New games come out every day. With fancy graphics and story lines, the sheer amount of material is sometimes too much for me to handle. I have to retreat back to the good old simple days of gaming. And when I do, I find that there are countless classic titles that I will continue to play for the rest of my life. The only complaint I have is they’re getting old. They’re getting worn out. Developers need to give these games a face lift. Redo the graphics, fix some old bugs, and remake the retro titles we all love. You can start with these:
My favorite strategy game of all time. Civilization 3 had everything I needed to waste hundreds of hours. A well-made technology tree, diverse government types, easy and important city management, and a variety of units makes this game my personal favorite in the Civilization series. The games that came before and after just didn’t have the same amount of heart. Take the superior graphics and AI from number five and fix a couple broken parts of Civ 3 and it would be the best 4x game to come out in a long time.
Red Alert 2
A Red Alert 3 was made, but it was made in the wrong way. The graphics, while updated, didn’t have the Red Alert feel to them. The story was even more ridiculous than its predecessors, but it was very similar structure. Instead of worrying about another sequel to the Red Alert series, I think that Red Alert 2 should be remade. This RTS had an awesome variety of units, all with special powers and abilities. Not only was the combat unique and fun, but it was also funny. Units like Yuri and mind controlled dolphins will never be able to be recreated, unless it’s in a Red Alert 2 remake.
It’s one of the games that got me into the video game scene. And it made the computer game what it is today. It seems that I’m not the only one that’s interested in a remake of Baldur’s Gate either. Overhaul Games has announced that they will be releasing an enhanced version of both Baldur’s Gate and Baldur’s Gate II. This is a great example of a classic title being remade. If Baldur’s Gate and the original Halo are getting remakes, it’s only a matter of time before other classics do too.
Ocarina of Time
For me, Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the iconic game of the N64. It’s one of the few games that can convince me to pull my old Nintendo out to replay. There have been new Zelda games coming out every couple years since the 90s, but none have compared to this game, pushed out in the golden age of Zelda games. There have already been lots of remakes of this game: a collector’s edition, GameCube edition, remake with updated graphics for the 3DS… Still, I’m talking about an across the board graphics reboot. Not just polishing the old look, but making Zelda: Ocarina of Time look like a new game.
We’ve seen the huge jump in mechanics from Morrowind to Oblivion. We’ve seen how beautiful an Elder Scrolls game can be with Skyrim. I think it’s time to go back and turn this classic into a bestselling game again. Morrowind is almost my favorite title in the Elder Scrolls series. But its graphics and long loading times are to the point where it’s hard for me to play when it’s sitting next to Oblivion and Skyrim. It’s such a good game, with in-depth characters and quests, and should be brought up to current times. Morrowind tops the list because it’s just such a damn good game. If it was remade with current graphics I don’t think I’d play anything else all year.