Inspired by @Xbob42, I have decided to create a roundtable about the best/worst remakes in videogames and movies. I'll start with one of each.
Good Videogame Remake: Resident Evil (Gamecube): This game is vastly superior to the original. The graphics, atmosphere, acting, sound effects, everything is better.
Bad Videogame Remake: Final Fantasy IV DS: The remake itself isn't bad. It's just that I prefer the old graphics to the new polygonal ones and I also prefer the original music to the rearranged DS music. I feel that something was lost in translation in both terms.
Good Movie Remake: The Ring: Acting, atmosphere, music, story, etc. was better in this version than in the original version.
Bad Movie Remake: The Eye: This movie was really bland compared to the original Cantonese version which is one of the creepiest movies I've ever seen.
@gojira All Monsters Attack! That's what I'm talking about, cinema at it's finest. When I was a kid I had this giant Godzilla figure and if you hit a red switch on the back of his head little plastic flames came out of his mouth and his hands were spring-loaded and would shoot off his body! Radness.
@GameDadGrant Dracula X Chronicles! Nice one! That game was amazing, I need to revisit it soon, it's one of those games I bought on UMD but I should rebuy on PSN to play on ma Vita.
@Hinph Yeah the demo made it seem like "holy shit awesome, Kojima is really interested in this tech and the whole game is going to be remastered to take advantage of the 3-D and to pump up the graphics!!! Then the actual game came out and it became evident that about 1/1000th the effort that went into the demo went into the actual game.
Good Videogame Remake: Resident Evil (Gamecube): I've got to agree here. Still controls like a tank, but the visuals and audio were much improved over the original.
Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance): This made the original more playable, and even had a nice addition to it.
NiGHTS Into Dreams... (PSN/XBLA): The same game with a fresh graphical coat of paint, it's still fun. No new music, but it didn't need it.
Bad Videogame Remake: Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut: It's running on a more powerful system, but is less stable. Bad framerate issues and a terrible camera (which I thought would be fixed for the "Director's Cut"). Game Gear games included, this package isn't fun at all.
I'm not a huge movie buff, so I can't speak for those...
Ah, good call on the NiGHTS: Into Dreams... remake. Game is still a blast...for some reason. My "logic brain" says it shouldn't be fun, the game is just racing through rings! But my "fun brain" says shut up this is awesome. And yeah, the music was always phenomenal, so no need to change that at all.
Good Videogame Remake: NiGHTS Into Dreams... (PSN/XBLA): The same game with a fresh graphical coat of paint, it's still fun. No new music, but it didn't need it.
Funny... I file this under my list of WORST remakes. They ****ed up the analogue controls, which was the #1 most important thing to get right in my mind. The remake does not do the original justice. In fact it tardy's the good name of the original for those who never played it.
Eh. "Second" part of the ending (which should just be called the *new* part of the ending) didn't bother me at all. Didn't ruin the *ENTIRE* game for me, either. I like the orchestrated music, to boot! So...yeah.
@Pokefreak911 You're like the only person who seems to think that. I never played SS2 (at least not more than 10 mins trying it out or messing around on bro's game, which I really regret) but I could tell it's awesome. Seems better than BS to me. The story was better and was the obvious..."inspiration" for BS' story...
@Pokefreak911 Are you sure about that? From what I've seen and played the atmosphere in SS2 was nothing to scoff at. It may not have the production values of 2007 or 2013, but that's irrelevant. The intro alone with the 67 Trillion Miles from Earth and that amazing music seems atmospheric enough. I wish games today did shit like that.
Many say the game is pretty terrifying as well, as well as the intense level of isolation. Bioshock had the exact same story. Exactly. All they did was copy SS2's story over. It was like a rewrite. So I wouldn't give Bioshock any credit there.
And back to atmosphere, I think it might depend on what you value. They both have amazing atmosphere in their own ways.
@carlosrox I'm a MASSIVE Sci-Fi fan and yeah, System Shock 2 has a certain atmosphere, but Bioshock was better for me. Also the morals for most of the people in game are polar opposites of mine so that also made it all the more interesting. It also seemed to have a more fleshed out world and better characters. Enemies had more personality as well.
System Shock 2 is still a fantastic game and I need to finish it one of these days but Bioshock is better in my opinion.