We’d be lying if we said Rockstar doesn’t make absolute masterpieces when it comes to video games. Even their smallest creations which only cast the thinnest shadows next to the likes of Grand Theft Auto. Even they have managed to make footprints deep enough to be seen decades on. And that’s a remarkable accomplishment on Rockstar’s behalf. Only, the issue with leaving an imprint when a triple-A developer wishes to pursue other goals is that, unsurprisingly, people still want to look at that old print. Sort of like a discovering an old fossil from beneath the dirt; people want to dust off those old bones and see them in a whole new light.
Rockstar has since put all effort into crafting new material for their billion-dollar platform, Grand Theft Auto Online. But, sadly, for those little old gems that we once loved and still remember; their lives remain in limbo, and the hopes of resurrecting them still rest in the dirt. But if we were able to drag Rockstar down from cloud nine, we’d show them these gems and have them kick the remasters into gear. Surely that wouldn’t be too much to ask, right?
Here are five Rockstar games that need to be remastered.
5. The Warriors
It’s been fifteen years since we saw the launch of The Warriors, and people are still talking about having it remastered even today. Thanks to Rockstar’s memorable effort of portraying the iconic movie as an even better game, action fans are stuck to the PS2 gem like Velcro. Although to be fair, Rockstar did publish the original game to the PS4 market. Only, it wasn’t a remaster. And, you know — people want a remaster.
The Warriors proved to be just as gripping and urban as the 1979 blockbuster flick. With its linear narrative, thrilling battles, and free-roam abilities that offered countless opportunities; The Warriors made out to be one of the most enjoyable experiences of the PlayStation 2 era. Even stealing car radios and hopping fences was fun. But, honestly, when Rockstar backs the wheel to something — fun is usually the first box to be checked on the list. And, I suppose we just want to see what that would look like in a current-gen makeover. That wouldn’t be a great deal to ask the frontline developer, would it?
4. Bully: Scholarship Edition
Like a watered-down, less violent version of Grand Theft Auto; Bully: Scholarship Edition gave gamers the chance to be the bad kid in school, as opposed to a murdering lunatic on a quest for blood. With its humorous approach to high school and its addictive side-activities and classes, Bully was able to make a seven-hour story feel like an endless summer of fun.
Bully: Scholarship Edition released on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii in 2008, with an additional series of classes, missions and collectables. And, although the remake has been inserted into the marketplaces of the Sony and Microsoft world, people are still demanding a fresher-faced facelift to the Rockstar favourite. And boy — don’t even get me started on the sequel.
3. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
After the drop of Liberty City Stories and Vice City Stories on PSP, Rockstar fans have been chewing the developer’s ankles for the San Andreas port. Only, it never came, and Rockstar just sort of left everybody in the dark as new IP’s were approached. But even after sixteen years — people are still very much salty about the lack of San Andreas on their Xbox One’s and PlayStation 4’s. I mean, Grand Theft Auto V might be in the same city — but there is a nostalgic vibe missing that the 2004 classic struck effortlessly.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was once at the highest point in the gaming world. In fact, the majority of the human population sort of disappeared for two weeks after the launch on PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Since then, however, Rockstar hasn’t made the time to go back and touch up all those loveable details and bring them up to date. But seeing as the online community for Grand Theft Auto V is still harvesting millions in revenue, it’s fair to say that Rockstar probably has no interest in venturing back to 2004 just yet.
2. Red Dead Redemption
There has been quite a lot of talk going on lately over the possible remaster of the Red Dead Redemption 2010 original. Only, we can’t exactly trust every rumour on the web, and, as far as Rockstar insiders go — nothing is set in stone. This gives us a reason to add the Western favourite to this list, of course. Although, ten years doesn’t seem like that long ago in the gaming world. If anything, it feels like the launch of Red Dead Redemption only happened a few years ago at most.
After the global success of the 2018 prequel on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Rockstar held the keys to go back and unlock the door to a potential remaster of the first chapter. However, despite the crazy amounts of fans crying out for an updated edition of the John Marston story, the cheeky developer just won’t bite. And so, that door remains locked indefinitely.
1. Smuggler’s Run
It seems rather odd placing Rockstar’s 2000 racing game here — but there we go. But, to be fair, we think it’s only right that Rockstar seriously considers the thought of remastering one of their original PlayStation 2 titles. Smuggler’s Run was far more than just a “drive to point A, then to point B” sort of game. In fact, there was a whole lot of fun to be had behind the wheel of a dune buggy.
Smuggler’s Run was the type of game that you’d binge with a group of friends over a weekend. With its endless rounds of game modes and split-screen co-op, Smuggler’s Run handed out more playable hours than you could shake a stick at. Sadly, after eighteen years of idling in the sand — Rockstar still hasn’t said a word about a potential remaster. Grand Theft Auto Online, however, has received a new game mode titled “smuggler’s run”. But hey — that’s Grand Theft Auto V. And if there’s one game we don’t need another remaster of — it’s Grand Theft Auto V.