Then and Now: Games with Major Upgrades


Well-Known Member
Sep 25, 2013
Wii U

Now and Then: 10 Classic Video Games That Got a Major Upgrade

In the modern world of gaming, where gorgeously rendered visuals and mind-blowing narratives are found in even the most obscure indie games, it can be easy to forget just how far we've come.

Looking back at the most popular games of the past, it's hard to imagine how you ever thought that looked good.

Regardless of the quality, we wouldn't have insanely immersive games such as Grand Theft Auto V if it weren't for their glitchy, pixelated ancestors, so we'll forgo our harsher judgments.

To see just how far gaming has come in the past few decades, we've put together this list of video games from your past, side-by-side with their modern counterparts.

1. Grand Theft Auto


2. Tomb Raider


3. WWE


4. The Legend of Zelda


5. Madden NFL


6. Call of Duty


7. Sid Meier's Civilization


8. Final Fantasy


9. Pokémon


10. The Sims

Interesting article. Just had to share. Video games sure have come along way in a relatively short amount of time.

What are some of your favorite video game upgrades, over the years. Perhaps Kid Icarus, whose modern take, with the 2012 release of 'Uprising', was a far different take, and major upgrade, over it's previous title on the NES, which released in 1987. 1986, if you count the Japanese release. Or perhaps Pac-Man, which was a 2D, 'one screen', arcade game, when originally released. And now, is a fully 3D, in a 3D world, with many, many more characters, it's soon to be released, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures. That's a vast upgrade too, from it's original design.

What are your thoughts on this subject, and what are some of your favorite games that have gotten a major upgrade over the years. Perhaps even a genre change. Do you like the modern take on these games better, or do you prefer the original versions. What older game would you like to see get a modern upgrade. Perhaps something that's long over due, or perhaps something that has never had a sequel. What are your thoughts.
Funny. Call of Duty and Tomb Raider haven't come that far. They are just as crummy today as they were then.

Sims and WWF/WWE games have gotten worse compared to their original iterations.

Zelda is just as great as it's always been.

Pokemon is the exact same game with different graphics. Ditto for Final Fantasy, plus cut scenes.

Madden seems to be the only game that has actually improved on all fronts. :rolleyes:
I'm a hardcore old school gamer and I actually think that gaming has suffered somewhat over the past few years. About the only franchise that has improved over time is the Metal Gear Solid franchise but that's because Hideo Kojima is a visionary. On the other hand, many other franchises have suffered greatly when the formula was tweaked too much. All the 3D Castlevanias and Contras received a negative reception by gamers on a grand scale.

Latest posts

Latest threads