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Top Five Video Games That Need A Reboot
Remakes are rampant in the movie industry but most might agree the genre that can best handle the idea of remaking a classic is the video game. The reason is the widespread success it has already had doing so but also better graphics, a more complex story, characters and the chance to see a favorite world come to life on the amazing landscapes created by modern engines. There is no shortage of possibilities. So with that mind, what are five top games that deserve a second run around the block?
Final Fantasy VII
Was there any doubt this would be on the list? Ever since the later generation consoles came out the cries for a revamped FFVII grew louder. After all, the epic struggle of Cloud and his AVALANCHE teammates against the mighty Sephiroth deserves re-telling to the younger generations who simply don't understand how groundbreaking the game was for its time. Those insane graphics were cutting edge back in 1997. Now they belong in a museum. That is not right. Simply sliding them into the recent Kingdom Heart games is not enough. The time has come for VII to remind everybody why it is universally celebrated. Otherwise somebody might make the honest mistake of unleashing the Black Materia upon this planet out of revenge.
One might call this game the step child of Resident Evil back during the PS1 era. Indeed the game play was remarkably similar, except the characters and the plot make all the difference. Those who haven't fallen in love with Lara Croft long for the red-headed badassery of special agent Regina as she brings memories of Jurassic Park screeching back into in her battle against a surprise invasion of dinosaurs in the near future. Blasting zombies is fun and all, but there is something about the mystery and primal fury of the Dino Era that makes the need for seeing them in 1080 HD glory all the greater. Never mind the ongoing impacts of the mysterious Third Energy.
Perhaps no single character besides Mario and Sonic has more sequels to his name than almighty Mega Man. His never-ending battle against the evil Dr. Wily fascinated and frustrated gamers throughout the '80s and '90s. In fact Capcom tried its hand at a remake for the Playstation that met with mixed results. That is in the past. A new dawn for "Rock" and his Mega Buster weaponry is at hand. The possibilities are endless from the wide spread ideas for weaponry, different suit styles and a new look for the Robot Masters in their elemental radiance. The best part about it is the chance to streamline the original story from the classic series through the X series. It is time to bring the family home and confront Wily once again, this time on the crisp display of a flat screen.
Streets of Rage
The Crime Syndicate has lay dormant for decades. Things are much too quiet in a city once ravaged by its influence. The time is right for a resurgence, and the return of the brave band of crime fighters including Axel Stone, Blaze Fielding and Adam Hunter as they try to stop the violence without the aid of firearms, relying solely on their hard earned hand-to-hand skill. Fighting games during the modern era have grown far more sophisticated but none have looked to venture into the direction of open world exploration, as Streets of Rage did through its classic side scrolling levels. The gaming world needs to get out of the arenas and back into the anarchy of alley fighting. It needs a more complex landscape, new characters and a renewed soundtrack that was truly one of the most overlooked of its day. No more waiting for the "Fight" command. Just fight!
Star Wars Rogue Squadron
Jedi, Sith, lightsabers, force, dark side, Yoda, Vader, and Skywalker are all fine and good. The fact is the Star Wars gaming genre has abandoned one of the styles that made it famous in the first place. In the mad rush to get those red, blue and green sabers people forgot it was the X-Wings and Tie-Fighters that cleared the way. Rogue Squadron was the best of the bunch, displaying the magnificence and danger of air combat in a galaxy far, far away. Given the advances of air war gaming today with staple titles like Ace Combat, is it really that hard to see the Rogues making a grand comeback to take on the Empire one more time? Forget the sabers. Arm the blasters, tow cables and proton torpedoes and take the fight back into the stars.