July 31, 2012

Top 10 Games That Need a Remake Day 1

I went looking through all of my games the other day both good and bad and thought to myself that several of these games deserve a remake if not a sequel depending on the franchise.  So for this week I’m going to go over several games that stick out to me that are dying for either a sequel or just a full blown remake.

Yes I actually still have this manual and the original game discs.

Yes I actually still have this manual and the original game discs.

The Game:

This game is probably one of my most treasured games of all time.  It had a massive following back in the 90’s when Space Combat Sims were wildly popular on MSN gaming zone.  By the way MSN gaming zone was one of the coolest gaming communities ever next to heat.net.  Those of you who recognize those names deserve some props.

Today’s game (you guessed it) is Xwing vs Tie Fighter.  As I’m sure many of you know there were many titles in the Xwing and Tie Fighter series along with several expansions so before anyone gets offended that I didn’t choose Tie Fighter or X-Wing please understand that I am taking this franchise as a whole.

X-Wing vs Tie Fighter (XvT) allowed you to take control of several rebel or imperial fighters and fly missions everyone from escorting to destroying imperial or rebel fleets.  It also allowed you a wide range of controls over your fighter craft allowing you to pilot and fight in several ways.  Many of you remember the quote from A New Hope “shields double front”.  This quote has a real important meaning in XvT along with many other customizeable aspects of your fighter craft.

Why We Loved It:

XvT was not only a top notch game, and a Star Wars game to boot but it was also one of the first Star Wars games to allow true multi-player and co-op missions.  It also had a very large number of missions that could be played in may different ways and had an early form of acheivements.  If you could beat a mission on a certain difficultly level within a certain amount of time you would get a different medal.  The replay value on XvT was extremely high.

It also was extremely modifiable and there was a huge modding community that added a ton of content into the game which include but wasn’t limited to new missions, additional star ships and fighters and new sounds.  Creating mission was extremely exciting as you could basically create and battle you wanted to create and play it out real time.  I was involved in a few of these communities but the ones that really stuck out, before they disappeared were Datamasters XvT and Correlian Ship Yards.  They had some amazing modelers and mission designers and they added years of replayability to the game.

For it’s time XvT was an extremely pretty game and it was very immersive.  You got to pilot almost any fighter you wanted to on both the Imperial and Rebel side and once you got bored you could with a few edits add in any ship you wanted and later down the road you could pilot capitol ships!   Granted those were a little buggy but it was fun none the less.

Why It Needs a Remake:

While XvT was impressive for the time the technology of the day really didn’t do it justice.  Graphics technology today compared to the 90’s has litteraly jumped a galaxy.  XvT with a DX11 setup on a solid gaming PC or a console would look mind boggingly beautiful.  The dog fights, explosions, disintigrating capital ships and the improved sounds would make a modern day XvT a sight to behold.

It’s time to resurrect the Space Combat genre… sadly it has been on it’s deathbed for quite some time and ever since the advent of modern consoles with the exception of the X Universe by Egosoft there has been little or no movement in this genre.   I think a quality Lucasarts title (yes I know that is very hard to imagine) would go a long way into breathing life back into this dormant genre.

Will it happen:

Lucasarts has been teasing for years that there is an ‘X-Wing’ game in the works but nothing has ever been officially announced yet.  Hollywood Games, the original developer, said they would love to do another title if the funding was presented to them.  If any additional news comes up you will hear it here first.

Check out some more images and videos below:

Two of these videos are from the expansions Balance of Power.

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  7. CharcoalCoyote - July 31, 2012 7:12 am

    On the note of space combat, I really miss the Wing Commander games from way back when. There’s a free to play game out on steam right now called Moon Breakers that captures a little of the dogfighting glory, but doesn’t have any single player mode. All I can say is, look to the Indie community. For every genre you miss, there’s at least one programmer who misses it too.

    Also, I have my own list of games from my era that need a reboot. I might have to intrude upon your article series.

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  8. Rick "CABXYZ" - July 31, 2012 1:24 am

    I sorely miss the space combat genre, I miss this game, and I miss what LucasArts use to be. I am just curious how long it will take LucasArts to finally wake up and take the money we have been throwing at them for remakes or even new entries in series that are way past due for a follow up. They seem so bent on developing these great technologies for games like DMM, and then half baking the concept into a half baked game like TFU and TFU2. Where is the LucasArts of yesteryear? Oh that’s right they were all let go after TFU. X-Wing, Battlefront, Jedi Knight, Rouge Squadron, Republic Commando, and Empire at War either need sequels or remastered. Rebooting any of these would result most likely in a good looking game that last 4.5 hours (sorry a little irritation caused by TFU2).

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