Nostalgia in video games can be a dangerous thing. It’s all too easy to romanticize past experiences, to remember the splendor of an old school favorite through a warm haze that may not be quite accurate. Indeed, it is likely that many of the games that you have loved all these years are not even playable now.
The flip side, however, is that some games are truly worthy of such long-standing dedication, even as the years have exposed some of their more pronounced flaws. That’s why remasters or lovingly crafted remakes are so appealing, with Final Fantasy VII Remake showing just how big the appetite is to revisit old favorites with a new lick of paint.
Here, we’ve rounded up the eight best remakes and remasters you should be playing right now.
Final Fantasy VII Remake (PlayStation 4)
It might not be available just yet (aside from the mind-blowing demo that you absolutely should play right now. Seriously, what are you doing?), But it’s the long-awaited remake of one of the best games of all. times, so it would be remiss of us not to include it. With a blockbuster production, updated fights, and all of your favorite characters brought back to breathtaking life, the first part of this episodic outing is so close we can taste the smog of Midgar. Still, it’s still not close enough. Give it to us right away. Law. Now. April 10 is still too far away.
Resident Evil II (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC)
Listen, you know the drill. Make your way to Raccoon City, encounter insanely hungry undead (and the towering and terrifying Mr. X), and desperately try to escape by exploring a vast police station that is eerily hidden and filled with passageways. Resident Evil II is a true horror classic, and the 2019 remake does more than just offer a new coat of paint – by switching the camera to Resi 4’s over-the-shoulder style, increasing the action. and generally offering a whole new horror classic, which just happens to be an old horror classic. Without doubt the current benchmark for video game remakes.
Okami (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
Capcom and Clover Studio’s weird, daring and gorgeous adventure, Okami may not have received the level of spit and polish that some of the games on this list have been treated to, but frankly, that’s because he didn’t need much more than a touch-up.
Okami HD sees you as Amaterasu, the goddess inhabiting a white wolf, tasked with restoring a shattered world. Originally appearing on the PS2 and then remastered for the PS3, Okami is one of the most visually elegant games of its generation, with an ever-unique, hand-drawn pictorial world. The latest remaster especially sings on the Switch, where players can use touch to wave the Celestial Brush and bring its stunning world to even greater life. Okami was gorgeous, is gorgeous, and is well worth your time.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC)
The painstakingly remastered version of the already breathtaking Wrath of the White Witch more than makes up for the somewhat disappointing sequel to the epic JRPG. With animation by Studio Ghibli and a soundtrack you’ll hum for years to come, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a remaster that brings the joy, wonder and beauty of this incredible game back to our screens with just what’s needed. of care and attention. The story may seem light, but the journey is epic and worthy of over 80 hours of playtime. An astonishing achievement, and one that we are always happy to revisit.
Shadow of the Colossus (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Shadow of the Colossus is a masterpiece – it’s that simple. Team Ico’s 2006 adventure, which tasked you with battling and destroying huge creatures across a breathtaking world, was breathtaking in scale, undeniably magnificent, and had a rich stream of melancholy that was felt keenly. every time you knock down one of the Colossi. It was also, let’s be honest, a little flawed – with clunky controls and an at times awkward camera leading to frustration at times.
The 2018 remake, then, was as welcome as a sunny day. Addressing some of the issues that plague the original while still retaining a sense of awe and majesty whenever you get close to these monolithic beasts, Shadow of the Colossus is still a masterpiece – and any player who self-respecting must verify.
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC)
Crash Bandicoot may never have garnered critical critical acclaim from Mario, or cult hero status from Spyro, but the three platform titles that first appeared on PS1 are full of charm, d ‘excellent platform and a memorable cast of characters.
The popularity of Crash has always been assured, but the collection of N. Sane Trilogy remasters has reminded us of how wonderful these games were and still are. Offering a surprisingly difficult challenge, the remasters brilliantly update visuals for current consoles, while also rebuilding levels from the ground up to refine gameplay and introduce a whole new generation of players to our favorite rotating marsupial.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC)
Speaking of classic platform games, Spyro’s original trilogy holds a special place for many who have opted for the Sony PlayStation, rather than Nintendo and its red hat hero. All three games – Spyro the Dragon, Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage! and Spyro: Year of the Dragon – were happily made platform games with a lovable protagonist and glorious mechanics (hello, slide).
The series has naturally aged, and developers Insomniac and Toys for Bob have therefore taken the little purple dragon under their wing to relaunch the much-loved series, now available on multiple platforms (yes, including Switch). By rethinking the world to come to life (the grass is on fire now, obviously) and putting more emphasis on the different types of dragons you encounter throughout your journey, Spyro Reignited is a welcome reminder. long lasting qualities of a platform series.
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo Switch)
Nintendo’s remake of the classic Link’s Awakening from 1993 does a fantastic job of introducing a classic title to a whole new generation, showing players who are just new to Link’s adventures through Breath of the Wild that there is so much more to discover. For those who played Link’s Awakening when it arrived, the remake is crafted with so much love, retaining all of the original’s charm, wit, and surprising robustness, that it’s easy to fall in love again.
With the classic top-down perspective of JRPG, the Nintendo Switch version of Link’s Awakening is a 3D take on a classic format, with striking colors, stunning visuals, and as many weird quests as you can wave a stick. Oh, and that’s as adorable as hell. If all of that doesn’t rock your boat, we don’t know what will.