…

  16. Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 at 6:42 pm

    I haven’t found a JRPG I’ve ever liked. They ALL just seem goofy. I’m much more into “real” RPGs. I consider “real” RPG’s western because most of them have D&D as an ancient ancestor. Back when ffVII was out, I was playing Baldur’s Gate/IceWind Dale type RPGs, RTS’s like Starcraft and FPS’s like Half-Life.

    But there’s so much love for ffVII, in particular, that I’d be open-minded enough to give it a shot. Is there a demo for the original game floating around somewhere? I’d be able to tell pretty quickly if it was something I’d like.

    • Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 at 8:23 pm

      Ah not that I’m aware of… It’s only 10 bucks on PSN so you could probably go that route. I assure you that it’ll be a great investment. Promise : )

  17. Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 at 8:46 pm

    One thing I KNOW I don’t like is that picture up there with the dude holding a sword that is larger than HE is. I hate that crap. I originally thought it was a chair he was sitting in! Saw a picture of Darksiders with a stupid ass huge sword. Don’t think I’ll like that game either. I’m more of an Assassin’s Creed/”realistic”-type game lover.

    I don’t have a PS3 yet. If I get one (hopefully in the next few months) I’ll think about dropping a tenner on it. Thanks.

    • Fri, 22nd Jan 2010 at 9:39 pm

      I lol’ed hard when you mentioned the sword…lol. I love games like Assassin’s Creed myself. BTW, it’s great to see you commenting on the threads. Welcome!

      Please feel at home and do the same on the regular ones… God bless!

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