Can a Remake Be Better than the Original?

Halo 2

A recent rumor suggests that Microsoft and 343 Industries are working on a Halo 2 HD remake. Although I haven’t had a chance to try Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary yet, most of the people who played the enhanced remake of the first-person shooter absolutely loved it. Naturally, video game remakes are nothing new, especially for an industry that’s based on iteration, but even where there have been hundreds of these adaptations over the past few decades, I wonder if it is even possible for a remake to be better than the original.

Personally, I believe it is possible. But to make my point much clearer, let’s make reference to some of the remakes that have been universally revered. Enter Capcom, the company that’s to blame for iterating way too much and taking this practice to an extreme. At the same time, Capcom is also the company that should be blamed for creating some of the most refreshingly unique titles ever made and also for reviving dead genres (such as fighting games.) Some its best remakes include: Bionic Commando Rearmed, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD and Street Fighter Third Strike Online Edition, just to name but a few. But forget about Capcom for a minute, what about PS3 compilations and HD collections? We have God of War Collection, God of War: Origins Collection and Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection. Other enhanced remakes include games from the following series: Sly Cooper, Zone of the Enders, Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, Metal Gear Solid, Tekken, Jak & Daxter, Resident Evil and the list goes on and on.

But before ending this article, let’s make it a little more personal. Here’s the list of my favorite remakes, but go ahead and tell me how wrong I am or write your own list in the comment section of the site. Until Final Fantasy VII HD comes out (yeah right, like that’s ever going to happen…) these are some of my favorite remakes: