Alright, you caught me. This is mostly a recycled blog from years ago with minor updates, but it all still holds true.
We've all got favorite games from the past, games that we remember fondly and would love to play again but for whatever reason we just cannot; either the platform itself no longer exists or the quality just doesn't hold up any longer. Many games get sequels that do not deserve it. Here's my list of games I wish would get an update, remake, or simply port to the new generation.
1. Wing Commander: Privateer - Privateer was a pioneer in free will in video games. The premise was simple; you start out inheriting a basic transport and from there you can trade goods across the galaxy, take bounty or patrol jobs, and eventually become a pirate. There's a basic story that you can or cannot follow but the free-roam in Privateer was simply phenominal. Several attempts have been made to emulate this game, even a crappy Privateer 2, but all have failed. An updated Privateer would be a fantastic MMORPG, but even as a single-player adventure it would rock. I envision it as a 3rd person over-the-shoulder in port and a flight sim like the original once you are aboard your ship. Alternatively this could simply be rebooted as a FIREFLY game. That would sell a kajillion units so, Game Industry... get on it!
2. Uncharted Waters - The Koei classic was basically the same premise as Privateer, just set in the age of exploration. Again the possibilities are limitless in the free-roam category. With a focus on trade and exploration this game would be incredible. In Japan this series continues to enjoy popularity, even seeing release as an online MMORPG but with a PS3/PS4-built installment there would near limitless adventure.
3. Blackthorne - I cannot begin to understand why this awesome sidescroller/platformer has not yet received a full 3-D remake. Blackthorne was a revolutionary game with a great story and tight action. I can practically see it in my head; the rainy, apocalyptic setting, your people held in slavery by the grotesque Ka'Dra'Suul and you; a rogue prince with a shotgun, their only hope. As a 3rd person free roamer set to a heavy metal soundtrack a la Brutal Legend this game would rule.
4. Golgo 13 - The world's greatest assassin deserves a remake. As an M rated title Golgo 13 would be a big hit, not only in Japan but here. Who wouldn't wanna play the oversexed ultimate badass assassin? G 13 for the NES was the first game I had sex in, maybe the first NES game that was ever possible in. As an adult adventure an open world G 13 would be a hit on the caliber of Metal Gear.
5. Rocky: Legends - Not the most realistic of boxing games Legends was nonetheless lots of fun. The game packed in tons of fighters from the Rocky universe and had smooth mechanics and a great career mode, even if you couldn't use anyone outside of the famous fighters. A new update would offer better graphics, an expanded roster, and hopefully keep the great career mode but allow you to take other fighters through it.
6. Dark Sun - The Dark Sun fantasy setting is wholly badass in its own right and Wake of the Ravager was a phenominal title back in its day. The setting was simple enough; you created your character from scratch and then started as a gladiatorial slave, eventually escaping and taking on a variety of missions. An update could introduce you, and maybe a co-op party of MP friends, into a massive open world ripe with adventure opportunities and an integrated competitive MP game where you simply fight in the arenas of Athas as a gladiator. Really, how much more awesome does a game need to be?
7. Baseball Stars - The greatest baseball game ever made holds that distinction not because of of its gameplay mechanics but because of its great customization levels. Eschewing real teams Stars had some teams of their own but where it really shined was building your own teams, picking their mascots and colors, and hiring and customizing your players. You picked their faces, their names, and built their stats. An updated Stars could feature a broader team builder and offer great multiplayer leagues.
8.Weaponlord - One of the bloodiest fighting games ever. Weaponlord was brutal beyond compare and featured hidden fatalities drenched in gore. Revamping it with Mortal Kombat-style graphics and keeping it a side scroller would be cool, or even take it 3-D and give it a story making boss fights into the kind of battle the original game featured.
9.Gabriel Knight - There are simply not enough good detective games out there anymore. The Gabriel Knight games, especially Sins of the Father, were fantastic games. A new update would be a great free-roam mystery. Set in a living city like GTA IV's Liberty City would give it fantastic character and all new life.
10. The Immortal - The Immortal was a fantastic adventure where death lurked around every moment. You needed to be smart instead of strong to survive. With a setting like Demon's Souls a new Immortal could utilize an inventory system to create spells and potions to help solve the deadly puzzles of the game.
I'm sure you have your own lists of games to add and, to be honest, it's hard to restrict this list to ten. So developers, if you're out there reading, take a look at these games and the ones other readers add. We're fans, and we'd gladly pay for great reimaginings to great games of yesteryear.