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IGN picks their top ten video game remakes


Popular gaming site IGN has tasked its staff to find out what the all-time best video game remakes are and it is a fairly solid list. Games from a wide array of developers have made the list including Capcom, Bluepoint Games, The Pokemon Company, Nintendo and Square Enix. The covered No.1 spot went to Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 Remake which earned critical acclaim when it launched in 2019 and the second spot went to Square Enix’s long-awaited first portion of the Final Fantasy VII Remake. Here’s IGN’s top video game remakes:

  1. Resident Evil 2 Remake
  2. Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Part 1
  3. Demon Souls PS5 Remake
  4. Resident Evil 1 Remake
  5. Metroid Zero Mission
  6. Half Life: Black Mea
  7. Live A Live
  8. Pokemon Heart Gold and Soul Silver
  9. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 Remake
  10. Shadow of the Colossus Remake


18 thoughts on “IGN picks their top ten video game remakes”

  1. I know Fire Emblem Gaiden (Fire Emblem II) on the NES was never released in the West, so I don’t blame any of the IGN writers for not having a point of origin for it, but MAN, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valencia is easily one of the most incredible glow ups/improvements to a game I’ve ever seen. The presentation of the visuals and narrative are still some of my favorites in the franchise, and I always think about it when I think of impressive remakes.

    Bu who knows, maybe it was considered by IGN but was shelved because it stuck too close to some of the archaic game design choices of the early FE games. Still, it gets my vote.

    (of course this is still a great list, regardless!)

    1. Echoes is the pinnacle of remakes IMO. That gams just took a great NES game, with the expectations of being antiquated, and just cranked it to 11.

      Totally agree with you here, Echoes on my nr. 1 spot.

    2. I couldn’t agree more. I’m not the biggest FE fan but man Echoes was a great surprise to play. It should forever serve as one of the prime explames on how to make a remake “right” imo.

    3. It doesn’t have basic things like weapon triangle. Imagine playing a remake of Pokémon HGSS but without the physical/special split? Or Pokémon having their original typing (no fairy) or moves that have their original base powers?

  2. I would’ve thought ocarina of time for the 3ds would’ve made this list, being one of the best games ever made and then coming to life again in 3D was awesome

  3. Some other great remakes include, Trials of Mana, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, Metroid: Samus Returns and Final Fantasy IV DS. I’m interested in seeing how Dead Space, Resident Evil 4 and Advance Wars Reboot Camp stack up.

  4. I did a marathon of the 2D Metroid games after Metroid Dread came out. I remember liking Metroid Zero Mission when it first came out but this time I enjoyed it far less when playing it with the others. Heck, I don’t know… I might put Samus Returns as the better remake.

    I’m surprised Super Mario All-Stars wasn’t on there. Hmm… can I armchair any more good remakes here? Uh… FireRed and LeafGreen were pretty good. I never played the Gold and Silver remakes but I understand they are very good.

    Orarina of TIme 3D should be considered. Majora’s Mask 3D would definitely have to be up there if they didn’t change the bosses.

    I guess Return to Dreamland was a good remake of Kirby’s Adventure but I don’t think it was ever branded as a remake of Adventure.

    That’s all I got. Any other examples I can think of feel like they’d be considered “remasters” moreso than “remakes”. Thank you for letting me ramble.

  5. I stopped reading at demon souls at number 3. This must be a joke. The game is basically a 1:1 port of a PS3 game with more beautiful graphics. Absolutely no QoL updates to match the year it came out in. Even the checkpoints were still scarce.

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