Chances are, if you've played through one of the many remakes than flood the current market, then you've probably slugged through the same old tale when it first hit the block. Well, that's partly the reason for their existence: the nostalgia that runs deep within their code. And then, of course, the fact that developers can't let go of a cash cow that longs to lactate a second time before bowing out for all eternity. The point we're trying to make is it's a win-win for the consumer and the producer.
Anyway, 2022 has lifted the lid on multiple remakes and remasters, many of which are scheduled to release later this year or in the first quarter of 2023. So, what's actually worth pre-ordering at the moment? Well, here are the five remakes we've cast our eye on.
5. Resident Evil 4
Capcom has set the bar pretty high for remakes after reigniting the fires beneath its beloved Resident Evil saga. Its fourth entry to the main timeline is now planned to receive the same treatment for next-gen hardware. Although many would argue that such a timeless masterpiece isn't in need of such repairs or makeovers, Capcom, on the other hand, is pretty set on revitalizing the whole anthology. But that comes as no major surprise, as the last few years have been devoted to rebuilding Resident Evil 2 and 3.
Resident Evil 4 revives the parasite for another round of action-packed third-person shooter mayhem. With Leon Kennedy reprising his role as the one and only D.S.O agent of the Raccoon City outbreak, players will once again slip into his shoes and take on the looming virus with two smoking barrels and a faux suede bomber jacket. Just don't expect Ashley Graham to be anything other than her usual dimwitted self, though. Because let's face it, no amount of rehashing can fix that hot mess.
4. Dead Space
One of the biggest announcements of last year was the one Motive Studio delivered about the Dead Space remake. Although only giving away just a smidgen of detail in the teaser, it was clear that the survival horror shooter would be a complete reimagining of the 2008 original. This is now expected to launch on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on January 27, 2023.
The Dead Space remake retains the same narrative at its predecessor, which means older fans will know what to expect when traipsing the shadowy halls of the USG Ishimura. With a complete graphics overhaul for current-gen consoles, the Sci-Fi survival horror will surely have you shackled to your nightlight in a fit of paranoia. And if it doesn't, then you know, its soundtrack probably will.
3. Saints Row
Saints Row isn't exactly short on curveballs, as the series has shown countless times since it first appeared in 2001. After being compared to Grand Theft Auto more times than the devs could brush off, Deep Silver finally made the call to give it a voice of its own, which resulted in a more mayhem-focused narrative with comical elements to bolster it. Fast-forward a few years and superpowers were thrown into the mix. Oh, and then the fiery pits of hell. Because why not?
To cut a long story short, Saints Row is having the slate wiped completely clean, and it will launch again on August 23, 2022. Although a far cry from what made the original series so quirky, it's definitely something worth keeping note of. Just try not to let the hipster-themed Saints steer you away from picking it up. With Deep Silver still manning the ship, we can rest assured that the elements will still be present and accounted for. It's just that, well, they'll be on another skin, and with a thicker coat of paint.
2. Splinter Cell Remake
Splinter Cell has such thick blood that we can only begin to imagine how tough it would be to extract even a droplet of it for next-gen hardware. Even with experienced hands behind the wheel, its fruits are still incredibly sacred, and we can point Ubisoft in the direction of a few million fans who wouldn't take too kindly to a disrespectful remake. But you know, it's happening anyway.
Of course, Ubisoft has confirmed that the remake will be keeping in line with its linear roots. So, although there will be a significant number of changes to the stealth shooter hit, its heart will still be on its sleeve. At least, that's what Ubisoft has made it out to look like. We'll have to hang fire and see what becomes of Sam Fisher and his exploits next year, unfortunately.
1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II Remake
It has always been the question of when will Activision resurrect Modern Warfare II, rather that will they ever resurrect it? Truth is, it was on the cards ever since the studio started adding extra dollops of fertilizer to its earliest projects. Our only major concern now, of course, is wondering if the team will dig up Ghosts or Infinite Warfare for the same treatment. Our thoughts there, like many others, aren't too bright on the idea, to be fair.
Anyway, Modern Warfare was a genuine success, which is what put the wheels in motion for its sequel. Like before, the first-person shooter will retain a lot of its core story elements and characters. The biggest change, as with any remake, will lie with its visuals and additional pockets of lore and side content. So, if you found it in your heart to love it in 2009, then you should definitely be able to unearth it in 2022.
So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five remakes? Are there any we should know about? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.