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10 Most-Wanted 2000s Video Game Remakes

Gamers were treated to an avalanche of remakes and remasters during the eighth console generation, many of which were masterful reproductions of aging games. From overhauls of fan-favorite Halo games to total reimaginings of all-time great Resident Evil experiences, the practice of updating old games has, for the most part, been remarkably positive.

That said, some classic titles are still stuck on the original platforms on which they were released or are otherwise in dire need of major improvements. Rumors concerning potential remakes of the beloved games of yester-year are almost everpresent these days, but, hopefully, the rumors concerning these notorious gaming titles take a more concrete form shortly.

10 Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem (2002)

Gameplay of the GameCube game Eternal Darkness Sanity's Requiem.

One of the most intense Nintendo exclusives of all time, Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem was a groundbreaking survival horror title that debuted on the GameCube in 2002. Touting a warped Lovecraftian story and an innovative sanity mechanic, Eternal Darkness was a hit among horror fans, though it failed to garner support from more mainstream communities.

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Not only is Eternal Darkness rare and pricey today, but the iconic sanity mechanic is now woefully out of date, as it took advantage of fourth-wall-breaking scares that are no longer immersive in the modern-day. According to GameRant, Nightdive Studios, the developer behind the upcoming System Shock remake, allegedly hoped to remaster the game, though nothing has come of it thus far.

9 Jet Set Radio (2000)

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The Sega Dreamcast was something of a cult hit console that was unfortunately swallowed up by its vastly more successful competition in Sony’s PlayStation 2. However, even though the system was discontinued in 2001, it maintains an avid fanbase, and many are clamoring for Sega to develop some sort of sequel.

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The same is true of many of its games, and Jet Set Radio often tops the list of most-wanted Dreamcast game remasters. It’s been re-released and ported several times, though it has yet to receive a true remake. However, current speculation suggests that remasters of both Jet Set Radio and Crazy Taxi could manifest in the not-too-distant future.

8 Sonic Adventure 2 (2001)

Sonic runs away from a semi truck in Sonic Adventure 2

Another temporary Dreamcast exclusive, Sonic Adventure 2 is often held to be the best 3D Sonic outing and one of the best games in Sega’s flagship franchise altogether. Packed with memorable levels, characters, and minigames, Sonic Adventure 2 was a high water mark that has yet to be surpassed by any series installment save perhaps for Sonic Mania.

The publisher re-releases retro Sonic games all the time, though the focus is almost always on 90s titles. Fans would be overjoyed at a retread in any form of this classic early-2000s Sonic game, and it could help to right the wrongs of the modern 3D releases.

7 Silent Hill 4: The Room (2004)

Gameplay of the 2004 survival horror video game Silent Hill 4: The Room.

Konami seems to be cooking up something big, and many sources close to the publisher have suggested that several new Silent Hill games are currently in the works, chief among them being a remaster of the classic PS2 survival horror title Silent Hill 2. However, one of the most approachable games in the series, Silent Hill 2 doesn’t need a remaster as badly as some of its sequels.

The 2004 outing Silent Hill 4: The Room, for instance, had many innovative ideas and was well-received at the time, but it’s bogged down by flaws and controversial design decisions that a remake or remaster could easily rectify.

6 The Simpsons: Hit and Run (2003)

A sixth-gen classic, The Simpsons: Hit & Run was a high point for movie and TV-based video game adaptations in an era tarnished by a torrent of mediocre licensed offerings. Albeit an obvious homage to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto series, The Simpsons: Hit & Run injected enough of its wacky personality to overcome the comparisons.

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No other games based on The Simpsons was nearly as beloved as Hit & Run, and, while a remake doesn’t seem particularly likely, it would be great to see this two-decade-old masterpiece revitalized in HD for modern hardware.

5 Resident Evil 0 (2002)

Resident Evil 0 Timeline

After the success of the return-to-form 2017 title Resident Evil 7, publisher Capcom greenlit a slew of remakes based on the older survival horror-centric Resident Evil games. The remakes of Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, released in 2019 and 2020, went down as must-plays for modern gaming systems, and fans are clamoring for the recently-confirmed remake of Resident Evil 4.

However, Capcom seems to have completely skipped Resident Evil 0. It was ported to PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2016, but, aside from that, it’s been almost totally ignored. It’s a shame, as the game could benefit from a reworking of its cumbersome partner system.

4 BioShock (2007)

A seminal 2007 first-person shooter that greatly emphasized story and atmosphere, BioShock was an imaginative, immersive experience that’s often heralded as one of the greatest games of the seventh-console generation. Unfortunately, though it did technically receive a remaster in 2016, that effort is typically considered to be an inferior port when compared to the original.

Though rumors continue to circulate regarding a fourth installment to the series, it would perhaps be best if rightsholder 2K games instead opted to produce a remaster of the original ala Capcom’s rework of Resident Evil 2. The game’s PS3-compliant graphics aren’t aging especially well, and its memorable atmosphere is grounds for an all-time great remake.

3 Team Fortress 2 (2007)

Gameplay of the multiplayer video game Team Fortress 2.

Although it’s well over a decade old, Valve’s Team Fortress 2 retains a healthy community, the multiplayer-only title remains one of the most ubiquitous on the PC platform. Such is the fervor surrounding the game that fans recently review-bombed its Steam store page listening to gain the attention of its developers who had abandoned it.

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While an all-new installment might make more sense than a remake, Valve is notoriously averse to game development, and a new game seems like too much to ask. However, a remake—or even just a significant overhaul of the original—would go a long way toward pleasing the Steam player base.

2 Condemned: Criminal Origins (2005)

Melee combat in the game Condemned: Criminal Origins.

A brutish and gritty first-person shooter released as a launch title for Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Condemned: Criminal Origins took the survival horror genre in a never-before-explored direction, heavily focusing on melee combat with improvised weapons. Desolate and disturbing, Condemned was arguably among the most significant horror titles released on the platform, though the dated visuals betray its once fear-inducing atmosphere.

Given a graphical overhaul and some slight gameplay refinements, the Condemned series could return to the forefront of horror gaming. Unfortunately, while a third installment was said to be in the works around 2015, nothing has come of it, and the franchise has been more or less M.I.A. since the late 2000s.

1 TimeSplitters (2000)

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A fast-paced, fiendishly difficult console shooter often mentioned in the same breath as titles like Goldeneye 007 and Perfect Dark, Free Radical Design’s TimeSplitters was a near-flawless shooter arguably only held back by the necessity of a controller. Had an official PC port been released in 2000, it may have gained more traction and been compared to landmark shooters such as Quake and Half-Life.

TimeSplitters is almost synonymous with rumored remakes, with word of both fan-made and official sequels and remakes floating around for decades. In 2021, publisher Deep Silver confirmed that a new TimeSplitters installment was in the works, though little has been heard since then.

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