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Video Games Reborn

Remade or remastered, cutting-edge nostalgia for the win.

By Kelvin Low      22 May 2020

Black Mesa

Available on: Windows
Original release: 1998
Original platform: Windows

Black Mesa is the fan-made re-imagining of Valve Software’s Half-Life. You play as Gordon Freeman, fighting your way through an inter-dimensional alien invasion, and a bloodthirsty military clean-up crew in order to save the scientists.

Using the new Source engine, the game includes 19 chapters of fighting through top-secret labs, running atop harsh desert landscapes, sneaking into abandoned railways, and leaping across dimensions. Enemies are updated with new features and AI. The multiplayer mode includes 10 iconic maps from the Half-Life universe.


Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Available on: Windows
Original release: 1999
Original platform: Windows, Macintosh, Playstation 2

4K Ultra HD graphics, a new and fully remastered soundtrack, and brand-new content, “The Last Khans” with 3 new campaigns and 4 new civilisations, refreshes the 20-year-old classic.

Explore all the original campaigns as well as expansions, with over 200 hours of gameplay that cover 1,000 years of human history. Multiplayer option allows players to challenge others with 35 different civilisations in the quest for world domination throughout the ages.


Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

Available on: Switch
Original release: 1993
Original platform: Game Boy

As Link, you awaken in a strange land away from Hyrule, where animals talk and monsters roam. In this new version of the game, the classic soundtrack has been reborn with new arrangements, and now you can equip more items, review key conversations, and navigate the map in new ways.

New mini-games as well as customisable Chamber Dungeons allow you to compete for rewards. You must conquer the main adventure’s dungeons and mini-games, or tap any amiibo featuring a The Legend of Zelda character to unlock Chamber’s exclusives.


Spyro Reignited Trilogy

Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Switch
Original release: 1998
Original platform: PlayStation

Spyro Reignited Trilogy is a collection of remasters of the first three games in the Spyro series: Spyro the Dragon (1998), Ripto’s Rage (1999) and Year of the Dragon (2000). You guessed it, you play as Spyro the dragon.

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