Remakes and remasters are being released left and right these days, with nearly every major company bringing back its classic titles with a fresh coat of paint. Sony had the Demon's Souls remake, Nintendo released Super Mario 3D All Stars, and Capcom has remade Resident Evil 2. SEGA is one of the other big names in the industry, with a library of games that dates back to the late 80s. Despite this, the company has yet to make as much of a push for these kinds of games as much as its competition does.
This isn't due to SEGA not having enough content, as that couldn't be further from the truth. If SEGA truly wanted to, it has plenty of material to dive back on and re-release for modern audiences to enjoy. From cult classics to overlooked gems, here are a handful of quality SEGA games that deserve a remake or remaster.
Captain America: Super Soldier
In the early days of the MCU, tie-in video games were released for most of the movies from Phase One. While the games for Iron Man and Thor were extremely mediocre, Cap managed to come out on top with a surprisingly enjoyable action adventure title. While nothing revolutionary, the combat was fun and the story was engaging, so a remaster for modern consoles would allow the droves of new MCU fans to check out this underrated gem.
Alpha Protocol is an action RPG developed by Obsidian, the same studio that would go on to develop beloved titles like The Outer Worlds. The game was seen as very ambitious but a bit rough around the edges, something that a remaster or remake could help remedy. The tricky thing, however, is that although SEGA published the game, Microsoft now owns Obsidian. If a deal can be struck, fans would certainly love a comeback for this overlooked gem.
Created by the same team behind the Yakuza franchise, Binary Domain is one of those games that just came and went when it hit the scene in 2012. Taking place in a dystopian future and featuring third person shooting similar to what's seen in Gears of War, Binary Domain unfortunately didn't find an audience, and for that reason it deserves a second chance on modern consoles.
After the disastrous launch of Aliens: Colonial Marines, it seemed like hopes for a quality video game based on the Alien franchise were all but dashed away. To everyone's surprise however, Alien: Isolation managed to perfectly capture the palpable sense of tension and dread found in the original film. The game did manage to find an audience upon launch, however a remaster for modern platforms would be a welcome decision from SEGA. The stronger hardware and advancement made with 3D audio would only heighten this thrilling experience.
Jet Set Radio
SEGA's final foray into home consoles was the Dreamcast, which did have its impact and legacy on the industry but was ultimately short-lived. The platform did have its fair share of great games, however, with Jet Set Radio being one of them. Following in the footsteps of other extreme sports games of the time like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Jet Set Radio blended exciting gameplay with stunning cel shaded graphics. Modern technology could make for an even more beautiful environment to skate around in.
Technically, there already was a remaster of Shenmue in an HD collection released back in 2018. While this did polish up the visuals, it was still essentially the same game as the 1999 original. Though it still holds up well even by today's standards, a proper remake from the ground up would be a stunning showcase to say the least. The original Shenmue broke new ground in interactive storytelling and graphical achievements, so it would be fitting for a remake to accomplish the same thing.
Lastly, SEGA cannot be mentioned without bringing up its pride and joy, Sonic the Hedgehog. The blue blur is on a roll lately, coming off two successful big screen outings and the excellent Sonic Mania. Sonic Adventure was the breakout transition to 3D for the franchise on the Dreamcast. While a sensation at the time, it has shown some age over the years, with occasionally clunky controls and some awkward visuals. These are minor issues that can easily be fixed with a modern update to this classic SEGA game.
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