This generation of gaming seems to have turned into the generation of HD remixes and collections. After the God of War Collection was initially released and had much success fans wanted to see more, and it seems publishers and developers said “Hey, Why not?” The rampant slew of collections that we have seen in past years have seen some timeless classics reborn and updated in HD. HD Collections already exist for games like Metal Gear Solid, Prince of Persia, God of War, Jak and Daxter, Zone of the Enders and my personal favorite the much anticipated Ratchet and Clank trilogy. However, there are a few HD collections that – while not yet officially announced – I feel will be made eventually.
1. Castlevania HD Collection
E3 2012 saw the announcement of another great Castlevania title for current gen consoles. After watching trailers and witnessing the great story that would happen sometime in the later future, I got to thinking why there was not already a Castlevania HD collection out yet. Many titles have released over the span of the franchise’s long history, many of which have been great though many have also been flat. An HD Collection of the greatest tales in the Castelevania series would do the Belmonts and Dracula some justice.
I have been a fan of the games since its inception on the NES and have loved most of the titles since then. I grew up on Atari and Nintendo, so I have an appreciation for old school titles like Star Fox, Frogger, and other oldies… I remember the difficulty when I was five or six years old trying to make a jump across a gap and plummeting to my death repeatedly. I only ask that Konami give me those moments that I loved as a child again.
2. MegaMan X HD Collection:
I played this Capcom franchise when I was young. I remember my first title was Megaman X for SNES; Boy, did I love that game. When Capcom cancelled Megaman Legends 3 and Megaman Universe, a part of my childhood died with it. The only thing that could restore my faith in Capcom would be an HD Collection of the Megaman X franchise. This was honestly one of my favorite franchises all the way from X one to X eight. Yes, there were a couple of games in the series that were not that good, but honestly as a whole you cannot say that you did not enjoy playing these games at some point. Whether you played as X, Zero, or Axel there was no denying that what made this game great was that it was accessible, fun, and had a lot of replay value. I would love the chance to max out this mofo’s trophies or achievements if given the chance.
3. Zelda HD Collection:
Now, there have been rumors of Nintendo apparently working on a Zelda HD collection for the Wii U but whether or not that is true is not known yet. There are still major events coming up like Gamescom and the Toyko Game Show later this year that could show whether or not this rumor will come to fruition. Until then, there are many questions as to what this might consist of. One question I ask myself all the time is ‘Is this Zelda HD Collection a collection that has all the handheld games combined into one? Alternatively, would the Zelda collection be one that has Zelda: The Wind Waker and Majora’s Mask? These are the thoughts that I have pondered every so often. There are so many games in the Zelda franchise that an HD collection could have any combination of titles, Zelda’s history spans 25 years.
4. The Crash Bandicoot HD Collection:
Although Naughty Dog may no longer own the rights to its first franchise, Crash Bandicoot is a title that many gamers remember as being the flagship title with the PlayStation one. It spawned several games and even a very well done kart racing title that people still talk about to this day. The gameplay was always simplistic and easy. It may have even paved the way for the heroes that we see today such as Nathan Drake, Jak and Daxter, and even Joel & Ellie the new characters of The Last of US. The simplistic platforming and easy to access gameplay has remnants that are present in the company’s titles today. I hope that whoever owns the rights to this franchise will take a real hard look at how it great it is and decide that it’s time tore-release the games as a HD collection. This idea might even be in the works and it could just need some support and a little push from fans.
5. Spryo: The Dragon HD Collection
Honestly, I am deeply surprised that Activision has not already started working on this one already. Since they own the rights to Spryo and have been making Skylanders games (which I have to admit I really want to play at some point) this almost seems like a no brainer… Nevertheless, there may be some other underlying conditions preventing them such as licensing and other corporate BS. On the other hand, it could be that the fan demand for the titles are not there. Whatever the case may be, I think that at some point in time we may see the Spryo of my early years make a resurgence in HD Collection format.
Lastly, every time someone makes a HD collection or HD remake article there is always that one person that always mentions a Final Fantasy 7 or a Final Fantasy HD game. I want to tell you all, as much as I love the Final Fantasy franchise, and would love seeing a remake of Final Fantasy 7. I have grown exhausted from waiting and having re-releases of titles that were well liked but not the ones people wanted to see. I know everyone would love an HD collection of FF VII-IX- heck, I would not mind shelling out 60 bucks for something like that. It might be worth the wait, however for this gamer I have grown tired of waiting for Square Enix to get together. Nevertheless, truth of the matter is Square Enix probably will not make it happen unless there is incentive for them and even then, that is an iffy situation. It is an iffy situation, mainly because it seems Square Enix has lost its flare with Final Fantasy. The westernization of the gameplay has turned some people off and trying to appeal to the masses has not worked out well for them. However, one thing that I do know is that the five titles I listed above are all games that would be a great way to introduce new gamers to the great experiences that we all had while growing up in the golden age of gaming.