After Tackling the 5 best video game remakes, we now have to go for the worst of the bunch. The type that un-apologetically ruins a franchise and disrespects the source material. Here are the 5 worse video game remakes that gamers must not play at all times (if they want to.)
1.) Dungeon Keeper (Android, iOS)
Remember Dungeon Keeper? The beloved strategy game that lets the player become the overlord of the dungeon? Torturing heroes and creating death traps and minions with nothing more than a few resources and a little imagination?
Well good news everyone, Dungeon Keeper was back and it’s free to play in Android and iOS devices. Nothing can go wrong, right? Sadly, the mobile version is terrible! It’s bad enough that a greedy company like EA took over the license; it’s even worse when they decide to make the game into a huge financial scheme. Building tunnels take literal hours to dig and creating rooms may need some real currency to make it faster. For short, they make the once great dungeon simulator turn into a Farmville style waiting game with disgusting amount of microtransactions.
2.) Project Altered Beast (PS2)
Altered beast was an arcade game that lets people beat up monsters and transform into raging beasts. The PlayStation 2 remake takes place in a modern setting where players take the role of Luke Custer, a genome cyborg tasked to investigate the genome mist outbreak. The game is surprisingly fun and the transformation sequences are very violent; but the bland characters, totally uninspiring level designs, confusing story and cookie-cutter enemies really kills the fun out of the game which makes it a shame really.
3.) Golden Axe: Beast Rider (Xbox 360, PS3)
Based on the classic arcade game Golden Axe, Beast Rider is the first 3d remake and also the most mature of the series. (filled with blood, gore and nudity.) The game was an utter mess, there is barely any music, the controls are frustrating, and the level designs are really bland. It almost feels like a slap to the face of the original franchise.
4.) Bomberman: Act Zero
What is the best way to revive a long absent franchise? Create an updated port. of the old games? Create a better game that highlights the original? Sadly, Hudson Soft got the wrong idea of a remake and instead replaced the cutesy and colorful world of Bomberman into a dark and edgy mess.
Creating Bomberman into a dark and gritty dystopia seems to be the wrong way of reviving the franchise. The muddy colors makes avoiding the bombs incredibly difficult and the character designs is sad to look at…it just feels wrong.
5.) Bubsy: The Woolies Strike Back
…honestly, nobody asks for this. Bubsy is back after the big disaster that is “Bubsy 3D”. And to keep up the tradition of the old games; Woolies strikes back has its own unique set of problems. The level designs look the same despite the changing backdrop, the music is on repeat and there is no enemy variety. Bubsy’s only improvements are that the controls are playable and there is an option that lowers his repeating dialog from quiet to motor-mouth.
This review reflects the opinion of the writer and only the writer. Thank you.