While gamers will always desire new and innovative game franchises, sometimes we just have to revisit classics of the past. Unfortunately, not all of us have kept our older game systems. Luckily for us, developers have taken to producing updated remakes and remasters of some of the more popular or well-regarded titles of yesteryear, often with improvements that go beyond just pretty visuals.
With the release of The Last of Us Remastered coming next week, we here at Stealthy Box thought it would be an appropriate time to take a look back at some of our favorite video game remakes. This list was a most difficult one to compile and any number of titles could have easily replaced some of our choices. If you feel one of your favorite remakes was slighted, please share it with us in the comments below.
Now, without further ado, here are five of our favorite video game remakes. Let us start with the most recent one first…
Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty!
Released only days ago, this remake of the PlayStation classic Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey is no less worthy of making our list. As we said in our review, Just Add Water has managed to create a game that not only captures the magic of the classic on which it is based but adds to it as well, forming something worthy of the title New ‘n’ Tasty. While Abe’s Odyssey had amazing visuals for its time, what Just Add Water has managed to do with the visuals for this remake is nothing short of breathtaking. Even better, the gameplay is just as brutal and unforgiving as the original release, providing players with the sort of challenge that is becoming less and less common in recent generations of gaming.
OK… maybe New ‘n’ Tasty isn’t quite as difficult as the original Abe’s Odyssey. This impressive remake is able to fix one of the biggest complaints both consumers and critics had about the original release: the downright cruel save system. Rather than always having to rely on checkpoints in New ‘n’ Tasty, players can quicksave by simply tapping the touch pad, making it possible to replay particularly difficult portions of an area without having to restart at a faraway checkpoint after dying. This one seemingly small feature goes a long way in making a classic game much more approachable by new players and veterans alike. That’s always a good thing.