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.


  • ChrisCultista - September 17, 2010 11:31 p.m.

    "Ratchet & Clank" "Jak and Daxter" Couldnt you just make 1 HD and play it twice? Muhahahah...
  • cj12297 - September 17, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    i would so buy kingdom hearts, metal gear solid and prince of persia
  • DaveBoyle - September 17, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    The only 2 remakes I want to see are Grand Theft Auto and Crash Bandicoot 1 - 3, we can just pretend that everything that happened after Crash Team Racing never happened :)
  • Ampatent - September 17, 2010 11:36 p.m.

    Yes, but all this "Only on Playstation" bullshit does not fly. The GTA series was ported to the 360 as well, why can't it be HD'd for it? I would definitely want to see a Silent Hill 2 redone in HD though, regardless of the console it's on.
  • Stabby_Joe - September 17, 2010 11:46 p.m.

    Timesplitters? Unlikely but I'm still wishfully hoping for an online version.
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - September 17, 2010 11:47 p.m.

    @Ampatent: Actually, that's a really good point - the GTA Trilogy box shouldn't have the "Only on PlayStation" wing at all. Fixed!
  • Raiden145 - September 17, 2010 11:49 p.m.

    FF HD's OMG PLZ COME TRUE!!!!! also the metal gear and kingdom hearts...also GTA CRAP I WANT ALL OF THEM !!!! X_BOX FANBOYS SUCK OUR HD DICKS!
  • AnonymouZ - September 18, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    hell, the first three i thought were the only ones that matter... but ima agree with the whole damn list... especially cuz shadowhearts was something i wanted to buy at sometime... and couldn't. an HD version would rock.
  • Schnipke - September 18, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    I would get the majority of these, though I'd go for Shadow Hearts first since I soooooo want to play the first two
  • jimsmells - September 18, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    Um, where's spyro?
  • FelNaRj - September 18, 2010 12:34 a.m.

    Shadowhearts HELL YEAH!! my favorite JRPG form PS2 days!!
  • thefreakysurgeon - September 18, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    Jak and Daxter would be pretty fun. I've never played any of the games in the series, but yeah they'd be pretty cool. Ratchet and Clank would also be alright.
  • Broken360 - September 18, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    @Ampatent- "Only on Playstation" because its only Playstation doing it! Write a #u@k!n6 letter to Microsoft and see how badly they'll rip off their consumers price wise, just how they do every time.
  • onewingedantista - September 18, 2010 12:59 a.m.

    Where's Battlefront/Battlefront II?
  • onewingedantista - September 18, 2010 1 a.m.

    @JimSmells On the PS1
  • justinbanda - September 18, 2010 1:01 a.m.

    I would be a day-one buyer of the Final Fantasy, Devil May Cry, and Prince of Persia sets. Having Metal Gear and Grand Theft Auto collections would be nice, too. The rest are pretty 'meh' to me, especially on the last page. As for Kingdom Hearts, I think I'll wait for the 3DS version. But great mock-ups, GR!
  • admjwt - September 18, 2010 1:02 a.m.

    id get every single one of those remakes excpet for allthe ones on page 3. never heard of any of those. adn also MGS i never really got into the seriesi so i probably wouldnt buy that one either
  • GamesRadarMikelReparaz - September 18, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    @admjwt: You've never heard of Silent Hill? I don't believe you.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - September 18, 2010 2:26 a.m.

    I love this article. I would buy most of these collections. I've never played a Ratchet and Clank game or a Devil May Cry game So those collections would be a good way to get into those series. I don't own the Jak & Daxter games anymore so I really want that to happen.
  • garnsr - September 18, 2010 4:07 a.m.

    I want a Castlevania collection more than anything, especially if it had the Gameboy ones and everything. And I'd love a compilation of Compile shooters. But those are much older, and they don't seem to be making those kinds of compilations any more. But trophies are a real incentive to play these old games, I just got 100% on GTA IV, which would have seemed absolutely pointless without getting a trophy, but was only modestly crazy when I got a gold trophy (and this summer's dearth of games was the only reason I took the time.) Getting 100% on the earlier ones would be totally insane.

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