Another fan-made creation, Black Mesa is a re-envisioning of the original Half-Life, updating the classic first person shooter released in 1998 with new graphics (via the Source engine), new voice acting, and new music, among other things. It’s been in development for years and isn’t quite finished yet, but a playable version is now available through the Black Mesa Source website, containing 14 chapters and 8 hours of gameplay.
4) Quake Live
Quake Live is the freemium version of id Software’s Quake 3 Arena released in 1999, but don’t let the freemium aspect of this newer version fool you – Quake Live is quite the technical achievement, condensing the Quake 3 Arena experience into a downloadable format and delivering it as a free-to-play game for the masses! And the freemium aspects are quite reasonable, as they are not in the form of “pay-to-win” game upgrades, but rather are subscriptions that give you access to more features like exclusive maps, game modes, and other stuff for the hardcore Quake enthusiast.
3) The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
Although billed as a sequel (the game’s storyline takes place six generations after the original The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past in 1992), there are enough clever reinventions of the gameplay found in its predecessor for this game to make the list. The overworld of the original is still in this game, but the dungeons are all brand new, and the player has to jump between levels in order to complete them! A Link Between Worlds was originally conceived as a remake of A Link to the Past anyway, with the game eventually taking off in its own direction.
2) Final Fantasy Tactics: the War of the Lions
If there was a 1990s JRPG that needed a revamping in the modern era of gaming, Final Fantasy Tactics was it. While the original 1998 Final Fantasy Tactics was a great game that could stand on its own, its remake, the War of the Lions, had more competent translation and localization of the original Japanese text, a difficulty level more in line with the original Japanese version, and gorgeous new animated cutscenes.
1) Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
If any reboot took the original game and made it into an over-the-top experience eclipsing the original, it would have to be the Twin Snakes edition of Metal Gear Solid, which was originally released in 1998. The Twin Snakes saw the original Metal Gear Solid updated to use the same gameplay mechanics of its sequel, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and the developers even hired action movie director Ryuhei Kitamura to redo the cutscenes. And redo them he did – the cutscenes featured in the Twin Snakes are ridiculously action-packed, featuring physics-defying gunfights and even more melodrama than the original. No kidding. The Twin Snakes is probably the dictionary definition of a reboot, even if it wasn’t really all that appreciated by the fans.