The next-generation is on it’s way and that means sequels to popular games, fresh IP’s and REBOOTS! Yes, the passing of a generation means that beloved cult franchises get given a second (or third!) chance for a new audience. Join us on another FRIDAY FEELING as we look at our favourite 5 reboots of all-time…
5) Tomb Raider (2013)
Critically and commercially successful, this year’s Tomb Raider reboot comes in at number 5 on our list. An origin story for a younger Lara Croft, Tomb Raider takes more of an influence from Uncharted and Batman: Arkham Asylum/City than the previous entries in the series. This moved alienated some of the fans of the series but the strong visuals, narrative and adventurous gameplay has opened the door for further adventures of Miss Croft.
4) Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009)
For years, Batman’s reputation was tarnished from a whole bevy of SHATTO games. Enter Batman: Arkham Asylum. Joining the Dark Knight midway through his career, and taking influence from his greatest stories, Arkham Asylum made you feel like Batman, an achievement no game had managed before – mixing a pitch-perfect atmosphere with spot-on gameplay. The title came out of nowhere and blew gamers and Bat-fans away, leading to 2011’s even better sequel (Arkham City) and a prequel (Arkham Origins) to be released this year.
3) Fallout 3 (2008)
Much maligned as “Oblivion with guns” before release, Bethesda proved they’re no one-trick pony with the reboot of cult-franchise Fallout. The title managed to appease long-term Fallout fans while attracting a whole new audience to the series, by mixing a FPS viewpoint with hardcore RPG systems. The post-apocalyptic wastelands of North America were more alive than ever, full of adventure and discovery. A sequel, New Vegas, soon followed and the not-even-officially-announced Fallout 4 consistently tops gamers “Most Wanted” lists.
2) Metroid Prime (2002)
This one has probably passed under your radar. Released at the start of the Nintendo GameCube’s life, Metroid Prime was a risky re-imagining of a beloved series. Introducing a first-person viewpoint to a previous 2D side-scroller was a bold move, but a move that worked perfectly. By putting the focus on adventure and discovering, with a smattering of shooting, Metroid Prime captured the feeling of being alone in a strange, new world perfectly. Innovations such as seemless HUDs and environment scanning meant that Metroid Prime remains and influence to this day and is not only one of the greatest reboots ever, but one of the greatest games of all-time.
1) Resident Evil 4 (2005)
Unsurprisingly, number one on our list is Resident Evil 4. Not only did it manage to bring a fresh and exciting spin on a creaking series, RE 4 has proved to be one of the most important releases in gaming’s history – as well as casting a huge shadow over the subsequent Resi instalments. Its importance can’t be underestimated – its “over-the-should-view” and shooting mechanics has influenced titles such as Gears of War and Uncharted and, crucially, the game remains just as playable today. Resident Evil 4 is officially Low Fat Gaming’s greatest reboot of all time.
– Dave Green @davidpgreen83