Lately, remakes of classic video games have been massive, and while it can be a divisive subject, I personally love remakes. You got remakes like Resident Evil 2: remake, Final Fantasy 7, Doom, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 all out within the last few years. You can see the love that went into those remakes. They were created by developer teams who wanted to bring these classics back into the life of people who probably would never play them otherwise—created by Developers who were fans, who grew up playing those games just like we did. They also brought new elements for long-time fans to explore something nostalgic but with a whole new perspective. I really gotta say, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 was a beacon of hope in a tough 2020.
Of course, not all remakes are great. While The Resident Evil 2: Remake was terrific, the Resident Evil 3: Nemesis remake felt a lot more like a cash grab, cutting locations and removing memorable encounters with the game’s titled antagonist. I wanted to see Nemesis kick your shit in at The Racoon City police station like in the original, but it never happens. It’s not an entirely bad game, but you can see the difference between the effort put into RE2 compared to RE3. Then there’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time: Re-Shelled with a title so long I don’t even want to go into why it was a mess, but here I go. They couldn’t hold a candle to the quality and look of the original SNES game. That’s right; the Super Nintendo original has better controls, music, art, and style. A remake is supposed to be inspired by the original. It’s supposed to give you some of the same while offering new elements and new content to enjoy as well. With that being said, here are three game titles I’d love to see remade properly.
I’d love to see Beyond Good and Evil return in a beautiful remade fashion. This is one of my favorite games of all time. You play Jade, an action reporter trying to uncover a vast government conspiracy and learn the truth about an Alien invasion. You sneak your way into government facilities, fight against corrupt cops, aliens, and beasts in a strange and beautiful world. Beyond Good and Evil has outstanding locations, great music, fantastic and exciting characters, and designs. Everything about this game needs to be brought into the new generation of consoles and PC. I know Ubisoft had announced a sequel and what better way to get eyes on that than by bringing back the OG. I’d love for more people to play this game and experience it the same way I did growing up on the Gamecube. I miss Jade, Pey’j, and the gang going on adventures and trying to save the world. I loved searching for all the exotic and alien-like creatures to take pictures of. I’d love another excuse to play through it all over again. If you never heard of this game, go play it on Steam. You won’t regret it, I promise.
After the successful Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy remakes, I’m surprised that this wasn’t a project next in the pipeline. Jax and Daxter is definitely one of the best franchises in the PS2’s launch history. Before you even say anything, yes, I know they released an HD remaster recently, but I want to see it redone the same way Crash was. It deserves it. It’s a beautiful platformer game with cool cyberpunk vibes. As the series grew, it became a sick action, shooting, driving game where Jack becomes this powerhouse of a character mastering all forms of Dark and Light Eco powers. It’s fantastic, engaging, and it deserves to be brought back for audiences old and new.
The new RE Engine has been blowing my mind with how amazing it is. It really pushes the graphics to the next level. The latest Resident Evil games dramatically benefit from this. The same engine used in both remakes of Resident Evil 2, 3, Resident Evil 7, and the upcoming Resident Evil 8 deserves to be used to bring back another Capcom classic. They had another popular game on the PSOne; it also used tank controls and a fixed camera. It was another survival horror game. However, instead of surviving mutating zombies, it was carnivorous dinosaurs. Dino Crisis is scary because dinosaurs are scary. You all seen Jurassic Park, right? I can’t even imagine what the T-Rex would look like with the new RE Engine. It would be a real survival horror experience and amazing to see in next-gen consoles.
So with all that being said, I guess all we can really do is wait and see. If there’s enough interest we could see any of these games reinvented for us today. I’d really love to see what a new generation of gamers would think of all these classics remade and reintroduced to them.
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