Submitted by Pozzle 1250d ago | opinion piece

Top Five Classic Games That HAVE Modernized Well

OC Weekly: It's not an easy task to take a once-popular gaming franchise and fine-tune it to appeal to a modern day audience. Games with cute graphics and simple gameplay aren't very marketable to a more blood-thirsty and online competitive modern crowd. Remember when certain NES games would cost up to $60 when they first came out? No one would buy a simple NES game for that much money these days.

Luckily, there are certain games that were popularized on the NES that have retained their classic charm and feel, yet have matured enough in order to make it a brand-new experience with present day sensibilities. The following are best examples of five NES games that do just that. (Castlevania, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Metroid, Pac-Man, PS3, Retro, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Galaxy, Wii, Xbox 360)

TurismoGTR  +   1251d ago
Metal Gear Solid 4 will remain as one of the best games of all time.

Truly a phenomenal experience.
DarkCharizard_  +   1251d ago
It will always remain the best ever game on the PS3 for me, that's for sure.
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BrightFalls76  +   1250d ago
It's not a game, it's a movie.
bequietjohnnie  +   1250d ago
Dark you're def right. One of the first true games of this "generation".

And Bright....I'm going to take every cutscene from Gears and Mass Effect and disregard the other hours of gameplay and claim that it's a movie.
PirateThom  +   1250d ago
Bright Falls?

Oh, from Alan Wake?

That famous 360 movie.
NoobSessions  +   1250d ago
Someones getting defensive..
RedDead  +   1250d ago
Disagree so much, it's average for a Metal Gear
CDbiggen  +   1250d ago
I'm a massive MGS fan, but i'll always prefer MGS3 to 4.
bozebo  +   1249d ago
MGS4 is the best game of this generation.

But it isn't as good as 1, 2 or 3 lol. (yes I know everybody hates 2 because you play Raiden but it's a fantastic game)

MGS4 and Lost Odyssey are the only 2 games this generation that actually left an impression on me.

For anybody who loved FF7,8,10 - get a 360 just for Lost Odyssey. If it carried the FF brand then FF would be #2 in this article (it was made by the best people who left square after enix broke them).
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SSKILLZ  +   1250d ago
@ brightfalls76 Its not a movie it's an experience
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Undeadwolfy  +   1250d ago
Beat me to it. +Bubs
zerocrossing  +   1250d ago
Metal Gear Solid 4 pwns most games this gen, nuff said.
chidori666  +   1250d ago
MGS4 might not be the best game of this gen, but it’s very close to it in my opinion. I’ve almost played every game in the MGS serie and it never lets me down in it’s story.
zerocrossing  +   1250d ago
agreed, story wise and gameplay wise, MGS always delivers imo.
Godmars290  +   1249d ago
Pity the "political" air of this console generation has prevented Konami and Kojima from directly building building from it.

MGS5, if they're ever going to do it, should have been announced at least two years ago. Instead we got the multiplatform Rising which doesn't use the MGS4 engine.
dark-hollow  +   1251d ago
Castelvania lords of shadow??
No way! That game was a huge disappointment for many castlevania fans.

First, since when castlevania is about fighting huge monsters, riding on their backs?
Oh since GOW 1 introduced, that's when!

And really, Satan??? I wanna fight motherfu@$@ng Dracula!!
And many of the original soundtrack didn't make it to the game.
Like bloody tears. Tho they got Simons theme and vampire killer so I give em that.

But overall, it is a huge disappointment.
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KingSlayer  +   1250d ago
Did you play it or acting like you did? When a game has a "God" mask, wouldn't you expect the Devil? After all, Dracula is Dracula because of his betrayal of Jesus for silver. I thought it fit, made sense and that ending...hell fire! Castlevania LoS was great and underrated.

@Catoplepas I beat LoS and have both DLC packs. And to your point, I don't think he's played it if he wants to fight Dracula.
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Catoplepas  +   1250d ago
Actually he is. Did YOU play the game?

Either way I agree with you the game is great although I really wouldn't consider it to be underrated since it garnered a unanimously positive response from critics.

@dark-hollow As for fighting Dracula I'm assuming you didn't watch the ending?
dark-hollow  +   1250d ago
Please show me you FIGHT Dracula, you know by gameplay not cutscenes or DLC bullshit.

Besides, Satan IS in the game, who do you thought that naked douchebag is called??? Yeah, Satan.

It's not underrated or anything.
I mean I didn't dislike it because it didn't follow SOTN style.
Actually, I loved the classic gameplay of the first castlevania games where you play in a linear style.
But this game doesn't feel like a castlevania game at all.
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FEARprototype  +   1250d ago
lol...you,ve been playing as dracula from the beginning....
dark-hollow  +   1250d ago
But you don't recognize that till the ending.
All the game you play as a Belmont.

If actually you play AS Dracula after the ending that would be interesting.
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theEx1Le  +   1250d ago
Awful lot of spoilers up in here -_-
yourgodisdead  +   1249d ago
You should learn the phrase "spoiler alert"

Im sure not everyone on the site has played it
GamersRulz  +   1251d ago
Metal Gear Solid 4 is the only game from previous generations that didn't suck this gen.
look at DMC, Final Fantasy,Resident Evil and Silent Hill
Stealth2k  +   1250d ago
and even halo got worse.........
ape007  +   1250d ago
halo reach is amazing
BrightFalls76  +   1250d ago
I have never understood the love for the Metal Gear series. It's a interactive movie, not much gameplay.
KingSlayer  +   1250d ago
Play it. Don't regurgitate the opinions of those who haven't. It's cutscene heavy and gameplay heavy. See, it has what's called a STORY.
punisher99  +   1250d ago
Thats insane. The Metal Gear franchise has had some of the best boss battles ever. Some of you FPS fans are to used to running around and mindlessly shooting everything. MGS has always been about a overall high quality experience, strong character support and meaningful objectives and gameplay.
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ZBlacktt  +   1250d ago
Yeah, it's above the normal avg game player's head. This game's story is very dead. It's game play is the best of the best for each game at it's time. With the HD Collection coming in Nov. We all get to relive the memories of playing the games again for the first time. Only in HD now. So can't wait.
CDbiggen  +   1250d ago
You can skip the cutscenes. The games are just great fun to play.
TheDivine  +   1250d ago
Its all about the stealth, the awesome bosses, and the great story. Mgs3 was as close to perfect as a game can get imo. Mgs4 not so much, hated the end but still a great game.
Akiba96  +   1250d ago
MGS4.... Pfffffffffffffffffffffffff.... .. I take a shit on that game. See what i did ther? :P
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Akiba96  +   1250d ago
2 people did!
ZBlacktt  +   1250d ago
What's going on in this here thread!!!! :P
CrescentFang  +   1250d ago
For Mario and Castlevania (I would include Metroid, but the last 2D game was Zero Mission), it almost seemed liked it was implying that 2D-3D transition is considered modern, which I would keep out from a list like this. I can't say anything for Castlevania because I have yet to play LoS and the article seems to say it has more of the original Castlevania elements than the metroidvnia games! Though keeping the 2D games' elements into it's 3D counterpart is a feat to be praised.
Pretty nice list, the Metal Gear series has certainly evolved, Kojima had a keynote (which i think was GDC 09) and he went though the process of how he went to evolve this series. It was quite enjoyable
Braid  +   1250d ago
Gotta admit this one is actually a quite good list.

Most of the "top 5" articles are garbage nowadays, so props to the author.
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Lord_Sloth  +   1250d ago
Castlevania did indeed modernize well...on the PS2 with Lament of Innocence! It didn't westernize well. Lords of Shadow was pure shit!
BuffMordecai  +   1250d ago
Only if you sucked at the game, Ohhhhhhhh! You probably didn't even play it.
TheWolverine  +   1250d ago
"New Super Mario Bros Wii challenged seasoned Mario fans, and was accessible enough to younger (read: suckier) players" i almost want that as a poster...
shreeveera  +   1249d ago
Mgs4 is hands down the best game in my book..

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