The 14 Best Video Game Remakes
Video game remakes are unlike any other type of remake. Whereas TV shows or movie remakes can completely change our perspective of something we once loved, video game remakes only really make the gaming experience better. From updated graphics to smoother gameplay mechanics, video game remakes have become somewhat of a staple in the video game world.
Whether it’s one of your favorite games for Nintendo Switch or Xbox One, eventually, all of the best video games get a remake.
But what are the best video game remakes? We wanted to find out. Take a look below at some of our favorite video game remakes to see where yours lands on the list.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
While many games have been remade, few have been held to the same standard as the Final Fantasy VII Remake. It started its life as a PlayStation 3 tech demo in 2005 and, for the next 15 years, would be THE remake fans wanted to see the most, and finally, that long wait is done. Well, a third-done, at least.
Taking one of the best video games to date and updating it in glorious 4K was one of the best decisions Square Enix could have made with the critically acclaimed series. With updated combat sequences and all of your favorite characters looking as stunning as ever, the Final Fantasy VII Remake will always remain high on our list.
Resident Evil 3
Another fan-favorite video game that has undergone the remake process and done so quite well is Resident Evil 3. Taking fans back to the well known Raccoon City, players are dropped right back into the story of Jill Valentine as she is continuously pursued by Nemesis. With improved gunplay and new and improved varieties of enemies, Resident Evil 3 is just as action-packed as the original and better in so many ways.
A game that is not likely to be on everyone’s list, Black Mesa has actually been in development for nearly 15 years. Brought to you by Crowbar Collective, Black Mesa was originally a free standalone back in 2012, but has since become a complete remake of the original Half-Life. Featuring much-improved graphics, enhanced animations, and a brand new physics engine, Black Mesa is everything a remake should be.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX
Another excellent example of the remake gone right is Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX. While it feels much like a brand new game, this remake managed to maintain the game’s storyline and make players feel right at home from start to finish. Featuring smoother gameplay, expanded exploration, and new game mechanics, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX is a complete work of art compared to the original.
Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
As long as Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening has been around, 1988 to be exact, it was inevitable that it would eventually get remade. Taking the classic Game Boy favorite and taking it out of its comfort zone, the Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening remake still manages to capture everything that players loved about the original. If you’re looking for some real nostalgia, this is a must-have for any gaming collection.
Final Fantasy VIII Remastered
While it may not “technically” be a remake, Final Fantasy VIII Remastered is as close as players can get to a remake of the beloved game. To be completely honest, we almost like this idea better than a remake in this instance. While keeping the game’s core intact, Square Enix improved nearly everything else about Final Fantasy VIII and gave fans of the series another classic installment.
Resident Evil 2
It would be a disservice to talk about the best video game remakes without mentioning Resident Evil. The survival-horror video game franchise has become one of the most popular game series in the world, as well as a flagship title for Capcom. Dropping fans right in the middle of Raccoon City with Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield, the Resident Evil 2 remake is a vastly improved game that players are sure to love.
Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee! / Let's Go, Pikachu!
Pokémon Let’s Go generated quite the buzz when it was first released and for a good reason. Not only did it provide some nostalgic fun for players nearly 20 years after the title’s original launch, but it captured exactly what the traditional Pokémon was all about utilizing all of the capabilities of a smartphone. Though it may seem soon to do a remake, there were plenty of improvements that needed to be made, and that’s precisely what was done.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
One of everyone’s favorite games on the original PlayStation finally received what every fan has always wanted. The Spyro trilogy holds a special place in the hearts of every PlayStation fan, and Activision didn’t let fans down when they decided to remake the Spyro Reignited Trilogy. While the series has aged a bit since it was initially released, Activision made sure to revamp some core parts of the game to give players a fondly-remembered re-entry into the series.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus could entirely possibly be one of the best video games ever made, and that’s not just a widely held opinion. After its release in 2005, Shadow of the Colossus draped fans into a world they had never seen before and did so masterfully. Though the remake took nearly 13 years to develop, it delivered in every sense of the word.
Pokémon HeartGold / SoulSilver / FireRed / LeafGreen
If you’re old enough to remember when the original Pokémon was released on Game Boy Color, then you will undoubtedly be happy to see this on our list. Almost 20 years after its initial release, these remakes essentially set the standard for what a remake of a classic video game should look and feel like. Simultaneously feeling new, but similar and incredibly improved, these could quite possibly be the most perfect Pokémon games ever made.
Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes
When Metal Gear Solid was first released, it quickly became the standard for action stealth gaming titles. Updated with smoother gameplay and significant tweaks, the Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes remake was more than impressive. While some fans weren’t thrilled with some of the creative changes made to the game, remakes are always subject to a little risk, and the majority of fans were pleased with the outcome.
Ratchet & Clank
Making its first debut on the PlayStation 2 in 2002, Ratchet & Clank soon became everyone’s favorite third-person action-adventure game. After years of demand from fans, a remake was completed, and the infamous Lombax returned to the PlayStation 4 in 2016. However, while the game was yet again a massive success on the PlayStation - it also came alongside a theatrically released movie - which regrettably was not.