Three Games Worth Remastering
Remasters are everywhere these days, with many companies understanding the value of re-releasing games that came out five or ten years ago. Not only do remasters grant gamers the opportunity to play games they may have missed back in the day, they also give developers a chance to right the wrongs of those same titles. Sure, some people are sick of remasters of old games and would rather see more new titles on the shelves. But for me, I don’t think the torrent of remasters is doing anything to stop new game’s from being developed – and there are plenty more games worth remastering.
Spinter Cell: Chaos Theory
Chaos Theory is the best Splinter Cell, giving players a lengthy list of weapons, gadgets, and abilities with which to take down enemies – or avoid all of them. The level design in the game is perfect because players are presented with interesting scenarios and must react intelligently and quickly. The game was known for its advancements in lighting and sound, so it could be impressive to see those strengths highlighted even further with the improvements in technology since the game’s initial release. The music too remains as brilliant and unique as it did back in 2005. With a serious lack of stealth games in today’s industry, a Chaos Theory Remaster would be a welcome addition to shop shelves and digital stores.
Mass Effect 2 may have been the first game in the series that seriously wowed people with its insanely stylish opening cinematic and stunning environments, but Mass Effect remains my favourite in the series. Despite weapons that overheated and less-than-intelligent squad mates, the combat in the first Mass Effect was the most fun of any title in the series thanks to the power of adept skills (think Star Wars force powers, if you’ve never played a Mass Effect game) and to the many upgrades you could make to your character, weapon, and ammunition. The other Mass Effect games were seriously simplified compared to the first Mass Effect – Bioware halved the amount of skills and got rid of armor and ammo modifications. Oh, and the Mako was fun, you guys. You know it’s true.
There aren’t that many games that completely rule over a sub genre for a decade or more, but one exception to that is the Tony Hawk series. For years, no game could capture the excitement of pulling off that completely ridiculous line of tricks that just so happened to get you a higher score than your friend. Then Skate came along, a skateboarding game that didn’t try to imitate Tony Hawk so much as it tried to separate itself from the legendary series. Face buttons were replaced in Skate by analog sticks; moon-like physics with more down-to-earth ones; and the general cartoony silliness of Tony Hawk replaced with a more realistic, grounded story. With the skateboarding game genre currently dead as could be, a remaster of Skate 3 – the culmination of all that is good about the Skate series – could bring a lot of joy into gamers’ lives.