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Published on April 10th, 2014 | by Don Parsons


Three for Thursday: Three Square-Enix HD Remasters That Need to Happen

I’ve been spending some time casually enjoying Final Fantasy X HD Remastered lately. Not only is it just a solid, all-around good game, but it’s a lovely nostalgic trip through memory lane. Seeing the bond between Yuna and Tidus grow, while watching him help her without knowing what is going to inevitably happen to her during the Final Summoning puts a whole new perspective on the game for those  of us that have finished it. This got me thinking though, what other Square-Enix titles would I like to relive in HD and with all of the bells and whistles of modern gaming?


1. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII HD Remastered

More than anything else I can think of, this needs to happen. By far, Crisis Core is my favorite Final Fantasy title.  It mixed quick, burst-style gameplay with an engaging story and unforgettable characters. Crisis Core was perfect on the PSP, and with a fresh coat of paint and trophy support, would make an even better Vita version. Throw in a PS3/PS4 version for console gamers with cross-save functionality, and this is a truck load of cash waiting to be delivered.


2. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King HD Remastered

Truth be told, I didn’t get around to playing as much of this as I would like to admit. But that doesn’t change the fact that I would love seeing an HD remake. I always loved the graphics in this game, or any cell-shaded game to be honest. An important note, it’s a well known fact that Eastern RPG’s aren’t the same caliber on consoles as they used to be. At least not as frequently, so this would be a welcome addition to my PS3 shelf.


3. Parasite Eve 1 and Parasite Eve 2 HD Remastered

I think this one would be trickier, due to being PSOne titles. These two games were such an important part of the PSOne library that it’s hard to argue that it shouldn’t be brought back in some way, even if it is just a light brush up on the graphics. The first game, particularly, caught my fancy with it’s rather unique free-form battles. At the time, I was just used to standard turn-based RPG’s where two lines of enemies fought it out. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that it had a strong female lead and the story was good.

If you had to think of a few games you’d like to see get the HD treatment from yesteryear, leave us a comment below.

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got into podcasting in 2007, and transitioned into writing in late 2008. In late 2011, he went from blogging to writing for a small site called Vagary.tv. Don attended E3 for Vagary.tv in 2012. Now, Don is one-fourth of the foundation of Critically Sane.

  • Chris Scott

    I’d love to see Parasite Eve get some kind of upgrade treatment, maybe even a remake but I’m pretty sure Square lost the license as the third game in the series wasn’t titled Parasite Eve. Also, it wasn’t very good. 🙁

    • Don Parsons

      I thought it was called Parasite Eve: 3rd Birthday? Did it get the PE part dropped all the way? That sucks. I’ve been eagerly anticipating an HD Parasite Eve re-release for awhile. 🙁

      • Chris Scott

        Nope, it’s just The Third Birthday. Outside of Parasite Eve as PSOne classics, we probably won’t see a true PE remake unless SE can come to terms with the license owner.

        • Wolf

          I remember liking the first one, but that was the only one I played. Do you have a list of improvements you’d make? or want to see made?
          When I’m walking the dog I sometimes ponder on what changes I’d make to games….. Don’t get me started on Naval Ops: Warship Gunner 😀

  • MK

    Parasite Eve needs a remake, all the backgrounds were 2D.

  • Wolf

    ……. FF7? ……..
    Chrono Trigger? (Thought it was better than C-Cross)

    • Don Parsons

      I tried to pick more-current games. I would love to see FF7 remade in HD as much as the next person, but they’ve been telling us it isn’t happening for so long now I just kind of gave up. Plus, we hear that all the time, I wanted to list some things a little less frequently requested. 😀

      Chrono Trigger would be awesome, too. Lots of memories with that game.

      • Wolf

        Chrono Trigger stood out so much because you could actually see your actions play out in the world. Re-growing the forest, making the orcs hate people less, everything you did in the past mattered! Totally the game to have remade.

      • Wolf

        For better or worse, I think some day Square will eventually turn to FF7 to re-awake that IP. I’m glad they are so hesitant, but it has such a … cult/devout/zelotus following,

        • Wolf

          Curious what you guys think, what are the top 3, top 10, IPs that should have a re-make / remaster?

          • Wolf

            Another question, Remakes versus remaster, pros and cons?

  • 80T

    Parasite Eve 2! One of the best games ever to be created. I can’t stress enough on how much it deserves a Remake and some additional content. I’m looking forward to that happy day.

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