Written by Erik Kubik Sunday, 21 November 2010 05:00
This year, gamers will look back and remember the N64 classic Goldeneye receiving a much needed face lift and was brought back to life on the Wii. This may remind gamers of a simpler time, the 1990s, when FPS games ruled. With the re-mastering of Goldeneye, gamers can only hope that some of the other great FPS games from the 90s are remade.
The list of mind-blowing 90s FPS games could go on and on. There are so many begging for attention. Personally, I think they need to remake Redneck Rampage; imagine how much fun the game would be with today’s graphics and some co-op gameplay. The debauchery could be taken to new levels in that game. This game truly makes me miss having a Windows 95 PC some days, nothing like some beer, shotguns and a few chickens. Ye-haww!
Most gamers agree that LucasArts needs to bring back Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight. Jedi Academy and Jedi Knight Outcast are okay games but nothing tops the original. Just think how much better a remake of Dark Forces II would look and sound. Think of how much better a remake of this genre defining-FPS would be over the Force Unleashed 2. Kyle Kartan is a much better character then StarKiller ever was; at least Kyle was interesting. The chance to use force powers in a first person and third person environment is perfect; imagine slicing off limbs and heads while utilizing next gen graphics. I am sold. I never got tired of that game as the multiplayer mods were excellent. I can picture 32-man games on the PS3, Xbox 360 and the PC, with flying light sabers, force powers, pipe bombs, and Jar-Jar. LucasArts, this could be your path back into the gaming market.
While we are at it, how about a remake of Starsiege Tribes? One cannot go wrong with another multiplayer classic from the 1990s. Give this classic game a face lift with some next generation graphics and bump up the matches to 64 players at least. Then, port the game to consoles and the PC. Fans both old and new will jump back in. Shazbot will become a common catch phrase again, and players everywhere will be utilizing jet packs to slide up and down hills. As gamers, we can expect to lose hours to a game like Tribes.
Finally, how about a remake of Hexen? Nothing like combining the elements of a good FPS game with magic and fantasy, throw in a decent story and it’s a system seller. Hexen to me is as if AD&D and Doom produced offspring. I remember liking Hexen way more than Doom due to the fact there was more to do in the game. Hexen was the game notorious for puzzles featuring three playable classes and a slew of items. Who puts items in FPS games these days? With a re-mastering, let’s hope the developer adds more classes and co-op. Gamers have gone too long without a fantasy FPS. Now is as good a time as ever to revitalize this genre and present what older gamers loved to a new generation.
Readers, what FPS games do you think needs a remake? Doom I, and Quake are screaming for remakes. What about Blood or Descent? How about Revenge of the Triads? What about the King, Duke Nukem 3D?