A few years ago, if you told me that I’d get to see some of my favourite PlayStation 1 classics getting a remaster, I wouldn’t believe you.
With that said, below is a round up of a few forgotten PlayStation 1 classics that would probably make it big today if remastered.
Ape Escape (1999)
It’s nearly impossible to overstate Ape Escape’s importance for the PlayStation 1. After all, it was the first game to make the DualShock controller mandatory. But, it wasn’t exactly just a game with a control gimmick.
Basically, the main idea of the game is to have you run around and catch monkeys in a net. However, Ape Escape constantly threw many things at you, whether it was new gadgets, new types of monkeys, a different area to run around in, that it never got boring.
Ape Escape may not ring a bell with a majority of today’s audience, but who knows? A spruced up version on the PS4 might just be what the nearly-iconic platformer needs to be relevant again.
Tomba! & Tomba! 2: Evil Swine Returns (1997 and 1999)
Speaking of forgotten PlayStation 1 classics, who could ever forget Tomba?
Oh, wait. Everybody’s forgotten it.
Tomba! and its sequel, Tomba! 2: Evil Swine Returns may not have received as much hype as Crash and Spyro, but it was, nevertheless, a true classic.
At a time when games decided to shift into full 3D, Tomba! decided to get creative, shifting between 2D and 3D planes in-game to help keep things fresh and interesting.
Design-wise, Tomba! isn’t too far off from Crash Bandicoot, so you can only imagine how good it would look like today if it received the remaster treatment.
Kingsley’s Adventure (1999)
For a time, Kingsley’s Adventure was mentioned right up there with The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time on the N64.
The game puts you in the shoes of a fox prince who must save the entire Fruit Kingdom from the evil warlock, Bad Custard.
It was a breath of fresh air at a time where most of the games it released with had a Mature rating. Although that may have what led to its demise, as most would’ve probably thought it was a children’s game.
Regardless, it would be amazing to rediscover the game today with updated graphics.
Syphon Filter (1999)
Syphon Filter was a popular title whose stealthy mechanics, exciting gameplay and intriguing storytelling were arguably ahead of its time. So, it came off as quite a bit of a shock that it didn’t see a release on the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4.
Either way, with the dearth of stealth shooters on the market today, it’s not hard to picture a modern Syphon Filter with the polish of the likes of Hitman (2016), MGSV or Uncharted, giving all of those games a run for their money.
Forgotten PlayStation 1 Classics
Of course, we don’t want to see developers stuffing the market with remasters of classic titles. But, what’s the harm in wishing, right?
It would definitely be awesome to see these forgotten classic titles see new life with a remaster if only to relive some treasured childhood memories and of course, to introduce them to a new generation.
Which forgotten classic PS1 title do you think deserves a remake? Be sure to let us know in the comments down below.