The Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been available for a few months now, gifting console gamers with a small taste of the potential of next-gen gaming. As we look to the future and the many horror games we have to look forward to in 2014, I’d like to take a minute to look back at a few of the games that brought the horror genre to where it is today.
We have plenty of sequels and new IPs to look forward to in the coming years, now it’s time to imagine how great some of our old favorites would look on all this snazzy new hardware.
Read on for my list of 6 Horror Games That Deserve Next-Gen Remakes!
Honestly, a remake of any of the first four Silent Hill games would be welcome at this point, but it’s the first two that really need it. Honestly, I’d prefer a next-gen-ified Silent Hill 2, my favorite entry in the series, but it felt strange asking for that before we’ve seen a remake of the game that started it all. Some claim the survival horror genre is dead, but I think they couldn’t be more wrong. What better way to prove this than by introducing a new generation of gamers to one, or two, of the greatest horror games of all time?
I’m ashamed to say I missed Manhunt’s tenth anniversary, which I should have celebrated this past November. To make up for that, and to honor a fantastic — if somewhat controversial — horror game, I thought I’d give it a mention here. We’ve seen significant leaps in graphic fidelity in the last decade, and there’s certainly a niche for next-gen, open-world convict murder simulators that only this series can fulfill.
There’s nothing quite like Manhunt out there right now, and I’m positive the cult following the series has accrued since the first game’s release would be more than happy to step into the bloodied shoes of James Earl Cash at least one more time.
Much like Silent Hill, I wouldn’t complain if Capcom went ahead and remade any of the first four Resident Evil games. I’d include Resident Evil 4 too, but that game gets enough love already. The original game has already seen a remake, though that was for the GameCube, so I’d say it’s just about time for another. Before that happens, the second game needs to be experienced by a new generation. It’s a defining moment in the series — and for the survival horror genre as a whole — and I’m always up for another zombie killing spree in Raccoon City.
If Capcom isn’t willing to do it, we can always leave it to the fans to give us what we want.