Sunday, November 22, 2009

More HD Compilations

So I've been playing God of War Collection recently, after getting nearly all achievements in Assassin's Creed 2 (all 100 feathers? Really, now?), and I'm liking what I'm seeing. GoW1 still has that absolutely retarded use of the R2 button for the in-game context sensitive parts (opening doors, mainly) as I was hoping they would change that. Of course not.

Anyways, it gets me thinking to what other series companies should be on the lookout, and after going through my collection of current-gen/last-gen games, I've got a nice wish list, which many would probably agree with:
  • BloodRayne (360 & PS3)
  • Halo 1 & 2 (360)
  • Grand Theft Auto III/Vice City/San Andreas (360 & PS3)
  • Devil May Cry 1, 2 & 3 (360 & PS3)
  • Final Fantasy X & XII (PS3)
  • Ico & Shadow of the Colossus (PS3)
  • Metal Gear Solid 1, 2 & 3 (PS3)
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Warrior Within & The Two Thrones (360 & PS3)
  • Splinter Cell 1, Pandora Tomorrow & Chaos Theory (360)
  • Turok 1, Seeds of Evil, Shadow of Oblivion & maybe Evolution (360 & PS3)
It's a hell of a wishlist. But bring these guys to current-gen systems (360 compilations would more than likely require a disc per game) would have developers weed out a few guys to work on the HD-ifing process. Considering the GoW Collection took, what, a few months to crank out, this wouldn't be a problem, especially for Square, as they could have both games done in a week. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if they released each game separately. The reason why I left out the PSOne era, as well as XI, is because, well, you can't really make HD out of the 32-bit era without completely redoing the game. It's like trying to turn a DeLorean (and when I say "DeLorean," I'm talking about the 80's model that would fall apart doing 88) into a stock car just by giving it a new shell; you've gotta do the whole goddamned thing.

Now, as you'll see, I've got Halo on that list. As you'll remember, I talked about how Xbox Originals have nothing extra to add to the incentive of buying a digital copy of an Xbox game at a higher price than what you'd find at GameStop or eBay. The God of War Collection speaks near and dear to my heart, in that Santa Monica Studios didn't just add Trophy support and call it a day, no, they went balls - and shaft - to the fucking wall and cranked out a game that looks and plays better than a lot of the shit that's saturating the market right now. GoW1 came out in 2005 and it's sequel hit in 2007, mere months after the PS3 came out (yea, holy shit is what I said when I remembered that; how do you think I felt about remembering GoW1's release date).

I don't see Halo, Final Fantasy or the Prince of Persia compilations being a problem at all. The others is like asking Santa for a Ferrari...there is no Santa. The Ico/Colossus one would be a gift from the gods, as would Metal Gear Solid.

You'll be quick to point out I didn't list Resident Evil, and it's not a typo, nor did I glance over all ten DVD cases of the series on my shelf. The reason being is simple: updated textures and trophy/achievement support is nowhere near what these games need for me to rebuy them. Capcom needs to take these games and dump them into RE4's engine, then they can do whatever they want. The "Lost in Nightmares" DLC for RE5 speaks volumes on what the old RE games should be whenever Capcom decides to do a proper rerelease of the old games.