10 hard-to-find classics that deserve a second chance

4. The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard

You all know Skyrim, right? Pretty good game, came out last year. Won some awards. If you love the world of Tamriel, it’s not too difficult to delve into the games of Elder Scrolls past. Bethesda made Arena and Daggerfall free to download, while Morrowind and Oblivion are purchasable on Steam. But how many of you have played the linear action-adventure Redguard?

Above: And you thought the faces in Morrowind were ugly

Redguard throws a lot of typical Elder Scrolls elements out the window. There isn’t much exploration, there aren’t many RPG mechanics, you can’t create your own character and, oh yeah, it’s exclusively in third-person. It was actually a pretty good game with some good combat and puzzles, but Redguard is primarily remembered for its story. Your adventure as Cyrus the mercenary, though linear, helped set the standard for the kind of engaging world elements and questlines that we’d later see in Morrowind and beyond.

Due to the way Redguard was programmed, it’s currently difficult to play and impossible to finish unless you have an old Windows 95/98 machine lying around somewhere. The game installed to Windows, but used elements of DOS code. You can get it running through DOSBox with some work, but as of this writing, the game will always crash at a certain point in the story. Finding a way to fix this would probably take some time and resources, but it would be great to see Bethesda bring it back as a piece of history.

5. Mega Man Legends

We know, the wound that is Mega Man Legend 3’s cancellation is still pretty fresh. But wouldn’t the pill of disappointment be easier to swallow if we could at least play the older games in the series? Maybe? But even though you can grab GameCube discs with nearly every 2D Mega Man game on them (and then some!), it’s tough to get hold of either Mega Man Legends game.

Above: This is the last known image of 3D Mega Man. If found, please contact 

The 3D Mega Man Legends games were a pretty radical departure from the core 2D series, focusing more on exploration and role-playing elements than fast-paced action. Nevertheless, the games were mostly well-received, and still have a large cult following. The spinoff even had its own spinoff, The Misadventures of Tron Bonne, which is potentially harder to track down a copy of than either Legends game. 

Sadly, it doesn’t look like it’s about to get any easier. According to Capcom, the Legends games won’t see re-release because of licensing issues, although that didn’t stop Mega Man Legends 1 & 2 from being ported to the PSP in the Land of the Rising Sun (it’s known as RockMan Dash if you want to try importing).

6. System Shock 2

System Shock and its sequel are regarded by many to be revolutionary entries in the FPS genre. The way System Shock 2 implemented RPG and horror elements was masterful, and its story and design helped push lead designer Ken Levine to the top of the game development dog pile. Much of the reason Bioshock was hyped so much prior to its release was the fact that it was a spiritual successor to System Shock 2.

Above: Don’t let her pretty metal face deceive you. This is one of the most terrifying villains in videogame history 

Used copies of the game aren’t cheap. Even the original System Shock will cost you more than a few bucks, but at least fans received permission from the game’s creators at Looking Glass Studios to create their own rerelease. The result is a free downloadable, System Shock Portable, that’s small enough to fit onto (and be played off of) a USB flash drive. It easily runs on modern Windows machines via DOSbox. Sadly, there’s no similar treatment for System Shock 2.

EA renewed its rights to the System Shock name not long ago, sparking rumors that System Shock 3 was in development. If that turns out to be true, it’s possible they’re holding the original two games in the series hostage in order to drum up excitement to the new game closer to its release (like they just did with Syndicate). That doesn’t make us any less impatient to fight SHODAN again, though.


  • TreyTable - March 8, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    I have Earthbound on my Virtual Console. Sure, my Virtual Console is on a modded Xbox, but just like on the Wii it is still emulation. Same with Lunar 2.
  • jmcgrotty - March 4, 2012 2:21 a.m.

    I just KNEW something in this article would piss me off. Didn't expect it to happen by the second title... Let me at least start with a postive comment: You're right about the quality of the game. I was glad to get my copy when the "Complete" edition came out for the PSX. Now, having said that... Re-releases of Lunar 2 "won’t come cheap if you want to buy them now "? Bull. At the very least, you have a vastly different opinion of "not cheap" than I do. Based on a quick count on eBay, there are 29 copies for sale below $70. This includes the box set version and just the game. Why does that $70 number matter? That is what it cost when released (well, $69.95). Amazon has 8 @ $70 or less. When you can find so many copies of a game for well below "new" price, that can't be considered "not cheap." (Unless your point was that it was NEVER cheap) Mega Man anything needs to be buried and forgotten. It's a ridiculouly bad franchise. Just like a few other NES debuts, it is one that topped out with one of the very first games in the series and was downhill from then on (Legend Of Zelda is this way, too. The original Legend of Zelda is the best, by far). Mega Man 1 was good, Mega Man 2 was a little bette, but not much... basically a tie. After that? Crap after crap aftere crap after crap. I swear, sometimes I think that you people don't actually PLAY games before you make a comment about them. No one in their right mind who has played any of the Mega Mans (except 1 & 2) can have positive things to say about it. "Maniac Mansion and its sequel, Day of the Tentacle. Both are considered high points in the adventure-game genre." Maniac Mansion is absolute bliss. Day Of The Tentacle sucked donkey eggs. Not a good game, and when compared to Maniac Mansion, it's really, really bad. By the way, the Maniac Mansion censorship story is a great read. Not saying it was a good thing to do, but reading about it just leaves you shaking your head at Howard Lincoln and making a noise someplace between a laugh of humor and a snort of ridiculousness. is the story of it, told by one of the guys at LucasArts who had to deal with it. By the way, I'll add this just so you can laugh and make fun of me: It took me probably 5 years after it's PC release before I realized it was "Maniac Mansion", and not "Manic Mansion." Even worse than the Dandy Warhols "Crack Cocaine Rager," which for 3 years I thought was "Crack Cocaine Ranger," even though I knew the band and was VERY involved in that community (for lack of a better word)... I'll end on a high note: Glad you put EarthBound on there. It is the absolute #1 title for this topic, and a no-brainer.
  • RedOutlive10 - February 13, 2012 2:19 p.m.

    Bioshock was exactly like System Shock 2, even the story was copy/paste. But some things were simplified big time.
  • coyoteDUSTER - February 11, 2012 12:28 p.m.

    I would love for the old King's Quest games to be re-released on PSN or something.
  • marc-william-brown - February 11, 2012 8:38 a.m.

    i still have a copy of day of the tentacle,fate of atlantis and full throttle in some old point n' click pack from lucasarts!
  • Thequestion 121 - February 10, 2012 7:53 p.m.

    I had Mega Man Legends 1 and 2 for a long time before I gave them away to a friend. I really regret doing that now...
  • EngieIndeed - February 10, 2012 6:36 p.m.

    I actually got Legends maybe a year or two after it came out. I still have it, and it still remains one of my favorite ps1 games.
  • Darkhawk - February 9, 2012 3:37 p.m.

    You can consult with Cousin ROM for most of these.
  • Sjoeki - February 9, 2012 12:47 p.m.

    Day of the tentacle, one of the first games I ever played! Never finished it cause I needed someone to translate it for me, I'm stopping here as I'm starting to feel old now.
  • Zeos - February 9, 2012 11:13 a.m.

    Oh Mega Man I miss you. I sadly never even got to play the second one either.
  • JonahTHD - February 9, 2012 11:03 a.m.

    Uuuuum, Lunar Silver Star Harmony was released by Xseed, not Ubisoft.
  • BrittonPeele - February 9, 2012 12:48 p.m.

    You're right, that mistake is on me. Ubisoft only published Lunar Legend and Lunar: Dragon Song (and we know how that one went). At least in the US.
  • JonahTHD - February 29, 2012 7:46 p.m.

    Unfortunately, (or fortunately...?) I haven't played much of Dragon Song, so I don't see the problem, except for how annoyingly difficult it is to obtain money.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - February 9, 2012 2:09 p.m.

    Fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.
  • JonahTHD - February 29, 2012 7:40 p.m.

    No problem.
  • Bawheidbob - February 9, 2012 10:42 a.m.

    Well there you go i never knew that about Unirally - Great game as well i used to have i wish i still did.
  • avery78 - February 9, 2012 9:01 a.m.

    I still have my copies of Lunar and Lunar 2 for the PS, glad I never got rid of them, great games.
  • Rhymenocerous - February 9, 2012 8:52 a.m.

    Flashback and/or Fade to Black. Also Martian Gothic: Unification could do with a remake.
  • celticwhisper - February 9, 2012 7:41 a.m.

    I'd love to see a Lunar 2 remake/port/adaptation/whatever, but I don't want Ubisoft coming within a hundred miles of it. I can just see it - you finally beat Borgan after 16 tries (half of which involved you getting one-shotted by him on his first turn) and as you're dancing your victory dance, you see "NETWORK CONNECTION LOST. DRM ERROR. GAME SHUTTING DOWN. YOU PROBABLY PIRATED THE LIMITED-EDITION REPLICA OF LUCIA'S PENDANT, TOO, DIDN'T YOU?" Now, Atlus? Atlus I would trust to do it justice - they seem to be this generation's Working Designs. They know how to treat fans and they've already picked up the Growlanser franchise from WD. But no DRM-obsessed, authentication-happy, internet-connection-craving Ubisoft. They can keep their tentacles right the fuck away from Lunar 2.
  • alismmka - February 9, 2012 5:57 a.m.

    i think this might be the only reason i support piracy

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