Technology and access to increasing possibilities and tools have created the possibility for gamers to be able to generate their own works.
Drawing on famous franchises and largely looking to offer its own personal twist, we have a world of games that seek to honor the legacy of iconic series.
Most of these cases are born as a project made with passion and non-profit, but they do not usually have a happy ending, since their mere existence affects the official licenses of their creators, or that is what they usually say at all times. .
However, in a number of cases its effect has been such that it has led companies to put their own spin on remakes and fan creations officially, being in some way a source of inspiration for the future.
Super Mario 64 HD
One of the most outstanding works in terms of remakes is without a doubt Super Mario 64 HD, independently created by Roystan Ross using the Unity game engine to bring it to life.
Recreating the first level of the legendary 3D platform game from scratch, you can see an excellent technical level that rescues the vibe of the original game and gives it a graphic boost that is at the level of higher generations of Nintendo consoles.
Sadly, the Japanese house decided to stretch its legal muscles and emphatically request the cancellation of the project, leaving it as a legend.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Unreal Engine 4)
Continuing with the Nintendo brands and another classic of the same generation, the work of CryZENx has been released, a remake made in Unreal Engine 4 of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Details of this work are published dropwise on YouTube, but the details give a beautiful facelift to the work of the Japanese house, to the point of looking good accompanied by works of Nintendo Switch.
So far, Nintendo’s hammer has not fallen on them and we hope it does not happen to them, but we know how tough the brand is in defending its series.
To close with the Nintendo space, we cannot stop talking about one of the most outstanding works in the history of fan creations, Pokémon Uranium.
Convinced that Game Freak wasn’t giving enough for their games, a team of creators developed their own vision of the Pokémon world. Spawning 166 new creatures and an entirely new region, Uranium excelled at unsuspected levels.
Reaching the point of becoming a title nominated by The Game Awards as one of the best fan creations in 2016. Such notoriety was enough to invoke Nintendo’s lawyers, who by dint of cease and desist orders, led to the cancellation. of your portal and the project officially.
World of Warcraft: Nostalrius
World of Warcraft private servers have been around practically since the title’s inception, even with expansions developing, for more than a decade.
But nostalgia for the classic version would turn around with the arrival of Nostalrius. A server based on the original version of the game that managed to recreate the experience to an almost perfect level.
It was that level of work that was able to start a snowball effect on the most famous MMORPG in the world, with the request to create official legacy servers for fans who wish to relive nostalgia.
Blizzard listened to the proclamations and made decisions. In the first instance, he requested the cancellation of Nostalrius and after contacting them directly to find out details of its development, they gave their approval to the development of World of Warcraft: Classic.
Resident Evil 2 Reborn
Perhaps one of the happiest stories is that of Resident Evil 2 Reborn, a work by Invader Games that revives the original PlayStation classic using the Unreal Engine 4.
With a gameplay that resembles that of later iterations of Capcom’s zombie saga, we can see a game that takes us back to the devastated Raccoon City, with Leon Kennedy having his terrible first day as a cop again.
Perhaps the most impressive thing about this work is the effect it had on the industry. Instead of diving headlong into erasing this idea, Capcom saw an opportunity to make its own revamped version of RE2.
Resident Evil 2 Remake became one of the best games in recent years and reinvigorated both the franchise and the mainstream trust towards the Japanese company.