The gaming industry thrives primarily by bringing us new franchises and gameplay experiences every year. Modern intellectual properties like Mass Effect and Borderlands have helped shape video games, and needless to say, most have passed the test of time with flying colors.
Older franchises, however, were in need of a heavy makeover to better resonate with today’s demanding generation of gamers. Developers have made an astounding effort to recreate retro experiences for both younger and older players alike. Let’s take a quick look at the top 5 video game remakes released to date.
5. Tomb Raider: Anniversary
Tomb Raider: Anniversary is a direct remake of the 1996 PlayStation original that gave birth to such an iconic, critically-acclaimed franchise. This time around, Lara Croft raided multiple consoles like the Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, implementing new gaming techniques that were unique to each system. The Wii version, for example, allows players to experience the game with realistic and responsive motion-controls to perform various tasks, while the Xbox 360 edition takes advantage of its impressive graphical capabilities. A number of bugs were also addressed and various gameplay mechanics have been improved easier navigation.
4. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Although Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix brings little to the table, the game is a perfect example of the old saying that less is more. This remastered edition primarily focuses on superior graphics and more responsive controls, which is more than enough to get us hooked on this classic Super Nintendo game all over again. Faster gameplay mechanics mean better and more exciting fights (playing solo or with friends) and the game’s beautifully rendered visuals ensure that you enjoy it like never before on a modern console.
3. Homeworld Remastered
Homeworld Remastered consists of the original game and its sequel, consecutively released in 1999 and 2003. This modern remake provides us with high-resolution textures that deliver an incredible amount of detail compared to the originals. In fact, the developers redesigned them to support full UHD and 4k display, which is quickly becoming the new standard in visual technology. The audio has also been reworked to deliver a more immersive experience, as well as numerous gameplay-related enhancements for modern gaming configurations.
2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D
When it debuted on the Nintendo 64 back in 2000, Majora’s Mask was already a near-perfect game that beautifully represented the long-running franchise. Thanks to the remake that now surfaced 15 years later, a newer generation of players can familiarize themselves with the game’s intricate gameplay, ingenious puzzles and superb (but sometimes weird) plot. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask brings us revamped graphics and additional check points to save the game more often, which is a necessity considering our fast-paced lifestyle and short attention span these days. In addition, players can now manipulate time by the hour as opposed to switching from midday to midnight. How awesome is that?
1. Super Mario 64 DS
In our opinion, Super Mario 64 DS is the epitome of classic video game remakes. The graphics saw a very welcomed (and needed) makeover, and well-known issues were promptly improved – mainly clunky camera controls that often made the game harder than intended. Additionally, you could now play with characters other than Mario, including the lovable Yoshi, Luigi and even Wario. To make use of the DS’ touch screen controls, you could spend some time chasing rabbits that were scattered throughout the castle to unlock a large amount of fun and varied mini games. All in all, Super Mario 64 DS remains one of the best video game remakes to date.
These top 5 video game remakes are sure to keep you busy for a while. What other classics would you like to see in a modern light?