The great thing about video games is that they are always evolving. Games seem to get better every year as technology advances. Since video game technology has improved so much in recent years, more and more classic games are being remastered or completely remade. So, we decided to compile a list of the best remakes and remasters of the year.
These are the ten best video game remakes and remasters of 2020 in order of release date.
"Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX" is a remake of the "Red Rescue Team" and "Blue Rescue Team" games from 2005. The player is tasked with handling missions and jobs using their team of Pokemon in various dungeons throughout the world. These dungeons are completely randomized, so your experience will never be the same. The remake features a new art style designed to look like a moving painting. It also introduces an autosave feature to the game for the first time.
"Doom 64" is the third game in the historic franchise that was first released on the Nintendo 64 in 1997. "Doom 64" is widely considered to be one of the best games in the franchise, but a lot of fans were never able to play it thanks to its exclusive console release. That all changed when the remaster was released earlier this year. Very little was changed from the original game, but that certainly is not a bad thing. Fans of the series will absolutely love the frantic shooting gameplay and the ability to play a completely new chapter in the story.
Right now, players can purchase the franchise's 5th installment, "Doom Eternal" and receive "Doom 64" free.
"Resident Evil 3" is another classic game from the original PlayStation console that was completely remade this year. "Resident Evil 3 Remake," tells the exact same story as the original game using updated graphics and controls. The fixed camera angles are now replaced with a movable third-person camera view. Since "Resident Evil 3" has a fairly short story, the developers decided to add a completely new online multiplayer mode in the remake. This mode has a team of four players attempt to escape a series of lock rooms controlled by an evil mastermind that constantly refills them with deadly enemies and traps.
"Final Fantasy VII" is widely considered to be one of the best role-playing games of all-time. The remake spent years in production, but it was finally released this April. After years of anticipation, "Final Fantasy VII Remake" was still able to impress everyone. The biggest change to the game was the completely new battle system. The turn-based system of the original game was replaced with a live-action battle system. Maneuvering and controlling all of the characters in real-time adds a completely new level of skill and strategy to this amazing RPG. Minor battles that were over in a few seconds in the original game now require actual thought and planning to win. The remake also expands upon the great story to provide more depth to the game's beloved characters.
"Trials of Mana" is a classic role-playing game that was originally released on the Super Famicon in 1995. Despite never being released outside of Japan, the original still became a cult favorite among die-hard RPG fans. The biggest changes in the remake are the overhauled 3D graphics, new soundtrack, and an updated combat system. The rest of "Trials of Mana" remains extremely faithful to the original, which is just what the fans wanted. The English dubbing may not be the best, but it finally gives millions of fans a chance to understand the unique narrative of "Trials of Mana."
"Destroy All Humans!" quickly became an underrated cult favorite when it hit the Xbox and PS2 in 2005. The game has you control an alien sent to Earth to harvest human DNA. The insane concept is aided by the game's ridiculous humor and over-the-top ragdoll physics. Everything that made the original so unique returns to the remake. While all of the original dialogue returns, character models and cutscenes were enhanced using motion capture. The "Destroy All Humans!" remake also features a brand new mission that was cut out of the original game.
"Microsoft Flight Simulator" was originally released on the PC back in 1982. The game was renowned for its graphics and detail at the time. Since technology has advanced so much in the last 30 years, the "Microsoft Flight Simulator" series was relaunched in 2020. The developers used real-life satellite imagery from Bing Maps to virtually recreate the entire globe in photo-realistic 3D graphics. This is simply one of the most stunning accomplishments in video game history. Players will get the chance to fly 30 different airplanes over the top of more than two million different cities around the world.
"Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles" is an action RPG that was exclusively released on the Nintendo GameCube in 2004. The spin-off franchise was so popular with video game fans that it spawned five sequels. The original game recently got remastered for the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. The remaster brings voice acting to the series for the first time. It also features updated graphics and 13 new dungeons. These dungeons have new enemies and their own unique soundtracks.
"Tony Hawk's Pro Skater" completely revolutionized the video game industry when it was released in 1999. It was the first game that was able to accurately convey the feeling of riding a skateboard. The goal of the remaster is to replicate the experience from the first two games with enhanced 4K graphics. "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2" should look and feel exactly like the original games when it is released in September. The original soundtrack, skate parks, and skaters are all returning. The only changes apart from the new graphics are the addition of online multiplayer and a few new tricks.
"XIII" wowed video game fans everywhere when it hit store shelves in 2003 thanks to its stunning cel-shaded graphics. This beautiful presentation made it feel like you were playing a graphic novel. A full-fledged remake is set to be released this November. While a lot of details are not currently known, the developers have stated they plan to stay very faithful to the original game. Enhanced controls to the first-person shooting mechanics and updated graphics are all that "XIII" needs to stand out later this year.