10 Other Classic Rockstar Games That Need to Be Remastered For Modern Systems


imageAfter much speculation, Rockstar Games has formally announced the upcoming release of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition on all consoles, PC and mobile devices.The trifecta of Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas has defined a generation of gamers, with the three games effectively changing the entire gaming landscape to focus on the open-world experience.While they are the three shining examples of Rockstar Games’ ingenuity, there are still more games in their back catalog that deserve to be remastered for modern systems.So here are ten older Rockstar titles that should definitely get a new lease on life.Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars Notable for being the only Grand Theft Auto game to star an Asian protagonist, Chinatown Wars was also a throwback to the series’ roots.With its top-down perspective and specific platform features between the Nintendo DS and PSP, this game is a rarity among Rockstar’s catalog and could use some love in the 2020s.Bully A game that simply took the Grand Theft Auto formula and recontextualised it for a boarding school setting, it quickly became one of the most controversial games in Rockstar’s history.Nevertheless, it also remains to be one the studio’s most beloved games, with many fans hoping that it would get a remaster or a full-on sequel someday.

Midnight Club Quadrilogy Rockstar and its many subsidiaries have strayed away from the racing game genre, though they definitely manage to weave in some elements into Grand Theft Auto V’s driving segments and mechanics.The Midnight Club games proved that the studio had the chops to go against the Need for Speed and Burnout franchises, and it deserves to be revived once more.The Warriors Based on the cult classic 1979 film, The Warriors is still regarded as one of the best licensed video games of all time, outshining other game adaptations of films from that era like Scarface and The Godfather.What it does well was to flesh out the world of The Warriors as we see in the film, with players getting to experience most of it in a 3D beat ‘em up game style.Beaterator Regarded as less of a game and more of a musical creation tool, Beaterator was a collaboration between Rockstar and music producer Timbaland.It allowed gamers to compose their own music through a user-friendly interface and even use Beaterator as a sort of live performance tool.

Basically, it turned your PSP into a synthesiser, which was a pretty novel concept at the time.Space Station Silicon Valley Before becoming the Rockstar Games we know today, DMA Designs were keen on making video game experiences for all ages.

They struck gold with the release of the first Grand Theft Auto game in 1997, with the studio releasing the action-adventure platformer Space Station Silicon Valley a year later.Basically, it was a 1998 version of Mario Odyssey but set in a sci-fi setting instead.Body Harvest The same year they released Space Station Silicon Valley, DMA Designs tried to appeal to the 3D shooter crowd on the Nintendo 64 with Body Harvest.Though, unlike GoldenEye or Doom, Body Harvest was a third-person shooter with sprawling levels.You can definitely see the basis for 3D Grand Theft Auto games beginning with Body Harvest’s mechanics.Earthworm Jim 3D While technically only published by Rockstar Games for the Nintendo 64, Earthworm Jim 3D was the quirky space explorer’s first foray into the third dimension.While clunky at times, it is still a worthwhile game to be remastered, especially since 3D platformers are going through a resurgence at the moment.Let’s not forget that Earthworm Jim 4 is finally releasing on the upcoming Intellivision Amico console.

Thrasher: Skate and Destroy If you are into fashion and celebrities, you would be hard-pressed not to find a celebrity adorned in a Thrasher T-shirt at one point or another.

This skateboarding magazine has since grown into an icon, and even released their own video game with Rockstar back in 1999.It was a more realistic take on virtual skateboarding before EA’s Skate series, which was only released in 2007.Red Dead Revolver We’ve spoken at length about [how Rockstar revived] the Red Dead series into the juggernaut it is today.

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again; the first game in the series should be revived for longtime fans.Sure, it’s a lot more arcadey and Spaghetti Western-inspired than what the two Redemption games would go for, but it is still worth revisiting just to explore the series’ roots..

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