As nostalgic as it is to pick up an old game and go retro for a bit, often times it’s a bit risky. While we do love those old games and the kinds of flavors they bring to us, games have progressed so much in terms of gameplay, design and more obviously, graphics. That’s why you never know what you’re going to get when you pick up an old game. Will you find a title that has gotten better with age like a fine wine, or pick up a clunky mess that was only good because it was the first of its kind, and has since been passed by much better endeavors?
Just the other night I finally caved in and re-downloaded one of my favorite titles from last generation – Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory. I’m not sure what made me do it, but it was probably the combo of playing a new sneaking game such as Batman: Arkham Asylum, as well as JJ buying it, so I knew I’d have a buddy to do some co-op with. Speaking of co-op, the two player missions in that game were mind-numbingly good for their time.
So how did they (and the rest of the game) stack up?
To be honest – great. The game seriously looks awesome for its age, which makes sense considering I thought it was the best-looking game of last gen. For some reason, it still does some marvelous things with light that we haven’t really achieved in this generation, and the gameplay feels as tight as ever. JJ and I even hooked up for some co-op action, and they were still as fun as they were four years ago, when I first played it in college. One of the cooler mechanics of the game is that when you speak over your headset mic, the enemies can hear you, making it tricky to plan out how you’re going to take them out in silence. As a game mechanic, you hardly see anything that creative these days.
Anywho, this is one game that definitely isn’t showing its pixels in terms of how it’s aged, and I’m totally content with my decision to finally buy this longtime favorite of mine. What about you guys? What older games have you played recently that have aged well, and are still fun to play despite being from a previous gen? What games do you know of that haven’t aged very well?