Well, Sony may be willing to part ways with its former self and send the PS1 out to pasture, but we’re still somewhat hooked on its treasure trove of cult classic games. And honestly, after seeing the likes of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Crash Bandicoot, and Spyro make a return to modern consoles, it does give us a slither of hope that more games will surely follow in the near future. The question, of course, is which ones are the most likely to receive the resurrection stone?
The problem herein lies not with the lack of tools and creative leads — but the luck of the draw. Seeing as the PS1 housed thousands of games over its lengthy lifespan, there’s always that slight chance that the one chosen would fall incredibly flat and put a stain on its legacy. That being said, we could probably name a select few that we know for a fact would be total knockouts.
5. Dino Crisis
Ah yes, Dino Crisis — the game that Capcom quite simply love to dangle in front of us for no reason other than its own amusement. Will it ever receive its long-awaited remake? Unlikely. Or at least, probably not in the next four or five years, anyway. But we can thank the studio’s new dinosaur-themed survival horror for that. Darn you, Exoprimal.
Anyway, it seems as though Dino Crisis has been the most wanted PS1 remaster for quite some time now. Makes sense, given the fact that it was the highest rated horror game of 1999. But for some reason, Capcom seem to be well past the point of caring for the prehistoric chapter, as it has received little to no interest in well over a decade. Does that mean it’ll never receive a remaster on modern consoles? It’s hard to say, but with Exoprimal taking several elements from it, it could mean that the new IP will replace Dino Crisis for good.
4. Croc: Legend of the Gobbos
Croc: Legend of the Gobbos might not have been as popular as, say, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro — but it was definitely up there with the all-time favorites. Why it hasn’t had a remaster yet is beyond us, and it’s actually quite upsetting that that backpack-wearing croc hasn’t received his second chance in the spotlight yet.
Of course, with platformers being all the rage during the nineties, it did make Croc something of a needle in a haystack, hence its struggle to find a lasting player base that would carry it through to a new era of consoles. And yet, in spite of its decaying legacy, Legend of the Gobbos is still well worth the time of day. And so, here’s hoping somebody out there will return to it someday and give it a good ol’ brushing over.
3. Twisted Metal
Vehicular combat wasn’t all that popular before the launch of Twisted Metal. These days, however, it’s bigger than ever, and games like Rocket League and Mad Max have helped developers to discover its potential and capitalize on it accordingly. But with ol’ Twisted Metal there to pave the way for the niche, chances are these games never would’ve found such critical success, to begin with.
The good news is, Twisted Metal has, in fact, seen a couple of sequels, both on PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3. But as for a fully-fledged modern take, the series is pretty much dead in the water. And given its monumental role in the founding of the vehicular combat scene, we’d definitely say a reboot is well in order.
2. 40 Winks
40 Winks is a platformer survival horror game that deserves a lot more credit. Although it never actually went on to outshine its ravenous rivals back in “99, it was still a sturdy pawn on the board, and it garnered quite a loyal close-knit following over its relatively short tenure in the spotlight. The problem, though, was that it released around the same time as both Silent Hill and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, which explains its lack of publicity.
In spite of the little amount of hype the game received pre-launch, 40 Winks eventually went on to find its cult classic status in the early-2000s. Since then, the PS1 game has been picked up and discarded on several occasions, without a fully-fledged remake to give it a second chance in the spotlight. Is it likely to get its well-deserved TLC in the near future? Well, I mean, you should never say never.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
It may seem somewhat redundant these days, what with Hogwarts Legacy coming out, but Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is still hands down one of our all-time favourite PlayStation One platformers. It’s also one of the only good games set in the wizarding world, which makes a remaster all the more justifiable. Because let’s face it, after the third video game adaptation of the beloved saga released, everything sort of spiraled out of control, and nothing has been able to capture that iconic aura since.
Set in an open world Hogwarts, players take on the role of the boy who lived, Harry Potter, as he works through his first academic year as an up-and-coming Gryffindor student. The story, of course, follows the same script as the literature, which includes several characters and subplots that never quite made it to the movies. With a generous mixture of platforming, puzzle-solving, and exploration elements, players can experience all Hogwarts has to offer and more. Does that warrant a remaster? We like to think so.
So, what’s your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there any PS1 games you’d want to see remastered this year? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.