I've heard that the original hasn't aged that well. On Giantbomb when they did the quicklook at they did briefly look at the remaster original and it didn't compelling. Still the game does have lots of fans iirc.
Also have to say as an aside www.giantbomb.com is a great site (and has about the best/funniest gaming podcast going to boot). Well worth making a regular stopping point for decent games coverage (along with RPS naturally).