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Best ever gaming remakes

How many gamers long for a remake of Final Fantasy VII? Or An HD remake of Sonic 2? On the surface, it doesn't look like rehashing your old games would make business sense as everyone's already bought them once. Why buy them again, right? Wrong!

Here are eight perfectly good reasons why remakes are totally worth the effort.

 

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

Gamecube may have only one Metal Gear Solid game, but it is a blinder. Following the events of the first game but with added Hollywood flare and (then) next-gen graphics, it's become a collector's item. And rightly so - the best version of Metal Gear Solid isn't even available on a Sony machine and that's a massive coup. And where else can you see Solid Snake dodging bullets like Neo from the Matrix? exactly.


Above: Meryl and Snake were both surprised to suddenly have fingers

 

Rez HD

Xbox Live Arcade was just made for games like this. Simple concepts, 60fps HD graphics and gorgeous special effects all wrapped up in an attractive price-point. It's not just a straight port, either, with extra graphics options, a new play mode... oh, and the option to make your second controller emulate the Trance Vibrator. Mmm... rumbly.


Above: Stylistically, Rez is still one of the best-looking games ever

 

Dead or Alive: Ultimate

This one's been almost completely forgotten, which is a shame as it's one of the best entries in the series. The game came on two discs - one containing a high-res version of the very first Dead or Alive and the other with an Xbox 1-quality do-over of Dead or Alive 2. The latter is almost as good-looking as DOA4 and the stages are superb. And seeing the original game's 2D backgrounds scaled smoothly and effortlessly is great - even if the boob jiggle is the most unrealistic in the series. All the girls would end up with black eyes in this one.


Above: DOA Ultimate shows how Paradise should have been. Fight!

 

Daytona USA 2001

Daytona had already had a 32-bit remake with the Championship Circuit Edition on Saturn, but it wasn't the home conversion that fans deserved. But as one of Dreamcast's curtain call exclusives, along it came, with more tracks, sensational graphics and some of the best crash animations in any game ever. Barrel-rolling your Hornet with smoke billowing from the engine cover was fantastic. And it's something that deserves an XBLA/PSN remake, especially as very few territories got to take the game online for multiplayer racing.


Above: The only game where soft tyres are wider than hard ones. WTF?

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66 comments

  • cyphid - April 11, 2010 9:13 p.m.

    I would love remakes for Shenmue and Shenmue 2 on XBLA/ PSN! Just HD, not re-worked graphics.
  • Stebsy - April 9, 2010 10:49 a.m.

    and conkers bad fur day was already remade for the original xbox there not going to remake it again
  • Stebsy - April 9, 2010 10:46 a.m.

    dude prince of persia classic has already been remade you can get on xbox live arcade
  • slapdatass - April 8, 2010 3:18 a.m.

    Syndicate, X-Wing, TIE Fighter. PC only. Would give away my console for those to exist.
  • Cyberninja - April 8, 2010 3:10 a.m.

    i want a remake of the misadventures of tron bonne on psn
  • Styrophoamicus - April 8, 2010 2:38 a.m.

    I'd like to see Solar Jetman for the NES remade in such a way that it becomes actually playable. Also articles like this always make me bring out 'Road Rash 64' for consideration But the game I'd like most to see remade? Monkey Island 2 recaptcha: over gogorza
  • SugahDaddy - April 7, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    CONKER!!!!!!! the was the best original xbox i ever played!!! i would love to see it remade for the 360!!!
  • cyanide4suicide - April 7, 2010 4:19 p.m.

    That's not true, I still play DOA Ultimate. Best fighting remake I've ever played.
  • philipshaw - April 7, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    It has to be FFVII because after FFXIII, FFVII became unplayable to me
  • Conman93 - April 7, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    That resi remake was freaky. One of the most tense games ever. A remake of Spyro Year of the Dragon would be great
  • El_Hombre11 - April 7, 2010 5:48 a.m.

    Hell, I'd buy a Conker remake for the 360! that would DEFINITELY be worth it :] captcha: Palestinian-held commute. how the f*ck does that make sense?!
  • darkvare - April 7, 2010 5:27 a.m.

    strider 2 please
  • mgkyo666 - April 7, 2010 3:42 a.m.

    Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver...
  • Whoissheandwhydidshesayit - April 7, 2010 1:20 a.m.

    Final Fantasy VI. VII gets more attention, and rightly so what with it being the first 3D one, but I still think VI was the better game.
  • JizzyB - April 6, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    Alright, it's time for me to pull out the big guns. First and foremost, I want to see a remake of Deus Ex with updated graphics (textures, polygons ,physics, animations). The new one sounds like it's heading down the wrong path with it's renaissance influence. Other games: Soul Reaver or Blood Omen Final Fantasy 7 (everybody's asking for it, why not just get it done)
  • nemesisuprising - April 6, 2010 11:20 p.m.

    and how could I forget LEGEND OF ZELDA MAJORAS MASK!!!!
  • nemesisuprising - April 6, 2010 11:19 p.m.

    soul calibur 2 and kingom herts BBS for the ps3... nuf said
  • Liide - April 6, 2010 9:20 p.m.

    I agree with Onyx, a Morrowind remake would be more than welcome right now.
  • chairmanofthebar - April 6, 2010 8:21 p.m.

    Silverload!!!
  • Mitchy13LAMF - April 6, 2010 7:39 p.m.

    agree with onewing......... they are lagging with the battlefront game. we need that now. PRONTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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