Nostalgia is powerful, especially in the world of gaming. We always have a game that we wish we could experience for the first time again, or find a way to play it again on our current gaming platforms.
With the current landscape of gaming where nostalgia has become a great way to create games that sell big, we have seen an impressive number of video game remakes. These games gave us fond memories of our childhood, and a fresh new look and feel to the games we loved back then.
Here are 7 great examples of video games that we at the Geeky Juans have played that you should play if you haven’t.
Metroid: Zero Mission
Probably one of the first remakes I played when I was young, Metroid: Zero Mission is a wonderful GBA remake that incorporates what made the previous game, Metroid: Fusion great and re-introduced everyone to Samus Aran’s first mission in Planet Zebes.
The visuals are smooth, detailed, and very colorful, giving lots of life and creating some of the most impressive boss fights in the Game Boy Advance. The game’s music is also excellent, with some tracks evoking feelings of isolation and hostility of being alone in a planet filled with different kinds of danger.
The gameplay is fast-paced and smooth, with the classic abilities and skills of Samus presented in full, along with combat that feels great as you get stronger. Overall, this is one of the best places to start if you’re looking to play your first Metroid game.
Yakuza is a long-running franchise that has had a strong following over the years, and what better way to get started with Kazuma Kiryu’s adventures in Kamurocho than by playing Yakuza Kiwami, a complete remake of the PS2 Original that incorporates mechanics from the later entries of the series.
This made the game’s signature fighting mechanics smoother, with combos and special attacks feeling so satisfying to pull off. The game’s exploration is also impressive, with each street and alley giving you new minigames and missions to play, and a lot of items to collect.
And of course, Goro Majima in all his remake glory is a sight to behold.
Final Fantasy VII Remake
Final Fantasy VII is one of the most beloved entries of the legendary RPG franchise, helping turn the PlayStation into a solid platform for these kinds of games. The amount of love that fans have for FFVII, along with Advent Children showing Cloud Strife and company in their full CGI glory, made fans wish for a remake.
It may have taken more than 10 years to finally release it, but FFVII Remake has become one of the best remakes of all time. Each scene from the original game remade using the best that the PlayStation could offer was magical.
The characters being bought to life were spectacular, making you feel like this is what you would have imagined when you first played the original. Nothing beats experiencing a game like this, as it creates a fresh experience for new fans, while giving long-time fans something that fuels their nostalgia.
Apart from having spectacular visuals, the remake also introduced one of the best battle systems in a Final Fantasy game. This blend of action RPG intensity and time-based strategy enhances the experience. Definitely another remake that shows what modern hardware can do to elevate a classic franchise.
Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus is one of the greatest video games of the PlayStation 2. With a large beautiful world and masterfully crafted Colossi, the game is a technical marvel that pushed the console to its limits.
While it did run well on the PS2, you’d wonder how it would look and feel when played on a better platform. In 2018, we got the impressive remake on the PS4 courtesy of Bluepoint Games. The game looks and feels smoother than the original, with the open world simply jaw-dropping.
The Colossi also look more imposing than ever, with extra detail put into each enemy that adds more life and character compared to their already impressive original forms. Overall, this is a beautiful re-imagining that shows that games are truly art at their best.
Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy
The best remakes make you feel like a kid again, and the Crash Bandicoot N-Sane Trilogy is one of them. With the original PlayStation games fully remade with current-gen (at that time) hardware, Crash and company are reintroduced to both new and old fans alike.
With all levels from the original games available for you to explore and die many times to again, along with the tricky and frustrating platforming, this is an experience that remains faithful to all those memories we had when we first booted the game up.
While that previous section might sound like we didn’t enjoy it, Crash Bandicoot isn’t exactly the same without those crazy levels that require precision platforming, and we love it for that.
Video game remakes help re-imagine the game for a younger generation, and provide older fans with a taste of the past. These 5 games are shining examples of how they can be done right, and add some extra mechanics and details that make the deal even sweeter.
About the Author
A former teacher and guitarist, Jude (Twitter, Instagram) is currently a writer that covers video games and is one of the co-hosts of The Geeky Juans. Apart from hosting the podcast, you can also catch him streaming at Dude It’s Jude on Facebook.