5 Previous-Gen Multiplayer Games That Should Be Remade For Next-Gen

I’ll admit, next-gen life isn’t as glamorous as it’s made out to be. After hype for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One’s launch – along with their not-so-extensive list of first- and third-party launch titles – has died down, I find myself staring into an empty abyss of non-existent next-gen multiplayer games asking myself, “what do I play now?”

Clearly, things will get better, but right now, neither indie nor AAA developers can simply poop out new IPs or high-effort sequels on a whim for the sake of satisfying our next-gen gaming needs. So what do we do, other than settle for the yearly offering of Call of Duty and Battlefield?

Perhaps, instead of looking to the future, we should be looking at the past, and at games that we continue to hold dear to our hearts today and that still deserve a place in our disc drives. Maybe, if developers thought ahead and pre-planned re-releases of some of their greatest games on next-gen consoles, we’d actually have a satisfying library exciting games to play on our shiny new hardware. Instead, we find ourself stuck in a post-launch lull, waiting for titles like Titanfall, Destiny, The Division, and Halo 5 to lift our spirits.

So, in no particular order, here are five previous-gen multiplayer games that I think deserve a home on next-gen.

Borderlands 2

Gearbox had a really good thing going with Borderlands 2. It might be the oldest title on this list, but with no “Borderlands 3″ in sight, I believe that with the support the studio is still giving this title, it would do wonders on next-gen. As is stands, there really aren’t any AAA loot-driven co-op shooters on either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One that do the genre justice. A lot of Borderlands fans may be excited for Destiny, which appears to offer something very similar but in an MMO setting, but September is still a ways away. Let’s bring the co-op fun to next-gen.

Borderlands 2

Crysis 3

Graphically, Crysis 3 is an obvious candidate for a next-gen makeover. It was already next-gen when it launched last February and melted PCs everywhere. With the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One’s architectures mimicking that of a high-end PC’s, I don’t really see what’s stopping Crytek from porting Crysis 3 over to those systems. The game already looks fantastic and would require nearly no visual tweaking to what they’ve already got going on with the PC version. It’s true, the Crysis 3 community has certainly dwindled down and withered away since release, but perhaps a next-gen boost would give this title a breath of fresh air that I think it deserves.

Crysis 3

Halo 4

This is another game that I think many many Halo fans, including myself, would still be playing today if they didn’t have to dig up their Xbox 360 out of the closet. Okay, the console isn’t that old, but not everyone might have their Xbox One and Xbox 360 hooked up to the TV at the same time. That, and when you have games like Call of Duty: Ghosts and Battlefield 4 that are currently soaking up the time of most FPS gamers, it doesn’t leave much reason to revisit one of the best previous-gen Halo games ever made. Yes, it had a rocky start, but through constant support from the development team at 343 Industries, Halo 4 eventually turned into a noble entry that had some really good things going for it mid-life cycle and beyond. I think it would really blossom if its visuals and frame rate were improved enough to warrant a re-release on the Xbox One. Halo 5 might be just over the horizon, but until then, nothing is really filling the void for that signature style of high time-to-kill arena FPS gameplay. If not a Halo 4 re-make, Halo 2 will do just as nicely.

Halo 4

The Last of Us

There is still so much to experience in this gem of a multiplayer game. It’s a shame that the PlayStation 4′s next-gen appeal might sway TLOU lovers away from the truly unique multiplayer gameplay Naughty Dog concocted with this title. Given that this game is still so fresh, I think a re-make is completely warranted so that its current PlayStation 3 community doesn’t die off as quickly as it currently is. With no “The Last of Us 2″ anywhere in sight, Naughty Dog would do well to give The Last of Us a second life on the PlayStation 4.

TLOU

Grand Theft Auto Online

Another obvious choice. Grand Theft Auto 5 and its multiplayer component, Grand Theft Auto Online, are still alive and kicking on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but give this game a home on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 (and even PC), and you’ve got yourself a knock-out next-gen title that gamers will be playing well into 2014 and beyond. As it stands, I don’t see GTA Online sticking around after titles like Titanfall, Destiny, and The Division show up later this year, despite the amazing support Rockstar has been giving it. With the recently released content creator and more downloadable content on the way (Heists, customization options, missions, etc), it’s a shame that those who’ve jumped ship to next-gen and have abandoned previous-gen altogether will miss out on all that GTA goodness. A re-release is definitely in order for this title.

GTA V

Bonus – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

It’s not a multiplayer game, but for the love of Talos, Bethesda, bring this sucker to next-gen. I can’t push my wallet through the computer screen fast enough.

Skyrim

That does it for my round-up of five – or six – multiplayer games that I think deserve re-makes on the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. Though I tried sticking to titles that I thought were reasonable or likely candidates, I’m sure I’ve missed a few. Let me know in the comments if you agree, or if there are any other titles you’d like to see re-made for next-gen that I failed to mention. If you can’t think of any multiplayer games, bring on the single-player titles. I’m excited to hear your thoughts!

David Veselka
Co-Founder / Editor-in-Chief
Musician, Gamer, Geek.
  • Gannon

    A combination of all 3 modern warfares, bringing some of the best aspects from each game into one.

    • Katana67

      Sad seeing this get downvoted blindly, likely by folks who haven’t even thought of it. Granted, it doesn’t really qualify as a “port/remake” as it is seemingly a new experience.

      Just as a general list, I’d have…
      - CoD4′s maps and perks, with a few tweaks to the latter.
      - MW2′s killstreaks
      - MW3′s attachment system (well, I’d rather have the attachments system of Ghosts/BO2)
      - Sprinkles of weapons from each one, mostly CoD4 and MW2 though.

      • Gannon

        Hah thats alright. I was expecting it. I recognize it wouldn’t be a straight port. But its an idea.

      • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

        You think they have long since done that but it’s hard when you have 2 different Call of Duty games. Killzone:Shadow Fall incorporated elements of 2 and 3. Battlefield 4 incorporates elements of destruction from BC2 /3 and improved on it as well as the Commander function of 2 and 2142. And Halo 4 did some of what 3 and Reach had, but apparently people didn’t like that.

      • Ryan Schulze

        MW2′s killstreaks would be okay, if the Nuke was tossed. The Nuke was a fun-sucking awful implementation of a killstreak. That started driving me to give up on COD since there’s nothing that could more clearly state that it’s a “me first” game. The hacking then killed MW2 for me. Bought and ended up shelving BO1 and MW3, but it was the Nuke in MW2 that started killing the joy I found in COD.

    • zacflame

      I would just prefer one with Infected.

  • sd94

    As usual, MAG goes totally unnoticed. :(

    I’d love a remastered version on PS4 if a full sequel isn’t in the cards. Seriously underrated game.

    • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

      It definitely crossed my mind, but I thought I’d stick to more recent titles that sort of still have/had a life through this awkward transition period. Still would be pretty sweet, regardless.

    • Siri Nietzsche

      whats MAG?

      • jj16802
        • Siri Nietzsche

          thanks! this game looks really good, surprised I never heard of it under my PC-elitism-rock. 256 players per map? really?

          • jj16802

            Domination mode has that number. The other modes can support from 64 to 128 players.

          • DarthDiggler

            You were segmented a bit, lots of terrain and buildings to block peeps off, but still big firefights and teamwork was essential.

            • Siri Nietzsche

              Wow! Cool to see consoles get some love from developers in the realm of 64+ multiplayer fps games! I am really enjoying Red Orchestra 2/Rising Storm at the moment for similar gameplay elements that MAG seems to bring to the table. Very cool!

    • jj16802

      Well they would have to bring back Zipper Interactive just like they did with SCE Liverpool. And maybe they will have more than 256 players, just like the Just Cause 2 MP mod did. MAG is deserving a sequel.

      • sd94

        Liverpool was revived as an independent dev, not by Sony. Zipper was the cause of their own downfall though, SOCOM 4 was so bad.

        • jj16802

          They had about a year after MAG came out to scrape up SOCOM 4. Can you really blame them?

          • sd94

            Zipper was probably big enough that they had multiple teams going, but I wasn’t talking about how quickly the game may or may not have been made. Zipper basically took all the money they got from MAG and put it towards SOCOM, and had very few people maintaining MAG afterwards. If the game was never made (or at least given another year or two) I figure MAG would’ve lasted longer.

    • MC-ARNIE

      Logged in just to upvote this comment! Absolutely loved MAG, it was the reason I bought a PS3 instead of my FOURTH 360 and never looked back since. The game itself has been pretty much dead for a while now, and the servers shut off completely next month :( RIP Zipper!…….. And all the best to their devs on whatever projects they are noe working on :)

    • http://bu3ouf91.tumblr.com/ Vincent

      Totally agree, MAG should be re-mastered to PS4 as PS Plus Free game :D

    • Hammad Khan

      I’m saddened by the lack of Warhawk in this list. One of the greatest MP PS3 games ever made.

      • sd94

        Warhawk was fantastic as well, unfortunately I arrived on that scene really late and the learning curve was too much for me. :(

    • DarthDiggler

      Agreed, MAG had it’s issues, but nothing that the PS4 couldn’t handle. To be fair though, I would prefer they drop the MAG (Massive Action Game isn’t a title it’s a description) and maybe play up the “Shadow War” aspects.

      Zipper is no more, but I wouldn’t 100% count MAG out in the long term. While it wasn’t a big commercial success, it did attract a pretty loyal player-base. May return with micro-transactions.

      • sd94

        I’ve been advocating for a return as a F2P for some time now. If they called it “MAG: Shadow War” or something like that, cleaned up the animations, improved textures, and bumped things up to 1080p and 60fps I would be so happy. Maybe tweak how quickly you earn credits and bump the price of everything a bit so microtransactions aren’t completely pointless, keep the $0.99 a month for extra character slots, and they’re set. With all the DLC added in and post-2.0 update, the game was so much better. Unfortunately so many people had left the game behind by then. :/

  • Benjamin

    Crysis can gtfo. The way Crytek conduct themselves with the multiplayer is an absolute disgrace.

    • sd94

      The way Crytek conducts themselves in general, really. The fact they decided to call out Naughty Dog, Bungie, and more before Crysis 2… Hilarious. They aren’t even in the same universe as those developers.

      • Benjamin

        Definitely. The fact they’re still making games is beyond me. Ryse is a half assed game if I ever I saw one.

        • DarthDiggler

          They make great engines, they need to offload the game development to another more creative team. Also it wouldn’t hurt if they maintained uniformity in their stories.

    • Just saying

      I think Crysis should go as open world single player game (if they decided to make a sequel). I liked the SP campaign but MP was shit.

    • Siri Nietzsche

      Except Crisis 2 and especially 3 multiplayer was AMAZING, one of the only AAA games to divert from the COD formula and do a great job at those innovations. Not to mention the Crisis 3 maps were spectacular.

      • Benjamin

        I hope your comment is infused with a heavy dose of sarcasm. If not, then what you just said is so far from the truth it’s almost offensive. The multiplayer in both of those games was so broken it was a disgrace. Much worse than anything happening with BF4 at the moment. And the maps were far from innovative. I would say they were pretty generic actually. If you truly think they were amazing then you’re bought and paid for or you have extremely low standards.

      • Hammad Khan

        WTF Crysis 2 MP was a STRAIGHT copy of Call of Duty’s. Perk system (suits), killstreaks (almost the same as CoD’s), stealth was completely broken and abused.

  • Shane Asman

    Still waiting on my next-gen Road Rash.

    • RASHRAGE

      You have just made my Sunday morning! I swear, i have no interest in next gen consoles but if they announced a new road rash, i would be in line today!

    • DigitalDaniel

      It’s currently in development under the name Road Redemption. Surely doesn’t look like a nextgen game when looking at the graphics. But the game is in alpha stage I believe. And I could care less about nextgen graphics if the gameplay is great.

  • SamRock

    Gears of War too!

    • DerpSlayer

      2006 called…..

    • SamRock

      @VotesDown Care to explain why Gears shouldn’t be be remade for Next Gen? I think its the only Solid IP after Halo that MS has got.

      • Tank Buster

        I agree, amazing game and would be awesome on next gen

  • Ricardo

    I would love for a Bioshock Infinite remake for the PS4 and X1.

    • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

      That is definitely a must-be-remade-for-next-gen title right there. It’s not like they need to improve upon the visuals either. Was already a next-gen game on PC.

      • DerpSlayer

        Bioshock Infinite is already on next gen. Its called a PC. Why should they pour resources into making Xbone and PS4 versions of the game when these new consoles just launched and a relatively small amount of people have them compared to PC/360/PS3?

        Newsflash: Most publishers aren’t going to “remake” titles for next gen, they’ll wait until the new consoles reach a little more of a critical mass of installed base and then plan their sequels to run on them.

        • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

          “Bioshock Infinite is already on next gen. Its called a PC.” Did you read my comment? That’s more or less what I said. Also, like I mentioned to Benjamin, if Crystal Dynamics would do with with Tomb Raider, why is it such a crazy notion that 2K Games might with Infinite as well?

          “Newsflash: Most publishers aren’t going to “remake” titles for next gen, they’ll wait until the new consoles reach a little more of a critical mass of installed base and then plan their sequels to run on them.” You guys are taking things way too seriously. Man. Try to have some fun! It’s okay to dream.

          • Benjamin

            I think that’s the point though, it’s not really a dream to have those games on next gen as they’re so recent. A couple of them I’m glad to see the back of!

            • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

              “Treat softly for you tread on my dreams” Like I said, it’s just a fun list potential re-releases that I would personally pick up, or re-releases I think others might be interested in – all of which are games people might still be playing today if the next-gen consoles never launched, hence why they are so recent. I’d LOVE to do up a list of older I think could be re-made, but that’s an entirely different article!

          • DarthDiggler

            Given the new hardware in the next gen consoles there really isn’t a huge leap from PC code to PS4 / XBONE code. Tomb Raider may just be a test for this.

        • Siri Nietzsche

          THANK YOU!!! Its called a PC.

          • DarthDiggler

            I use PCs at work. :) LOL

        • Mike

          Ps. this guy is a asshole. Every comment rude and pc only mentality is pretty ugly, my opinion.

          • James Mulhall

            Your opinion is fact in this case sadly. ;-;

    • Benjamin

      I really don’t see the point. The core experience would be no different, it would just be a graphical boost, and thus a waste of time.

      • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

        Tell that to the Crystal Dynamics dev team. Did you miss the Tomb Raider remake news?

        • Benjamin

          But you’re talking as if the Tomb Raider re-release is a good thing…

          • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

            For some people, it is. Just like an Infinite re-release might be. My point still stands. You can’t really dictate what is a good thing and what is not for other people.

          • DarthDiggler

            I may pick it up a second time. I liked it for PS3 and the new edition is much more than an upscale.

    • Siri Nietzsche

      why do all you people want next gen versions of games that are already Next Gen ON THE PC????

      • Mike

        This guy is just trying to start a war.

  • QuickSilver83

    If I was brand new to gaming and the first console I had ever owned was an XBO or a PS4 I would be inclined to agree, but as I’ve already got a PS3 and a XB360 (I’m sure many here also have one or both) I have to say the suggested game ports seem rather pointless. While porting these games to the next gen consoles probably wouldn’t require much effort, the payback seems less than arguable. Anyone who keeps up with gaming has probably already bought the games listed and either still plays them on the old gen consoles or has already thrown these games to the bone pile, a little polishing for the XBO or PS4 wouldn’t be worth even say $30 just to replay. Even if someone decided to repurchase these titles for the next gen and you had some first time customers, the main effect on the gaming community would only be to split the online player base between the two console generations further diluting an already dwindling gamer pool as I’m sure the communities for all these games has shrunk considerably since the months after their release. It’s a nice idea in theory but the practical application is probably a losing battle for the developers and the players.
    Just sayin,
    QS83

    • Benjamin

      It’s a really poor list imo. Crysis 3 and Halo 4 had terrible multiplayer (both extremely laggy). Borderlands is fine on current gen. And I don’t think many people are really clamouring to get The Last of Us on next gen for the multiplayer.

      As for Skyrim, just wait for the next iteration in the series, rather than wasting resources porting it across.

      If you’re going to talk about remaking games for current gen, one needs to go back much further than the past couple of years.

      • DanDustEmOff

        We must have played different game, Crysis 3 was an awesome shooter on the PC. Dedicated server’s, awesome graphics, tons of great game modes and a fair amount of support for such a sparsely populated game. The servers were great too, I never struggled to find a server with any game type and always had a 14-25 ms ping

      • Michael W

        I think you should rename yourself to “Benjamin Butthurt” Cause you are doing an awful lot of crying on this post.

        Crysis 3 was a great game both off and online but could not hold my interest after I 100% the game. Halo 4 was fantastic period end of story (anyone saying different is just butthurt its not made buy Bungie). I agree with Borderlands but its still a great game that could people busy on next-gen till more games come out. The Last of Us would have been fun on next gen. It would be more for the visual upgrade people would expect, not the terable multiplayer.
        Skyrim looks so much better on PC, to have the visual improvements on next gen is just a crime. I would buy that game all day, every day to play it again.
        Also this list was made for recent games only. Things that would be easy ports from PC not total remakes.

  • WomenAreStupid

    What about Far Cry 3? That game is fucking awesome

    • Mike

      People didnt like multiplayer I guess but I didnt care to play it but I adored the campaign to death. Ubi should ditch the multiplayer anyways and stick with a great story.

      • DarthDiggler

        Ubi MP is kind of meh in my book. Why they didn’t bring multiplayer ships to AC4 is beyond me, that is a no-brainer.

    • jaskdavis

      Far Cry 3 was my 2012 Game of the Year for sure!

    • sd94

      Far Cry 3 had a fantastic single player mode, but the multiplayer was a poorly made COD knockoff IMO.

  • DerpSlayer

    The smarter move for Gearbox is to plan Borderlands 3 for Xbone & PS4. By then there will be more of the consoles installed. For now it doesn’t make much sense to sink resources into remakes for consoles that not that many people have yet relative to the numbers of 360/PS3/PC players.

    More games NOW for the nextgen consoles are ultimately MS & Sony’s problem, not the publisher’s problem.

  • swipe_06

    I thought BF3 would make the list.

    • Aaron Williams

      And Halo 3. Not the worst halo ever made.

      • Alex Melendez

        worst ever made? Halo 4 was on the top 3. (opinion)

        • http://www.facebook.com/datkidfromawendaw Clay Johnson

          I agree. People just dislike that there’s more to Halo now than just shooting.

          • Aaron Williams

            Lol yeah who would dislike a 1st person shooter because its now about how cheap someone can play. The list for why its shit is endless lol. But the lack of people on it says enough

        • Aaron Williams

          Lol Halo Wars > Halo 4

          • Alex Melendez

            Damn, you really do have bad taste in games. Either way im happy playing the games i like.

            • Aaron Williams

              Lol no i have decent taste in games. Thats why i can admit Halo 4 was trash. Its just a dust collector.

    • Gannon

      If bf4 had bf3s maps it would be perfect I think.

      • swipe_06

        I rather have the old game as it is, the good changes in BF4 are too few.

  • http://thatk1d.tumblr.com/ Bill Flocka Cosby

    I think GTA V might make it to next gen because Rockstar has been telling everyone to watch the newsfeed when someone tweets them about a PC release so if it comes to PC there could be a possibility that it could come to next gen also.

    • Mike

      Personally think its great GTA V didnt make it to PC.. Just because those guys are ignorant.

      • jj16802

        It wouldn’t make sense from a business point of view unless your goal is to make less money.

        • idefaultzz

          or maybe.. to make more considering all the people who pirate GTA on PC LOL

          • http://thatk1d.tumblr.com/ Bill Flocka Cosby

            Keep thinking that…
            http://i.imgur.com/7bOndXK.png
            http://i.imgur.com/R1C4mCW.png
            And that’s not even all of them. Those were just the top few with the most seeds.

            • idefaultzz

              lmfao dude those are the playstation 3 versions and ps2. go look at the PC versions. There are over 2000 seeders and leechers. http://thepiratebay.se/search/GTA%20IV/0/7/0

            • http://thatk1d.tumblr.com/ Bill Flocka Cosby

              My point was that console gamers pirate too. You made it seem like only pc gamers pirate.

            • idefaultzz

              oh my bad, but you have to consider the majority lies in PC pirating.

      • http://thatk1d.tumblr.com/ Bill Flocka Cosby

        There are console gamers who act the same.

    • Ryan Schulze

      As someone who was convinced that GTA would show up on Next Gen, I’m not so sure anymore. How many people that really want it, don’t already own it? I thought I’d hold out for a next gen version, but gave in and dropped $60 on it just weeks before the PS4 came out. I still go back to it and I don’t feel like I’m playing on an inferior system. GTA V looks so good and plays so well on the 360, I don’t know that the next gen bump in graphics would be a real seller.

  • VEX_VEHIX

    Great article, David. I can’t believe they rushed next-gen consoles without a variety of MP titles at launch. The balls of these people.

    P.S. SOCOM 2′s true sequel or HD remake! <– Previous-previous-gen title which deserves another shot in the limelight. :)

  • Mike

    I want to play The Last of Us campaign so bad.. I went from a 360 to Ps4 so I missed out on all the exclusive PS games. I’m not excited about anything right now, Battlefield is a mess and Cod blows goats.. Destiny is what I’m pumped for being a Borderlands fan and The Division looks tits. I want to play Uncharted also, I just want to play the story but I have zero care to play multiplayer in any of those games. I’m still a single player gamer I guess, I did like BF3 online though. Shitty players ruined me from multiplayer.

  • jj16802

    If 4A Games ever decide to finish the originally planned multiplayer mode, then Metro: Last Light could benefit from the new hardware.

  • http://mp1st.com/ David Veselka

    Thanks for your feedback guys! I should make clear something I may not have in the article: rather than choosing ANY game that I thought could be a candidate for a re-released, I stuck with titles that still sort of have a community going or still might have some life to it that might have been cut short by the release of next-gen consoles. Therefore, they are all more recent titles.

    Basically, I chose games that people *might* still be playing today – or might be playing more of – if the X1 or PS4 never launched.

    Of course, there are a TON of older games I’d love to see so come back, but that’s an entirely different article all together! :)

    • Ryan Schulze

      Love the concept and I truly hope the studios are thinking the same way you are. With nothing else out there, my minor interest in Tomb Raider has really increased and since I missed out on The Last Of Us and love the multiplayer concept and the tense brutality of the matches I’ve watched, I would buy that day one. Had not considered Borderlands 2, but they are definitely still supporting it. People are still playing it. And there’s a VITA version coming. So, give us a PS4 version and I’d probably buy it day one also. I haven’t played, but everyone I know that has simply raves about it and is still playing.

    • jaskdavis

      If they give me GTA 5 on next gen with better textures, Draw Distance, 60fps, 1080p and 32-64 Player online, I will buy day one!

  • Gannon

    Star Wars Battlefront

    • swipe_06

      I think your wish will come true pretty soon. Question is, how good it will be.

  • zacflame

    It’s funny because today, I took about 4 minutes out of the day to reconnect my PS3 to play Skyrim, due to Warframe being sickening after awhile if that’s all you have.
    Still can’t reach that “high” you get when Skyrim was new, as if Skyrim were a drug.

  • Tank Buster

    Paperboy
    Wing Commander
    BF 1942
    Socom
    GOW

  • TheFetard

    WarHawk and Starhawk

  • Bennie_Hair

    I would happily repurchase both The Last of Us and GTAV

  • awkenney

    I didn’t really enjoy any of the above-mentioned games. I am really stoked for Tomb Raider Definitive Edition though. And I’d love to see a F.E.A.R. title on next-gen or something equivocally original.

  • Alvaro Munive

    And hat about dark souls? Maybe on next gen the multiplayer will perform in a better way. I’m hoping that dark souls 2 arrive in next gen consoles too.

  • Oag0

    No borderlands 2 has been here way to long. It’s time for it to die.

  • falahcod

    You forgot DMC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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