When a video game receives a new version, this new version will surely be compared to the original. Most of the time, the original game remains a fan favorite. However, the purpose of a new version is to improve the previous game with a more modern version.
As such, there are plenty of video game remakes that were successful at this, either refining game elements, improving graphics and visuals, or including additions to the game that improved it overall.
This list includes games where the new version is better in more ways than one, and the best way to experience the game itself would be to play the new version. This list also spans multiple different consoles and includes games geared towards both adults and younger audiences. These are some of the best video game remakes.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
One of the most popular and well-received games of all time, some say one of the best games ever made, is Ocarina of Time. When it first came out on the Nintendo 64, it revolutionized the look and feel of adventure games and was extremely influential for the future of video games.
Inevitably though, the graphics and controls improved, and Ocarina of Time was stuck in the past. Eventually, when Nintendo released their 3DS handhelds, they decided to take one of their greatest games of all time and remake it for a new generation.
Ocarina of Time received a complete graphics update, as well as smoother controls that made it more fun to play than frustrating, as the original could sometimes be. Overall, this remake made a great game even greater, so it may continue to be remembered for its influence for years to come.
shadow of the colossus
Shadow of the Colossus was an amazing game originally released for Playstation 2 in 2005. In 2018, the game received a complete graphical rework based on the remaster that was previously done for PS3. This new remake was released for Playstation 4 and along with the updated graphics, the controls of the game were also revamped. All assets within the new game have been changed, but the core gameplay remains the same as the original.
The PS4 version definitely improved on the original, and it’s the best way to experience this game, with beautiful art style, graphics, and better controls.
Super Mario 64DS
There is no doubt that Super Mario 64 is one of the most influential video games out there. Being the first 3D Mario game and one of the first 3D games in general, it helped define and shape what 3D platformers would look like for years to come.
Eventually, Nintendo decided to remake this groundbreaking game for the DS, one of its most popular handheld systems. The results were fantastic as the game just improved on what made the original so good. The controls were much smoother and the graphics were updated.
Some additions were also made, like letting you play as Yoshi, Luigi, or Wario instead of just Mario. Nintendo also added wireless multiplayer, new minigames, and expanded the story mode with new quests and bosses.
final fantasy VII
The Final Fantasy series is a well-known RPG franchise, and it is arguably Final Fantasy VII that really got the series off the ground. At the time of its release, it received much praise for its gameplay, plot, and music, and became one of the most popular Playstation games. Many remember it as one of the best games in history.
However, over time, the game has definitely become dated and a new version that lived up to modern standards was a dream for many fans. In 2020, Square Enix did just that and delivered a phenomenal remake of Final Fantasy VII. They stayed true to the source material, while redesigning characters and settings from scratch. The game was released for PS4 and was one of the best selling games for the console.
Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver
Pokemon Gold and Silver were fan favorites when they first came out, introducing players to the Johto region. The games were released for the Gameboy Color in 1999, eventually becoming the third best-selling entries in the series. Nintendo had already made a foray into remaking the Pokémon games with FireRed and LeafGreen, and on the 10th anniversary of Gold and Silver decided to remake these games as well.
This culminated in the release of HeartGold and SoulSilver in 2009 for the DS. These remakes were faithful to the original games, but updated the graphics for the newer handheld and added some gameplay features that were previously included in Pokémon Crystal. These remakes were highly praised and remain one of the best games in the franchise.
resident evil 2
Resident Evil 2 was a horror game originally developed for the Playstation and was a pioneer of the survival horror genre. At the time of its release, it received a lot of praise for its gameplay and design. Eventually, it was also ported to the Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, Windows, and GameCube.
Long after its first release, which has since attracted many fans of the franchise, Capcom created a remake of the game for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Windows in 2019. It was also made available for PS5 and Xbox Series X in 2022. .
There were some major gameplay changes in this remake of the original, such as changing the camera angle to third person. Different difficulties were also added, each changing the way the game is experienced. The graphics also received a massive overhaul. Whether you are a long-time fan of the game or have never played it, the Resident Evil 2 remake is definitely worth playing.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy
The Spyro games were an iconic series for the Playstation 2. The first three, later remade into Spyro Reignited, were 1998’s Spyro the Dragon, Ripto’s Rage! in 1999 and Year of the Dragon in 2000. In 2018, the developers at Toys for Bob created a remake of all three games on one disc and released it for Playstation 4 and Xbox One. In 2019 it was also released for Windows and Nintendo Switch. .
Spyro Reignited features a complete graphics makeover, while staying as close to the original designs as possible. All level designs and settings are the same. The music and voice acting were completely re-recorded to improve quality. Also, features that were added in just a couple of games were set to be standard in all of them. Whether or not you’ve played these classic games before, Spyro Reignited is worth a try.
Experience new and improved favorites
The reason most of these games compare better to their original counterparts is mostly due to technical upgrades like controls or graphics. The core gameplay and plots tend to stay the same, as those basics are what make these games so great in the first place.
Is there a new version that was better than the original that we missed? Let us know in the comments.