EA Motive’s remake of Lifeless Area honors the unique sport whereas enhancing it in nearly each means. As video games proceed to enhance visually and mechanically, a few of our favorites from the 2000s are actually beginning to present their age. With that in thoughts, we’re eager about the video games of that period that deserve a remake.

Query: What 2000s sport deserves a remake?

Tremendous Smash Bros. Melee – Ozzie Mejia, Senior Editor 2000

It is a kind of issues that may by no means actually occur given how a lot cash is invested in Tremendous Smash Bros. Final. It is a franchise that continues to look ahead, by no means backward. Having stated that, Nintendo has by no means really embraced the fanbase that continues to carry a candle for Tremendous Smash Bros. Melee, a sport that is sufficiently old to drink. The truth is, there are occasions when Nintendo actively treats that fanbase with utter contempt. The full slap to the face of the esports scene on the finish of final yr is a narrative that can proceed to have ramifications for a very long time.

Having stated that, one approach to make good with that fanbase and with a variety of old-school Nintendo followers is to present Melee a recent coat of paint. Give it a 1080p, 60fps overhaul, add somequality-of-life components to it, and go away the muse alone. Let Melee be Melee, however replace it for a brand new era. It is uncommon that such an previous sport continues to be related in at this time’s area, however Melee holds such a distinction and deserves to be acknowledged.

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus – TJ Denzer, Sly Information Editor

Sly Cooper in Thievius Racoonus.
Supply: PlayStation Studios

I gotta say, out of all the mascot-driven platformers of the 1990 to 2005 period, Sly Cooper might be the one I most frequently want I may play with a recent coat of paint. The previous sport is nice. I actually benefit from the stealth, lighthearted fight, and numerous thief abilities you accumulate within the sport. That stated, it hasn’t aged very effectively visually in my view and the controls really feel just a little flighty. I might be thrilled to see a model given the identical love and a focus because the Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon remakes.

Want I remind you, Sly Cooper was additionally a Sucker Punch jam, whom many now possible know finest for the Notorious sequence and Ghost of Tsushima. They’ve the chops to make very lovely issues in trendy gaming. Whether or not a reimagining of Sly Cooper put him in additional open-world settings or saved the extent hubs of the unique, I’d like to see what Sucker Punch may do with Sly Cooper, his associates, enemies, and the environments with the expertise they’ve on the PS4 and PS5.

We’ve been in a drought of excellent all-ages platformers in AAA gaming as of late. A Sly Cooper remake from both the impeccable Sucker Punch or one other good PlayStation Studio is perhaps simply the factor we’d like.

F.E.A.R. – Morgan Shaver, Die-hard F.E.A.R. fan

A combat sequence in F.E.A.R.
Supply: Monolith Productions

If there’s any sport from the 2000s that deserves a correct remake, it’s F.E.A.R. from developer Monolith Productions. If you happen to’ve by no means performed F.E.A.R., it’s a psychological horror/FPS mix that follows the mysterious Level Man, a member of F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) who’s uniquely capable of sluggish time throughout fight.

The sport was means forward of its time not just for these mechanics, but in addition for issues like its extremely detailed particle system and groundbreaking AI. With this, F.E.A.R. provided gamers extra of a problem than many different shooters on the time due to its extremely smart NPCs which weren’t solely capable of work collectively as a staff, but in addition flank the participant and even fall again when below heavy hearth.

If that’s not sufficient, the horror of the sport was splendidly delicate, that includes efficient background scares courtesy of its creepy antagonist, Alma. The story had a shocking quantity of depth to it as effectively, unraveling little by little with particulars about Level Man’s origins, connections to Alma, and connections to the sinister Paxton Fettel. Whereas the third sport within the sequence seemingly killed it for good again in 2011, I stay hopeful that someday we’ll see the primary F.E.A.R. revived with a correct remake. Fingers crossed.

Steel Gear Stable 2: Sons of Liberty – Blake Morse, !

Official key art for Medal Gear Solid 2.
Supply: Konami

I’m actually undecided how you would pull this one off now since Kojima and Konami have parted methods on not the very best phrases. And certain, it’s not the primary entry within the sequence, however I really feel like Steel Gear Stable 2: Sons of Liberty in some ways was a primary step into a contemporary world of gaming with its astounding visuals and cerebral plot. Sure, video games with advanced plots and spectacular graphics existed earlier than MGS2, however this sport was a revolution on the time and had Kojima’s meticulous consideration to element throughout it. I’d additionally say that is kind of the place Kojima begins going off the deep finish plot-wise with a twisting and turning story full of double brokers and substitute limbs that include the consciousness of their authentic proprietor. An opportunity to streamline the story, broaden upon the gameplay, and see what Sons of Liberty appears to be like like on trendy consoles can be an actual deal with for me personally.

Blinx: The Time Sweeper – Sam Chandler, Time Journey Editor

An underwater sequence in Blinx: The Time Sweeper
Supply: Microsoft Studios, Shacknews

The unique Xbox holds so many Microsoft properties which might be ripe for a remake. It’s a disgrace actually, when you think about one of many solely IPs from the Xbox that has managed to stay round is Halo, and that’s not within the healthiest state as of 2023. Whereas there are dozens I’d like to see remade, I feel Blinx: The Time Sweeper provides some of the distinctive experiences, which positions it as a transparent winner right here.

In Blinx: The Time Sweeper, you play as a cat who can management the movement of time. Accumulate sufficient time crystals by defeating monsters and you’ll pause, rewind, fast-forward, decelerate time, and even document your self. The entire puzzles within the sport are designed to be solved utilizing this mechanic, whether or not it’s reversing the destruction of a statue, pausing time so you may push water round off a button, or document your self leaping on a see-saw to launch your self over a niche.

The sport even had a sequel with co-op, acquired backward compatibility assist, and has proven up on Sport Move. Xbox doesn’t have its personal unique platforming sport, and outdoors of Marcus Fenix and John-117, there exists no kid-friendly mascot like Nintendo’s Mario.

If Xbox isn’t going to convey again Blinx, it must a minimum of take an extended arduous have a look at the OG catalogue, as a result of there are a variety of gems left prior to now.

Fallout 3 – Invoice Lavoy, Devoted Angler

A character overlooking a map on a table in Fallout 3.
Supply: Bethesda

I’m just a little bummed out that Driver was launched in 1999 as a result of that’s what stood out to me once I first contemplated this query. Past that, I’m skipping something Resident Evil as a result of it’s possible already in improvement, and I’m passing on Rockstar as a result of who of their proper thoughts desires a Grand Theft Auto 3 remake once we’re all busy getting hyped for Grand Theft Auto 6?

As an alternative, I’m going to decide on Fallout 3, which was launched in 2008. The one Fallout sport I’ve ever performed was Fallout 4, however all the things I’ve heard about Fallout 3 is sweet. I may simply go play it now if I needed, however I’d a lot fairly get a contemporary model of it if that’s an choice. It’s most likely not an choice, so I’ll both by no means play it, or someday I’ll must suck it up and dig in for some 2008 graphics.

Def Jam: Combat For NY – Dennis White Jr., Sony Walkman Savage

The roster of fighters in Def Jam: Fight for New York.
Supply: EA

I determine most people are going to go along with traditional single-player experiences however my favourite moments from the 2000s have been taking part in video games with my pals. Marvel vs Capcom 2, WWF No Mercy, Bloody Roar Primal Fury all come to thoughts. However Def Jam might be probably the most unlikely to occur with all of the music rights concerned, if it was ever salvaged for a remake with an expanded roster, I might lose my thoughts.

The power to make your personal character and costume her or him within the dopest gear is one thing I beloved in regards to the sport. And the 4-man chaos is unmatched with the weapons and stage interactivity. I additionally actually loved how detailed you may make your character’s transfer set. There would must be some updates and expansions made to how the feminine roster is handled to broaden them past arm sweet story-wise however I feel the core gameplay can be a ton of enjoyable at this time with easy on-line play. The O.G. Ice-T shared related sentiments some time again. Let’s make it occur!

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Donovan Erskine, 2000s child

A character in Oblivion wearing a helmet.
Supply: Bethesda

I’ve fond recollections of watching my stepbrother play Oblivion once I was youthful. Every now and then, he’d let me play for a short time, till I inevitably received his character killed or jailed. It planted the seeds of my love for the franchise, which might totally bloom with the discharge of Skyrim 5 years later.

I’ve tried to return to Oblivion since then. Sadly, the sport is only a bit too dated for me. The lighting is actually wonky, and the character fashions appear like the NPCs from the PS1-era Spider-Man video games. I do know that there are mods on the market that add a reasonably coat of paint, however I need a full overhaul. I’d like to see Cyrodiil reimagined with trendy graphics and sensibilities. I do know Bethesda’s arms are fairly full with Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6, however I’d like to see a budding RPG developer take a crack at an Oblivion remake.

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Yr Door – Steve Tyminski, Classics man!

Paper Mario surrounded by other characters.
Supply: Nintendo

What online game launched within the 2000s ought to be remade? There have been a ton of video games launched in that decade however you actually must assume do any of them need to be remade for the fashionable viewers. Pokémon Gold and Silver ought to get Nintendo Swap updates however the identical might be stated for Paper Mario: The Thousand-Yr Door. This model of Paper Mario is deemed by most to be the very best within the sequence and it will be cool to see the story get up to date for the Nintendo Swap. Being on the Swap would make the Thousand-Yr Door simpler to play and get an entire new crowd to see it. I really feel the identical about Pokémon Gold and Silver getting Swap variations however I’ve to go along with Paper Mario: The Thousand-Yr Door as my reply.

These are the video games from the 2000s we discover most deserving of remakes. There are many nice choices that did not make our listing, so please, pontificate within the Chatty together with your picks!

Donovan is a younger journalist from Maryland, who likes to sport. His oldest gaming reminiscence is taking part in Pajama Sam on his mother’s desktop throughout weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the unique Star Wars Battlefront 2 have been a number of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video video games. After interning for Shacknews all through school, Donovan graduated from Bowie State College in 2020 with a significant in broadcast journalism and joined the staff full-time. He is a large Scream nerd and movie fanatic that can discuss with you about motion pictures and video games all day. You’ll be able to comply with him on twitter @Donimals_


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