Fantasy game reboots

Fantasy game reboots

Square Enix have recently rebooted three of my favourite game series: Tomb Raider, Hitman, and Deus Ex. The latter was one of my top games of 2011 and the others look like they won’t disappoint either.

In the spirit of acknowledging when a series could do with a fresh start, I’ve compiled a list of games I’d like to see win a trip to the spa for a luxury makeover.


The main reason given for the lack of any full HD remake of FF VII is that it would take too long to generate a world the same scale as the original version. Fans remain sceptical when you look at sprawling games like Skyrim, however I have a solution. Keep it the same.

Don’t fix what isn’t broken, just bring it up to date. Square Enix could go down a similar path to the GameCube version of Resident Evil. New HD backgrounds and fuller character models. BAM, there’s your HD remake optimised as a downloadable 360, PS3, or even PS Vita game.

Or just start from scratch, get a massive development team and get stuck in. Jeez.



In an ideal world Nintendo would stop making consoles and focus their attention on making awesome games again. I grew up during the SNES and N64 era and their game libraries will always be affectionately remembered. I stopped feeling any enthusiasm towards Nintendo titles towards the end of the GameCube lifespan.I sold my launch-day Wii just a month later and nothing they’ve done since (with the exception of Skyward Sword) has won me back.

If they dropped hardware production and started selling their games across all platforms I could play the timeless Super Mario World on my PS Vita or iPad. They could keep the gameplay exactly the same but introduce HD graphics, network features, achievements, and extra levels.




I remember the hype when metal gear solid was released on PlayStation. It was one of the first grown up games with a Hollywood story and clever moments that broke the 4th wall. As accomplished as the sequels were they never quite excited me as much as the first.

I’d like to see a modern reboot in the same way Deus Ex: Human Revolution combined current generation graphics and gameplay with the spirit of the original Deus Ex.

Imagine encountering those classic bosses again for the first time in a reimagined Metal Gear world.



Many N64 fans out there will remember this time-restricted city smasher from once legendary studio, Rare. Released during the peak of their development timeline (somewhere between Donkey Kong Country and GoldenEye) this was an original title in every sense of the word.

You control a vehicle from an elite corps of bomb defusers. They might be dainty fingered when cutting a red or green wire but when it comes to preserving public property they just don’t give a f**k.

The controls were a bit dodgy in places but a modern day reboot as an XBL or PS Store download would be every bit as good as the original, if not better.

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