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6 MORE Horror Games That Deserve Next-Gen Remakes!

As we continue to get used to our shiny new consoles and prepare for the glorious games — some familiar, some not — they have in store for us, I’d like to take a moment to look back at some of the standout horror franchises of yesteryear that have yet to make the transition to next-gen. These are the games that deserve a second chance, an opportunity for another generation of gamers to experience their wonders much like many of us did so many years ago.

Read on for my list of 6 MORE Horror Games That Deserve Next-Gen Remakes!

System Shock/System Shock 2

I couldn’t decide between the two, so I decided to cheat and include both. The reasoning behind this is that while it’d be weird to remake System Shock 2 before tackling the original, personally, I would much prefer a remake of the second game over the first. Granted, System Shock 2′ “big reveal” is fairly well-known by now, but that doesn’t keep me from craving another go through the Von Braun.

System Shock and its sequel released in 1994 and 1999, respectively, so I’m sure there’s a large number of horror fans out there who haven’t experienced the creepy survival horror majesty that is this series, and specifically, its malevolent rogue AI antagonist, SHODAN. It’s been so long since she called me a “pathetic sack of meat and bone.”

Fatal Frame

Every time I think about Fatal Frame and start to feel myself getting bummed out, I remember DreadOut — indie gaming’s answer to the industry’s seeming inability to give gamers what they want. While there’s a solid chance we’ll never hear from this series again, or at least not outside of Japan, I have hope that someone, somewhere, at some time will decide to give one of the early entries in this beloved franchise a reboot. No other series offers the visceral thrill that comes with waiting until the very last second to snap a picture of the malevolent spirit that’s coming your way.

I’d even settle for an “HD” port. That seems to be the craze these days, and while it wouldn’t even come close to a next-gen reboot, at this point, I’ll take any opportunity I’m given to return to this awesome survival horror series.

Clive Barker’s Undying

Back in 2001, Clive Barker took a break from wrapping people up in leather and hanging them from chains and various torture devices to bring us the overlooked and largely underappreciated horror gem that is Clive Barker’s Undying. A bit of the occult mixed with elements of the supernatural, Undying might not have aged well, but it’s still very much worth your time. I’d venture to say it’d be even more worthy if it had a fresh coat of paint slapped on it.

I still need something to wash the bitter taste left by Jericho out of my mouth.

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  • Pav

    I agree with you about System Shock 2 and Clive Barker’s Undying ( to wash the bitter taste you need cold beer hehe), Siren and Fatal Frame not really (these games are great without it, any Super Hyper HD bullshit will destroy it’s atmosphere).

  • REmake

    Indigo Prophecy was the worst gaming experience of my life. I can’t believe they let David Cage’s career continue after Quantic Dream released that abomination.

    • Adam Dodd

      DAYUM, tell us how you really feel! I thought it was really unique and set the foundation for Heavy Rain, which I also enjoyed. To each their own. 😉

  • KittysReaper

    I would love to see Indigo Prophecy remade personally love that game. Fatal Frame 2 is still a scary fucking game and i feel it aged pretty ok.

  • Astroid_Andy

    It’s a shame we’ll never see at the very least, an HD Collection for The Suffering. Both games were fantastic, creative monsters, awesome locations, and just overall a blast to play. They weren’t perfect, but they are worthy of at least an HD Collection, a remake would be a dream come true.

    • Adam Dodd

      I didn’t love the second game, but the first Suffering was crazy underrated. That and Cold Fear. If I do another of these lists, both deserve a spot on it.

      • Astroid_Andy

        The second one suffered from too many technical problems towards the end that almost rendered it unplayable, but besides that I enjoyed it as another outing with Torque and the crazy symbolic monsters (although, now that I think about it, a lot of recycled monsters made their way into Ties that Bind with a tweaked “urban” background). But, for all the greatness of the first one, you virtually never hear about it, which is a shame. It’s no Silent Hill or Resident Evil, but it didn’t really strive to be either. I’m not even sure of the state of Midway at this point time either, are they even still around?

      • Adam Dodd

        Sadly, Midway is no more. I’m not sure where that leaves The Suffering IP, but it was never terribly popular, so I doubt that whoever owns it will continue the series. Pity, because you’re right — the sequel wasn’t great, but it deserves a little more love.

        And I think saying “it’s no Resident Evil” may be a compliment at this point. 😉

        • Astroid_Andy

          I couldn’t agree more. I am a Silent Hill die-hard but I did enjoy Resident Evil 4, not so much as a horror, but as an action game. But with all the spin-offs that are just, just awful, I never really dove to deep into Resident Evil (I played the first two, and enjoyed them for what they were). Silent Hill was more psychological which was more appealing to me, and honestly there are only 2 entries in the series I honestly just don’t like: Downpour and Book of Memories (I try to pretend it doesn’t exist). Silent Hill 4 was so-so, but not a bad game. As for Shattered Memories, I thought it was great (though, it would have been nice to see a few different monsters to run away from), it was experimental, but really dove head first into the psychological aspect, plus it has tons of cool stuff to find like phone numbers and the “ghosts” that would trigger texts and voice-mails that were really creepy and helped tie-in the ending very well. Though it’s wishful thinking that I’d ever see The Suffering outside my PS2, one can dream. If anything needs a next-gen remake, it would have to be Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterflies, that game scared the crap out of me. I never got to play the 3rd one, though I do plan on buying it on the PSN as soon as I can get a spare $10. It’s just a shame there weren’t many horror games for this generation (Dead Space is new Resident Evil in space). All the good horror games are indies for the PC. We need more console games.

          • Astroid_Andy

            And I mean legit horror, we got WAY too many zombie games this generation. Some were pretty good (Dead Rising and Dead Island 1). Got any suggestions about any PS3 horror games I should check out? I wanted to give Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut a shot, I heard it’s like playing a B-horror movie (which I love), and that the PS3 version fixed a lot of the mechanics that plagued the 360 version.

  • eupfhoria

    I agree about Undying but I actually really enjoyed Jericho, too. 🙂

    • Pav

      Me too, man. I love this game.

  • aphroditeboy

    Sadly, horror games are not seen as profitable and the publishers in the video-game industry are even less prone to take risks on games that will not yield significant profit than film production companies because games still aren’t considered or valued as art by most critics and the mainstream population. So really it’s not likely that any horror themed games will get a remake or re-release any time soon unless ‘The Evil Within’ is able to make enough of a profit to interest other production companies in trying to capitalize on it.

  • iszac

    Super agreed on CLOCK TOWER, SIREN & FATAL FRAME. I am not saying that old gen is not good enough, but they definitely deserve a remake in term of getting a superb graphic treatment. For fans like me would be a dream come true… *___*

  • ThunderDragoon

    I’ll take anything with the Fatal Frame name on it at this point.

  • Mr.Mirage

    The first DOOM games, Duke Nukem (maybe then someone would figure out how to correct the massive fail of that … no, best left unsaid, it DID NOT happen), all of the Quake and Resident Evil games…. just an upgrade to the pretty level of the newest platforms, I’d be happy.

  • Unlimax

    Oh Come on man , this is the second time you didn’t include Parasite Eve on the list and i’m sure i remind you in one of your articles if I’m not mistaken :\

    • Adam Dodd

      I looked through the comments on the previous article and yes, you mentioned it there too. Sorry about that! Maybe I’ll include that in a follow-up list, if I do one. 😉

  • HorrorLover995

    I honestly feel like Siren and Fatal Frame deserve reboots the most. I mean come on! The Japanese totally know how to scare the living wits out of America time and time again. From bug-eyed nurses, to falling broken-neck women,Siren and Fatal Frame have brought a decent amount of fear into their players.
    Siren gave players the feeling of loneliness and a loss of all hope by throwing them into a town/island that has been cursed to be surrounded by a crimson sea and filled with undying zombified inhabitants. Add in a phenomenal soundtrack that sent shivers down to your bones when your heard it, and an a beautiful environment, and you have yourself a decent japanese horror game.
    Fatal Frame did even better by offering players a whole new horror experience. They threw you into a haunted environment and gave you a only a camera to defend yourself with, which could only kill a ghost if you got close enough to catch a decent picture without dying. Throw in some creepy as all hell ghosts, unnerving environments that you were afraid to walk through, even with a flashlight, and an eerie ambient soundtrack and Viola! One of Japan’s wonderful ghost story video games.

  • dosgtr

    Undying would make a great reboot.

  • VictorCrowley

    Part of me really wants an HD port of the first Fatal Frame. But, honestly I think it works better with the grit and grime of standard def. A trophy set for PSN would be nice though. I love playing the game regardless, but it would be nice to have objectives other than just the main story.

  • Jose Pascual

    Somebody please remake The Suffering video games and the Shadow Man games

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