This is a very controversial topic among many different media outlets. Usually movies get the most heat when it comes to remakes and reboots of classic movies, but the gaming industry has its fair share of remakes and reboots. For the most part, I’m all for remakes and reboots because sometimes they’re needed, but I understand when they’re unnecessary. Throughout this article, I will be talking about the positives and the negatives involving remakes and reboots. I’ll also be talking about why I feel that re-releases are an awesome!
Remakes are great because they take a game that is usually loved and put improvements on the game. Most of the good remakes in my opinion happened during the early-mid 2000′s. Nintendo was always at the top of their game back then. They remade Resident Evil on the Gamecube. The visuals didn’t look like HD remakes do which can feel dated sometimes. With this remake, Resident Evil looked and played like a Gamecube game. There were differences from the Playstation version. This included the gameplay. The Resident Evil remake used gameplay elements from later Resident Evil games on the Playstation. I loved how a lot of the puzzles were different. It gave players who had played the game before a new challenge. It was a worthy remake and it continued the legacy that early Resident Evil games had.
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes was also a masterful remake. This gave us the same game that we all know and love, but it adopted the gameplay mechanics from Metal Gear Solid 2. It was the best of both worlds. In addition to the gameplay, the visual style was improved drastically. Even though we were playing a game that was familiar, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes also gave new ways to progress. Even if I played the game multiple times, I could make each experience unique and that’s a huge plus.
While I like remakes, there are a few that should just never have been made. One example is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time Reshelled. This was one of my favorite games as a child. I spent hours beating up enemies with my favorite turtles. When I bought the game, I was really disappointed. Sure, the game looked great, but the gameplay just didn’t age well. A game that I once had so much respect for, was now rejected by me. It was fun for one playthrough, but after that was over I had nothing else to do. The game was way too easy and there was no fun to be had. Just because a game can be remade, doesn’t mean it should be remade.
This remake I actually liked, but I’m going to put it on the list is Conker: Live and Reloaded. The game kept its visual charm and fun gameplay, but it took away something BIG! The dialogue. In the Nintendo 64 version called Conker’s Bad Fur Day, everything was said except the F word, but in Live and Reloaded, almost all of the profanities were censored. While I still enjoyed the game, Live and Reloaded lost some of its edgy moments and shock value and a lot of the comedy was held back by bleeping. I didn’t appreciate it and it’s crazy to thing that it was more mature on the Nintendo 64 which is aimed more at families.
Reboots take dying franchises and give them new life. They’re not always successes, but the great reboots prove that revisiting old franchises can be a welcome return! One game that certainly did it right was TOMB RAIDER! I played all of the Tomb Raider games and eventually they started to get repetitive and annoying in my opinion. I lost all respect for the series and when I heard about a reboot, I just didn’t care. I was proven wrong when the reboot of Tomb Raider was released. This is how you reboot a video game. We saw Lara like we had never seen her before. It was a very personal and intense experience. Sometimes it was terrifying, but Tomb Raider was a hit. Games that allow players to connect emotionally with the characters is masterful. There were moments that had me shaking because I couldn’t believe what was going on. Hopefully there are more Tomb Raider games in the future because Lara made a very memorable return.
I may get some backlash for including this, but I was very impressed with DMC:Devil May Cry. I played all of the Devil May Cry games. Most of them were good, but the biggest drawback for me was the fact that the gameplay felt dated. When Ninja Theory announced that they were rebooting Devil May Cry, many fans didn’t like the look. First impressions aren’t everything and DMC proved that. The game was fast paced and very over the top. It actually had a decent story. I played through the game on every difficulty and loved every second I had with this new Dante. It took everything I loved from the original series and upgraded it with more modern updates. This is one game that I hope gets a sequel. I want to destroy some more demons.
I have one game to talk about in my bad reboots section and that is Splatterhouse. I bought that with Christmas money and that was a HUGE regret. There are games that I’m ashamed to say that I’ve played and Splatterhouse is one of them. While the game shares the same story as the original, the gameplay is entirely different. This was a hack and slash compared to the original being a side scrolling game. The game was full of bugs and at moments, the enemies would get stuck behind walls that I couldn’t get too. The game itself was more trouble than many of the enemies in the game. I’ve only had few experiences that were worse than Splatterhouse. Splatterhouse is a game where the classic shouldn’t have been touched.
An honorable mention goes to Duke Nukem Forever which is technically a sequel, but let’s be honest… it was a reboot. It was so dated in terms of gameplay and visuals that it should’ve remained in development hell for all eternity.
I’m talking about HD re-releases. We go to our local stores and see HD collections. I personally own the HD collections for God of War, Devil May Cry, Jak and Daxter, Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders. These are good because you get a lot of content for your money. Also, it’s a great way to play games that you’ve never played before. Some people never owned a Ps2 so they missed out on the Jak and Daxter games or the Ratchet and Clank games. By purchasing these collections, you’ll be able to play loved games for the first time. I enjoy purchasing these collections because I feel like I have part of gaming history in 1 bundle.
HD re-releases can also show their flaws. When I was younger, I played Sonic Adventure more than anyone I know. My childhood was spent with that game. I actually bought a Dreamcast over a Gamecube just so I can own Sonic Adventure. It was re-released on the Xbox in an HD re-release and it was HORRIBLE. All the flaws which I never saw as a child were so clear to me now. The mission structure was horrible, the camera angles were deadly and the controls were so clunky that I’m embarrassed to call myself a fan of that game. While not all HD re-releases are bad, some just prove that some games that we once loved may not have actually been as good as we thought.
I personally believe that remakes and reboots are beneficial for the industry. Sure, there are many negatives to these, but there are also a lot of positives. While people may disagree with me, this is just what I believe. Without reboots, we wouldn’t have Tomb Raider and DMC. I would never have played Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil if the remakes weren’t created. I’ve had great experiences with these and I hope you all have too.
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