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Mon, 16 Sep ’13

Game On: The HD Video Game Remakes We Want Most

Because sometimes pixels don’t cut it.

Anyone who has seen the gameplay footage of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD can tell you, it’s a stunningly realized HD remake of a classic title. Today, however, we’re focusing our energy on wishing as hard as we can that other devs give these classics the facelift they so richly deserve.

Final Fantasy VII – The white whale of HD remakes, Final Fantasy VII constantly tops the list of games that fans most want Square Enix to polish up and repackage. This month’s release of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix seemed like a tease to many fans who are jonesing to play as Cloud, Tifa, Barrett, Aeris and the gang in glorious next-gen graphics. Unfortunately, the odds on this are extremely low as Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada said that they won’t remake the game until the quality of the original has been topped. We hope you equipped your Patience materia…

Panzer Dragoon – The Sega Saturn was an odd little machine with a host of great titles that deserved better than the system’s crude 3D capabilities. Case in point: Panzer Dragoon, one of Sega’s greatest franchises to become a casualty of history. At its core, Panzer Dragoon was a 360-degree on-rails shooter that put you atop a missile-firing dragon doing righteous battle with all manner of towering bosses and enemies, set to a hauntingly beautiful score. Come on, Sega – quit dragon things out already.

Earthbound – Another game that has legions of fans who will likely be forever fruitlessly waiting for an HD remake, Earthbound remains one the titles we’d most like to see brought into the 21st century. The story of a young psychic boy named Ness who was tasked with saving the world from aliens, Earthbound is a classic RPG packed to the gills with heart, humor, pop culture references galore and, most importantly, compelling gameplay. Unfortunately, the ball is Nintendo’s often slow-moving court.

Bushido Blade – The PSX fighter won the hearts and minds of many a gamer with its then-impressive 3D graphics, killer gameplay and over-the-top gore, but the series has since gone defunct. Its precision gameplay, which hinged on striking an opponent’s weak points, meant that battles could take anywhere from 15 seconds to 15 minutes, but they were all thrilling just the same. Come on, Square Enix and Sony. Bring it back. It’s the honorable thing to do.