Among the trailers and reveals at the PlayStation E3 showcase last week was a remake of the 2005 PlayStation 2 classic Shadow of the Colossus (which probably should have made this list). The game is being rebuilt for the modern era by teams at SCEI Japan and Bluepoint Games, much like last year’s Ratchet & Clank remake from Insomniac and next week’s Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, a full remake of Naughty Dog’s first three PlayStation games from Vicarious Visions.
There’s an obvious question to ask here: which other classic PlayStation titles and franchises deserve to be remade?
Spyro the Dragon
Insomniac’s purple dragon has been busy getting kids to beg their parents for toys to life figures for a few years, but it’s been a long time since Spyro has appeared in a traditional game. The Legend of Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon was released almost nine years ago. More importantly, it’s been nearly 17 years since Insomniac’s third and final Spyro game, Year of the Dragon.
It, along with Spyro the Dragon and Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage, was a major part of PlayStation’s psuedo-mascot PS1 era, and there’s been a lot of buzz over the possibility of Spyro following Crash to PlayStation 4 (at least in my head). Considering Activision controls both franchises, it seems safe to assume they’re at least toying with the idea. If that’s the case, chances are Spyro’s return is dependent on the success of the N. Sane Trilogy, so please embrace your nostalgia and help make it a reality.
Another entry on this list, another PS1 trilogy. Sony Bend’s super-spy stealth/action series has been dormant since the release of Logan’s Shadow a decade ago, but it’s the first three games that are the focus here. Just imagine the epic espionage third-person shooter rebuilt with the power of a console three generations after its original home. Just imagine Gabe Logan and company shooting and tasering their way through enemies on a system capable of executing the massive scope of the games and then some.
Sony Bend might be a little busy with Days Gone, but there are plenty of other studios that could make this a reality. And given its ownership residing at Sony, this one would technically be pretty easy to make happen.
Ape Escape is the best kind of ridiculous. It’s one of the best PS1 exclusives. It’s had sequels and spin-offs. It’s been remade for PlayStation Portable. But it’s been 12 years since the last core entry in the series and six since the titular characters have appeared in any capacity.
Ape Escape may not have the following or legacy of series like Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon, but it’s a major part of PlayStation history that deserves to have another run in the spotlight.
Give us the first game. Give us the series. Just give us something.
One of the first games developed by the recently closed Guerrilla Cambridge, MediEvil was a flawed game to say the least. Its controls and camera dampened the experience of a game with a memorable main character in Sir Daniel Fortesque and a great aesthetic. The first game was already remade for the PSP, but it and its equally average sequel could benefit the most from being remade—though it’s hard to imagine there would be much of a market for it considering it’s been 17 years since MediEvil 2 and the series doesn’t have nearly the fanbase or nostalgia factor of other entries here.
Which other early PlayStation games would you like to see remade for PlayStation 4? Leave your hopes and dreams in the comments.