This thread does not apply to games that were always bad, but instead focuses on games that were MIND BLOWING at the time but down a few years later makes you go eh? How did I manage to play this...
I'll give a few examples.
I've stated in other threads that GTAIII might be the most revolutionary game of the 21st century, it's a nominee for game of the decade and GOTY 2001 for sure. But if you played Vice City like I did, it's almost impossible to like GTA 3. GTA: San Andreas made it completely redundant.
Vice City aged poorly as well, because after SA it was hard going back to a GTA that wouldn't let you swim, build your physique or ride BMX bikes.
Uncharted 1 wasn't really anything special, a solid 8/10. but Uncharted 2 was better in every way. There's literally no point to play UC1.
After Sony made the Nathan Drake collection free, I have told all my friends to skip UC1. Half of them listened to me, those who didn't played it for a few hours and deleted the game. Doubt they'll ever give the franchise a go (my friends are casual gamers). I myself am struggling to bother. Got to about 70% and started right on Uncharted 2.
Uncharted 2 is one of the best games ever made. Completely deserves its 96 MC rating, in fact I would have given it 9.7/10 at launch. But even back in 2009 I noticed a lot of its virtues were there graphics, presentation, action sequences, cinematics etc so even 11 years ago I predicted it wouldn't really stand the test of time like Super Mario Bros, or Diablo 2 or CSS/CS1.6. Its story was nothing special either so remaking it won't really help that much. I'm about half way and not enjoying it anywhere near as much as I did in 2009 (it was my GOTY and top 5 GOTG). Still a great game, just not mind blowing.
MGS2 is one of my top 5 favourite games of all time. MGS3 top 10 somewhere. Huge Metal Gear fan, but as they stand (simply remastered) it is almost impossible to enjoy them. I cannot believe how I 19 years ago could stand holding down R1 to swap to FPV then hold down square and release to shoot.
Once you got used to MGS4 / MGS5 controls it made it impossible to replay.
Now the difference with these three Metal Gear games and the older GTAs & Uncharted is the Metal Gears can be remade to perfection. Just give them proper TPS action like MGS4 and boom, you have three of the best games of all time which could be replayed for decades. the stories are all some of the top 10 - top 20 best stories in gaming history, and that'll never go out of date.
I didn't played RE4 on launch. I did however, give it a try after playing games like Gears of War. I was so fucking frustrating by the fact that I couldn't move and shoot that I gave up about 1 hour in. The game has a ridiculous 96% on MC, but its unplayable to me. I played the RE2 remake and absolutely loved it. Looking forward to RE3 remake going on sale and I believe a RE4, like the aforementioned Metal Gears, can be remade with modern controls (RE2 style) and it would be a timeless classic. Let me move and shoot and I'd buy an RE4 remake day 1.
So there you go. I differentiated my picks by games that have aged poorly beyond repair and those that aged badly but could be fixed with a simple update.
What are some of your favourite games that are 'impossible' for you to enjoy today? Or which games blew your mind back in the day but are nothing special today?