Facebook, Android, or Windows? 16 Gaming Classics That Need to Be Remade Today

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patrokov

Ultima V was already remade as Lazarus (Total Conversion for Dungeon Siege). I'd like to see a SEQUEL to Planescape Torment.  Wasteland is the game I'd most like to see remade.

Another awesome game would be Max Payne with the Kung Fu mod fully integrated.

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TheGaffer

I count 15 games. You say 16 in article title. This new math always confused me. Fortunately I graduated before they started teaching new math.

 

My favorite was Wing Commander Prophecy. I got all the way through the game once and can't play it now because the 1st disk is damaged and won't install. Nearly all the rest of those games I never heard of. Maybe because I was using a Commodore 64 and didn't have access to many games.

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Moon Unit

The name of the new Panzer General is "Panzer Corps" and it should be coming out soon

Wargamer has a preview

http://www.wargamer.com/article/3033/panzer-corps 

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inwo42

Elite is definitely one of the best I remember.  Roadwar 2000 also took up some time.  I never got a chance to play Ultima II, but I sunk countless hours into Ultima III on the C64.  Eventually, I hacked the disk to give the "Fuzzy" wizards 99 strength and 1-shot kill guards.  Then I started building prison cells out of chests left by monsters...I had a huge prison taking up much of Sosaria.  Wow, I want to play that again.  Bard's Tale was awesome, too.  On the Atari 400 (??) a friend and I spent countless hours playing F-15 Strike Eagle...also loads of fun.

The Summer / Winter / California Games series from Epyx were a total blast if you had friends to play with.

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meyerpflug

MULE does have a PC remake called Space Horse. 

http://www.shrapnelgames.com/Gilligames/SH/SH_page.html

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CrystalMeph

Tie fighter Wing commander 3/4/5/Privateer Dungeon Master (Amiga version) Zork Nemesis Baldur's gate II + Expansions (in full 3d) Champions of Krynn (and the 2 sequels) Eye of the Beholder I and II Medal of Honour 1 (the beach assault would have been insane in actual 3d) It came from the desert KOTOR I Fallout 1 and 2 System Shock 2 MechWarrior 2 series Quest for glory series Planetscape Torment Jedi Academy (Proper remake with a story line not just a few random levels thrown in together) Jedi Knight 2 Full Throttle Indiana Jones and the fate of Atlantis Star wars dark Forces Vampire Bloodlines (sandbox version more akin to GTA games) No one lives forever 1 Syndicate 1 Terminator Future shock

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rwwllms

Interstate 76 is one of my all time favorites. I still drag it out on occaision and waste a few hours making it work on todays PC.

It had an interesting storyline with cool original 70s style funk music, fun charactors, and it played out in a 70s style TV show. Very good action. After all, we all fantasize about outfitting our cars with weapons and riding around shooting and blowing up other cars and stuff.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_'76

 

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wirehedd

I played Wing Commander from the first through version 4, as well as Privateer, and loved them all. Those Kilrathi were always fun to blast out of the stars.

My only request would be that Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell reprise their roles, at least for the vocals.:)

I was actually sorting through some old disks a few weeks ago and found the very first DVD based PC game I ever owned and it just happened to be Wing Commander IV.

Ahhh, the halcion days of a powerhouse 386dx33 with 4 MB of RAM, a 40MB HDD, a 1MB ATI video card and my lovely Sound Blaster card which I had to by in order to get the vocals for the game as the Adlib cards didn't support it. 

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GeezerPunk

I want to see the Wizardry Series from SirTech.

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davecshow

Jazz Jackrabbit 2 I remeber deleteing my os for this

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Cleaver

All three Mechwarrior 2 game need to be remade. Same game with same story, dialogue, and narrative in general with freshened up graphics and (possibly) controls. Get Jeehun Hwang (the original score writer) on board again to re-record his music with a live orchestra so they dont sound like they were played by digitized instruments. I would pay $100 for each game. I kid you all not. 

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lancepr

How about Gabriel Knight, perfect tablet game and would be a hit with all the vampire craze going on.

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KHRex

I agree that some of these games need to be rebooted. Movie makers and music artists do it all the time (but often with crap). From this list, I played populous a lot. I also would like to see the original X-wing (with it's B-wing, Tie-fighter, and other additions), and Descent. With Descent, it was incredible how great a truly 3D environment could be... and how lost and disoriented I could become. Good times. Maybe out it on Android: You could fly through the tunnels by moving/flipping your phone. Other games: I would even go for a reboot of Scorched Earth

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lostcause64

Wow, I totally forgot about Scorched Earth! Back in the day, I'd come in off the road as a truck driver and a friend and I would play that for hours on end with beer, pizza and whatever munchies were around...

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naxself

An old game called Syndicate was pretty awesome. I loved how I could blow nearly everything up (not much beats blowing an entire corner off a building with a rocket launcher). And it's the source of my enduring "I need legs, v2.0" joke whenever I sprain my ankle.

From the list, I'd LOVE to see a reboot of Wing Commander with 2011 graphics and depth.

And, finally, as an aside: someone mentioned Blade Runner. That was the game that made me upgrade my HDD because it came on 4 (4!!) CDs in 1997-98. So, I had to go buy a HDD that would hold more than 1.6gb of data. Ah, the old days, haha.

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tonymus

Agree with the majority on M.U.L.E.  I'm really surprised a major developer didn't try to push the envelope further with video games that are modeled similarly to family board games (video games that are board games, i.e. Monopoly, Scrabble, etc. excepted).

I'd also like to see games such as Under A Killing Moon brought back.  These type of detective mysteries were fun, and a bit humorous...

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smithbd01

There is one in the Apple store, I forget the name, I believe it is Galaxy on Fire 2.  I installed it on my ipod, and it's been a lot more interesting than I had believed it would be.  No it is not free, it's $9.99.  If you are saying these games need to be ported and made free to play, okay please state that.  However, I have had a good time playing this game, and for me, it's one of those, "get what you pay for" type of games.  Fun, nice freelance feel, don't feel pressure to follow the storyline, just load up a courier mission while waiting in a line, bam, made some cash.  It's cool.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

The absolute best times I've ever had on a computer were had playing the Wing Commander series of games. Not that I'd want to play the exact same thing today, but I sure could go for a reboot.

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unitymind

Atari 1040ST - Dungeon Master

Perfect for the iPhone since it was all click based game action.

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oldrocker99

Ah yes, Elite. Many, many hours playing on the C=64. Frontier, coming out a few years later, eas even more fun (IMHO). These days, I play Oolite under Linux. There are some terrific remakes of older games for Linux; it might be worth dual-booting to find out! Also, Linux' LGeneral is a clone of Panzer General and can use its map files.

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RiderofDark

Oh man oh man. I played some of those games, they're awesomely epic. My dad and some of his friends used to spend DAYS playing M.U.L.E. It's the best when you can play with four players. The only entry in the Wing Commander series I've played was WC: Privateer and WC: Righteous Fire. But those were great.

I'd like to see a remake Outpost, published by Sierra On-Line in 1994, on Windows; and a renewal of the first Wizardry entries (1-5), or perhaps the entire series.

I would go nuts to also see Infocom's games, like: Planetfall, Stationfall (poor Floyd), Zork, Enchanter, Trinity, Bureaucracy, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, A Mind Forever Voyaging, and Suspended

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jac_goudsmit

Carmageddon.

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Corfy

Mentioning the Atari 800 brought back fond memories of my Atari 400 (basically, the same as the Atari 800 only with a membrane keyboard instead of an actual keyboard... I hated that keyboard... probably why I dislike screen keyboards today).

Anyway, the game I spent the most time playing on that system was Joust (1982). It had a sequel (1985), and has been ported to numerous platforms, but to my knowledge, it has never been remade.

Another one I really enjoyed was Star Raiders, although it could be argued that any first-person space pilot game remade that (a friend of mine was shocked at how quickly I became accustomed to X-Wing the first time I played it, but it reminded me so much of Star Raiders, the only real thing I really had to adjust to was the controls).

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loumsc

Blade Runner - Great Game

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Thoren

Origins Crusader: No Remorse and No Regret need remakes

 

'nuff said.

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jedisamurai

A boatload of cash will be made for the company that does a remake of Wing Commander with full voice, orchestral versions of the original music, and high-res sprites. Honestly, this has a better chance of appearing on Xbox Live than anything (as they have already released Monkey Island, Sam and Max, Earthworm Jim, ect in HD with new high-res graphics). The same could easily be done with X-Wing/Tie Fighter. Oregon Trail already exists on iPad/iPod but not in orignal form. My fav version was actually Oregon Trail II. The original Carmen Sandiego BADLY needs to be remade with high-res sprites. Until then there's DOS Box and the Sega Genesis version...

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Jeffrey Jones

How about:

 

Myth: The Fallen Lords (1997)

Interstate 76 (1997)

Carmageddon (1997) (this *may* be in the works)

 

 

 

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goku_dsv

I'm aware this is not an 8-bit game but I would love to see Atlus release Brigandine on XBLA either remake it or just port it over outright. I'd gladly shell out for that. Only reason I still own my PS2 is because of that PS1 gem.

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Righteous Fury

I can't believe a sinlge one of you didn't mention Master Of Magic! Where is your inner geek?

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lostcause64

That's because my inner geek is sci-fi based in space, not trodding in the dirt... ;)

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lizzunchbox

Masters of Orion FTW - I can't believe I forgot that. And X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter. Also, I am (kind of) proud to say that I spent almost 500 hours playing Elite. It was majestic. 

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bloodgain

Roberta Williams' King's Quest series, obviously.  Yeah, Telltale Games is rebooting it, but we need some good remakes like LucasArts did for the Monkey Island games.

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Moon Unit

Then they have to do the Ultima series.

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routine

I'd like to see X-Wing vs Tie Fighter.

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lostcause64

The Wing Commander series was so awesome! A game for the space based sci-fi fans, I played the pogees out of them and had my skills in place when the first Star Wars flight sim, X-Wing, finally arrived. I'd drop the cash without blinking if they did a reboot of either series...

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lunchbox73

Bruce Lee and M.U.L.E! 2 awesome games from my Commie 64 days.

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big_montana

Ultima series was ok, but I actually preferred the Ultima Underworld games myself. To bad they stopped at just two.  I played the crap out of Wing Commander as well, I still own the media for all the WC and Underworld games.

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ThomFrost

What i would add to this list is:

Zork

Ultima

Police Quest

Space Quest

 

I have 7 citys of gold on floppy some place lol

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Exarkun1138

Ultima 6. If that were remade, I'd be a happy camper! Incredible game. Fortunately, through a DOS emulator, I am able to play this calssic from time-to-time! Still one of the most enjoyable rpg's ever made!

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allc0re

Montezuma's Revenge from the Commodore 64. 'Nuff said!

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sotoa

Yes to all of them, especially any one of the Ultimas please!

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US_Ranger

Woooow,

 

Seven Cities of Gold. I remember playing that when I was a little kid. Thanks for the memory jolt on that. I also miss the Wing Commander series. I must have spent hours upon hours in those games, especially WC3 with its loooong loading screens on my old crappy computer. Blast from the past in this article. Well done MaxPC.

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lostcause64

I remember setting up WC3 to run off of a zip100 drive to conserve hd space! Took forever to load a level, but once it did, it ran great. Anyone remember the porn star that was a major character in that game?

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wirehedd

I think her name was Ginger Lynn (or Amber Lynn) but yeah, she was a reason a few friends of mine either bought the game or asked to borrow mine. 

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US_Ranger

Ha, that was a good idea. Who is this chick you're talking about? I only remember the mechanic and the co-pilot if my memory is correct. 

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lostcause64

Yep, it was Ginger Lynn, though in the credits she was Ginger Lynn Allen - her then married name. She was the crew chief and possible love interest, of two the storyline included. Seemed like something I just had to do, getting Luke Skywalker hooked up with a porn star...

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Ghok

I'll second Sim Tower, I'd love a really advanced updated version of that. Just don't make it like The Sims.

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nmanguy

Someone needs to remake all the Black Isle games.

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THE_REAL_MAVERICK

OH, you forgot syndicate wars.  That game was so awesome for its time, but it was on DOS only.   Remake it in the same dark futuristic setting with LR rifles, bombs and hover cars with cults that create havic and you have an amazing game.  Oh, bring back Bullfrog to remake it also.  :)

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Bilbert

I'd like to see a remake of Falcon 4.0/Allied Force (or a sequel) for the PC; with all the realism, an improved Tactical Engagement campaign creator, more aircraft, and a paper manual like the original Falcon 4.0--all 400 or so pages of it (as opposed to a pdf manual).

 

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