With so much of the games industry talking about Resident Evil 2, I’ve been seeing more and more criticisms of it as a remake. Some folks thought it wasn’t enough like the original, others thought it was too antiquated. This has got me thinking about the nature of remakes.
There is a large variety of ways developers can attempt to remake their originals. They can modernize it, replicating the plot and atmosphere, but updating the majority of the gameplay. They can take the original game, slap HD textures on it, and make it run at modern resolutions. Or they can try to land somewhere in the middle.
Each approach has it’s own drawbacks and benefits. Modernizing an old game can often miss out on important parts of the original, or divorce a sense of nostalgia from older players. Simply making the original game but prettier can highlight how poorly the game has actually aged and alienate any new fans. For example, I’ve seen some folks say it’s a shame the RE2 remake didn’t include tank controls. That said, if the game had kept tank controls I never would have played it for longer than 15 minutes, like I did with REmake.
Obviously there isn’t a definitively RIGHT way to remake a game, I’m just wondering what you all want out of a remake. Also feel free to shout out any games you’d like to see remade.