5 Retro Video Games That Were Updated to Recapture the Awesome
As technology moves forward, delivering better console systems, new control capabilities and improved graphical quality, our favorite, older video games can begin to look a little outdated. But these previous generations boast some all-time favourites, which developers and players alike just couldn’t bear to let age disgracefully. That’s why the following five have had their characters, plots and missions pulled out of a bygone era and updated in new remake releases, breathing new life into an otherwise lost classic.
Doom 3 (Xbox, Windows, Mac OS X, Linux)
Doom was the ground-breaking first person shooter that left us all quivering on the edge of our seats. Shaking up the entire genre, this title left its stamp on video-gaming history and arguably shaped the way we play today. Doom 3, although more of a reboot than a remake, bought back all the elements that made us fall in love with the series in the first place. The dark, dank claustrophobia has been completely cloned, with that sense of eerie tension now set against a backdrop of sharp, stunning visuals.
Tomb Raider Anniversary (PS2, PSP, Xbox 360, Wii, Windows, Mac OS X)
This polygonal 3D archaeologist adventurer had teenagers everywhere drooling over their PlayStations when she hit the scene back in 1996. But it was the mix of puzzling challenges and kickass action that really caught the our attention. The special Tomb Raider Anniversary disc aimed to celebrate the franchise, which has since given rise to movies, themed top games at Europalace and other online sites, and even nine other remakes. This one in particular wins a spot on the list though, for its bettered graphics, multitude of platforms and enhanced gameplay, which attracted both die-hard fans and newcomers alike.
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix (PSN, Xbox Live Arcade)
Another foundation of gaming history is the Street Fighter series, which saw us kick, punch and brawl our way to victory. The original incarnations though moved at a disappointing speed, with the Super Street Fighter II title already being booted into a faster gear for the Super Nintendo favourite Super Street Fighter II Turbo. However, it is the HD Remix that really manages to hit the beat em’ up nail on the head, and KO it into oblivion. Staying true to the original gameplay we all know and love, this remake delivered revamped visuals and intense battles to let players get lost in the heat of the fight.
Super Mario 64 DS (Nintendo DS)
Games that can stand up next to Super Mario 64 are few and far between. It is a widely adored title that sparked a love of one moustachioed plumber hero in the hearts of young gamers everywhere. So when Nintendo decided to dust it off and launch it on their hugely successful Nintendo DS systems, very few changes were needed at all. The graphics were cleaned up, control issues were fixed and multiplayer support was added, to bring this Bowser-bashing bonanza to a whole new generation of gamers.
Resident Evil (GameCube, Wii)
Resident Evil is one game that is guaranteed to leave shivers down your back and your hairs standing on end, and this survival horror has truly stood the test of time. A number of elements were added to the 1996 zombie shooter, allowing players to turn 180-degrees and see their character’s health from their body language. New environments saw you fighting through bone-chilling backdrops, as FMV sequences and dialogues became more serious and the rebooted graphics made it feel almost as if the undead would leap out of the screen at any given moment.