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After reading the Emulators thread it got me thinking do ye ever play a game on your 360/PS3 and just wish you were playing some classic Mario or Zelda.

 

Games nowadays have obviously way better graphics but do games of old have better gameplay or were more addictive?

 

Discuss....

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Guest Da Showstoppa
After reading the Emulators thread it got me thinking do ye ever play a game on your 360/PS3 and just wish you were playing some classic Mario or Zelda.

 

Games nowadays have obviously way better graphics but do games of old have better gameplay or were more addictive?

 

Discuss....

 

I love playing Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Guest Al Stevens
Depends on the game really, i mean for RPG's there is only one game i would play all the time and thats Zelda: a link to the past, far superior than any other Zelda and Final Fanasty game period
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Guest Clarkey
There's plenty of room for both. Rose-tinted spectacles do play a big part, and going back and playing titles again only to be left disappointed does happen a fair deal; but overall I'd say the quality has dipped nowadays, but individual titles more than hold their own. Obviously it is mostly to do with there being more games made nowadays, because of the money to be made. But also the cost plays a part. Joe Public can't set his heart to creating a game anymore, and so many unique ideas aren't taken up leading to a ruck. When you have the example the other day of Rare complaining about MS banking on a FPS rather than their unique garden simulator it sums it up really. Not saying that this didn't also happen back in the day, it is just on a larger level now.
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Guest Jaycey Baby
Next Gen, definitely. I still do a lot of retro gaming, especially since I found a good SNES emulator that runs on Dreamcast, but with a handful of notable exceptions (A Link To The Past is a good one), your average SNES or Mega Drive game doesn't grip me for more than a couple of hours. There's very little that's worth the time you'd normally plug into the most recent GTA or Bioware epic, and you do wonder how on earth they justified charging you forty quid for these games on release.
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Guest The Beltster
I think Next Gen if I'm being honest. I love retro gaming and I'll always believe the 2D Mario games are far superior to the 3D ones, but these days going back to games I LOVED as a kid (such as Streets of Rage) can be a disappointment. SoR stinks now, its not fun at all.
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I just remember how amazing games looked in 1990 in C&VG. After playing Commodore 64 for years, I got a Master System and would read the console mags. This is where I saw the first screens from Pilotwings etc. And my God they blew me away, so as far as that "shock" factor goes of seeing something new and exciting goes well, not anymore. Obviously games are fundamentally better now, but also they are FAR too easy. I'm still happy with the progress of games though, it's actually scary how far they progress every 10 years.

 

1987

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1997

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2007

http://hight3ch.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/zelda.jpg

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Guest Kanenite
That's an incredible transformation. I've recently bought Metal Gear Solid for the PS1 and the graphics are really shocking compared to nowadays, however back in the day it was incredible, the gameplay is still unbelievable though.
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That's an incredible transformation. I've recently bought Metal Gear Solid for the PS1 and the graphics are really shocking compared to nowadays, however back in the day it was incredible, the gameplay is still unbelievable though.

 

Likewise Final Fantasy VII's graphics at the time were revolutionary but now...

 

Anyway, to answer the question I'd say Retro but only really as far as the Sega Mega Drive and PS1. I replayed FFVIII recently and loved it. To be fair I'm slightly biased as I grew up on these games and haven't really experienced any next gen, but from looking at PS2 the general trend is that games are declining in quality except for the occasional anomaly like Halo or Guitar Hero etc.

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