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So with all of the HD collections that are already out or are coming out (Silent Hill, Team Ico, Devil May Cry supposedly, Splinter Cell, Metal Gear Solid, Prince of Persia, etc.), I'm sure there's some other HD collections we all way to see. If you want to suggest something, it doesn't have to be an HD collection, just something with two or three games you feel would make a reasonable bundle (by the way, Tekken Hybrid is a pathetic excuse for an HD collection).

I won't have played all of these collections, but I'll list ones that I kind of want to play.

1. Kingdom Hearts

This one is pretty obvious. All we've gotten a taste of from Kingdom Hearts lately are god-awful handheld games that nobody cares about. People should remember why Kingdom Hearts is a great franchise, and what made it popular. As for those who haven't played it, well, all the more power to you if Square Enix ever decides to make this. But maybe they should actually finish Final Fantasy Versus XIII, which will come out around the same time as Half-Life 2: Episode Three.

2. Final Fantasy

Not necessarily for my benefit, but this would certainly be nice. I actually did like Final Fantasy X, if you ask me (just not that one scene... you know the one). This could include Final Fantasy IX if it's possible to actually make that old pixelated nightmare into an HD game (not that it was a bad game, I'm just saying that by today's standards, the graphics are unacceptable). Maybe put in that overrated Final Fantasy VII while you're at it. Or better yet, bundle Final Fantasy VI with it! Yeah, that was an SNES game, but who cares? It'd be cool, right? Feel free to keep out Final Fantasy X-2, though. What that game did right with gameplay it did three times as bad with writing.

3. Jak & Daxter

My guess to the reason why Naughty Dog abandoned this franchise is because they think that the average "hardcore gamer" isn't going to sit well with a cartoon-looking game like Jak & Daxter these days. Too bad they couldn't be further from the truth. I enjoyed Ratchet & Clank back in the day (it wasn't really that good, though). But I never did play Jak & Daxter. At first (many years ago), I thought it was a ripoff of Ratchet & Clank, until I figured out Jak & Daxter came first. Also, Naughty Dog and Insomniac are homies (yes, I said homies), so I guess it's cool. It'd be nice to play these classics that many people were talking about, though. Jak & Daxter 1-3 would be my request. If Naughty Dog were to do this and feel generous, they could put The Lost Frontier on there too. But that's a lot to ask for.

4. SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs

It's something fans of the franchise have been requesting for a long time, and considering the good I've heard about SOCOM 2, I'd like to play it, but you know, I kind of doubt that I can go online with it anymore. There is even a petition to get it made into HD. But Zipper is a company that refuses to acknowledge that gamers have sentient thoughts and can actually pump out garbage like SOCOM 4. I've heard that Zipper apparently did say that they might remake SOCOM 2 in HD if enough people are willing to pay full price. Wait, wait, full price? You mean $40 or $60? For a game that came out last generation? Fuck that. If you ask me, no matter how good the game is, SOCOM 2 HD should cost $20 at most. That'd be an even bigger ripoff than Tekken Hybrid, even if they only charge $40. If they charge $60, then Zipper should be shut down.

5. Ninja Gaiden

No, no, not those NES games that people actually used to think were good. I mean make the first Ninja Gaiden game in the new trilogy an HD game, then maybe bundle it with Ninja Gaiden 2. I wouldn't mind having the NES games included, as well, but if Tecmo doesn't want to torture me, I won't blame them. Okay, I'm not giving them enough credit. They're not that bad of games, but obtuse difficulty isn't an excuse for good game design. It's not Battletoads, but it's challenging enough to give people something to hold them over for Ninja Gaiden 3. Truth is, though, this would probably come out after that game.

6. Ace Combat

Hey Namco, when you're done with Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, you think we could get an HD collection with Ace Combat 5 and Ace Combat Zero? Maybe even... Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation?! My friend tells me that Ace Combat 5 is better than Ace Combat 6 (by way of writing, really). But, hey, if there was an HD collection, I might actually give it a try and see if my friend is right. I don't think there would be that much of a difference between the Ace Combat games, but then, there isn't that much difference with some of the HD collections already out or coming out. I see Ace Combat as being a possibility, but it's more like that Namco will bundle one, give us a demo of Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, make a crappy iOS game like some racing game with F-22 Raptors, and add in a b-movie. But I digress.

7. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six/Ghost Recon

I'm really not sure what to say about this. I've never really been into Tom Clancy games, except maybe Chaos Theory, and I didn't even completely finish that (but Ghost Recon: Future Soldier is looking pretty fun). Apparently it's a series of realistic squad shooters where AI can see you through walls from 500 feet away, if Friend B is to be believed. I wouldn't be repulsed by this idea, though. Either Rainbow Six or Ghost Recon would work, I personally don't really know the difference. Maybe Rainbow Six 3, Lockdown, and Critical Hour, or replace one of them with Rainbow Six: Vegas? As for Ghost Recon, include Ghost Recon, Ghost Recon 2, and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter?

8. Twisted Metal

Seeing as how Twisted Metal: Black is the only PS2 game in the Twisted Metal franchise, maybe just release that as a downloadable HD like Resident Evil 4 HD? But wouldn't that be lazy? Why not include a couple other Twisted Metal games? Hell, maybe Twisted Metal: Head On can be in the bundle if it gets remade into HD. But I played it, and well, it wasn't that great if you ask me. It was a launch title for the PSP, so I shouldn't expect much, obviously. But why not just throw it in there if you feel like making an HD collection, Sony? Or is that up to Eat Sleep Play?

9. TimeSplitters

All three of the TimeSplitters games have been on the PS2, with a new one coming out for next-gen consoles, apparently (ironically, it seems that TimeSplitters 4 will be on Microsoft's next console first). I'll be honest, I know barely anything about this franchise besides that it has to do with time and possibly splitting of time, and that they were all on the PS2. I only threw this on here because I wanted to get from 1-10 collections. But I'm sure not a lot of people would object to such a collection. Obviously all three of the TimeSplitters games would be on here... hopefully. The franchise doesn't seem to be as popular as something that might warrant an HD collection, like everything else that I listed before this.

10. Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto III was a groundbreaking game that set the tone for modern-day sandbox games, and you know what? I disliked it. It may have been an impressive game at the time, sure, but if you strip all that away, there's really not that much to do in the sandbox. It really undermines its experience with pretty much jacking cars, shooting cops and pedestrians, and some of the missions being the only real highlights of the game. Vice City was better, but San Andreas was easily my favorite in the entire franchise, and I'll take San Andreas over Grand Theft Auto IV any day. So obviously Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas would have to be on this collection.

So, that's all out of the way. As usual, any factors that might prevent this collections from coming to fruition are negated because this is theoretical. I'd like to think that these collections are possible, however. If I made any mistakes, feel free to correct me. Also, feel free to post your own HD collections that you want that I didn't include.

Oh, and, which HD collection are you looking forward to most? Mine has to be the Team Ico collection, but Metal Gear Solid is following very closely behind.



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