The last few years have been huge for remastered games, with popular titles such as the Oddworld series, Crash Bandicoot trilogy, the recently leaked Spyro the Dragon remaster and the long anticipated Final Fantasy VII remaster.
So that got us here at GetRekt thinking, what other classic Playstation 1 games would we like to see remastered? Keeping in mind, many popular titles like Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid and Twisted Metal already have modern sequels, in no particular order, here are our top 5 picks!
The Legend of Dragoon (1999)
Like the Final Fantasy series, The Legend of Dragoon was a popular turn based title. It follows the story of Dart who is heading home from a five year long journey to pursue the black monster, who killed his parents and destroyed his birth city, Neet. On the way, he is attacked by Feyrbrand, a mantis-like dragon controlled by the Sandora, a rebel faction in the Serdian civil war. Dart is saved by a mysterious female heroine named Rose, though they soon part ways. When he arrives at his hometown, Seles, he discovers that it has been destroyed by Sandora, and that Shana, Dart’s childhood friend (and later in the game, his love interest), has been taken away. Dart sets out to rescue her. Throughout the game, he is periodically joined by people that he helps along the way.
The Legend of Dragoon is full of stunning background images, with animations reminiscent of Final Fantasy VII
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (1996)
Set in the land of Nosgoth, Blood Omen is set in a medievil realm dominated by humans, vampires and warewolves. The health of the world is inextricably connected to the Pillars of Nosgoth—nine supernatural edifices, each one protected and represented by a human guardian. These sorcerers collectively comprise the Circle of Nine, and if a member dies, a new guardian is culled to take their place by the Pillars. During a journey, the human nobleman Kain is ambushed and killed by a band of assassins. Our protaginist, Mortanius offers him the chance to exact revenge—Kain assents, heedless of the cost, and awakes as a vampire. Once he kills his attackers, Mortanius tells him that, while they were the instruments of his death, they were not the ultimate cause. In search of the truth, and a cure to his vampiric curse, Kain travels to the Pillars of Nosgoth and from there chaos unravels. Ultimately Kain must decide to sacrifice his life to heal the world and restore Nosgoth, or to rule over the irrdeemable wasteland that will be left in Kains wake.
An amazing narrative, and a nearly 4 year development period, Blood Omen really is an ode to what story telling can be.
Crash Team Racing (1999)
A spin off of one of the most iconic titles to ever be released by Naughty Dog, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Team Racing is a kart based racing simulation game for the Playstation, likened to Super Mario Kart. The game’s story focuses on the efforts of a ragtag team of characters in the Crash Bandicoot series, who must race against the egomaniacal Nitros Oxide to save their planet from destruction. In the game, players can take control of one of fifteen Crash Bandicoot series characters, though only eight are available at first. During the races, offensive and speed boosting power ups can be used to gain an advantage.
Crash Team Racing was praised for its gameplay, storyline and animations and smooth graphics of the time. Having played Mario Kart 8 for Wii-U, we would love a modern version of CTR to join the Crash Bandicoot remake line up!
Hogs of War (2000)
Created by UK based developer Infogrames, Hogs of War is a 3D turn-based tactical war game. Set in a World War 1 era, where anthropomorphic pigs engage in combat, players take turns controlling individual members of their squad of hogs to engage in combat with the opposition, similar to the classic title Worms.
Featuring both a campaign mode and a multiplayer mode, the title was well received on PC, though the Playstation 1 received mixed reviews; and while a follow up Hogs of War 2 was announced by the developers, it never came to fruition and was subsequently cancelled.
In saying that Hogs of War had fantastic audio work and 3D graphics for the time, and with a revamp of some of the mechanics we would love to see a remake of this title!
Legend of Legaia (1998)
Another turn based action rpg game, akin to that of the Final Fantasy franchise – Legend of Legaia was an underrated gem of the Playstation 1 era.
Lead by our main protagonist Vahn, our team is on a quest to revive ten Genesis Trees to stop the Mist, the heroes join up with entities known as Ra-Seru, using it like Seru but are immune to the Mist. They travel across the world, reviving the trees on small areas and destroying the Mist Generators. At Conkram, they travel back in time to locate the origins of the Mist and destroy it once and for all.
The game was critically received as one of the greatest games of the era with an average rating of about 8/10. This is one of the top titles we would love to experience in full HD glory!