Games that have aged well/badly

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  • Incarta 25 Oct 2008 11:12:40 36 posts
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    Some games age better than others.

    I played (or tried to play) Super Mario Kart on the SNES not too long ago and it was bloody awful. But back in the day it was alot of fun. What happened?

    Equally, I played Super Metroid and thought it was a great laugh. Still very enjoyable even today.

    So how come some games stand the test of time and others do not? What examples of good and bad dated games have you come across?

    GOGOGO!
  • Incarta 25 Oct 2008 11:38:13 36 posts
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    ... has what? Good or bad?
  • FWB 25 Oct 2008 11:39:30 44,091 posts
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    Well: Close Combat.
  • Lexx87 25 Oct 2008 11:39:36 20,869 posts
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    Zelda OOT looks a little pants now

    Speak the truth hussy!

  • zoidberg 25 Oct 2008 11:43:30 57 posts
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    Settlers II
  • coastal 25 Oct 2008 11:44:19 5,382 posts
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    C64 games feel punchier than Amiga games, especially when put on the psp

    bf3: sergeant_shaftoe

  • MrE26 25 Oct 2008 11:46:23 1,925 posts
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    I remember firing up the original ISS Pro on the PS1 a few years ago, a game i played for a year solid at the time, and being amazed at how utterly fucking awful it looked.
    Most 3D games of that era look hideous now. Blockly, jerky & low res & they feel semi-unplayable to me as a result.
    The classic 2D games (Marioworld, Castlevania IV, Street Fighter II etc.) are still as good now as they were back then.
  • Hunam 25 Oct 2008 11:48:09 20,674 posts
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    rodpad wrote:
    Anything 3D on the N64 and PSX.

    MGS still has alot of charm. Infact, I love the whole blocky moving texture problem of PSX games, mip-mapping be damned.
  • Syrok Designer, Tarsier Studios 25 Oct 2008 11:50:18 14,033 posts
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    Mario 64 has aged well.
  • StixxUK 25 Oct 2008 11:55:33 7,242 posts
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    Lucasarts adventures + ScummVM = aged like a fine wine
  • Chopsen 25 Oct 2008 12:00:59 15,833 posts
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    coastal wrote:
    C64 games feel punchier than Amiga games, especially when put on the psp

    Yeah. I actually think most things have aged badly from the amiga era, esp compared to how arcade and 8-bit platform games have aged. Some rare things like Cannon Fodder stand out, but a lot if it is pretty shonky.
  • Deleted user 25 October 2008 12:10:19
    Lexx87 wrote:
    Zelda OOT looks a little pants now
    Still plays fine though.

    I was also quite impressed with the quality of Psycho Fox on the Master System when I gave that another go after a 15 year gap.
  • Deleted user 25 October 2008 13:09:04
    Thus why the Saturn has ended up the rightful winner.
  • Tomo 25 Oct 2008 13:29:13 13,886 posts
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    The LucasArts adventures, definitely. I literally just completed Grim Fandango for the first time on my crappy laptop in bed!

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  • Lepperman 25 Oct 2008 13:37:27 252 posts
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    I don't think the snes Mario Kart has aged badly at all! I still play battle mode on it regularly with mates and it's as great as ever imo.
  • tenofspades 25 Oct 2008 13:41:36 1,693 posts
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    FF Tactics has aged well- well it's a sort of timeless style. Suppose most other games on the PS look bad if you are used to modern ones.
  • Petrarch 25 Oct 2008 13:44:47 3,425 posts
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    System Shock 2 is a game that's aged well and badly. The gameplay and atmosphere still put a lot of modern titles to shame, but the graphics were poor even by the standards of the time, so they're not looking any better today.
  • agentk1986 28 Oct 2008 17:05:47 56 posts
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    Expanding on the PSX medium:

    Silent Hill, while it still plays great, looks terrible by graphics standards, espicially when you compare it to every Silent Hill game from #2 onwards.

    RE on PSX is in the same boat as SH1, but I think RE2 and RE3 still look pretty good and play well even today (even though the RE charecters stand out a bit much because of the background graphics).
  • pjmaybe 28 Oct 2008 17:08:32 70,676 posts
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    Interstate '76 has aged really nicely.

    Duke Nukem 3D however, has not.
  • mcmonkeyplc 28 Oct 2008 17:10:19 39,412 posts
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    Halol CE! A true game.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • plok 28 Oct 2008 17:10:26 1,296 posts
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    Incarta wrote:
    I played (or tried to play) Super Mario Kart on the SNES not too long ago and it was bloody awful. But back in the day it was alot of fun. What happened?

    This is lies. I'm not even accepting it as an opinion :-D

    Super Mario Kart is still a classic and as much fun as it ever was like other great SNES games eg Super Mario World and F-Zero.
  • danathjo 28 Oct 2008 17:11:58 7,309 posts
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    most of the 2D RPG's (Link to the past, So Mana, Chronno etc) still look awesome....all about the style

    Mario RPG on the other hand....(still a corking game though)
  • Retroid Moderator 28 Oct 2008 17:23:39 44,505 posts
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    pjmaybe wrote:
    Duke Nukem 3D however, has not.
    I dunno.... I've been enjoying the XBLA version.
  • DodgyPast 28 Oct 2008 17:29:28 8,435 posts
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    blizeH wrote:
    rodpad wrote:
    Anything 3D on the N64 and PSX.
    +1 to this. N64 is awful now, and so is PSX stuff.
    Blast Corps and Mario 64 were both 3D.

    Paper Mario also stands the test of time.

    Finally @OP you obviously weren't any good at SMK if you think it has aged badly.

    Played it two player with other past masters and it is still as sublime as ever.
  • _Price_ 28 Oct 2008 17:34:24 3,073 posts
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    The first two Broken Sword games have done fairly well. The gameplay graphics were never exactly amazing, but the mechanics themselves and the comic book cut-scenes still have legs.

    And Tetris. Well. Enough said.
  • absolutezero 28 Oct 2008 17:34:40 7,956 posts
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    Morrowwind looks like shit now. It also plays like shit.
  • electrolite 28 Oct 2008 17:35:06 470 posts
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    Generally, for me, anything 3D from the PS/Saturn/N64 era has aged badly. There is the odd exception-Mario 64, Blast Corps (maybe because it hasn't replicated), Wave Race 64(non-PAL).

    At the time, there was some comment that the leap to DC/PS2/XBox/GC wasn't of the magnitude of the 16-32-bit, 2D-3D shift, but those games hold up a loooooooot better. Even relatively early stuff like Project Gotham or Jak and Daxter has stood the test of time a lot better.
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