Some video games are so good that they deserve a remake. Years pass, and games get old. The games which were amazing, graphically, in the year 2000, are beyond old and obsolete now. The APIs have changed and evolved, the hardware is so far beyond what was available at the time, that some iconic games absolutely deserve remakes. Here is a list of some of the best remakes of classic games.
Back when Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee was first released, the game was received amazingly well. You are a mudokon, a being who is working on a farm, unknowing that your fellow mudokons are being used as meat in that very same farm, to make world-famous treats. You want to escape and help your friends.
Enter New ‘n’ Tasty, where Abe gets a nice new look, and so do all the characters in the game. This 2D platformer is amazing and its 2014 release made many fans happy, especially due to cross-platform support, including mobile devices.
id Software never fails to deliver a great game. Doom, the original game, inspired so many first-person shooter games which came afterwards. Doom was first released in 1993. 23 years later, we see Doom (2016), a game which took many by surprise. Doom doesn’t pretend that it’s something deep, something profound. You’re the Doomguy, or Doom Slayer, on a quest to murder demons, whether by using large guns or your own hands, you get to choose their gory end. This well-optimized game can run on a potato, provided that it has 2 gigabytes of VRAM. The game is getting a sequel called Doom Eternal. Even though Doom was not released on Linux officially, it works just fine due to using multiple APIs, both of which work great on Linux.
This game was released on January 25 2019. It is a remake of the highly successful Resident Evil 2 from 1998. The original game uses a fixed camera for every room and tank controls. The remake uses a third-person shooter-like camera and system, making the game more modern. You can play the game with one of the two characters, Claire Redfield or Leon S. Kennedy. You can play with unlimited saves on normal difficulty or play like you did in the original game, on the hardcore difficulty, finding typewriter ribbons to save your game.
Street Fighter, the original game, was released in 1987. In May of 2018, it got a 30th Anniversary Edition. It’s not a remake per se, but it is a collection of all the games up to 3rd Strike: Fight for the future. This is a simple thank you to all the Street Fighter fans.
In case it is not self evident, this game is a remake of Metroid 2: The Return of Samus. Samus is the protagonist of the series, a female character, no less. The remake was released in 2017 and is considered by many to be one of the best remakes ever. It’s still the Metroid you know and love, but modernized.
These are the best video game remakes you can play today. There are plenty more remakes that you can play, but these ones are fantastic, each in their own way, whether capturing the essence of the original or being a great game by itself, but more often, both.