Which is good, because the PS2 had a massive range of brilliant games. And hopefully more developers and publishers are inspired by the games being released on the iPad to do some porting of their own.
Here’s ten games that we would love to see resurrected for the iPad. It is by no means a definitive list, but these are games that we feel would play really nicely on the iPad virtual controls, and are games that we might not have a chance to re-experience otherwise.
Clock Tower 3
Running and hiding was the name of the game. You’d be exploring around a location, looking for keys or clues, and otherwise doing what you would normally in an early-era Resident Evil game. Then suddenly the serial killer would show up and start stalking Alyssa. She then had to find a hiding spot and wait for the stalker to go away. It made for some tense moments indeed, but the lack of buttons would make this a fine candidate for the iPad.
Gregory Horror Show
With a truly striking art style, this was a game created out of genuine love, and a game that remains compelling even today. This would work easily on the iPad, as it never required quick reflexes, and was a relatively light game on the PS2’s processors.
But Kessen’s is a strategy game, not a Warriors game, and this is a franchise that Tecmo Koei should bring to the iPad, a device that does strategy games superbly.
Being able to tap around would make for a far less frustrating interface, and it would be good timing on Tecmo Koei’s part – there isn’t really a rival to the Kessen type of gameplay on the App Store yet.
Given that the iPad can give a second lease of life to these “forgotten” franchises, perhaps Drakengard could even find a new legion of fans.
Final Fantasy X
Final Fantasy X has become a fan favourite over the years (which is amusing, because it started off with a reputation not unlike FFXIII “enjoys” in some very vocal circles back in the day), and the iPad is just crying out for that first truly epic JRPG. This would be the perfect marriage.
Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life
On top of that, A Wonderful Life is arguably the best game in the series. Marvellous is one of those Japanese developers that clearly hasn’t put much thought into the iPad, having released all of one little puzzle game to date. Time to change that, guys. You’d have a big hit on your hands.
Given it’s been in the App Store charts for a while now, now is the time for Rockstar to hit up another one of its franchises. Max Payne on the iPad would be a brilliant marketing trick in getting the world excited for the next big game in the series currently in development for the consoles, and the game itself would sell in bucketloads on the iPad.
If nothing else, someone needs to knock Infinity Blade 2 off the top of the iPad action rankings.
RPG Maker 3
The reason I’ve listed RPG Maker 3 is because it’s the one that let you make 3D RPGs, but really any RPG Maker would do just fine, and would certainly help the drought of genuine JRPGs that are on the App Store.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time
Sands of Time is a simply incredible game, with an amazing plot, innovative puzzle platforming, and a stellar soundtrack. This is one of those few games that I actually completed in a single sitting when I originally got it, I was that addicted.
And it’s clearly possible to get the iPad running the game. Warrior Within is a technically superior game.
Ubisoft, I hope you’re reading this.
Fatal Frame 2
The series has had a love/ hate relationship with the west, earning a dedicated following but niche, at best, sales.
But releasing the game on the iPad would be a low risk deal for Tecmo Koei, and would give a big audience access to one of the most frightening games of all time. Throw in the fact that the game would look gorgeous on the big iPad screen, and even the potential to mix things up with gyroscope controls, and it would be a surefire winner.