The idea of a video game remake can either be the best thing or the most dreadful thing to imagine. There are questions like, “Why remake something that’s already great?” Sometimes, remakes can bring a bigger audience that hasn’t been exposed to the original game.
And while Final Fantasy VII Remake is looking to be a groundbreaking one, it is a bit too early to be on this list. Consider it an honorable mention at the moment. With that out of the way, here are 10 of the best video game remakes!
10 Best Video Game Remakes
Super Mario 64 DS
Super Mario 64 is one of the revolutionary games and has been the basis for future Super Mario games. A remake for the Nintendo DS is enough to enjoy the classic game with enhanced graphics and additional features such as being able to play as Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario. It might not be strong for multiplayer, but the single-player campaign is just as faithful and fun to play again.
Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a remaster that grabbed the attention of fans who have played the original games in the 90s. This is also a nice gateway to get into the Crash Bandicoot games as it’s very faithful while improving the game’s visuals, audio, and manual/autosaves.
Similar to the previous entry, Halo: The Master Chief Collection does its job well with enhancing graphics and audio. New content also helped make the collection not just be a simple remaster. Multiplayer struggled at first but eventually got fixed, eventually making the collection a gem for Halo fans to play for years to come.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Ocarina of Time was a perfect game at its time, and arguably still is. Nintendo capitalized on the game’s legacy by releasing an HD remake for the Nintendo 3DS, and it has been critically acclaimed as one of the greatest remasters ever. Those with a 3DS will either return to the nostalgic journey or start blindly in this beautifully crafted game.
Surprisingly, Bethesda’s fourth entry for the Doom franchise would be a remake, but boy does it excel to its original counterpart. While revamping the graphics, sound, and gameplay, Doom (2016) also added a level creation tool, making the game more expansive and challengingly fun. With Doom Eternal coming in November, it will be a title that will have replay value for the time being.
Tomb Raider Anniversary
Tomb Raider became an insanely popular game, and we wouldn’t be surprised if it was because of the iconic Lara Croft. To celebrate Tomb Raider, Anniversary remade the first game, and it shows how much it improved from 1996 polygons to 2008 detailed graphics. It is a love letter to fans since the 1996 game, and we can hope for future remakes.
Shadow of The Colossus
The original PlayStation 2 game was critically acclaimed for having an innovative story and engaging gameplay. Once a remake was announced, fans were overjoyed to play it again. As a remake, Shadow of The Colossus evolves in scope and just about everything a remake does. For a heartbreaking game, this is the one that gamers do not mind getting sentimental over, whether it is the first time playing or not.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Fire Emblem has its share of remakes, starting with the third entry Mystery of the Emblem, Shadows of Valentia is without a doubt the best remake Fire Emblem has done to date. While its drawback is the not-so-great map designs, the visuals, music, and combat have improved significantly. The story even added additional characters to make the story improved and it certainly did not disappoint.
Resident Evil 2
Capcom has been doing great for Resident Evil remakes, and with the recent Resident Evil 2, it was quite a trip. Fan-favorite Leon Kennedy looks so great in his HD debut, and Claire looks as gorgeous as ever. It has increased in the terrifying meter, but that is a good thing for a beloved horror game series.
Pokémon HeartGold & SoulSilver
Pokémon has also had its fair share of remakes, but HeartGold and SoulSilver are the best remakes without question. The idea of remaking the two Game Boy Color while implementing elements from Crystal is one of Game Freak’s ingenious ideas. It felt new, but similar, improved, but the same. Fans of the second generation games can unanimously agree that HeartGold and SoulSilver are just perfect.