Certain video games have made their way into the world and immediately caught the interest of the gaming community. There was simply something special about the gameplay, the art, or the overall story. However, perhaps after the first installment or maybe the second, something just did not click right. Maybe the developers did not push the envelope enough or the audience simply vanished. The series then enters a sort of a hiatus period as people try to figure out the best way to reboot the series. Sometimes the games never receive a reboot. Others get a reboot which proceeds to flop. Then there are the few game reboots that not only capture the old spark, but re-invent the game in such a way to bring in an even greater audience.
10. Ratchet & Clank
- System: PS4
- Publisher: SCEA
- Developer: Insomniac Games
- Release Dates: Apr. 12, 2016
Ratchet & Clank has always been a popular platformer. Since its initial release in 2002, the game has consistently pulled a strong following. In fact, many probably weren’t even thinking that the game needed a reboot. However, when Sony decided to move forward with a movie, it was a pretty wise decision to dust off the old bolts and make some more people acquainted with this game.
As a simple re-imagining of the first game, a game that was already glorious, the 2016 version of Ratchet & Clank was still astounding. Every aspect of the world was vibrant and the gameplay could not have been smoother. It was perfect and probably made many gamers pray for re-imaginings of countless other games, as long as they were done to the exacting standards of Insomniac Games.
9. Star Fox 64
- System: N64
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Nintendo
- Release Dates: Jul. 1, 1997
Both in terms of graphics and gameplay, Star Fox brought about an interstellar experience. It also set the stage for one of the most memorable Nintendo characters, who has thrived thanks to the Super Smash Bros. series.
Yes, we are tackling a reboot that came out in 1997. It is a bit of a throwback, but in regards to being successful, it deserves to be on this list. Star Fox 64 helped distinguish the expectations and capabilities of the N64. Despite being from 1997, the gameplay is quite intricate and took leaps and bounds from its predecessor. With full-bodied 3D spaceships and tanks, Star Fox 64 made you feel like you were really in those dogfights. It also provided a satisfying multiplayer mode.
8. Rayman Origins
- System: PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PC
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Developer: UBlart Montpellier
- Release Dates: Nov. 15, 2011
The Rayman saga tells the story of a limbless being known as Rayman, who takes it upon himself to restore balance to the land. With a head, body, two hands, and two feet (all of which are disconnected from one another), Rayman beats down the bad guys and saves the day.
The original Rayman was such a breath of fresh air when it first came out in 1995. The artwork was lively, the gameplay stylish, and the game found itself a large fan pool. This fan pool only grew in 1999, when Rayman 2: The Great Escape came out and brought our hero into the 3D realm. This updated the gameplay greatly. Afterwards, the game became slightly repetitive. It wasn’t until 2011, with the release of Rayman Origins, that the series finally found its place once more in the gaming community. The gameplay was smooth and exciting with a lot of new little features attached to your fighting abilities. The artwork as well as the level design were also quite stunning and deserving of applause.
- System: PS4, XONE, NS, PC
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Developer: id Software
- Release Dates: May 13, 2016
Doom is a classic. Doom was first released in 1993 by id Software, and has since become a legendary title. It helped define the first-person shooter genre and is considered by many to be one of the most influential titles in video game history.
The game has gone through the gauntlet over the years. It has seen many reboots, with some being decent and others being quite painful to play through. Thankfully, id Software’s attempt in 2016 to revitalize the series met praise across the entire board. It booted out outdated methods and forced players to rethink how they approach a first-person shooter. The amount of enemies and the amount of gore come together in a chaotic and glorious mix. Newcomers and hardened fans will both love this game.
6. Wolfenstein: The New Order
- System: PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, XONE, PC
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Developer: MachineGames
- Release Dates: May 20, 2014
Wolfenstein is one of those series that has weaved its way in and out of the industry for decades. Its earliest title, Castle Wolfenstein, came out in 1981 and was considered a pioneer in the stealth genre. In 1992, Wolfenstein 3D came out, introducing us to the recurring protagonist, BJ Blazkowicz, and also popularized the first-person shooter genre. If you couldn’t tell, there’s been a trend for the game. However, throughout the first decade of the 2000s, the game struggled to provide a new experience, especially as new shooters stormed the scene (Call of Duty, Halo, Killzone, etc.).
Wolfenstein: The New Order brought new blood to the series by showing off all the blood that it could. A long way from its stealth roots, Wolfenstein: The New Order captured the eye of gamers through its shockingly gory and intense combat. All bets were off in this newest installment as you tore through Nazi ranks. Helping to make the most of the action were detailed graphics that let you enjoy every ounce of blood spilt.
5. Metroid Prime
- System: Gamecube, Wii
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Developer: Retro Studios
- Release Dates: Nov. 17, 2002
The Metroid series has been around for a long time. It was one of the most powerful examples of what a platformer could be. There is a reason why its name is included in the genre-defining term “Metroidvania”. However, for a little while after Super Metroid, it was hard to imagine what the Metroid series would look like as technology progressed.
Metroid Prime not only proved that the Metroid series was still in the game, but also that platformers will always have a place in the market, no matter how advanced technology becomes. Yes, this game was released in 2002, which was quite some time ago, but it proved that by adapting a first-person perspective the gameplay would always be addicting. It demanded the player to truly understand the level layout and made every battle quite thrilling. In this the game succeeded expectations and demonstrated how easily a perspective shift can alter a game.
4. DmC: Devil May Cry
- System: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
- Publisher: Capcom
- Developer: Ninja Theory
- Release Dates: Jan. 15, 2013
Devil May Cry was a flagship series for Capcom. It represented the best of what the hack n’ slash genre could offer to gamers. Between the badass character designs, gothic vibe, and combo possibilities, there was little complain about the game. However, certain aspects did start to fall apart by the third installment and people were wondering if the franchise would stay strong.
DmC: Devil May Cry decided to reimagine Dante as a belligerent young man, who just wanted to enjoy the good things about life. Though some people might have missed the original design for Dante, few could deny that the gameplay and overall setting had been revamped for the better. Everything flowed a bit more smoothly, and the story took a bit more precedence. Truly, the main draw was the accessibility and flourish of the fighting mechanics. It was a lot more welcoming for newcomers to the series and yet was able to provide for players who really wanted a challenge.
3. Fallout 3
- System: PS3, Xbox 360, PC
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Developer: Bethesda Game Studios
- Release Dates: Oct. 28, 2008
If you played the original Fallout games, then you might have mixed feelings about Fallout 3 being on this list. Did it reboot the franchise to the applause of thousands and gain a whole new following? Yes. However, it completely remodeled the tactical gameplay into something simpler. So your mixed feelings are understandable.
Nonetheless, in terms of successful reboots, few can compare. This game brought us directly into the setting of a nuclear fallout and allowed us to explore to our heart’s content. Though the level of tactics was down, we were given a lot of options in how to approach our enemies. We could be stealthy or we could go in guns blazing. Figuring out how to best disable your opponent was always fun. More importantly, by switching to such a first-person perspective, the game appealed to a much wider audience.
2. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
- System: PC, PS3, Xbox 360
- Publisher: 2K Games
- Developer: Firaxis Games
- Release Dates: Oct. 9, 2012
The series started out in 1994 as UFO: Enemy Unknown. It was a strategy game that grabbed a lot of fans due to its difficulty level. Where games like Diablo and Warcraft would let you scrape by while making mistakes, UFO: Enemy Unknown would punish you devastatingly.
Though the first XCOM game came out in 2001 (XCOM: Enforcer, a reboot in its own right), it was not until XCOM: Enemy Unknown came out that the game took on whole new life. This is partially due to the fact that there was only a seven-year gap between the first UFO and first XCOM game. However, the gap between the first XCOM game and its second was eleven years. Either way, XCOM: Enemy Unknown overhauled the graphics and the maps and the impact of choices. Even the difficulty level seemed to be injected with steroids, when compared to its predecessors. It was a completely new type of game that caught the eye of anyone who loves tactics.
1. Tomb Raider
- System: PS3, Xbox360, PC
- Publisher: Square Enix
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In 2013, Crystal Dynamics came out with a brand-new Tomb Raider game. In this game, we ventured into the Dragon’s Triangle searching for the lost kingdom of Yamatai. It was on this island that a legendary queen known as Himiko the Sun Queen ruled and supposedly had the power to control the weather.
Crystal Dynamics did a lot of things right with this new take on Lara Croft. The world and story were both stunning as they mixed realistic elements with the supernatural. The gameplay was phenomenal with great pacing between puzzles, quick-time action, and open-area brawls. However, the aspect that captured most people’s hearts was the fact that we got to experience the events that turned a young Lara into the badass Tomb Raider we all know.
Game reboots are tricky things. Many people pray that one of their favorite games growing up will finally get a reboot with today’s graphics and computing capabilities. However, when a person loves a game that much, it becomes extremely hard for the developer to create anything that satisfies him/her. The games listed above not only met the expectations of die-hard fans, but brought in a ton of new fans as well. With that being said, have there been any game reboots that you absolutely love?