Five Retro Games That Deserve a Re-Do

“What If” is a familiar term in video game history. What if this game didn’t play like this? Or what if this developer worked on this game, instead of so and so? While it fuels debate and keeps the conversation going, more often than not, fans’ suggested changes just wouldn’t work. In this exclusive Old School Gamer Magazine list, we share five retro games that would benefit immensely from a few small tweaks or a complete re-do altogether. 

The Lord of the Rings: Vol One: Billed as an Action RPG with Multiplayer and real-time combat, Interplay’s take on the Tolkien epic franchise deserves a complete redo. Taking a note from Capcom’s Knights of the Round, it would be far better as a beat-em-up with upgradable characters and cut-scenes to introduce and build the story. Because as it is, it’s far too ambitious a title for the SNES and doesn’t deliver. 

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Often regarded as one of the worst games of all-time, E.T. deserves two things- a decent instruction manual that teaches you how to play and better collision detection so you don’t fall into pits every five seconds. 

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