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The Top 7... '90s games that need HD remakes

3 – Parasite Eve (1998)

From its glamorous opera opening to its grimy representation of New York City, Parasite Eve is a game that oozes style. Heroine Aya Brea kicks it all off in a fetching black dress and by the time it’s all over, she’s battled apocalyptic mitochondria (?) and witnessed the Statue of Liberty being destroyed by a giant baby monster thing. Eve’s tale is so far “out there” we think it’s one of the most unique and downright bizarre games that still manages to make sense in the end. But, as you might imagine, all this former glitz and amazing storytelling is suffocated by 1998 technology.


Above: Lookin’ good, triangle lady 

Obviously and unavoidably the visuals are dated as hell. At this point in the article that’s a given. But even worse is the ‘90s-era Square-style presentation, with clumsy dialog, glacially paced conversations and awkwardly animated, vaguely human characters. The story itself, along with the battle system and aforementioned cutscenes are all top shelf – they just need a serious makeover.


Above: No, really, the cutscenes are nucking futs

Rebuilding the original Parasite Eve seems like the best way to bring this ‘90s artifact back into the mainstream. It’s more reserved and plays better than the sequel, and the stealthy PSP-only third game is unlikely to rekindle a massive interest. Bring Aya back, clean her up and just watch what happens.


2 – Panzer Dragoon (1995)

What was once one of Sega’s proudest, most imaginative franchises has since become an utterly lost and wholly forgotten casualty. After a strong start, impressive sequel and bafflingly awesome RPG (all for the doomed Saturn), it disappeared for years, only to see a brief return on the Xbox with Panzer Dragoon Orta. Despite industry-wide acclaim, no one bought it, or else we’d have an XBLA/PSN version of the still-remarkable original by now.


Above: Captivating world, but it’s not holding up well 

Dragoon is one of the strongest candidates for a revisit because the core gameplay remains flawless – it’s a 360-degree rail shooter that plops you on the back of a missile-firing dragon. Enemies range from swarming ships to towering bosses that leap all around you, firing and striking from any angle. All this while projectiles cascade around the screen and a breathtaking musical score narrates the epic (and damn near poetic) action.


Above: Just plain beautiful

The controls, concept and gameplay are all exemplary. Problem is, Saturn was never a true 3D machine, and as such some of this franchise’s majesty is lost in a jaggy mess of conflicting geometry. Sega, we know you have a raging boner for re-releasing old games, so don’t let one Xbox misstep kill an otherwise inspired series.

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  • Branicles - February 2, 2014 5:50 p.m.

    Personally, I would prefer it if old games stayed as "old games" and the devs/publishers concentrated more on bringing us greater innovation and new IPs. Buuuuut.... If.there one game I would love to be brought back and modernised or even a sequel made it would have to be Vagrant Story.
  • deksar - November 29, 2010 8:39 p.m.

    Tekken 2 HD remake? Wonderful idea, indeed. I'd love to play it in HD graphics.
  • Geckomayhem - August 24, 2010 2:11 a.m.

    System Shock 2 was a great game; but I thought that the Bioshock games were close enough to being remakes of the series - despite being set underwater rather than in space. But hey, at least Deus Ex is coming out with a modern instalment! (WTB FFVII remake) :p
  • wellsam - August 18, 2010 4:04 p.m.

    Am I the only one who liked the ps1 Spyro's? I would love a remake of those. No new features nothing. Just updated graphics.
  • morganjanzen - August 17, 2010 5:50 p.m.

    dont forget Dungeon Keeper!!
  • INFINITYGAUNTLET - July 28, 2010 7:46 p.m.

    Destrega
  • LikaLaruku - January 31, 2010 6:08 a.m.

    I'd like to see Goldeneye get some updated graphics.
  • whelan58 - January 8, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    this is bull
  • RebornKusabi - January 7, 2010 7:42 p.m.

    I would seriously love to play through System Shock 2 again whether that be as a new retail game or as DLC on Live/Arcade. Also to all the ****ing losers saying that System Shock 2 = Dead Space, all I have to say is your ignorance is depressing since you know **** about the franchise. Maybe you should read up on the game or watch some videos on YouTube or do SOMETHING before stupidly saying Dead Space was in ANY way close to or just like System Shock 2. Oh and I agree with the Parasite Eve entry. I recently played through it and aside from the blocky and blurry textures, the story line while crazy at times was actually pretty good.
  • SandroTheMaster - January 7, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    MachWarrior, do it and I can die (again) happy. Oh, wait. It's on its way. ... So... A new Might and Magic?
  • GeneralVulture - January 6, 2010 8:05 p.m.

    Great article. Totally agree about Twisted Metal and Bushido Blade-- except Twisted Metal 2 is the one that should be remade.
  • Unoriginal - January 6, 2010 6:24 p.m.

    "Imagine the creepy, abandoned, “something has gone horribly wrong” atmosphere of Rapture… only in space." THey already made that, it was called Dead Space
  • markshell - January 6, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    Ocarina of Time definetely needed a revamp. It's fucking awful to play it nowadays and it's such an awesome game.
  • CARLINNIT - January 6, 2010 10:27 a.m.

    Great number 1. I agree, that'd be badass. But where's Grim Fandango!?!?!?!?!?
  • corza148 - January 6, 2010 6:34 a.m.

    first off, i perfectly agree with superdude22, an article like that would be awesome. second, blast corps RULES, plus ive still got a working n64 and a copy of the game! just need a controller with a working joystick...
  • SonicX_89 - January 6, 2010 4:45 a.m.

    Blast Corps was such a cool game. This article has brought back some good memories. Also, in regard to what feeheelee said earlier, I think a Turok 1 & 2 update would be great as well.
  • Guardian88 - January 6, 2010 2:29 a.m.

    awww...what no Final Fantasy VII?

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