5 PlayStation titles that deserve a remake more than The Last of Us Part I


5 PlayStation titles that deserve a remake more than The Last of Us Part I

Remakes and remasters have been common in the modern Triple-A gaming landscape. The latter is usually just a lazy repackage of the same game with higher resolution support, like the Silent Hill HD Collection and Warcraft 3 Reforged.

On the other hand, remakes are complete recreations of old classics from scratch, in the style of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, Resident Evil 2 & 3 Remake, etc.

PlayStation is home to many old classics that can thrive in today’s gaming market if given the remake treatment. Sony’s choice to remake relatively new titles like The Last of Us over some more deserving titles in its catalog was disappointing to a degree.

With that being said, here is a list of some of the best PlayStation titles that Sony should consider giving a remake in the future.

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1) Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

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Metal Gear is one of the most recognizable franchises from the early days of PlayStation. The brainchild of Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear pioneered the stealth genre and brought it onto the mainstream gaming scene.

The tactical espionage series has many entries, but 2001’s Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is considered one of the best in the entire history of the franchise.

MGS 2: Sons of Liberty delights in subverting player expectations and keeping them guessing with each new scenario introduced throughout its runtime. This included changing the protagonist from series veteran Solid Snake to newcomer Raiden or frequently breaking the fourth wall and asking users to turn off their consoles.

The game plays with the players as much as the latter play it.

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The title, as evident from the ‘Tactical Espionage Action’ tag, allows readers to play however they want. Going out with guns blazing is always an option, but taking the stealthy route, causing as little bloodshed and chaos as possible, is strongly encouraged.

The game even allows creative people to complete quests without deliberately killing either a guard or a boss NPC. A faithful remake with modern graphical fidelity and gameplay tweaks would be a sight to behold.

2) silent hill 2

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Silent Hill 2 is the benchmark for horror games, with a mind-bending and exhilarating visceral story of James Sunderland and his damaged psyche. It’s the pinnacle of survival horror storytelling, with gameplay that perfectly complements the game’s psychological and horror themes.

Silent Hill 2 not only drastically improved upon the already excellent original, but also created a psychological experience that has yet to be matched by any other title in the genre. The protagonist’s slow descent into madness and horror that begins in the titular town of Silent Hill is a harrowing experience.

Fans have been asking PlayStation and Konami for a Silent Hill 2 remake for a long time. And seeing how games like Resident Evil 2 Remake resonated with horror game fans, a completely rebuilt Silent Hill 2 is sure to intrigue fans of the genre.

3) King’s Field IV

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FromSoftware is best known for its Dark Souls titles (and now Elden Ring as well). Although the general concept of the ‘soul-like genre’ was pervasive throughout the Dark Souls games, the actual origin of the idea dates back to the developers’ history with the King’s Field series.

King’s Field IV marks the final game in the series, after which the spiritual sequels, Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls, were created. The King’s Field titles were essentially Dark Souls but in the first person and with even more cryptic storylines.

The games in the King’s Field series follow the same notion as Dark Souls with a penchant for hard but fair difficulty and in-depth environmental storytelling. They are set in a medieval fantasy setting.

King’s Field IV is no different, with an equally vague and mysterious fantasy story and solid RPG mechanics.

With Demon’s Souls recently being remade by Bluepoint Games from the ground up for the PlayStation 5 system, it would be fascinating to see King’s Field IV getting a remake.

With a visual overhaul and gameplay optimized to bring it closer to modern standards, King’s Field IV can finally get the mainstream recognition it deserves.

4)Resident Evil

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Gamers are already spoiled for the quality of the remakes Capcom has been churning out lately. Resident Evil 2 is one of the best examples of how to revive an old classic, with modern controls and game mechanics, but without changing the narrative or atmosphere of the original too much.

With a Resident Evil 4 remake on the horizon, it’s fair to say that Capcom should look back at the original Resident Evil and recreate it on their RE Engine, giving it a much-needed visual and gameplay upgrade.

The 1996 classic, from the mind of the legendary Shinji Mikami, got a subtle remake for the GameCube in 2002. This version kept the basic presentation of the original but used fully rendered 3D overlaid on top of the original’s pre-rendered background.

Despite that, the Resident Evil that kick-started the survival horror franchise very much deserves a contemporary remake, in the style of the Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3 remakes.

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Resident Evil follows the story of STARS agents Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine and their team, as they venture into Raccoon City to investigate a series of gruesome and mysterious murders.

They soon stumble upon the infamous Spencer Mansion, where they are trapped and left alone to face unimaginable horrors and escape alive.

Although it is full of cheesy dialogue and cheesy acting, the story is one of the most attractive aspects that makes users hooked to the game from the first moment. Not only that, the survival horror game here is impeccably designed.

It’s a shame that Capcom decided to remake Resident Evil 4, a relatively new entry in the series, over the original game. Here’s hoping the company finally looks back at the original Resident Evil and recreates it for a new generation of gamers.

5) God of war

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The God of War series has been the stable of Sony’s first-party catalogue, with its brutal action and mythological settings. With the franchise’s soft reboot in 2018, developer Santa Monica Studios has essentially changed the way players view God of War.

Despite the overwhelming praise for the new game and a sequel in the works, the classic games are somewhat forgotten. The original title of the series is set in Greek mythology, the homeworld of the series’ protagonist, Kratos.

The story revolved around Kratos seeking revenge against the Greek gods for losing his wife and daughter.

The story was an excuse for the developers to set the game’s action stages and impressive levels. Gameplay is the main focus of these games, with deep hack and slash gameplay mechanics that are easy to learn but hard to master.

The title also relies on numerous environmental puzzles that helped as a short respite between hectic combat scenarios.

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The original God of War was heavily inspired by games like Devil May Cry which, at the time, were the pinnacle of the hack-and-slash action game genre. It used fixed camera angles and multiple weapons that influence gameplay and combat in different ways.

A fully realized remake in the vein of 2018’s God of War, with a similar over-the-shoulder camera and impressive visual fidelity, would help reinvigorate the series’ roots. At the same time, it would give users who have never experienced the classic God of War a reason to delve into Kratos’ past and the subsequent fall of the Olympian gods.

Note: The article is based on the opinions of the writer.