Some of the greatest games ever revolutionized gaming in the 1980s and ‘90s. Super Mario Bros, Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Tetris and The Legend of Zelda are just a few of the classics from previous decades that have a legacy in the gaming industry. Today, more and more publishers are releasing remakes of their most renowned retro games with revamped graphics and audio on the latest consoles. Those retro game remakes are reviving classic games for a new generation of players. These are five of the best retro game remakes for various gaming platforms.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was the first 3D game in the Zelda series for the N64. Thus, the game added a whole new dimension to the land of Hyrule that captivated players the world over. The game’s detailed gameplay, atmospheric audio and thrilling new 3D perspective enthralled players.
So it’s not especially surprising that Nintendo released a remake of one of its greatest games for the 3DS. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D revamps the game’s graphics with stereoscopic effects. The remastered Ocarina of Time includes a mirrored Master Quest to play through, revamped item system, Hint Movies, and a new Boss Challenge mode. Another bonus is that Ocarina of Time 3D is a portable game on the handheld 3DS you can play on your travels.
Half-Life redefined first-person shooter games when Valve launched it. The game stars the scientist Freeman who gets caught up in a resonance cascade that sparks an alien outbreak at the Black Mesa Research Facility. Players were wowed by Half-Life's gripping storyline and pulsating blasting action. It was an extraordinarily immersive game that scooped 50 Game of the Year accolades from the gaming media.
Black Mesa is a fan-made Half-Life remake from Crowbar Collective that has been getting rave reviews since it first appeared on Steam (rated at 8.9 on KeenGamer). The remake has been in active development for years and is now reaching full completion with Crowbar Collective polishing the final Xen chapters. Black Mesa’s graphical quality might not compare that favorably to contemporary first-person shooters, but the remake has given Half-Life a massive graphical overhaul with much, much smoother and realistic visuals than the somewhat chunky original. Furthermore, Black Mesa includes an all-new soundtrack, revamped physics engine and enhanced level design that ensures an even more immersive game than the first Half-Life.
Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary
Halo: Combat Evolved was the launch title for the Xbox that began one of Microsoft’s biggest game series. This sci-fi first-person blaster introduced an explosive story that inspired a whole novel series and a game franchise that continues to expand. Halo’s non-linear level design and thrilling soundtrack laid down a benchmark for other games. Players also loved Halo’s split-screen multiplayer that included five customizable multiplayer modes to battle it out on. Thus, Halo is up there with Half-Life as one of the best ever first-person shooters.
To mark the 10th anniversary of Halo, Microsoft and 343 Studios launched Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary for the Xbox 360, which you can also play on the Xbox One. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is a remake with revamped high-definition graphics for 16:9 TVs. Aside from that, it’s almost identical to the original Halo; and players can even switch between the game’s new and original graphics. Halo Anniversary also includes a new online multiplayer mode that incorporates remade maps from Combat Evolved and Halo 2.
Scorched Earth 3D
The original Scorched Earth was a shareware DOS game that came to prominence in the early ‘90s. It’s a turn-based artillery game in which players fire artillery from their tanks during multiplayer or single-player battles. Scored Earth was an immensely playable artillery blast em up with plenty of gameplay settings and a wide variety of arsenal to blow away enemy tanks with.
Scorched Earth 3D is a remake of the original Scorched Earth that includes 3D graphics. Thus, the remake gives the game a massive graphical overhaul and an entirely new dimension with its 3D landscapes. The remake sticks to the original gameplay formula, and it includes all the weaponry from the first game. You can also play Scorched Earth 3D in an online multiplayer mode. The best thing is that the remake is a freeware game you can add to Windows from the Scorched 3D website.
Space Invaders Extreme
Space Invaders is among the most influential games in gaming history that revitalized its industry at the end of the 1970s. It is one of the highest-grossing arcade and console games in the industry’s history. The 1978 Space Invaders revolutionized gaming in more ways than one. For starters, it was among the first games to include a notable soundtrack. The game’s music was the first truly dynamic soundtrack. Space Invaders was also the first points-scoring game that saved scores.
The game’s original publisher, Taito, released Space Invaders Extreme on the Nintendo DS, PSP and Windows platforms that introduced SI to a new generation. The remake certainly adds a lot to the original game with a raft of new power-ups, multiplayer modes and bonuses to boost scores. Of course, Space Invaders Extreme incorporates a new visual style, but it retains pixelated sprites for the sake of nostalgia. The remake’s groovy electronic soundtrack is another of its highlights. Overall, Space Invaders Extreme is a worthy remake that reinvents a classic game.
Those retro game remakes will certainly revive some gaming nostalgia for the millions who played the original titles. Space Invaders Extreme, Black Mesa, Ocarina of Time 3D, Scorched Earth 3D and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary are five remakes that add a lot more sparkle to the original games with revamped graphics and audio. They also retain the same great gameplay from their original games.