Rebooting and reimagining is a trend that has become commonplace in movies, and now that trend seems to be seeping into the game world too. Just like films, it is probably less of a risk to recreate rather than coming up with something new and original. However, with the success of emulation engines and commercially available 'retro' consoles like the Playstation Classic, there is still a clamouring for older titles. And with the vastly-expanded graphic capabilities compared to 20 years ago, aging games can be given a fresh lease of life through a remake. So have they been successful? What is yet to come? And what could be adapted in the future?
Crash Bandicoot first appeared in a game of the same name in 1996 on Playstation. A popular character, he has since gone on to feature in 14 original titles, as well as two recent reboots. Released on Playstation in 2017 and Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC a year later; the N. Sane Trilogy gave three classic Bandicoot games - Crash Bandicoot, Cortex Strikes Back and Warped - a cosmetic facelift released them as a single package. As that became a critical and commercial success, that gave the developers the boost they needed in producing another reimaging, this time in the form of Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled. A remake of the 1999 title Crash Team Racing, the new game features the 31 maps found in the original game and it's spiritual sequel Crash Nitro Kart. Here's what Game Reactor made of the game. But what do you think? Get yourself a copy of both games to see for yourself. Sites such as Discount Promo Codes offer a range of discounts from gaming retailers such as Argos, 365 Games and Zavvi, so you can have your nostalgia trip without it hitting you hard in the pocket.
The Ones Anticipated
Of the nine films that will be visited in the upcoming LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, set to be released sometime in 2020, seven have already been depicted in previous LEGO Star Wars titles. Those being 2005's LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game (which featured Episodes I through III), The Original Trilogy in 2006 (IV-VI), The Complete Saga a year later (I-VI) and a standalone The Force Awakens game in 2016. Since the mid-00s LEGO games have grown immeasurably in both scale and quality, so to fans it would be welcome news that a remake is soon to be released. Additionally, this would also give the chance for the games to accurately reflect the developments LEGO have made in their minifigure design and set building, as the older games now don't reflect the types of sets that can be bought nowadays. Here's everything that's known about the game so far.
One remake is so blatant that it has 'remake' in the title. Final Fantasy VII, which was originally released in 1997 on the Playstation, is getting a big facelift. Square Enix, the developers for the aptly-named Final Fantasy VII Remake, have brought back some of the key staff that brought the original together. Original character designer Tetsuya Nomura returns as director, original director Yoshinori Kitase is the producer and writer Kazushige Nojima has come back to write some new material. Whilst the Final Fantasy remake will include some new material, the game itself is being split into multiple parts so that none of the original story will be lost. Part 1 is set to be released on 3rd March 2020, and recently showed off what's soon to come at E3.
With the market for remakes seemingly booming, there are many classic titles from the 90s and early 00s that could be due a reboot. Jumping Flash was an obscure but successful game released on Playstation in 1995, and had sequels released in 1996 and 1999, but it seemingly has fallen off the face of public consciousness. But if it returned with the same gusto as the original, then Flash will be jumping again. One of the biggest games in the PS2/Xbox era was The Simpsons: Hit & Run - who didn't have a copy of that game? With the development of graphic styles and the insane expansion potential - the idea of a reimagining of that game is tantalising. It seems that the idea of remaking games is one that's here to stay, at least for the time being.