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Five Games that Need to be Re-Mastered on Next-Gen

As technology advances, we are blessed with the progression of gaming graphics and gameplay. Every pixel is more defined, every story is more immersive and every goal you concede on FIFA is even more annoying. Here we have five games we ABSOLUTELY NEED to be remastered for next-gen consoles.

Burnout: Revenge

burnout-revenge-01.jpgAvailable on most consoles, the Burnout franchise were a gaming favourite as you crashed and smashed your way through the city. The franchise went quiet after their 2008 addition Burnout: Paradise was not as popular as hoped.

With many different game modes, including my personal favourite ‘Crash’, Players would take part in a number of objectives, during rush-hour traffic in a busy city. Brutal Take-downs and total annihilation of your enemies vehicles would never have looked as beautiful as they would now in modern-day graphics. This franchise absolutely needs a reboot on next-gen gaming consoles, bring it back!

Fable 2


The Fable franchise are role-playing games set in the immersive magical world of Albion. You play the main hero as you are thrown into a gruelling adventure of self discovery, pitted against a number of different enemies, human and creature.

The first Fable instalment was remastered for XBOX 360 under Fable: Anniversary. Fable 2 would be a good addition to the remastered collection on next-gen featuring modern day graphics and game engine. The second game featured a slightly less forced storyline with smoother gameplay and story progression, with a number of new options and capabilities. In a game where every decision you make matters, your experience of the game changes every time you play it, as creatures and humans alike react differently to your presence depending on how you behave. Fable 2 also introduced your adorable and helpful companion, your dog, which of course you can interact with on a number of levels.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted 


This one gets a spot, despite the semi-recent and frankly disappointing reimagining of the game that was released in 2012. We’re talking a full-scale remaster of the thrilling 2005 creation, that understandably was the highest selling game in the Need for Speed franchise.

Working your way up the ‘Blacklist’, your aim was to cause as much mayhem as possible in order to get enough reputation to take on your next rival on the leaderboard, eventually working your way to the final boss, Razor. You’ll probably remember his trademark Mustang with flame vinyls from the beginning of the game, well he takes your striped M3 GTR as the main player is incarcerated, and proceeds to use this against you in the final boss races of the game… don’t worry, you can get it back though. We need Need For Speed to return to it’s original hot blooded street racing lineage, come on EA!

GTA: San Andreas


There’s no argument that the GTA franchise has always pleased us with new additions, and the current next-gen games are nothing less than pleasing. However, there’s just something that, no matter how good new instalments are, always takes us back to this one. GTA: San Andreas was an absolute highlight of the franchise, released in 2004 / 2005.  Set in the fictional U.S. state of San Andreas, you play the role of our loveable main hero/ murderer/ criminal Carl “CJ” Johnson, and is often considered one of the best video games ever made.

Imagine CJ causing havoc, eliminating rival gangs and clashing with the military forces in next-gen graphics. Rockstar, we beg you.

Elder Scrolls: Oblivion


Released in 2006, yet another trademark creation in a very popular gaming franchise. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion took the gaming scene by storm. Set in the magical world of Cyrodiil, you play the role of the main hero, with a large variety of character customisation options including race and classes.

Cyrodiil is packed full of wonderful beasts and creatures, all for you to fight against or alongside. It is also home to a number of races including humans, orcs, argonians and more, as well as factions including the warriors and thieves guilds… and yes you can join and take part in them all! Escaping from prison, you find yourself entwined in a magical journey as you become the Hero of Kvatch, and attempt to save the world from the Dremora, a demonic race that are frequently appearing alongside the opening of portals to their universe, known as Oblivion Gates.

The game also featured hundreds of side-quests and tasks, as well as a very fun Arena in which you are pitted against other highly skilled warriors in a gladiator-style fight to the death, for sport.

XBOX ONE saw the release of The Elder Scrolls Online, but we’d all love to be thrown back into this game see the Oblivion Gates in all their next-gen glory.

Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You! Review (Spoilers Ahead)



Your favourite trainer from Pallet Town is back in the newest instalment to the world-wide franchise ‘Pokemon the Movie: I Choose You!’. The flick retells the origins of Ash Ketchum and Pikachu whilst touching upon some of the biggest and most influential moments of the first ever series… but not how you’d remember them.

Being a passionate fan and loyal fan of the Pokemon franchise since childhood, both TV and game, the cinema release of ‘Pokemon the Movie: I choose you’ wasn’t something I was going to miss out on. The theatre was inevitably packed out with 90’s kids and adults alike who definitely were not embarrassed to admit their love for the anime. If you’re like me, one thing you must remember when watching this, is that we are no longer the target audience. At times, the events and story moments of the movie are slightly laughable, and a bit ridiculous. However, the younger children in the theatre were absolutely mesmerised by the viewing as much as I would have been at that age watching the original ones.


Celebrating the 20th anniversary, it follows Ash’s search for the legendary Pokemon Ho-Oh, that he is lucky enough to catch a glimpse of during his very first day as a Pokemon trainer. Guided by the rainbow wing, a mystical feather bestowed upon him by Ho-Oh, he faces a gruelling journey through forest and mountain to find the legendary bird. Rough terrain aren’t the only troublesome things awaiting Ash though as he comes across an array of new cold-hearted rivals. Despite being set in a newly designed and aesthetically beautiful Kanto, Pokemon of all generations are featured, including cameos from the new generations in Sun and Moon.

The movies new spin on familiar events from the original series is surprisingly refreshing. Charmander gets an all new (and even more upsetting) origin story of how he joins Ash’s team, accompanying a strong and emotional story arc. You can also expect a number of twists on the recruitment of some of Ash’s other influential team-mates, and their progressions and growth, namely how and when they evolved throughout his journeys. Plus, the return of arguably one of the most favourite characters throughout the entire Pokemon franchise, Ash’s Charizard (insert multiple heart-eyed emojis here).


Personally, I felt that this instalment had the strongest and most dynamic storyline and development out of all the movies, which is exciting and alluring enough to keep any Poke fan’s eyes on the screen. Ash is accompanied by two completely new characters (there’s no Brock or Misty) who are actually likeable and interesting, aiding the stories progression rather well. They do however feel even more of back-seat characters than usual as their stories or origins are blatantly ignored despite subtle references, and they aren’t really developed upon, as they follow Ash around and contribute only where needed. Team Rocket also make a number of appearances in probably their most pointless and frustrating roles since ever.

All in all, if you’re a fan, I would absolutely recommend channeling your inner-child and going to see this. I would emphasise that you shouldn’t expect an award winning masterpiece of scripting and story-telling but this addition just had something extra that other movies didn’t. Plus theres a moment towards the end of the movie with Pikachu that will have you picking up your jaw and rubbing your eyes, seriously.

Anyway, I’m heading off to go look for my old GameBoy.