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!
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.”
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.
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.