Remake, remaster, reimagining, rerelease, all of them may have their own definition but still serve two purposes: 1) Exploiting the nostalgia and nostalgia of the player to his favorite classic game. 2) Being a second chance to fix the flaws of the original version that might be caused by improper decisions or console limitations when the game was released.
But what if the second chance given actually makes the game worse than the old version? In this article, we will discuss 8 remakes and remasters that have been criticized by many gamers because they provide a playing experience that is not as good as before. Without further ado, let’s see what games are meant:
- Goldeneye 007 Reloaded
Goldeneye 007 is a rare case where the adapted game is much more popular than the film itself. The game developed by Rare Studio in 1997 became a favorite game for many gamers in its time because it offered rare FPS gameplay for consoles at that time, especially Nintendo consoles, iconic music, and multiplayer which supports up to 4 players on one screen.
GoldenEye 007 Reloaded by Eurocom and Activision has turned this classic game into a Call of Duty clone. Apart from several levels that are similar to the original version, the entire mechanics and set-pieces offered by the Reloaded version are just a copy of Call of Duty which is at its peak of popularity.
GoldenEye 007 Reloaded might get a positive reception from critics at that time, but many ignored this game and even forgot about its existence while the N64 version produced by Rare still held classic status.
- Super Mario 64 DS
Super Mario 64 is still called one of the best games ever. This game became a revolutionary game that succeeded in building a blueprint for how to build a 3D platformer game. Even if we forget Super Mario 64’s role in the gaming industry, the game still offers a level that is fun, easy to remember, can be completed in hundreds of ways and is highly replayable.
Super Mario 64 DS is far from being a “bad game”, but many fans are not happy with this remake and prefer to play the original version. As an opening, Super Mario 64 DS was released on a platform that had no analogues at all. Playing 3D Mario games without analog seems stiff, making movement in this remake version much more difficult than it should be.
This remake has also changed a lot. The addition of Wario, Luigi and Yoshi is the biggest change in this version and although it does offer an interesting new perspective on the gameplay, many are also not very happy with this change because you have to constantly change characters to play certain levels, throwing away the freedom it offers. the old version becomes more scripted because the level is specifically designed so that it cannot be completed by the same character.
- TMNT: Turtle in Time Reshelled
The beat-em-up genre became a popular genre in the era of SNES machines, Sega Genesis and Arcade, and TMNT: Turtle in Time became one of the favorites. Having satisfying hit gameplay, catchy music, and of course fanservice for TMNT fans, it’s only natural that this 1991 game was remake a dozen years later. Unfortunately the remake does not provide similar sweet memories.
Developed by Ubisoft and released in 2009, TMNT: Turtle in Time Reshelled is an enhanced remake that offers new visuals and new music remixes. Although it sold well, the reception of this remake is not as positive as the original. Many criticized the new visual style for its flatter appearance, lack of replay value, and stiffer controls from the old version.
- Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons
Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons is a remake of the 1988 arcade game developed by Korean studio Gravity. Released for the Xbox 360 in 2011, this remake received negative scores from all media that had written reviews of the game. All critics at the time agreed that this remake gave a bad name to the original which many arcade fans loved. Poor controls, poor visuals, stiffer combat system, are the highlights of this bad remake.
Double Dragon II: Wander of the Dragons grabs a score of 17 on Metacritic, putting the remake in the 16th position of the lowest scoring Xbox 360 game on the website. This remake has also been named in the list of worst games ever by Gamesradar and several other major media.
- Warcraft III: Reforged
Warcraft III became a game that played with many PC gamers in the 90s. Not only that, this game has also become the foundation of DOTA and League of Legends, both of which are still popular today. When Blizzard first announced that they were developing a remake of the classic RTS game, fans naturally expressed their hype. However, that enthusiasm was instantly destroyed when the game was released.
Not only did it get a bad reception, Warcraft III: Reforged also invited a lot of controversy throughout the beginning of 2020. Starting from the visuals that looked outdated and didn’t invite the feeling of “wow” to the fans, cutscenes that experienced a downgrade, to regulations where custom game work became the right. Owned by Activision Blizzard, all this makes this remaster protested and laughed at by netizens. The press of this remaster was so bad it reached the point where the user score on Metacritic reached 0.5, making Warcraft III: Reforged the game with the lowest Metacritic user score for several months.
In the midst of the popularity of adventure games like Prince of Persia and Another World, Flashback tries to provide a similar gameplay to the two games but in a futuristic setting and perspective. The 1992 game was received well by critics and won several awards.
Due to high fan demand, Vector Cell persuaded Ubisoft to make a remake of the classic game. Released in 2013, the reception of this remake is reversed by what the original version got. Flashback Remake is labeled as a buggy game with a gameplay that is too easy and full of new designs that make old fans shake their heads. With poor reception and poor sales, Vector Cell closed down shortly after the game’s release.
- Silent Hills HD Collection
Even though Team Silent has been disbanded, the Silent Hill franchise must continue. Konami started to appoint western studios one by one to continue the name of their flagship horror game series, but none of them could provide a game with a reception as good as Team Silent’s.
When Konami tried to release the first compilation of 3 games for the Xbox 360 / PS3 generation, the publisher appointed Hijinx Studio to update the three classic games to HD format. Unfortunately, big hurdles have to be faced by the development team. Konami did not keep the source code for the three games, so Hijinx Studio had to rebuild a large portion of the game. Different from the developer team, the execution is different, and the results from Hijinx Studio look much different from the original version.
The Silent Hill 2 remaster has been the most criticized of this HD compilation. The less foggy effect is considered to have removed the iconic atmosphere from the original, the voice actors in the game were completely replaced and fans felt the old version was better even though the new voice actors sounded more professional. Overall, this compilation is considered worse than the original version and fans voiced their disappointment with the HD compilation to date.