I thought this would be a good time to strike while the iron is hot. It was announced that Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 would be remastered and released for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The internet broke because of it. Not really, but people are losing their shit over it. I am in that category.
Skateboarding was such a massive part of growing up in the 90s thanks in large part to those games. I used to spend hours collecting the tapes trying to get through all of the levels. I can’t wait to do it again!
In addition to hitting my Christ Airs with Rune Glifberg, I am excited to listen to the amazing soundtrack. I find it kind of ironic the release was announced shortly after I saw Goldfinger release a quarantine music video of my favorite song from the game.
My buddy shared the collector’s edition of the video game being on sale which includes a Falcon 3 deck. My wife won’t be happy, but I may spend the $99 for it. Hopefully, she doesn’t read this.
The reboot of Tony Hawk has me oozing with nostalgia and I am sucker for nostalgia. I decided to come up with my top 10 list of video games that NEED to be remastered. I won’t include most yearly titles, although we could certainly use an ESPN NFL 2k5 remaster since Madden is ass water. Am I right!?!?
Here it goes…
10. Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes
This game probably won’t make most lists, but I used to spend hours playing the shit out of it. I don’t know what the appeal was with bringing the green army men to life. I loved every minute of it.
This arcade game is one of my all-time favorites. It would be great to see it with updated graphics and gameplay. The entire premise of the game was to ravage buildings in the city with the monster of your choosing. My favorite part was finding people on the toilet and proceeding to destroy them, Jurassic Park style.
8. Super Mario 64
Honestly, you can pretty much put any Mario game and I am invested. My first console was a Super Nintendo where I played the likes of the original Super Mario Bros, 2, 3 and Yoshi’s Island. Something about the open world concept of this game speaks to me about to a remaster.
7. Def Jam Fight For New York
This game was an absolute gem. The gameplay engine is similar to the old N64 wrestling games. Instead of wrestlers, it is a turf war between two groups of rappers. The villains led by Snoop Dogg.
6. Grand Theft Auto San Andreas
I am not sure if this is my favorite GTA to date, but it certainly has a case. It was the first and only GTA where you could alter your character’s look (minus clothes and hair) and make him buff or overweight. They had real stats for CJ. It was pretty dope.
5. Ken Griffey Jr. Baseball (N64)
Hi, This is Ken Griffey Jr. Let’s play major league baseball. This was the first baseball game I have memories playing. I still go back and play it occasionally. The gameplay is still just as fun. Seeing this bad boy with updated graphics would be sick!
4. NFL Street
We may actually get a newer version of this sooner with the NFL license being back on the open market. A complete remaster would be a great start. I used to spend hours playing against friends.
3. WWE Smackdown Here Comes the Pain
The best wrestling game ever made by a mile needs to be remastered. Much like Madden, WWE having a monopoly on the wrestling world led to the same boring shit. Polish a turd, it’s still a turd.
2. GoldenEye 007
The revolutionary first person shooter is quite honestly tough to play now and didn’t stand well with time. A remaster for this gem would be absolutely glorious. Sitting in a bathroom stall with a golden gun or rocket launcher ready to blow off someone’s head was always fun.
1. Call of Duty (Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3)
Technically 3, but whatever.
I love the latest reboot to Modern Warfare. The campaign was awesome. The online is great. I have particularly enjoyed gun fight more than anything. That being said, I miss the simplicity of the best run of COD games by far. I hate that video games have become all about micro-transactions. Give me the simplicity. Give us back all three titles WITH online play. Modern Warfare 2 was one of the many reasons why I finished my first semester of college with 1.2 GPA and landed on academic probation…worth it.
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