If the updated look and feel gets you to play this classic for the first time, it was a worthwhile endeavor.
I’d argue, though, that we need more games like this. I don’t think Lone Survivor can possibly be taken seriously on the levels of the works I’ve mentioned in this review. However, the fact that every design choice in the game aims at putting the player in the head of the protagonist as much as a side scrolling horror game can, sometimes at the expense of something that might have made the game more “fun,” is deserving of praise. At the very least, it is deserving of examination. And I absolutely think it is deserving of at least an evening or two of your time.