Gameranx: "Some of us never had the chance to experience some of gaming's classic titles from the past. Here are reasons why it's not so easy to enjoy these titles."
I usually dont go back more than one generation, unless its a 2D game or its an old PC game when mods can sometimes ease the passage of time
Games generally age very badly, simply because the medium advances in leaps and bounds, both graphically and technically, e.g. in A.I. improvement, number of players, multiplayer advances etc. Playing Half-Life now for the first time just will not have the same impact anymore, especially if you've played any good narrative driven FPS. Playing Metal Gear Sold 1, or Resident Evil 1 or Tomb Raider 1, will not inspire any of the same emotions that it would have done back in 1995, in someone who plays them for the first time now. They would already have experienced so much more in modern day gaming. However, the nostalgia factor in those people who played those games when they first came out is phenomenal, and simply cannot be recreated. A few modern games however have evoked those same powerful nostalgic emotions. COD4, Bioshock, Uncharted 2, The Last of Us etc. etc. Hopefull Next-Gen will take it all to the next level :)
There's only a few old games I can go back to: Fallout and Baldur's Gate (and their sequels). I can't seem to get into older games I've not yet played for some of the reasons described in the article.
For me it comes down to controls/camera, they just seem so janky after a generation has passed and totally kill gameplay for me. Graphics I can't get past, but those issues I just can't.
I still go back and have a blast on my old Atari 8-bit computer (or use s PC emulator). So many totally unique and addictive games not seen on any future platforms.
I can play anything from NES and onward because nostalgia helps me enjoy it. I beat the first Dragon Quest game on Nes last year and I'm playing Suikoden I and II this Thanks Giving since I'm not getting a PS4 until around E3 2014. But I do understand that playing old games for someone that never played the system when it came out must be really hard. Except for some titles like Mario and stuff which even modern indie games still use as reference for their 2D gameplay. It's kind of sad to think that many people will never experience games like Chrono Trigger, Parasite Eve or FF6 though just because of archaic graphics.
Chrono Trigger and FF6 are fine though, as they were still in an era of pixel art. Which can still be enjoyed quite a bit these days. Something like FF7 though for instance will always have hideous character models lol. So I feel worse for people going back to try and play a game like that. Even if it was so freaking amazing for its time.
I stopped reading at NEXT SLIDE. So tired websites hiding the story behind layers of advertisements.
Please don't listen to those excuses. All the old games are still enjoyable. I recently finished my final fantasy 1 to 13 play though. And the ones I enjoyed most was the older ones 1-6. I still got a sega mega drive with all the sonic games and it's a blast when I get it out. I played resident evil 1,2 and 3 at Halloween and loved them despite the graphics not being good in today's standards. If there's a old game your friend says is excellent, or you just seen a old game that you thought could be good. Go get it, don't, let your preconception of it put you off, because you will be pleasantly surprised at how great they are still.
Only Gameplay isn't as polished bothers me when I go back and play older games . I'm currently replaying Parasite Eve , Suikoden II and Dragon Quest VIII and having just as good time as I do every time I go back and replay older games.
Went back to play Resident Evil 1, 2 and 3. Was blown away at how good they are. Went back to play Parasite Eve 1, blows 3rd Birthday out of the water with how mature it was. Other PS1 games I've replayed:- Azure Dreams Symphony of the Night Megaman 8 So no, nostalgia glasses is mostly hogwash unless the fault lies with you for fondly remembering a bad game. I still plan on doing Xenogears, Vanguard Saga, Megaman Legends 1 and 3 and Vandal Hearts down the line.
Bullshit! Recently played Jumping Flash 1 and 2... first real 3D platformer and i had fun with it. It depends really... i can imagnie that noone want´s to re-play Medal Of Honor on the PS1 these days...
These are all "spoilt" reasons. I can play any classic game without any of these problems. In fact I even prefer classic games. If those things really are barriers, it doesn't even take long for them to stop mattering. Just keep at the game, and if it's good, it's good. The videogame industry manufactures what's "good" this week, and that has nothing to do with what's ACTUALLY good. Just put aside all these brainwashed ideas about what's good (i.e. graphics) and open your mind a bit.
all of this dude's stupid reasons seem to be a combination of being a graphics whore & not being a real gamer, yeah i said it! if you even for a second believe that video games become garbage after there generation passes you aren't a real gamer. sure you might buy a new system& game when it's released, but if your only willing to play a game like final fantasy 13, and not look back at the games that came before it in the series, you are not a real gamer, or maybe you are a gamer, but definitely NOT A HARDCORE GAMER.
I've spent most of this generation playing older games, because most of them have SUPERIOR gameplay. The only downside, is that I'm actually whittling away at my backlog, and I just might get through the whole thing.
PS1 and newer you just have to suffer through it for an hour or 2 until your eyes adjust, for some stupid reason i didn't get around to playing MGS3 til around the middle of this gen and even though i grew up with the SNES and then the PS1, for the first hour or so it looked like crap, after a while your eyes do adjust to it though and you won't even notice the fuzz or pixelation anymore. Older than PS1 make sure you play on a CRT, they weren't designed for flat screen tvs and the image gets messed up on them. It will look alot smoother and cleaner on a decent CRT.
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