10 Great Games You Didn’t Realize Had Remasters

With the success of the recent Mass Effect: Legendary Edition and the anticipation for the upcoming Knights of the Old Republic remake, remasters have proven their place in gaming. Video game remasters have gained popularity in recent years, with classics and cult favorites being brought up to date more than ever before.

It is not just the biggest franchises that have been given the remaster treatment though. Many games have been upgraded into the new generation without much fanfare, which is a shame because some of them are pretty great too. Sadly, many fans probably didn’t even know these games had remasters.

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WipEout HD


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Tea WipEout games were futuristic, anti-gravity racing games. The long-running series was popular for its lightning-fast racing, gorgeous visuals, and spectacular electronic soundtrack. Sadly, the studio that made the games closed in 2012, and the series was seemingly over.

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In 2017 though, The Omega Collection released for the Playstation 4. The Omega Collection was a remaster of the two most recent games in the series, WipEout HD and 2048, along with their expansions. The collection lived up to its predecessors in terms of gameplay and made the already stunning visuals even more incredible.


Day of the Tentacle


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Day of the Tentacle was a point-and-click adventure game by LucasArts that has gone down in history as an absolute classic. The game had a wild time travel plot, an outlandishly hilarious sense of humor, and perfected the point-and-click gameplay. It is considered one of LucasArts’ best games.

Even though point-and-click style games have long fallen to the wayside, Day of the Tentacle was remastered in 2016 with decent success. Not every joke still lands, and those not used to the genre may struggle with some puzzles, but the remaster polished up the graphics to look great and streamlined the gameplay to work smoother than ever. Available on Ps4 and Xbox One, Day of the Tentacle is still worth a play.


Super Monkey Ball


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Tea Great monkey ball games have always been simple but addictive. Players guide their monkey to the end of a stage by tilting the arena, picking up bananas as they go. The original game has been re-released and expanded several times, most recently in 2021’s Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, one of the Nintendo Switch’s best remakes.

banana mania recreates every stage from the first two games in the modern engine and includes the original versions as well. The game also features a large cast of recurring and guest characters to play as, and adds in several new game modes, such as time attack, reversed stages, and “dark banana.” With so many features and over 700 missions, banana mania deserved more fanfare than it received.


Shadowman


The protagonist meets Jaunty the snake man in Shadow Man

1999’s Shadowman may not have resonated with everyone, but it does still have a loyal following. The game gives players a whole host of voodoo powers and allowed them to cross between the worlds of the living and the dead to battle the forces of evil. The dark aesthetics and challenging gameplay made Shadow Man somewhat of a cult hit.

Shadow Man was ported or upgraded a few times, but most successfully with 2022’s overlooked Shadow Man Remastered. The gameplay was massively improved to fit the more modern style, while the visuals and ambiance still retained the style that made them popular. Not every aspect of the game has aged perfectly, but Shadow Man Remastered brought the game to the Switch, Ps4, and Xbox One fabulously.


The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay


The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay Video Game

The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay was a rare licensed game that surpassed its movie counterpart. Combining action and stealth into a complex and tremendously fun experience, the game won numerous awards and quickly became a cult classic.

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A sequel, Assault on Dark Athena released in 2009 and included a full remaster of Escape from Butcher Bay along with it. The graphics were upgraded for the Ps3 and Xbox 360 along with the game’s AI, and a multiplayer component was added as well. Unfortunately, this was the most recent remaster of the game, but players don’t have to go quite as far back to play the title again.

The Bard’s Tale


Gameplay from The Bard's Tale

The Bard’s Tale was a wholly unique game that parodied many of the tropes found in fantasy games at the time of its release. Players controlled the titular Bard, a less than honorable hero who even the narrator hates. The game was witty, charming, and had a stellar voice cast. The game earned several sequels and is considered one of the funniest games of all time.

The Bard’s Tale ARPG: Remastered and Resnarkeled in 2020 remastered the first three games in the series together for Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The gameplay itself remained pretty much the same, but the graphics were upgraded from the originals. Surprisingly, the remaster received little attention despite the game’s cult status.

Panzer Dragoon


Panzer Dragoon Remake On PC And PS4

Video game premises don’t get much cooler than Panzer Dragoon, which lets players blast down enemies with heavy weapons from the back of an armored dragon. Originally released for the Sega Saturn in 1995, the first Panzer Dragoon game is considered one of the most seminal rail shooters ever made.

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Several sequels followed, but the original game was finally remade in 2020 for the Ps4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The remake reconfigured the game’s controls for modern consoles and gave the graphics a next-gen update that fully realized the environments of the original. The main gameplay remains the same however and will entertain both old and new fans.


Asterix and Obelix XXL


Fighting Romans in Asterix and Obelix XXL

Asterix and Obelix XXL (subtitled Kick Buttix in the US), was based on the comic book series and centered on the two eponymous Gauls as they journey across the Roman Empire to free their friends. The beat-em-up gameplay was simple yet endlessly satisfying, each country was beautifully brought to life, and the music was phenomenal.

The game was remastered, or Romastered as the game is titled, in 2020, and it was just as fun as ever. The gameplay remained mostly the same but allowed players to switch between the original graphics and the modern upgrade on the fly. It also featured new challenge modes, an equally great soundtrack, and eased up slightly in one brutally difficult level that was even harder than the final boss. Available for Switch, Ps4, Xbox One, and Steam, this remaster was tragically ignored.

Full Throttle


Full Throttle game

Another classic LucasArts Point-and-click adventure, Full Throttle has not had quite the same lasting attention as games like Day of the Tentacle but nevertheless has achieved well-deserved cult status. Full Throttle also improved upon the genre’s mechanics, was more accessible, and featured an impressive voice cast that included Mark Hamill.

The game was remastered for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Steam in 2017, but sadly did not garner much publicity beyond fans of the original. The remaster overhauled the graphics and audio and allowed players to swap between both versions of each as they pleased. It also improved the game’s controls and added in lines cut from the original release. With even an iOS port, there has never been a better time to give Full Throttle a try.

Scott Pilgrim vs The World


Based on the graphic novel and cult film, Scott Pilgrim vs The World was a throwback to the arcade beat-em-ups of past generations. Creators of both the novel and film were involved in the game’s production, and the game was a hit among players for its quirkiness and retro style.

Unfortunately, the game was delisted in 2014 when the license expired but thankfully was remastered for Ps4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, and PC in 2021. The Complete Edition updated the main game and included all of the expansions and DLC characters. Fans who were disappointed by the game’s removal can finally play the complete experience once again, but sadly the remaster may have gone unnoticed by some.


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