The best (and worst) video game remasters of 2021

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Many, many game developers chose 2021 to release their remakes and remasters. Most of the games that came out this year were getting their second bite on the apple. Some managed to recapture the spirit and love just like the original release. Some of the best games released this year came in that series. We’ll talk about the three that I think are the best – and then which was, hands down, the worst.

Best: Mass Effect: Legendary Edition

The Mass Effect series is in a fantastic place. Andromeda was not well received, to say the least. We know Mass Effect 4 is in the works, but we don’t know when we will get more details. So fans hold the original trilogy in a very high context. Bioware announced in 2020 that it was re-mastering the original games with the Legendary Edition. Given that the Mass Effect trilogy has not come out That Not long ago (two console generations), Bioware had to do nothing more than give this favorite series a fresh coat of paint, and it did. The Legendary Edition retains everything the fans like about the original.

That doesn’t mean the remaster is perfect. Bioware failed to fix some of the problems of the original games, and some old animations seem extra sticky compared to the beautiful graphics. They also dropped the Pinnacle Station DLC from the first game. That said, most legendary editions are as comfortable and familiar as a warm blanket. That’s really the point of the remaster: they bring out everything the players like about the original and serve as a simple intro for new fans.


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Best: Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139

There is a bit of a strange history near the origin. Square Enix released two versions of it, called Gestalt and Replicant. Gestalt, a version released in the West, featured old Nair as the protagonist. Starring Nana Neer in Nier Replicant released in Japan on PS3. To celebrate Near’s 10th anniversary, Square Enix released a soup-up version of the replica with a confusing title. The new version of the game offers a great overall graphics and combat, bringing it more in-line with its sequel game.

The new replica features the remaster’s typical graphical polish with a new texture and bright color palette. Developers of Platinum Games, Near Automata worked on a new combat system. Being one of the top games in April, the replica did very well in sales. Between the replica and the mobile title Nier: Reincarnation, it’s a banner year that was once an underrated cult classic title.

Best: Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania

I trust Mike Minotti not to give a 5/5 to a children’s game remaster for no good reason – and that’s what he gave Super Monkey Ball: Banana Mania in his review. In fact, he called it “the most fun I’ve ever had in gaming this year.” When it comes down to it, the main thing is the remaster Must Do is to deliver the original experience in a beautiful and entertaining fashion that translates to a new audience. And according to Mike, Banana Mania did just that.

On top of how cute the new game is, it’s one of the more fun games out there this year. Simple party games have something to say. As much fun as it is to save the Galaxy from the Reapers or to save my sick sister, sometimes you just want to relax with something vague and innocent. It’s basically Banana Mania in short.

Worst: GTA: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition

Based on volume alone, some remakes and remasters released this year are not going to be well received. But none of the other remakes this year have come close to being included in the remastered Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition. From its multiple bugs to its overall poor graphics Wrong From some of his “remastered” elements – fans hated him, critics hated him and newcomers were just confused. A perfect meme bonanza has sprouted from the poor quality of this game. I struggle to think of ways that the remaster could go any further wrong than this.

Definitive Edition was so bad that Rockstar apologized for it despite not being the developer. The real developers, Grove Street Games, are apparently still working on the game. They have fixed a lot of problems like lack of fog and weird environmental graphics. But it has not been able to fix the other, and the trilogy is currently in doubt. Rockstar has restored the original games to PC stores and is offering free games for it. Only time will tell if all these olive branches will redeem the release.

Despite the flaws, many game publishers and developers are still making game remakes and remasters a major part of their releases. We look forward to seeing what kind of remakes, remasters and re-releases we get in 2022.


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