T The recently released Final Fantasy VII: Remake is probably one of the most popular games to have come our way this 2020. Video game remakes of classic games have been around since the mid-2000s. Some deemed it to be very unnecessary or just wrong, but there are some great ones.
Here are a few remakes that we recommend you play!
The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening
Initially released in 1993 for the Gameboy, the critically acclaimed action-adventure game The Legend of Zelda: Links Awakening has been remade for the Nintendo Switch. The game has sold over 4 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling Nintendo Switch games. The game retains it’s classic top-down perspective and gameplay, along with elements from the 1998 re-release Link’s Awakening DX. The game features a “retro-modern” art style unique within the series with toy-like character designs, diorama-like world designs, and tilt-shift visuals that evoke the original game’s presentation on the Game Boy. It also features customizable dungeons that the player can create and then complete for rewards.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Crash is back! You can now play your favorite PlayStation platform game in a remastered version. The game is a compilation of the new versions Crash Bandicoot (1996), Cortex Strikes Back (1997), and Warped (1998). The game was first released for PlayStation 4 in June 2017, with versions for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One being released in June 2018.
Spiro Reignited Trilogy
Similar to Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, The Spiro Reignited Trilogy takes you back to the classic Spiro series; Spyro the Dragon (1998), Ripto’s Rage (1999) and Year of the Dragon (2000). The game was released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2018, and for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch in September 2019.
Ratchet and Clank
The game is a re-imagined version of the titular PlayStation 2 game and is based on the 2016 eponymous film by Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment. Ratchet and Clank was released for the Playstation 4 in April 2016. Focused on the use of unique weapons and gadgets that Ratchet gains throughout each game, the gameplay features a mix of platforming, action, and role-playing elements presented in the third-person perspective. Ratchet starts each game with his versatile Omniwrench for melee attacks, but new weapons are made available by completing missions or buying them through a weapon vendor.
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!
Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are 2018 remakes of the 1998 role-playing video game Pokémon Yellow which was initially released for the Nintendo Gameboy. Both released worldwide for the Nintendo Switch on November 2018, the game is set in the classic Kanto region and includes the original 151 Pokémon, in addition to their respective Mega Evolved forms from Pokémon X, Y, Omega Ruby, and Alpha Sapphire, and their Alolan Forms from Pokémon Sun and Moon.
Shadow of the Colossus
It is cited as one of the greatest games to have been ever made, Shadow of the Colossus is an action-adventure game developed by Bluepoint Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4. It is a remake of the 2005 PlayStation 2 version in ultra-high definition. The story of Shadow of the Colossus begins as Wander enters the forbidden land, traveling across a long bridge on his horse, Agro. Unknown to the player, before entering, Wander had stolen an ancient sword, which is the only weapon capable of slaying the colossi.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
When you think of the most iconic Xbox Game ever, there is no doubt that Halo is in the argument. It was first released in 2001 and garnered a lot of praise from critics, following with sequels and a prequel. Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a compilation of the Halo series, initially released in November 2014 for the Xbox One, and later on Windows in 2019.
Resident Evil 2
Resident Evil 2 is a survival horror game that was released in 1998. It was released for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in January 2019. You control either Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who must escape Raccoon City after its citizens are transformed into zombies by a biological weapon two months after the events of the original Resident Evil. It was nominated for several awards, including the game of the year. By April 2020, it has sold over 6.5 million copies, outselling the original.
It is incredible to see how games in the past are being remade into a version that this new generation of gamers could appreciate and experience. As an old gamer, I love going through a nostalgic experience in high-definition. Stay safe, everybody, and happy gaming!