Whatever your opinion on the quality of the games themselves, it’s hard to deny that Vicarious Visions did a bang up job with the Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, a remastered collection of the first three titles in the Crash Bandicoot series. Featuring updated graphics and audio, as well as a number of quality of life improvements, the N. Sane Trilogy is arguably the new standard for how to successfully restore older games, as the core gameplay that everyone remembers from Naughty Dog’s original releases is fully intact, warts and all. The success of Crash Bandicoot has got me thinking of what other PS1 games or series would benefit from a similar remaster treatment.
Note: I debated whether or not to put Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on this list, but ultimately decided against it. The game’s retro 2D graphics really don’t need updating and the only thing that would really need to be remastered are the game’s cutscenes. I mean, I would love if Konomi did it, but I just don’t really now how much of a remaster the game would really need.
10. Ape Escape
Though it never quite reached the same level of popularity as other PlayStation titles like Crash Bandicoot or Metal Gear Solid, the original Ape Escape was nonetheless an important game for Sony’s first home console. Released in 1999, Ape Escape was the first game that made the DualShock controller mandatory, as the game’s controls centered around the use of the controller’s twin analog sticks. That being said, Ape Escape was more than just a game with a control gimmick, being an entertaining platformer in its own right. Sure, all you really did was run around and catch monkeys in a net, but the game kept things fresh by throwing a bunch of cool gadgets at you (rotating the right analog stick to use Spike’s propeller gadget blew my 10-year-old mind).
Of course, analog control is passé these days but Ape Escape still holds a special place in the heart of many a PlayStation fan and I’m sure many would welcome the chance to jump back in to a spruced up version of the game on PS4. Besides, with the last game in the franchise coming out over a decade ago, it’s not like we’ll be seeing a new Ape Escape anytime soon anyway.