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The Video Game HD Collections We Need
I love me some HD Collections. It isn’t so much the remastering of classic games so much as having a bunch of my favorites in one place and easily accessible. Some see it as milking (and I could agree in God of War’s case) but being able to condense your gaming library and making it easy to play so many good games at once is a great thing.
I think back to Mega Man Anniversary and X Collection and how I used to play the crap out of those. It was great having all of those games in one place. Fast forward to now and we have shelves littered with HD Collections for Devil May Cry, Sly Cooper, Silent Hill, Metal Gear Solid, and much more.
I believe HD Collections have a place in gaming but for me there are several big collections missing.
Final Fantasy HD Collection #1 to #6
There are easily 6 HD Collections that you could get out of Final Fantasy. I doubt we’ll ever see that massive franchise anniversary bundle come to America so we’ll have to deal with this method. How could the Collections be split up?
- Collection #1: Final Fantasy I (Dawn of Souls Edition), Final Fantasy II (Dawn of Souls Edition), Final Fantasy III (DS Edition)
- Collection #2: Final Fantasy IV (Complete Edition), Final Fantasy V (GBA Edition), Final Fantasy VI (GBA Edition)
- Collection #3: Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy IX
- Collection #4: Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2, Final Fantasy XII
- Collection #5: Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII-3
- Collection #6: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII, Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Dissidia Duodecim: Final Fantasy (Vita release only)
Knowing Square, each of these would have its own countdown clock and website. Still, having these all available on consoles and the Vita would be nice. Though Collection #5 would only be on consoles, it’s still a nice way to own all of the main Final Fantasy games. We’d also have to wait until XIII-3 has been out for quite some time.
Forza HD Collection
I’m not much of a racing game fan but Forza always has my attention. The way the game plays as it slowly goes from holding your hand and then letting you take full control is great. I never feel like I’m just being let go onto these race tracks and holding onto my controller for dear life. The auctions and customization are also great and robust.
I’d like to see Forza 3, Forza 4, and Forza: Horizons in one package. I felt that the series really came into its own and stood out starting with the third game. Since then, the series has been getting better and better. While I think Horizons is just a placeholder until the next Xbox comes out and Forza 5 is announced, it’s still very fun to play. These are some of the premier racing games available and they really need their own collection.
Halo Deluxe Bungie Collection
This would be a big one. I can’t see Microsoft doing this without making it a limited run package. It would most likely be expensive and come with something special like a Guilty Spark game case or something to house the discs.
The collection would include: Halo: Anniversary Edition, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo: ODST, and Halo Reach. It would also include some sort of DVD celebrating Bungie’s famous game series, all the work they put into it, and some sort of preview for Destiny. Unfortunately, being a Bungie collection means no Halo Wars or Halo 4. Plus, we all know Microsoft is going to wait Halo 4 in its own overpriced collection down the line.
The Legend of Zelda Collection #1 to #4
- Old School: The Legend of Zelda, The Adventure of Link, A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening DX, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons (3DS)
- New Era: Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, Four Swords Adventures (Wii U)
- Portable: The Minish Cap, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, Four Swords: Anniversary Edition (3DS)
- Next Generation: Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword (Wii U)
That makes just about every Zelda available in a collected state. For a legendary franchise like this, who wouldn’t want this? It is basically screaming, “money!”
Mario & Luigi Collection
The 3DS needs some more love. The handhelds from Nintendo have had a great run with role-playing Mario games. The Mario & Luigi series are some of the best games on their respective systems and bringing them all to the 3DS with 3D support, enhanced touch controls, and even some StreetPass features would be awesome.
The collection would have Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, and Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story.
Mega Man Battle Network Collection
I loved these games. The collection aspect and customization was some of my favorite things to do in gaming back when the GBA was king. I really miss the EXE games and I’ve been harking for another one or a reboot since I can’t get into the “spiritual successor” in Star Force. This would have to be done on the 3DS to be able to house all of the games on one cart.
The collection would include: Mega Man Battle Network, Mega Man Battle Network 2, Mega Man Battle Network 3 (White and Blue), Mega Man Battle Network 4 (Red Sun and Blue Moon), Mega Man Battle Network 5 (Double Team), Mega Man Battle Network 6 (Cybeast Falzer and Cybeast Gregar), and Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge.
Paper Mario Collection
Who says Collections can only be for 360, PS3, and Samus? The Wii U has a huge range of games from the N64, Gamecube, and now the Wii that can be done in Collections. Let’s start with some role-playing Mario. Paper Mario houses some of the best Mario experiences (sans Sticker Star– no thanks). It would be awesome to have Paper Mario, Thousand-Year Door, and Super Paper Mario on one disc. If they could spruce up the resolution a bit, add some Gamepad features, and incorporate Miiverse into the three games, this could be a great collection.
Pokemon Collections #1 to #5
Pokemon is huge and it needs to start having some collections. I doubt Nintendo would allow a super collection on the Wii U which would have every game in the following five collections. That would be awesome and a huge seller but let’s be real here. If Pokemon going to start having collections, we’re going to see a number of them.
- Gen I Collection: Red/Fire Red, Blue/Leaf Green, Yellow, Pinball, Trading Card Game
- Gen II Collection: Gold/Heart Gold, Silver/Soul Silver, Crystal, Puzzle Challenge
- Gen III Collection: Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, Dash
- Gen IV Collection: Diamond, Pearl, Platinum
- Gen V Collection #1: Black, White, Conquest
It would be some time before we see Black 2 and White 2 in a collection. Still, I see system seller status on a few of those collections. It may be hard to have all of those on one 3DS cartridge (especially Gens III to V) but these would be amazing to own. If only we could have all of these available on the Wii U as a deluxe Pokemon collection of something. That would be the release of a lifetime.
Shin Megami Tensei HD Collection #1
I say #1 because there are plenty of HD Collections that can be made out of Shin Megami Tensei. For #1, though, I’d like to see Nocturne, Digital Devil Saga, and Digital Devil Saga 2 on one disc. These are unique, quirky, and challenging games but also some of the best in terms of atmosphere and story on the PS2. For those who never played these three games, getting into them is going to feel really weird. The atmosphere feels tense, uneasy, and in Nocturne’s case, empty and even frightening.
These are some of the best traditional JRPGs out there, in my opinion. They have to be remastered and put onto current or next gen systems (we’re getting close to that time frame when we need to say that, huh?)
Shin Megami Tensei HD Collection: Persona Edition
As I was writing the first one, another popped into my head. This would have to be a Vita exclusive in order to include the best available editions. This Persona Edition would include Persona, Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Persona 3 Portable, and Persona 4 Golden — hopefully on one cartridge.
Being exclusive on the Vita might irk some but they are already all available on the Vita’s PSN store and bundling them all for $59.99 would be a great deal. This would be an amazing deal for Vita owners and the system could all of those it can possibly have. All four of these games featured expertly crafted stories, amazing characters, tons of replay, and could have the best extras on any collection. Having full soundtracks, background images for the Vita, and who knows what else?
This would be a monster hit as a lot of wrestling fans think various games from the WWF/WWE series are better than others. You also always hear No Mercy, Here Comes the Pain, and Smackdown vs. Raw 2006 talked about a lot. This collection would include as much as possible to give wrestling fans an easy way to remember the old days before WWE ’12.
The Day of Reckoning Collection would come with: WWE Wrestlemania XIX, WWE Day of Reckoning, and WWE Day of Reckoning 2.
The New Era Collection would come with: WWE All Stars, WWE ’12, and WWE ’13.