Considered the best of the Diablo franchise, Diablo 2 took us out of the dungeons below Tristram and let us loose in what was considered a huge open-world when D2 first released back in June of 2000. Now, with the Diablo 2 Resurrected Open Beta starting this weekend, potential adventurers have the chance to
play their part in the war against the Burning Hells before they put out the money to buy the full game. Remasters and remakes are always a dicey proposition, with remakes like Warcraft 3: Reforged showing that some things are better left untouched. Since it’s not every day that we get a free look at an upcoming remaster like we are with D2R, so we’ve gathered up 7 video game remakes and remasters that you don’t want to skip.
The Resident Evil franchise is one of the most iconic zombie series ever. Capcom is still putting out new games based on the franchise, and the quality keeps getting better and better. They’ve also found the time to remaster or remake a few of the earlier games. The original Resident Evil got an HD remaster back in 2015, followed by a Resident Evil 2 remake that had fans drooling for more. Resident Evil 3 helped feed that hunger, but came up a little short when compared to RE2. So if you can’t splurge and grab all three, make sure you pick up Resident Evil 2 and take back the streets of Racoon City.
Another franchise rich in history and lore, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake is a fresh take on a classic of the series. With multiple members of the original development team returning for the remake, the story stays true to its roots while the action combat cranks everything up a notch from the original. Covering only a portion of the original story, the Remake is just the first of multiple planned installments, so there’s more in store if you like this part.
Long before MOBAs were ever conceived, real-time strategy games ruled the competitive PvP world. One of the greatest RTS games of all time was Command & Conquer, and now it’s back to take over the world. Well, maybe not, but Command & Conquer comes with a new UI, a rebuilt matchmaking system, updated graphics and a remastered soundtrack. Plus, you not only get all the original missions, but the Red Alert expansion is also included in the $19.99 price tag.
As if my first time playing Dark Souls wasn’t painful enough, developer From Software had to go and make a remaster of the game that defined a genre. This time around you’ll get to experience every horrible death in 60fps. And if getting tortured at home isn’t enough, Dark Souls Remastered is also available on the go with the Nintendo Switch.
If precision strikes and twitch reflexes aren’t your style, maybe you’d rather pick up New Pokémon Snap for the Nintendo Switch. With Pokémon Snap, instead of catching them all to build an army of Pokémon, you are taking the less obtrusive job as Pokémon photographer. You take a leisurely ride through each environment, trying to capture the best shot of Pokémon living out their lives. Size, framing, multiple Pokémon, and of course action shots, are all ways to boost your score in this relaxing game any Pokémon lover is sure to enjoy.
With Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2, you can relive the good old days when your bones weren’t brittle and a flip trick gone wrong didn’t mean a broken hip. The THPS remake doesn’t try to bring the series into the 2020s. Instead, it just recaptures that 2 minutes of you furiously smashing buttons and flickin’ sticks and throws in all new graphics and a rocking soundtrack.
Baldur’s Gate 2 is arguably one of the best RPGs of all time. Originally released in 2000, the Enhanced Edition gave the beloved classic a fresh coat of paint back in 2013, making it the oldest remaster on this list. Even so, it’s still worth checking out all these years later, as are the other Infinity Engine remasters.