We were all bummed when not a shred of information about Half-Life 3 or Half-Life 2: Episode Three was revealed at this year's E3. It's what we all wanted, and got nothing. But instead of cursing Valve for not using their billions of dollars to actually give us what we want, we could at least beg them to put an HD collection together. Now, I realize there was a Half-Life High Definition Pack which included the original as well as the two expansions, Opposing Force and Blue Shift, but anyone who tested out this "improved" version will plainly see what little effort was given in upgrading the visuals. With Half-Life 2 and subsequent Episodes looking so good, a refreshed original trio would at least get us back in Gordon Freeman's shoes until we hear something about a new entry.
I was originally taken aback when my editor-in-chief offered me Kingdom Hearts (both 1 and 2) as a suggestion for this list, since I always remembered pristine visuals when recalling the titles. But then I realized it was all relative to the time, and technology just grows so fast. It's true, the journey of Sora, his allies Donald Duck and Goofy, and the Final Fantasy cast, soaring through Disney-inspired lands and defeating a throng of Heartless, could look a few pixels better. While the colors were beautiful and the character models unique, a lot of the animations were stiff, and many backgrounds too broad in texture. An HD dual-pack is what we need while Square Enix gets its ducks in a row and starts seriously working on the next console entry, which sadly doesn't look like will be until after Final Fantasy Versus XIII is finished.
When you hear the term "survival horror" nowadays, the first thing that comes to mind is a zombie shooting romp, but there are more subtle ways to twist the mind through horror. Eternal Darkness was a diamond in the rough back in the GameCube days, when Nintendo was catering heavily to their younger audience. I still remember frantically racing out of the catacombs, trying to warn Charlemagne before my curse-ridden body was sucked of all life. I wouldn't change anything about this game besides updating the visuals. But although it doesn't look like we'll see a remake, there are some strong rumors of a sequel being developed as a launch title for the Wii U. I'll cross my fingers in hopes that the rumors are true.
At the top of remake lists for years now, every fan of the venerable series wants the acclaimed title to make a triumphant return. Praised for its graphical prowess when it launch in 1997, the textures now seem archaic by today's standards. The lengthy campaign, memorable heroes and villains, robust customization, and gameplay mechanics are would require very little retooling, so updated visuals paired with the already epic story are what we've been begging Square Enix to produce. They keep whining about costs and resources, but I say put Final Fantasy Versus XIII on the backburner and get cracking on this classic remake.
Date: July 6, 2012
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