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Posted on Jan 15th 2021 at 10:06:01 AM by (clemadams)
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We look back at updated versions of old hits and reinterpretations of classics. And just a little bit about controversial projects.

The year 2020 will be remembered for successful remakes, remasters, and re-releases. The best of them competed on equal terms with new projects - for example, Final Fantasy VII Remake or Demon's Souls. And many publishers have taken to updating their classics so that new generations of players are introduced to the old games.

We at Wow essays have compiled a list of the best-updated games of the year and included both full remakes and re-releases. And we also wrote a little about the projects that many players didn't like

Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil 3 loses in many ways to remake the second part, but it does not worsen. It is a full-fledged blockbuster with a dynamic story campaign, where you don't have time to get bored. Of course, Resident Evil 3 feels more like a big add-on for the second part's remake, but it fits into the series's new canon.

Mostly, since many of its shortcomings are easily covered by the execution level, Resident Evil 3 is a perfect game for newcomers who have been drawn into the series quite recently. A remake of the fourth installment is rumored to be on the way. And Capcom, using this series as an example, shows how to make updated versions of its classic games.

Mafia: Definitive Edition

Mafia: Definitive Edition is not a frame-by-frame repetition of the original, but rather a reimagining within the modern industry. The gameplay is almost directly taken from the third part - with cover shooting and car physics. But the developers from Hangar 13 did not change the basic formula of the first part: it is still a linear game with a compact city, where the emphasis is not on gameplay but storytelling and staging.

The remake focuses more on the secondary characters' storylines, and many of the characters now look and behave differently. The cutscenes also benefit from full motion-capture, making Mafia: Definitive Edition look like a full-blown AAA game. It's easy to forget that this is a game with a $40 price tag.

Other than that, this remake is exemplary: it doesn't replace the original game with all of its mechanics but rather complements it. New players will be able to get acquainted with the iconic story of the first part, and fans got a chance to look at their favorite game from a slightly different side.

Demon's Souls

Few would have imagined it, but Demon's Souls' remake has become a flagship exclusive for the PlayStation 5, a real non-Xt Gen experience. The graphics are stunning, and the new animations bring gameplay to life.

But in general, it is the same game that was released in 2009. The changes are minimal and rather cosmetic: some enemies were redesigned, and somewhere icons were updated. This is an excellent opportunity for many players to start getting acquainted with the cult games from From Software. For those who have been through everything up and down, it will be nice to look at the ancestor of the whole subgenre.

Command & Conquer Remastered Collection

EA seems to be rehabilitating its main strategy series, and it's doing it the right way - through remasters of the first parts. The Command & Conquer Remastered Collection includes the first part of the main series and Red Alert with all the add-ons and enhanced resolution in one package. There is also support for modifications, a bonus gallery, and other extras.

The gameplay remains unchanged - and that's its main plus. If you wanted to familiarize yourself with the iconic series, this collection is a perfect choice.

Persona 5 Royal

Persona 5 Royal is hardly a remake, but it's not a re-release either. It is almost a full-fledged new game with tens of hours of additional story content. The gameplay has been changed in some aspects, and otherwise, it is ahead above the original fifth part.

All Persona 5 fans will enjoy the game even more, and newcomers should probably start with Royal. With all the improvements, it can be called almost the best JRPG of recent years.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy fans were expecting an exact repeat of the original with new graphics but reimagined with a changed storyline. It's been deepened and expanded, and at one point Final Fantasy VII Remake takes an entirely different path.

There are a few more story episodes to come, but already the first chapter feels like a 35-hour game in its own right. The developers did a great job updating the iconic original game, and the local beauty is breathtaking. The cutscenes are some of the best in the franchise.

If you want to know the storyline of Final Fantasy VII in a new version, then, perhaps, you are not at the right place. Everyone else will love the remake - it's a unique experience.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition

The first Xenoblade Chronicles was called one of the best JRPGs for Wii, but in 2011 it got lost in the info-field against the rest of Nintendo's hits. A re-release for the New 3DS didn't do much to rectify the situation either. But the Switch remaster seems to be fulfilling its purpose - the original game has gotten its share of widespread acclaim.

It's an excellent and painstakingly crafted RPG for all fans of the genre. With updated graphics and new controls, it looks as good as ever - Switch owners should take note of it.

Black Mesa

Black Mesa appeared in Early Access five years ago, but it was officially released only in 2020. The Crowbar Collective team created the first Half-Life's official remake on the engine of the second part, with improved and refined gameplay. This is how they were able to refine the iconic original to modern standards - it's the best way to get to know Half-Life.

The interest in the series grew again on the background of Half-Life: Alyx release, so Black Mesa looks even more urgent. This is an example of a good remake that all developers should look up to.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered

Modern Warfare 2 Remastered, at first glance, does not seem like an achievement. It looks and plays the same way as the original game, but in fact, almost everything has been changed here: the developers from Beenox added new lighting, models, textures, and effects.

As a result, the Switch looks almost invisible, but the remaster looks much better than the original game. It is the same game from 2009, but with an improved image. And you don't want more than that.

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