Games You Are Afraid To Play Because They Did Not Age Well

Are there any old games that you would really like to experience, but only if you could go back in time to they day it released and those jagged polygons, blurry backgrounds, and old control schemes were "great graphics"? For me the number one game I hate that I missed that I've looked at and decided that I can't play is Vagrant Story. I'm also struggling to play Tactics Advance, but I'm not sure if that's just the aging issue because...it's not that bad.

There are several classic western RPGs I'm curious to try, but don't think I can go back to. Ultima, Wizardry, etc. It's not so much the graphics, but the UI, controls, and overall game design.

beanman101283 wrote:

There are several classic western RPGs I'm curious to try, but don't think I can go back to. Ultima, Wizardry, etc. It's not so much the graphics, but the UI, controls, and overall game design.

Yeah, control scheme in Vagrant story was a bit wacky too. It's like going back to a sports game on an old console, none of the advancements in controls to make the game feel better are there.

I'd love to replay Darklands. It had such good RPG elements and I loved the magic (alchemy)/cleric (saints) systems. But it seems unplayable today.

All the classic shooters:
Halo
Bioshock
Half-Life

staygold wrote:

All the classic shooters:
Halo
Bioshock
Half-Life

What about the Bioshock collection? Controls are still too messed up?

Nevin73 wrote:

I'd love to replay Darklands. It had such good RPG elements and I loved the magic (alchemy)/cleric (saints) systems. But it seems unplayable today.

It's still somewhat playable. Actually a design choice that was criticized at the time the game was released, the menu based system for navigating and interacting in towns, is what makes it somewhat playable today.

The combat, on the other hand, has aged poorly and hampers playing it these days. You have to put up with a lot of jank.

Edit: one old game I ended not playing much of because of how poorly it had aged was Arcanum for the RPG Club. Despite re-playing the first part every so often, once the world opened up, I just could not put up with how poorly the game had aged.

staygold wrote:

Half-Life

Black Mesa is finally released and it is excellent. But even without Black Mesa, I think Half Life holds up pretty well.

I think Shadow of the Colossus fits the bill for me. I've tried the remastered PS4 version and I can't get used to the new control scheme either. I'd say for me control schemes and playability are the issue, rather than graphics.

There's also the related issue of revisiting a game you loved back in the day and realizing it doesn't hold up as well as you thought. I think graphics play more of a role here, at least for me. I can probably put a lot of older racing games in this category, like the original Gran Turismo and Destruction Derby.

EDIT: I just remembered Flashback. I got it on Switch and man the controls suffer from today's perspective.

Speaking of which, i'd love to see a remake of Elder Scrolls Arena.
It had so many cool concepts and it was way before Bethesda got out of control with slapping together bigger open worlds.

Are there mods for Skyrim or Oblivion?

Timely topic. I just finished Baldur's Gate (2 simultaneous runthroughs actually). I remember the game very fondly - the series is in my top 3 of all time favorite games. I was concerned however, to return to it because I thought it must have aged poorly after my last runthrough ~15 years ago.

The game is actually better. I'm certain that nostalgia and the expanded edition upgrades absolutely contributed to this, but a part of it is that I not only forgot a bunch of content, but I actually found new areas and stories I had never before experienced. This is one of those games that just keeps on giving. And now that I'm starting Siege of Dragonspear, the series is better than ever. It's actually dimming my excitement over BG3 because I'm wondering how the different approach could possibly compete with these classics.

I love Wizardry 8 so very much, and recently tried getting into Wizardry 7, but the UI is painfully clunky and the opening of the game is very rough going. I may just give up and replay Wizardy 8 again instead.

staygold wrote:

All the classic shooters:
Halo
Bioshock
Half-Life

Classic shooters brings to my mind: Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, and HL1

My replay in glory:
Mechwarrior (1989 DOS)
Ghostbusters (1984 Commodore 64)
Pitfall (1982 Atari)