Poppy is the author of A Bard's Lament and the Black Diamond series. She lives in Enoshima with her husband and young son.
I remember playing PlayStation 2 in 2000 and thinking "Wow, these graphics are amazing!" Compared to the original PlayStation console, which came out in 1995 in the USA, the graphics were incredible. I thought the same thing when I played the PlayStation 3 in 2006 and truly believed graphics couldn't get better than that. Then I started playing PlayStation 4 in 2013 and was proven wrong yet again.
Each generation of this fantastic console series brings us graphics we never thought would be possible twenty years ago. Some older games have been remade, such as Final Fantasy X, and you can really see the difference in picture quality.
It got me thinking about some other amazing games that were released on PlayStation 2 and 3. Here are some video games on the earlier consoles that I would love to see remade for PlayStation 4 or XBOX One, or remastered for modern PCs.
1. Nier Gestalt and Nier Replicant (2010)
*Note: this article was originally written before the announcement of Nier Replicant ver. 1.22474487139
I first played the English version Nier Gestalt on XBOX 360, and later played the Japanese version of Nier Replicant on Playstation 3. They're almost identical except the appearance and role of the main character, Nier; in Gestalt he's a middle-aged man and he takes care of his daughter, Yonah, and in Replicant he's a teenage boy and Yonah is his sister.
Though its sequel, Nier Automata, is fairly well-known, the original Nier games didn't seem to gain much popularity despite being released by Square Enix. My brothers and I played Gestalt in the 2010s and all really enjoyed the heartbreaking and unforgettable storyline and great characters.
Dreams do come true! In April 2020, Square Enix announced a remaster of NieR: Replicant.
2. Shadow of the Colossus (2005)
*Note: this article was originally written before the release of Shadow of the Colossus on PlayStation 4
Shadow of the Colossus first came out on PlayStation 2 and my brother showed it to me, saying our dad had bought it for us. I hadn't heard of it before then - I was only twelve at the time, so wasn't well-educated on current gaming news - and thought it looked interesting. We competed to finish it (he won) and I fondly remembered it as one of those games you just can't forget.
It delighted me to see that many other people had also enjoyed Shadow of the Colossus and it was quickly re-released on PlayStation 3. Playing the PlayStation 4 version in 2018 was nothing short of breathtaking.
3. Dragon Age: Origins (2009)
As someone who's a huge fan of epic fantasy, roleplaying, character customisation, and awesome characters, Dragon Age: Origins was everything I wanted in a game when I first started playing it in 2009. I immediately fell in love with one of the main characters, Alistair, and played hours and hours of it a day. Dragon Age: Inquisition of the same series on PlayStation 4 is also one of my favorite games of all time.
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This very popular fantasy series began with Origins and I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love to see it remade with PS4-tier graphics. Seeing a remake of the Awakening expansion and Dragon Age II would be awesome, too.
4. Silent Hill 2 (2001)
Some of the more recent Silent Hill games such as Downpour and Shattered Memories were poorly received, and with the failed project Silent Hills, it doesn't seem like there will be a new game in production anytime soon.
Silent Hill 2 was fantastically scary and gave me nightmares when I played it as a child. It also had a creepy storyline and one of the most iconic monsters in horror, Pyramid Head.
I'd love to see a re-vamped version of Silent Hill 2. Seeing the monsters and creepy environments that scared me so much as a teenager in HD would be thrilling! A remake would have to remain true to the clunky combat and the strange camera angles while avoiding the horrible "bad fog" that appeared on the PS3 "remaster."
5. God of War (2005)
God of War was one of my favourite games as a kid, and even though I've briefly played some of the sequels, nothing could beat the first one. This hack-and-slash adventure is based on Greek mythology and was my introduction to gory slaughter and edgy sex scenes. I just bought it on Playstation 3 and thought "you know what would be spectacular? A remake of the original God of War game!"
However, although God of War III was remastered on PS4 and fans enjoyed a new installment of the series in 2018, it doesn't seem that there will be a remake of the original game anytime soon.
6. Silent Hill 4: The Room (2004)
Another terrifying Silent Hill game is the fourth in the series, The Room. The concept of a character being stuck inside his apartment, chains on the door, and being completely unable to open or break the windows or get anybody to hear him, was haunting. Add floating ghost monsters, a mysterious hole leading to seperate worlds, and a serial killer, and you've got yourself the stuff of nightmares. Every moment was tense and just weird - Otherworlds and seperate dimesions left a lasting impression on my teenage mind.
I'd love to see Silent Hill 4 remastered on the Playstation 4. The storyline, gameplay, and characters were on point; with remastered picture quality, it'd be something to rival modern horror masterpieces such as Resident Evil VII: Biohazard.
7. Final Fantasy VII (1997)
*Note: this article was written before the release of the Final Fantasy VII remaster
Final Fantasy VII is arguably the best in the Final Fantasy franchise and fans were frustrated to see that Final Fantasy X and X-2 got yet another remake when VII was notably ignored. The main character, Cloud, made an appearance on Super Smash Brothers for Wii U and players have been anticipating a remake of this PlayStation 1 game for years now.
8. Fallout 3 (2008)
Fallout 3 was very well-received as the third in the post-apocalyptic adventure franchise. I put many hours into this game, getting completely lost in the ruined Washington D.C., killing terrifying mutated monsters and completing missions. I loved how you could choose to be good or evil, have multiple dialogue options, and level up your skills in everything from firearms to medicine.
Fallout 4 was also very popular but 3 is closer to my heart. There are rumors that Fallout 3 is to be remade on PlayStation 4 sometime in the future, but right now, it's anybody's guess. After the fiasco that was Fallout 76, it'll be a surprise to see anything from Bethesda for a long time.
The 2000s was indeed a great decade for video games and gamers continue to enjoy the nostalgia from the storylines, epic battles, characters, and music. When remakes are released, gaming companies are guaranteed to make a killing since people like me long to see their favourite older games remastered to graphics quality of today's standard. Which game would you like to see remastered? Vote below!
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Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on November 16, 2017:
Nice! I didn’t play that one, but love survival horror! I wonder if updated graphics would make old horror games better or worse...?
Ria Bridges from New Brunswick on November 16, 2017:
I'd love to see the original Fatal Frame get remade with modern graphics. Besides, it's an underappreciated survival horror game, and a remake might get more people into the franchise!
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on October 16, 2017:
Great choices! Can you imagine an HD Spyro? Hehe
Cheeky Kid from Milky Way on October 16, 2017:
I totally agree with Silent Hill 4: The Room. That was scariest Silent Hill I ever played. Also, I would like to add Tomba, Spyro the Dragon, and Parasite Eve II (from PS1 though).
Poppy (author) from Enoshima, Japan on September 08, 2017:
Apparently there's no hope of a Fallout 3 remake :( I'll keep an eye out for final fantasy 7 news.
Alexis on September 08, 2017:
Someday we'll get the FFVII remake. We haven't really gotten much more information since it was announced in 2015 (which is the same boat Kingdom Hearts III is/was in, only more so). I'd also like to see a Fallout 3 remake at some point, but I have a feeling that's pretty likely.