OVER the past few years, many games have been getting that sweet, sweet remake treatment. Especially those from the PlayStation One era, such as Final Fantasy VII, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro & Resident Evil 1-3.
But there are still games from the PlayStation One era in much of that Remake treatment. So here are six that should get some remake love:
As a side note, games that are part of ongoing franchises have been excluded from this list. So even though games like Final Fantasy VIII and OG Silent Hill games deserve some love, they are part of franchises that are still ongoing and can go on a separate list.
1. Croc: Legend of the Gobbos
The Croc Series of games were a 3D Platformer created by developers Argonaut Software and was released in late 1997. You play as a young crocodile, Croc. Much like many platformers of its time, you run around and collect crystals, spin your tail, and stomp on boxes while trying not to take damage. All the while, Croc shouts out: “Yazoo!”, “Waai hey!” and other quirky things.
And as per the formula of the 90s and early 2000s platformers, once you complete all the stages per level, you have to fight the level’s boss to proceed.
If Spyro and Crash got to make a little comeback, this little guy also deserves to.
2. Parasite Eve
Parasite Eve is a much-loved series that was different for Square as they were predominately known for their roleplay games, such as the Final Fantasy series & Chrono Trigger.
Parasite Eve is still a roleplaying game. However, it deviates from Square’s usual style with its supernatural/horror genre and combat style, which is still considered a hybrid of Final Fantasy & Resident Evil.
The first game in the series is actually a sequel but not in the fashion that one of the following games is made as a prequel, but because the game is the sequel to a Japanese novel of the same name.
Though there have been rumours for a while that Parasite Eve is getting a remake, nothing has been confirmed. The closest we got was Square Enix trademarking Symbiogenesis in late 2022, which got debunked pretty quickly as it was just trademarked for one of Square Enix’s NFT projects.
3. Dino Crisis
What do you get when you cross Resident Evil with Jurrasic Park? Well, that’s Dino Crisis. It was a twist on the survivor horror genre that everyone fell in love with due to Capcom’s release of Resident Evil. But, choosing not to stick to the same formula as Resident Evil, Capcom changed things up with Dino Crisis, which they called the game’s genre “Panic Horror”.
The game became its own thing not just because of the dinosaurs you had to avoid or fight but because those enemies could knock your weapon out of your hand, which you did have to retrieve. Also, blood trails would appear on the floor, which meant your character Regina was bleeding out and a few other quirks that made the gameplay memorable.
Dino Crisis getting the remake treatment would help bring that extra terror to the horror genre if done right.
4. The Legend of Dragoon
Now a true fan of the PlayStation One JRPG library will know of this game. And PlayStation has added this game to their PlayStation Plus Deluxe line as of February 2023; The Legend of Dragoon is a high fantasy game that unfortunately got negatively compared to the Final Fantasy series.
But what is not to love about a game where you are an ordinary young man who happens to be on the search for a creature just known as the Black Monster and finding out that a memento you have turns you into a warrior known as a Dragoon.
This game has a lot of lore and story behind it. The Legend of Dragoon gained praise for its change of combat system, requiring time button input for the strongest attack, memorable music and story twists. And unlike the PlayStation One Final Fantasy game, The Legend of Dragoon contains voiced cutscenes, and characters will call out their attack names during battle.
Though there have been rumours of The Legend of Dragoon getting the remake love for a few years now, there has been no objective evidence to prove this. However, with a combat system that kept the players engaged, this could still be implemented to great effect, even with how the JRPG genre has evolved.
5. Syphon Filter
Syphon Filter is a much beloved third-person stealth shooter that came out in 1999, with its characters that look like Lego wearing a human skin suit. It’s pretty horrific by today’s standards, but despite the character models, this game was a lot of fun to play as a secret agent/spy shooter.
With its somewhat campy dialogue and the prominent air taser (a weapon I haven’t seen in video games since), the game brings levels of fun and a great story. However, Syphon Filter is a game that could most use the remake treatment. The graphical upgrade and better controls of current-gen systems would massively make this game a work of art. Along with eliminating the faults of the original game, such as stuttering frame rate and being limited to the unrealistic expectations of being unable to simultaneously hold a torture and a gun.
Tomba!, much like Croc, is a game that even the young ones of the family can play. Unfortunately, though, unlike Croc– Tomba seems to be one of the more obscure child-friendly PlayStation One games.
Tomba! – now a cult classic, is a 2D platformer RPG with 3D elements as you can climb/jump between the foreground and background. The game has always been a bit weird as you play as the titular pink-haired wordless jungle boy, Tomba, who has his late grandfather’s gold bracelet stolen from him by a bunch of pigs. Yes, Pigs.
This game has 130 side quests or events as they are known, and like all the old console games, you spend a lot of time going back and forth between sections of the game. However, the most significant benefit this game could get from a remake is having the side quests give real rewards, and with the PlayStation having trophies now, achievements will feel more real. Plus, a remake could aid with the level of scalability in the game, which was rather frustrating at the time of release.
Sadly, the chances of this game getting a remake is the most unlikely. Though Tomba is a cult classic, the developers (Whoopee Camp) didn’t sell enough of Tomba and its sequel: Tomba! The Evil Swine Return at the time, and as a result the studio shut down just after just two games.
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