13 PlayStation 2 HD remakes we’d like to see

Kingdom Hearts

We sort of lost track of all the portable entries in the Kingdom Hearts series at some point after Chain of Memories. Let's see… there's 358/2 Days, Birth By Sleep, Birth By Sleep Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Mobile, Coded (which had… eight or nine Japan-only episodes?), Re:coded for DS – are we missing any other zany subtitles? At any rate, none have quite met the standard set by the original Kingdom Hearts I and II on PS2.

That said, we're still excited for Kingdom Hearts 3D on 3DS, and we'd love to replay the two main entries in the series as a refresher to the notoriously convoluted story. And with Kingdom Hearts III nowhere on the horizon, it makes sense to at least bring KH and KHII to PS3 where we can enjoy their bright colors and iconic characters in HD.


Metal Gear Solid

This one’s kind of a no-brainer; not only are the first three Metal Gear Solid games excellent, fondly remembered and now a bit dated-looking, but outside of the stuff Sony itself published, there are few franchises more closely associated with the PlayStation brand. The exploits of Solid Snake and Big Boss were always something to look forward to, filled as they were with stealth kills, awesomely complicated boss fights, giant robots and bizarre chatter about the Cold War. Even the second game was stellar, despite everyone’s whining about how horrible and annoying Raiden was.

An HD remake of the first three games could potentially give us a version of Metal Gear Solid with sharper textures and fewer jaggy lines (although in a pinch, we’d take an HD version of The Twin Snakes instead), and would give anyone who passed on the series the first time around another chance to watch its strange, increasingly convoluted spy narrative unfold for themselves. It’d also give anyone who passed on the second and/or third games a chance to go back and see exactly what they missed by staying away.


Devil May Cry

Have you actually tried to go back and play the first Devil May Cry recently? If it's been a while, it can be a little hard. The game was the PS2’s first defining action-platformer, a game that influenced scores of others, but now its once-bleeding-edge visuals have aged terribly, and its controls and fixed camera angles will be totally disorienting to anyone more readily acquainted with the more recent games. That’s a sad legacy for a game that once thrilled millions with its acrobatic, two-pistols-and-a-big-sword demon fights. Ideally, an HD remake would bring the first game up to speed with its sequels, and give us brilliantly sharp magma spiders that look the way we remember them – not the way they actually were.

A remade collection of the first three DMCs – which, if it arrived next year, would coincide with the series’ 10th anniversary(!!!) – would also give fans a Trophy-flavored incentive to wade back into the excellent-but-punishingly-difficult Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening. It’s probably too much to ask that an HD remake of Devil May Cry 2 would make the game any less of a letdown, but we can always hope.


Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time trilogy

Prince of Persia may have been a big game in the early PC and Mac days, but the series was in danger of being forgotten by the time Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time hit the PS2. Thanks to the sterling work of PoP creator Jordan Mechner and Ubisoft Montreal, PoP got a grand update, but kept the core mechanic of one heroic prince dodging dangerous obstacles in a castle. Sands of Time redefined 3D platforming. Never before had jumping from wall to banister, to lever, to wall, to column, to banner been so smooth, fun, and well-balanced. Each new area was a new puzzle that not only involved quick thinking, but precise movements as well. And you didn’t need to worry about leaps of faith leading to your death, as the titular Sands of Time could take you back instantly to before you fell to your death. It was ingenious.

The first sequel, Warrior Within, is notorious for its very poor redefinition of the Prince as an aggro dick, but the core gameplay was still great. The third game, Two Thrones, scaled back the emo-ness of the second game, had more gameplay improvements and made a perfect coda to the series, making it a trilogy worth reliving. And now’s the perfect time for it to get an HD remake. Not only was there a kind of good film for Sands of Time this year, but a new interquel game, Forgotten Sands, came out as well. Sands of Time is fresh in gamers’ minds again, and if rumors are to be believed, our wish may be coming true soon.


  • jordan-ryan-campbell - August 24, 2012 10:03 a.m.

    honestly, i think def jam fight for new york was incredible, and if they put that out for ps3 i would ditch icon, well i already have anyways because icon sucked!
  • Oblivion2500 - March 25, 2011 6 p.m.

    Why Silent Hill 4!?!? Why can't company remaster PSone games!?! I would love to have Silent Hill 1 along with 2 and 3, but not 4...Silent Hill 1 would look cool in High def and better texture + models + sounds... Now that something I would buy...
  • Fabian313 - February 21, 2011 1:08 p.m.

    IS THIS FOR REAL:O?! Can someone mail em or something? is this just some ideas or real news?
  • classicsnes - October 22, 2010 10:09 p.m.

    I would get Ratchet and Clank, Jak and Daxter, GTA, Kingdom Hearts, and Silent Hill definetly, and maybe Devil May Cry and Metal Gear. I can't wait for Sly Collection next month and Ico and Shadow of the Colosus next year, I also want God of War Collection.
  • duanejensen - October 18, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    star wars battlefront
  • VercettisShirt - October 18, 2010 6:50 p.m.

    The Kingdom Hearts re-release MUST include the Final Mix content.
  • seabassuk - October 18, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    Include the original Metal Gear Games (even Snake's Revenge) in HD along with the Metal Gear Solid games and you got yourself a deal :D
  • sokolske - October 1, 2010 7:59 p.m.

    oh shit not to mention time splitters that game was amazing. and they should have the cartoony crap just make it better like borderlands.
  • sokolske - October 1, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    i think they are coming out with a sly copper hd edition for ps3 and ssx saga in hd??? cmon it wood be amazing.
  • Darkmessiah24 - September 22, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    If they're making a 3rd Zone of the Enders, they need to re-release the originals from the PS2 on the PS3.
  • DVTC - September 21, 2010 2:52 p.m.

    ahhhh,, I never thought of that,, silent hill.
  • lincc289 - September 21, 2010 1:42 p.m.

    go!go! About you, fashionable tide Story will start from here!
  • SeattleSound - September 21, 2010 12:31 p.m.

    Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2 would be awesome.
  • chrisbarker1980 - September 21, 2010 9:55 a.m.

    Bushido Blade. Simply the best fighter ever made.
  • blynd_cyte - September 21, 2010 9:22 a.m.

    I'm probably one of maybe 17 people world wide who even remembers Naval Ops: Warship Gunner and may be the only one looking for a re-make, but that game was a lot of fun. The story was a bit thin (think Ace Combat - cheesy dialogue and dramatization), but the level of customization for your ships was one of the most comprehensive examples of customization in a console game I've seen (and very easy to use). Fewer things are more satisfying than decking out a massive catamaran battleship with ridiculous amounts of firepower and sailing it off to conquer the seas. But I guess I'll have to keep dreaming on that one...
  • db1331 - September 20, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    To this day I still don't see the difference between Ratchet & Clank and Jak & Daxter.
  • NightCrawler_358 - September 19, 2010 12:50 p.m.

    man this is a great article! I would buy all of these if i could! PS2 had so many great games!
  • PiTzI - September 19, 2010 6:39 a.m.

    Zomg, I would get the "Jak & Daxter", "Kingdom Hearts", "Ratchet & Clank", and the "GTA" collections as I've played the majority of those games on the PS2 and they're definitely worth playing again! I'd also get the "Silent Hill", "Metal Gear" and "DMC" collections as I've never tried any of those. Great list! Hopefully, most of these will show up in a couple of years
  • FinderKeeper - September 19, 2010 3:06 a.m.

    how could you guys leave out... *ooooooooookkkkkkkkaaaaaaaaaaaammmmmmmmiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii*

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