Say what you will about Electronic Arts, but we can't sit here and pretend that they haven't developed and published some pretty awesome games in the past. Even with their blatant love for all things sports, they do often find it in them to shed light on other worlds—particularly through its EA Originals program.
With thousands of IPs in the book and an even more extensive publishing history, Electronic Arts stands as one of the few remaining ambassadors of gaming. Though, with such power, it does mean they have the opportunity to recreate whatever it is their hearts desire. But if for whatever reason we were given the chance to greenlight one or two remasters, then we'd personally aim for these.
5. The Saboteur
The Saboteur was one of the most slept on games Electronic Arts ever published. Given its age, it is still one of the most visually appealing games on the market, which warrants not so much a HD remaster—but a full blown remake, complete with a slew of additional missions, areas, and downloadable content. A reimagined version, perhaps.
Set in war-torn Paris during World War II, Sean Devlin, a race car driver and mechanic, looks to join the French Resistance and liberate the capital. Through sabotage, small chunks of the noir-like world return to their vibrant colors, and for every Nazi that gets sent out to pasture and regime that is dismantled, another shred of hope is restored. But to completely reclaim the city, you, the encumbered player, will have to go through a whole bunch of burning hoops….backwards.
4. American McGee's Alice
American McGee's Alice has been trying to make a comeback for a fair few years now, with its third chapter, Asylum, being on the back burner since Madness Returns dropped way back when. That said, if Electronic Arts did decide to back the game, then the chances of seeing a remastered bundle probably wouldn't be that far off, if only to bring new players up to speed with the twisted tale.
Alice isn't your classic telling of the Wonderland story. That much is true. In fact, it draws closer to a much darker world, and one that displays only the darkest types of creatures as opposed to the happy-go-lucky folks that Wonderland employs. It's a hack and slash game gone mad—and we absolutely adore it.
3. Theme Park World
For every haystack there's a needle, and if there's one thing the park management genre isn't short on—it's haystacks. But it's those very needles that have helped pave the way for others in the past, and Bullfrog Productions was something of a collector of needles back in its heyday. Without them, we never would've had Two Point Hospital, or a whole bunch of park management sims for that matter.
Theme Park World was an absolute diamond for its time, even during an age when construction simulators had an abundance of subsidiaries to boot. And should the Two Point creators look to rebuild a theme park entry at some point in the near future, then we'd like to assume the inspiration would be funneled directly from the 1999 OG.
2. The Urbz
Electronic Arts has been stuffing content into The Sims for decades, using expansion packs to rekindle the flame for whenever it goes out. The only time Maxis has taken a scenic route was back when The Urbz came about, which was, in essence, a reimagined version of the two expansion packs, Livin' Large, and House Party.
The Black Eyes Peas-led spin-off centered its world around Urbz, a community of city-loving Sims, only with a stronger hunger for fame and fortune than your everyday suburban dweller. As an up-and-coming star, your goal was to ascend the ranks and become the most popular Urb in the city, using your talents to gain access to the biggest hookups on the block, be it with the goths or the skaters, the fashion gurus or the neon-wearing chefs.
1. The Lord of the Rings (Series)
As much as we love Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, there's definitely something missing in today's market. Something that, in all honesty, Electronic Arts was able to provide well over a decade ago. After losing sight of The Lord of the Rings video game adaptation, the trusty dev was able to take the reins and round off the series with two outstanding experiences, Two Towers, and Return of the King.
Bringing a perfect balance of hack and slash and strategy to the table, EA was able to rekindle the flame and single-handedly transform Tolkien's masterpiece into a playable tale with a plethora of award-winning features. Two decades later, and the series still holds its ground as one of Electronic Arts' best ever projects. Does that warrant a remaster? Well, we'd like to think so.
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