As the years pass by the games you once loved loses some of its charm. It’s often a factor of nostalgia getting in the way of reality and blurring your mind with a good experience you had years ago. Some older games do age well. Below is a list of 10 games that’s as enjoyable today as it was several years ago. For this list we stuck with games a decade old and older. So, anything that launched from 2006 onwards does not count.
Tekken 3 (PS1/Arcade, 1998)
Still considered by many as the best game in the franchise, Tekken 3 was the pinnacle of 3D fighting games in 1998. The character roster, vast list of moves and those CG endings were to die for. After all these years it’s just as much fun as you remember it being, though you’d have to track down a physical game to play it as it never arrived on the PS Store.
Half Life 2 (PC, 2004)
It’s arguably one of the most important games ever released. Half Life 2 has aged with grace. At the time it pushed most PC’s to the very limits and it introduced weapons, such as the gravity gun, that completely rewrote the laws of gravity and what developers were capable of doing. Play it today and you’ll be just as engrossed with the world in Half Life 2, as you would have been in 2004. Now if only they’d remake this or announce Half Life 3 already.
Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 (PS1/PC, 2000)
The original THPS1 started the glorious skateboarding game era on console and PC, but it was THPS2 that cemented it as a skateboarding game to be taken serious. Unlike Skate it was not realistic in any sense of the word, but pulling off a combination of moves, manuals and specials had you pushing for combos like never before. Include a thumping soundtrack and this is a classic that’s as enjoyable today as it was in 2000.
Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES, 1988)
Regarded by many gamers as the best game in existence. It’s lost none of it’s charm and it’s by far the oldest game on this list, spanning back to 1988. Play it today and you’ll find pinpoint accuracy when compared to other modern platformers. The early stages are as forgivable as you remember it being, with the latter stages being a challenge for any avid platform gamer. It’s also considered by most to be the game with the best suits in any Mario game.
Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (Nintendo GameCube, 2003)
There’s a reason that The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker received the HD treatment – the cel shaded art style, though making gamers angry at the time, aged exceptionally well. Combine that with the classic Legend of Zelda formula and you have an endearing adventure that’ll suck you into the fantasy world within seconds. The HD version might have recently launched on the Wii U, but the original is still as stunning as it’s ever been.
Worms 2: Armageddon (PC/PS1/N64/Dreamcast, 1999)
Another great example that gaming is not always about graphics, but rather about the fun you can have. The original Worms was enjoyable, but it’s Armageddon, with all the super crazy weapons, that made this the version to remember for years to come. Blowing up your buddies and being as sadistic as your imagination allows has never been this much fun. Start it up today and you’ll watch the hours fly by
Contra (NES/Arcade, 1987)
Blowing sh!t up! Is there anything more enjoyable than that? Yes, a 2 player co-op session of blowing sh!t up. Contra brought the original bromance recipe to gamers in arcades and homes around the world and, though it was tough as nails (requiring the Konami code for most players to finish the game), it was a hit and, should you play it today, it still is. Though, by today’s standards the normal difficulty is now considered for veterans only. It’s still some of the best couch co-op you can find.
Resident Evil 4 (GameCube, 2005)
Would you believe that Resident Evil 4 is now 10 years old? Yes, it was ported to PS2, PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii, but it’s the Gamecube version that’ll remain the one to own. It was made from the ground up with the hardware in mind and took full advantage of the tech at the time. Slip the little disc into the GameCube today and you’ll be amazed at just how good it still looks. The game, that lasted over 20 hours, is just as creepy and action packed as was originally intended and aged exceptionally well for ‘modern game’ standards.
Sonic the Hedgehog (SEGA Megadrive, 1991)
Most modern Sonic the Hedgehog games will have grown men crying. Time has not been kind to the blue fella. It’s a different story for the first entry on the MegaDrive. When Sonic the Hedgehog spun onto the scene it was all about speed, collecting coins, speed, kicking Robotnik’s ass and more speed. Play it on any format today and you’ll walk away with a big smile on your face. If you want ‘pick-up-and-play’ you’ll still find it here.
Shadow of the Colossus (PS2, 2005)
Not that old? It’s another one of the ‘Been around for a decade now’ moments. As you know, art does not age, and that’s exactly why Shadow of the Colossus has aged with such grace. Climbing up one of the many Colossi is as challenging, entertaining and downright magical as it was 10 years ago. If you somehow missed out on this unforgettable tale you might want to pick it up in HD for the PS3. It’s well worth every cent.
What other games do you consider as old games that aged well?