5 Games That Should Be Remastered For Next-Gen Consoles

It's great that games like Ratchet And Clank and Crash Bandicoot have made their way to the PS4, and it seems like every day there's another backwards compatible Xbox game. But these are five games I feel like need to finally come to the next-gen consoles.

1. The Darkness

Fans have been asking for this game to be backwards compatible for a long time. But just imagine if the game was completely remastered for PS4 and Xbox One? I've been dreaming of the return of The Darkness for quite some time, since I started The Darkness way back in 2009 and didn't stop playing until I finished hours later. Yes, The Darkness II had okay graphics, but the story was weird and it wasn't the same. But I want The Darkness on new consoles since PS3's and Xbox 360's are a thing of the past. I want it fresh. It's great that Prey is coming back, but I'm ready for another go with Jackie Estacado and the darkness.

2. SSX

Maybe one of my most favorite games growing up and the inspiration behind why I learned how to snowboard was SSX. There was nothing more satisfying to me than hearing the scrape of my snowboard on the ice beneath the snow on a track in SSX. The last SSX game that came out for the Xbox 360 and PS3 just wasn't SSX and it blew the whole thing for me. Well, let's just be honest and admit it totally sucked compared to the previous games, which all held that bouncy and goofy attitude (which the newest game completely cut). But if we could somehow go back to what SSX used to be and bring it to next gen consoles, I think the outcome could be amazing. I mean this is the age of reboots and remasters of classics, so the time for the return of SSX is now!

3. R4: Ridge Racer Type 4

For some reason, I played this game religiously. And I played it over and over until I beat every race, and it wasn't easy. Ridge Racer 4 was where I first became acquainted with the blue Dodge Viper with the double white racing stripes. And when I saw the car in real life during my first street race in downtown Milwaukee, I nearly lost it. Nowadays, racing games like Forza are just way too realistic. I mean where are the fun racing games like Blur or Burnout for next gen consoles? I mean, yes, driving cross-country on the open road was a decent approach to the genre, but I want more. If Ridge Racer 4 stuck to more of the racing aspect and less of the customizing bull, it would bring back what was great about classic racing games. I'm sorry, but I come from an era where you don't spend hours customizing the crap out of your cars. You upgrade and then race the hell out of them.

4. Ape Escape

Ape Escape is undeniably a classic from the PlayStation era and while there have been some very strange sequels, there was never really anything that was as good as the original. I would love to see this come back to the PS4 and Xbox One, but done the right way, as is with most of the games on this list. You can't make Ape Escape something it isn't. It needs to be a story about a boy catching apes with a net. It needs to have that special something that was present in the original.

5. Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver

I spent countless hours playing as Raziel and trying to defeat Kain in Legacy Of Kain: Soul Reaver. I don't know what it was about that game, but something drew me in. The story of Raziel and the environment you played in just totally consumed me. It was the story and it kept me engaged. But back then, the graphics weren't that great. Seeing this game with updated graphics on a PS4 or Xbox One would make it look like a whole new game. This is one of those lost gems that really needs to get a second chance, and no the later games didn't do it for me.