Gameplay that holds up years after the fact

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#1 Posted by nf1994 (205 posts) -

Decided to get the origional tomb raider out after seeing all the content on here for the new one coming out. I noticed that the gamplay has really held up well and is still actually really good (even if the graphics havent). I might have to finish it and get all the other ones back out. Have you had this experince with any other games?

#2 Posted by bowserjr123 (1624 posts) -

Yeah, pretty much any Super Nintendo game.

#3 Posted by Dexter-010 (494 posts) -

Yeah, pretty much any Super Nintendo game.

bowserjr123

Especially the Mario Bros. games for me 

#4 Posted by Dudersaper (32950 posts) -
You seriously think the gameplay of the original Tomb Raider holds up nowadays? :? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the series, played all games and loved every single moment of it (minus certain ragequits :P) but damn, anything from Angel of Darkness-back has poor controls to todays standards. For my Tomb Raider fix I love playing Legend and Anniversary, only play the others for nostalgia purposes. Can't wait for the new game though.
#5 Posted by nf1994 (205 posts) -

You seriously think the gameplay of the original Tomb Raider holds up nowadays? :? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the series, played all games and loved every single moment of it (minus certain ragequits :P) but damn, anything from Angel of Darkness-back has poor controls to todays standards. For my Tomb Raider fix I love playing Legend and Anniversary, only play the others for nostalgia purposes. Can't wait for the new game though.Dudersaper

I know what you mean about the controls I suppose, its hard to revert back to a analogue stickless era :P I do think they are still really fun to play though especially after not playing it for almost 10 years.

#6 Posted by MAILER_DAEMON (45906 posts) -
Tomb Raider's controls were why I could never get into the series. :?
#7 Posted by Shenmue_Jehuty (5207 posts) -

I feel like a lot of the RARE N64 games have held up very well over the years, still blowing away the gameplay of many modern platformers and FPS games. 

Speaking of the N64, both Zelda games on the console have rivaled the gameplay of many modern adventures games imo.

#9 Posted by dbz987 (3722 posts) -

Chrono Trigger

#10 Posted by Legend002 (7594 posts) -

Any top-down view Zelda games. Those are never outdated.

#11 Posted by Cloud_765 (111394 posts) -
The main Ape Escape trilogy is a good example.
#12 Posted by bowserjr123 (1624 posts) -

[QUOTE="bowserjr123"]

Yeah, pretty much any Super Nintendo game.

Dexter-010

Especially the Mario Bros. games for me 

Hell yeah, that's why there's so many New Super Mario Brothers games today lol

#13 Posted by Heirren (18741 posts) -
Twisted Metal 1&2. Two of the best games ever made, IMO.
#14 Posted by GreySeal9 (25042 posts) -

Chrono Trigger

dbz987

I think that turn-based RPGs tend to hold up well in general because they are not hampered by bad controls for the most part. Not to say some of them don't have control issues, but those control issues don't hurt the experience as much as it would in a platformer, hack and slash, shooter, etc.

#15 Posted by BarbaricAvatar (977 posts) -

Most of the good PS1 games still hold up even if graphically they've been surpassed. Likewise PC games from that era also remain enjoyable.

I'd say the best titles from every generation still hold up today, because a well-written game can be enjoyed by anyone at any time.

Far too many individual games to list from Amstrad to Amiga to Megadrive to PS1

 

 

#16 Posted by Los9090 (7288 posts) -
Games from the SNES and Genesis still look great and are fun to play.
#17 Posted by nf1994 (205 posts) -

Yeah I have to agree that there are loads of megadrive games that I still love to play. Streets of rage and shinobi will never get old.

#18 Posted by Garydbz88 (5 posts) -
Sonic the hedgehog 1-3 & knuckles also the best game ever made. Final Fantasy 7.
#19 Posted by SonOfChewbacca (653 posts) -

I'm currently replaying my PS1 library, and I have to say these held up rather well in terms of gameplay:

Einhander

Symphony of the Night

Klonoa

Ape Excape

Colony Wars

Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus

Parasite Eve

Silent Hill

Dino Crisis 2

Gran Turismo 2

Tekken 3

 

I'm going to replay FF 7-9, Xenogears, and Chrono Cross and see if they hold up well, it's been a while since I last played any of them.

#20 Posted by logicalfrank (1641 posts) -

Tomb Raider's controls were why I could never get into the series. :?MAILER_DAEMON

 

The first thing I thought was the gameplay for Tomb Raider didn't even hold up back then... I have been meaning to retry the series though because I think I would enjoy the puzzle solving elements.

#21 Posted by Allicrombie (25514 posts) -
I think a lot of the older Pokemon games still hold up pretty well, as the gameplay is essentially unchanged from the newer ones.
#22 Posted by rilpas (8161 posts) -

You seriously think the gameplay of the original Tomb Raider holds up nowadays? :? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the series, played all games and loved every single moment of it (minus certain ragequits :P) but damn, anything from Angel of Darkness-back has poor controls to todays standards. For my Tomb Raider fix I love playing Legend and Anniversary, only play the others for nostalgia purposes. Can't wait for the new game though.Dudersaper
yeah, I still like the original Tomb Raider, but its mostly because of what it stands for then the actual game :P

#23 Posted by KamikazeDonut (2956 posts) -

Castlevania Symphony of the Night

#24 Posted by archvile_78 (8384 posts) -

Any Timesplitters games, especially multiplayer wise.

#25 Posted by Jag85 (5251 posts) -

Space Invaders (1978)

Pac-Man (1980)

Double Dragon (1987)

Star Cruiser (1988)

Final Fight (1989)

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (1990)

Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1990)

Super Mario World (1990)

Ninja Gaiden (1992)

Sonic 2 (1992)

Streets of Rage 2 (1992)

Secret of Mana (1993)

Chrono Trigger (1995)

Alundra (1997)

Final Fantasy VII (1997)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998)

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (1999)


#26 Posted by lazyathew (3748 posts) -

[QUOTE="dbz987"]

Chrono Trigger

GreySeal9

I think that turn-based RPGs tend to hold up well in general because they are not hampered by bad controls for the most part. Not to say some of them don't have control issues, but those control issues don't hurt the experience as much as it would in a platformer, hack and slash, shooter, etc.

Yeah, I agree. Expect for the ones on NES from what I hear. At least Final Fantasy 1 & 2. Mainly due to how punishing they are with limited save points and ways to heal.

But most games on NES, SNES, and Genesis haven't been hindered by age I find. It's the early days of the 3D era, N64 and PS1, that doesn't seem to hold up well I find. But there are some that are still great today.

Like the turn based rpg's.

Parasite Eve

Both Zelda games

Super Mario 64

Star Fox 64

And of course any 2D game on the systems, like Castlevania Symphany of the Night

 

There are probably others too that I haven't thought of.

#27 Posted by BarbaricAvatar (977 posts) -

I know i basically copped-out earlier by saying all the best games on each platform withstand the tests of time. But i still want to say:

Turrican 2 (1991)

Cannon Fodder (1993)

Unreal Tournament (1999)

N-Gen Racing (2000) - 13 years on and there is STILL nothing like it.

#28 Posted by WiiCubeM1 (4729 posts) -

My personal favorite that has held up through the years is Rush 2 for the N64. It's a great racing title.

#30 Posted by gamenerd15 (4472 posts) -

The racing games on N64 still hold up well.  Duke Nukem Zero Hour is still good, but having no checkpoints does kill the game a bit.  Most 2D sidscrolling games hold up well besides beat em ups.  Platformers in general hold up better than most other genres. 

#31 Posted by MathMattS (4012 posts) -

Out of all the games I've played, I'd say alot of the N64 games hold up well. In particular, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, GoldenEye 007, and Super Mario 64.

#32 Posted by LittleMac19 (1638 posts) -

Yeah, pretty much any Super Nintendo game.

bowserjr123
#33 Posted by WhySoLimp (135 posts) -

Sonic the hedgehog 1-3 & knuckles also the best game ever made. Final Fantasy 7.Garydbz88

 

These!

#34 Posted by BranKetra (49585 posts) -
Grandia looks and plays well considering that it is a PlayStation 1 game.

Yeah, pretty much any Super Nintendo game.

bowserjr123
This is true. 2D graphics age gracefully.
#35 Posted by Apathetic_Prick (4784 posts) -

I would be a fool to suggest that any SNES or Genesis game holds up to today's standards in terms of gameplay; several don't.  Many RPG's save for Chrono Trigger because it's so unique immediately spring to mind.

Here's a short list:

-Doom II

-Super Mario World

-Tetris

-Super Mario Brothers

-Duke Nukem 3D

-Goldeneye

-Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

-Double Dragon (Arcade and NES)

-The Guardian Legend

-Super Street Fighter II

-The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall

-Brawl Brothers

-The Peace Keepers

-Syndicate (DOS-PC, SNES)

-Donkey Kong Country

-Battle Chess

-Diablo II

-Metal Gear Solid

-Castlevania III

-Contra, Super C and Contra III

-Samurai Shodown II

-Smash TV

-Ghost Recon

-Blood

-Rygar (NES)

I'm going to stop there for now.  Lists don't mean much without discussion and such.

#36 Posted by WreckEm711 (6922 posts) -

Yeah, pretty much any Super Nintendo game.

bowserjr123

I came here to say this :P 

#37 Posted by travisstaggs (10557 posts) -

Conker's Bad Fur Day, Chrono Trigger/Cross, Silent Bomber, and there's plenty of others I can think of but that's all I'm going to list.

#38 Posted by travisstaggs (10557 posts) -

I know i basically copped-out earlier by saying all the best games on each platform withstand the tests of time. But i still want to say:

Turrican 2 (1991)

Cannon Fodder (1993)

Unreal Tournament (1999)

N-Gen Racing (2000) - 13 years on and there is STILL nothing like it.

BarbaricAvatar
I almost forgot about the Turrican series. Those games are so much fun.
#39 Posted by bowserjr123 (1624 posts) -

[QUOTE="bowserjr123"]

Yeah, pretty much any Super Nintendo game.

WreckEm711

I came here to say this :P 

Hell yeah, the only one I can argue that hasn't aged well is Star Fox, but that's because it's pseudo-3D.

#40 Posted by Aero5555 (1331 posts) -

Obligatory Megaman X4 post. Can beat it in less than 100 minutes lol. Took me months to beat it the first time as a kid. Stuck on Jet Stringray and Slash Beast for ages before I finally decoded the pattern/move of choice for Zero. X followed soon after, when I discovered the option of armor parts. No guides whatsoever.