There are dozens of remakes and remasters nowadays. We selected those worth buying even if you already have a classic version of the game. Let’s see our list of the top remasters and remakes available on PC.
The upgraded version of a classic RTS game offers better graphics and fixes some flaws of an original Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Foremost, Definitive Edition includes tons of new content, including campaigns, units, and nations. Even if you played the AoE II a lot back in the days, you find this version remarkably entertaining. Interestingly, there are two AoE II remasters – the Definitive Edition and Age of Empires II HD (released in 2013).
Shepard trilogy, including all the DLC and modern graphics. It’s a must-have for everyone who hasn’t played this RPG classic yet. And even if you’ve finished the Mass Effect trilogy before, you should have a lot of fun because of the improved fighting system and upgraded Mako driving in the first game.
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The graphics of games released in the early 2000s have been aging badly. Therefore, many of them really can make use of a modernized version. Mafia’s remake is an excellent example of how the bold vision of an original game can gain by the injection of new technologies. The city in Mafia: Definitive Edition looks astonishing and is remarkably vital, while the story inspired by classic mafia movies hasn’t aged a bit.
First of all, it’s the first opportunity to play Nier Replicant on PC. It is the main reason to be grateful it was released. Besides, everyone who has played Nier before appreciates improvements in and combat system provided in the new edition.
While Warcraft 3: Reforged was a disaster, players and critics praised the new StarCraft version. StarCraft: Remastered includes the Brood War expansion pack, ultra-high-definition graphics, and re-recorded audio. Despite not having any new content, it’s a perfect chance to get to know the StarCraft universe and learn how to deal with a Zerg rush.
One of the greatest representatives of the isometric RPG golden age got a new version in 2012. Enhanced Edition includes Tales of the Sword Coast expansion, better graphics, and many enhancements taken from Baldur’s Gate II. Additionally, there are some original elements, such as the side adventure called The Black Pits. Moreover, Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion was released. Its story takes place between Baldur’s Gate and its sequel events.
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The remake of the first Tomb Raider uses a different engine; hence, it has significantly different gameplay and remarkably better graphics. Furthermore, Tomb Raiders: Anniversary presents a slightly changed story to fit in a rebooted Tomb Raider universe. As a result, it is fun to play even in 2021, while the first episode of Lara Croft’s adventures can be found hardly playable by younger gamers.
The nearly dead Point-and-click genre has had its renaissance thanks to touchscreen devices. As a result, we have many upgraded versions of adventure games classics. Certainly, Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars – The Director’s Cut is one of the best of them. Besides improved graphics, it includes new artworks created by Dave Gibbons and a new story arc featuring Nico Collard as a playable character.
C&C is one of the most renowned RTS series, so it deserved a version more accessible to modern gamers. The Remastered Collection includes Command & Conquer and Red Alert. Both games obtained many improvements, including 4K textures, rebuilt multiplayer, new interface, remastered music, and tons of bonus materials.
Classic installments in the Resident Evil series have been getting modernized versions since 2015. Each of them is worth playing, but we decided to include the remake of Resident Evil 2 on our list. It mixes the atmosphere, plot, and action from the original game with modern patterns, including an over-the-shoulder camera. Players who remember the original game can get extra fun finding minor changes such as Leon and Claire’s first meeting circumstances. It’s worth mentioning that the Resident Evil 3 is also exceptional, and since Nemesis is absent in the remake’s title, we’ve included him in the graphics above.