Six Games That Deserve a Next-Gen Update

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If PlayStation Turkey's vice president is to be believed, PS3 hit The Last of Us is getting a next-generation update. The Turkish PlayStation exec was quoted earlier this week as saying that the grim adventures of Joel and Ellie would be heading to the PS4 as both a physical and digital release sometime later in 2014, although those details are yet to be officially confirmed by Sony. If this rumor does end up being true, then The Last of Us would become the latest game to receive an update to a new console. Tomb Raider, for example, made the leap from previous-gen to next-gen earlier this year. So what other games deserve a next-gen update? Which previous-generation titles could do with a graphical spit-and-polish, or could make use of beefier hardware, or would just be great to experience again on a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Wii U? GameSpot's editors outline their favorite choices below.

No offense Sif, but you would look so much better on next-gen.

Dark Souls and Dark Souls II -- Kevin VanOrd

Given the recent hubbub over the differences between Dark Souls II's early showings and its visuals upon release, developer From Software clearly needed to make compromises for the game to run properly on consoles. As for the original Dark Souls, Blighttown's frame rate dips are the stuff of legend, not to mention the fits and starts that occur anytime a creature bearing masses of fur appears onscreen. (Oh, Sif, your silky hair was that battle's downfall.) Releasing new-gen versions of the Souls series is a no-brainer. An improved lighting model would reinforce the series' soul-crushing atmosphere, and a fluid frame rate would ensure we were cursing the horrific monsters rather than the horrific hitches.

Grand Theft Auto V -- Randolph Ramsay

There was a five-year gap between the release of Grand Theft Auto IV in 2008 and last year's Grand Theft Auto V. That, of course, was far too long a wait. So what better way to make the wait before the inevitable release of Grand Theft Auto VI more tolerable than by releasing a PS4 and Xbox One (and PC, of course) version of GTA V? Sure, Los Santos already looked impressive on the Xbox 360 and PS3, but imagine what the graphical power of next-gen consoles would be able to do to the misadventures of Trevor, Michael, and Franklin. Some open-world games are already looking amazing on the Xbox One and PS4 (like Infamous: Second Son and Watch Dogs), and Grand Theft Auto V would be a welcome addition to that growing list of titles.

Cole at 1080p, 60fps. Would you like that?

Infamous -- Tom Mc Shea

Looks aren't everything, but they do matter. And in the case of Infamous, its muddy aesthetics would make it mighty difficult to return to. That's a shame because this is one of the most inventive, satisfying, and entertaining open-world games ever devised. A new coat of paint would welcome in those who turn their nose up at archaic visuals, and would help us all better appreciate the incredible adventure that Sucker Punch constructed.

The World Ends With You -- Randolph Ramsay

Square Enix has released its fair share of outstanding role-playing games, and The World Ends With You certainly sits comfortably as one of the best the company has ever produced. The game--which was first released in the West in 2008--made excellent use of the DS' two screens, allowing players to input battle commands using the lower screen while keeping the combat visuals locked to the top. And what better way to emulate that handheld experience now than with the Wii U, the only home console that can really support the original's dual-screen functionality? The World Ends With You had a passable port to iOS in 2012, but the move to a platform that can mimic the control scheme that made the game so unique in the first place is one this outstanding JRPG deserves.

If we can't get Fallout 4, can we at least get the old Fallouts?

Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas -- Justin Haywald

You can name a lot of series that would be well-served by a definitive collection, but while it's unlikely that we'll get another Elder Scrolls Anthology so soon, it's been a long time since we've had a definitive Fallout collection. Fallout 3 and New Vegas were spectacularly buggy at launch, but that's why the next-gen update would be perfect: not only would console gamers be able to get the best-looking versions, but they would also have all the kinks worked out.

Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts -- Tom Mc Shea

The world wasn't ready for Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts in 2008. Cries that it wasn't a typical platformer dominated the conversation, dooming this crafting adventure to a quick death at retail. Now is the time for repentance. Nuts & Bolts would thrive in the post-Minecraft landscape, and the technical hiccups could be eliminated with the added horsepower of the Xbox One. Wouldn't it be great to relive Rare's glory days with this underappreciated classic?

Discussion

777 comments
zizo490
zizo490

NOX, if any one still remember it :)

RevLux
RevLux

Personally, I'd love to see a next/current gen remake of the PS2 game Rogue Galaxy...(crickets)

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Wow, this is turning into Generation Remake. You know developers are running out of ideas when their best idea is to remake old ideas. How many people really buy remakes of old games? Retro games, sure but , 360 and PS3 games? No thanks. That's what I have a 360 and PS3 for.


We need new IP's. The constant pumping out of FPS's and Infected/Zombie genre was getting old half way through last gen. Now they want to remake them for this gen? Ugh. How many ways can you kill a zombie before you've finally had your fill of them?


It's almost as bad, or maybe even worse than Hollywood and all the remakes of old movies these last few years.

Runeweaver
Runeweaver

If i was to choose 5 titles to be redone on the new gen systems, Saints Row 2, Dragons Dogma, Xcom Enemy within,Red Dead Redemption,Bioshock.

kingtrax
kingtrax

Warhammer 40,000 games like Dawn Of War would be fun in next gen.  I'm not really interested in the MMO announced a while ago, it's too much like World of Warcraft.  I'd also buy a port of the old game on 3DS or Vita, but updated for next gen might be nice.


Balder's Gate or another good turn-based RPG would be nice to see.

M3SS3NG3R
M3SS3NG3R

Let's spend ten minutes putting in high res textures on games that are barely 5 years old so we can get more $$ for doing nothing.  How about fuck no?

CoLdFuSioN167
CoLdFuSioN167

Are we ever going to get a remake of FF: VII!?

Flame_Devil999
Flame_Devil999

Worst list ever. 

And to finish with a modable PC game and claiming Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts is an underappreciated classic from Rare's glory days? C'mon. That game was the final nail in Rare's coffin.

CybaCowboy
CybaCowboy

Well a "high-definition" re-release of "The Last of Us" would immediately convince me to purchase a PlayStation 4... Tomorrow.


So would Final Fantasy VII or "Kingdom Hearts 1.5/2.5... But we know that's never going to happen!

deathstream
deathstream

No.  None.  Make new games, developers.

wyll001
wyll001

I think a good one to have a Remake is the Kenka Bancho series, or at least, have some of their titles translated

AstroGazer
AstroGazer

1-Fallout 3 and Fallout NV (at least on the xbox1 if they can't figure it out for the PS4)

2-Morrowind, Oblivion and of course SKYRIM.

3-Borderlands series.

4-Half Life Series.

5-all with better graphics and speed.

tgwenz
tgwenz

Theres a PlayStation Turkey...?


Sadek
Sadek

fallout on pc looks and plays amazing after its modded. They dont need a relaunch for pc at least. Nexusmods.com

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

FINAL FANTASY GAMES!!!! thank you

vamroc
vamroc

Xenogears has been called a FFVII killer by just about every gamer that's played it. 


MiDe
MiDe

Why not Skyrim?  

jaysan15
jaysan15

Vagrant story - sequel maybe w/ online multiplay


Manhunt 1 - remake


Parasite Eve 1 & 2, Dino crisis sequel to part 2, - remake


Fallout 1 & 2 in 3d remake


Black FPS - sequel remake

LE5LO
LE5LO

I know a lot of fans think Deus Ex and Final Fantasy VII deserve to be remade after all these years. :-{ *Shaking fist at Square Enix*

Orga777
Orga777

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Banjo Kazooie Nuts and Bolts... Good one... April Fool's indeed... wait, were you serious?

soulless4now
soulless4now

Forget the TWEWY being on Wii U. It should be on 3ds, but we probably won't see a sequel until Tetsuya Nomura finishes FFXV and KH3 first.  

dbene
dbene

Don't forget to add, Tom, that the next gen updates should also include all the previous DLC and be "super editions" that are the complete games with DLC put in naturally.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I look forward to seeing games like Prince of Persia, Uncharted, or even Tomb Raider make their debuts in games designed specifically for current hardware.  As far as older games go, I'd be happy to just have compatibility updates that allowed the older (before 2005) titles to run on current systems with anti-aliasing, bi-linear filtering, and a 16:9 aspect ratio.

bannermanner
bannermanner

Here's a better idea. Make exclusives like Demon's Souls and Xenoblade Chronicles multiplatform. And honestly, just "de-Wiimote" as much as possible. Super Mario Galaxy would be so much better with a proper controller.

robertico7
robertico7

Original star fox

zelda mayora's mask

super metroid

metroid 2

f-zero gx

final fantasy 7

chrono trigger

earthbound

mother 3 

shreddyz
shreddyz

When does next-gen become this-gen? 

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

Why are all of the games listed, games from the last gen? If I'm going to buy a remake, it's going to be of an older game that I think would actually benefit from a remake, and for that, the game has to be from at last two generations ago.

I definitely disagree with the Fallout games needing to be remade. They're already available on PC, so the biggest limitation with them is your own hardware.

I'm also leery of GTAV being brought over to the new consoles. Rockstar released it at the end of the last generation for a reason; they wanted to showcase the power of those consoles, and went out with a bang. The install base of the PS360 is something around 180 million units. What's the install of base of the new twins? Has it even surpassed 10 million yet? Once again, this game will eventually be released on PC, and the biggest limitation will be your own hardware.

Lambchopzin
Lambchopzin

When it comes to HD re-releases and remakes I really wouldn't ask for anything from the last generation. I'd be looking more for stuff from the PS2/GC/Xbox era or possibly even older. This stuff is still way too new for a remake to really make sense imo.


And also, while I know this is kind of just a hypothetical list of pipe-dreams (none of these are actually going to happen), I still want to mention that I'd rather just see developers spend their time making new games rather then trying to resurrect old ones. Especially old ones that aren't even that old yet.


Also I hope the PC version of DS2 fares better then the console version in the visuals department, from what I've seen they are definitely a bit underwhelming this time around.

yuenyugo
yuenyugo

why no shadow of collosus? , hell i want a remake/sequel not just definite edition

B-boy
B-boy

far cry series with K&M at 4k

Seahawker
Seahawker

@warrner11 Absolutely love that game. I've played and completed it more times than I've completed any other FF game. With all the HD remakes that have been going on, this is one of the only games I really want to have updated. It and Jade Empire are my top 2 games to have a makeover.

En_Sabah_Nur
En_Sabah_Nur

@vamroc  My all time favorite RPG. I always imagine how much better it could have been if it wasn't rushed.

aaronkstone
aaronkstone

@bannermanner Xenoblades first party, so that's not going to happen. How would you collect star bits in galaxy without the pointer?

theKSMM
theKSMM

@shreddyz Apparently it's only after we get bored with our new hardware.

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

@starcrafthenry Fallout 1, 2 and Tactics need a remake but they need to be done in a 3D conversion setting like in Fallout: New Vegas, or Fallout 4 which is supposed to be next gen. But that will only happen if they the developers and we gamers are willing to wait for it next year or two for Fallout 4 and if it has a new engine and how it will sell compared to Fallout 3's Gamebryo engine it used. Plus they are PC games already and the new consoles are all x86 based and can be made with relative ease for all of the platforms and PC at once.

dbene
dbene

@starcrafthenry  


He is not talking about complete remakes of the game but just re released upgraded versions of the same games with better resolution and such.

theKSMM
theKSMM

@starcrafthenry I agree with you that I'd rather see a PS2 or GameCube era game get a port to current hardware, but that's such a huge leap that it's probably not gonna happen.

On the other hand, if a PC port of GTA V is in the works, then it might not take much more effort to get it on the PS4 and XONE.  They've shown that they can do it in the past with their ports of the GTA III trilogy to the PS3, for example.