Can a classic video game age badly and not live up to our fondest memories? This is a long-standing debate, and you can probably find arguments out there supporting both sides of this issue without much effort.
But in that beautiful week that GoldenEye 007 we’re back on consoles in a fun re-release for Switch and Xbox, we’d rather approach the issue from a more positive angle and instead of questioning games that might be a bit dated, we’re going to celebrate 10 titles that still shine today! Check out some great games below that are worth checking out or revisiting!
GoldenEye 007 (1997)
Let’s start with the game that motivated this whole agenda, because it was a very pleasant surprise to revisit it and find that its missions and shooting are still as fun as they were at the time of the original launch! This is especially incredible considering that this game from Rare, along with its early adventures turokwas one of the main people responsible for making 3D FPS viable as a legitimate genre on tabletop consoles, something in which Halo capitalized on it very well afterwards, setting the stage for one of the most popular genres in video games!
Chrono Trigger (1995)
In these times when so many games are getting complete remakes and remakes, many people are wondering if Square will ever re-release one of the most acclaimed titles of all time. But ask yourself in the depths of your heart: Chrono Trigger does it really need to be done again? Its systems, aesthetics, and story are so perfectly oiled that even a layperson could play it right now and appreciate it as one of the best JRPGs ever produced! That’s how perfect and timeless this work is.
street fighter III (1997)
And speaking of perfection, it’s tragic that Capcom reached the Olympus of fighting games in 1997, but this peak of the franchise was played by far fewer people than it deserved. Great animations share space with deep and addictive mechanics in this real gem of fighting games that, fortunately, is being discovered more and more thanks to its re-releases in collections, in addition to positive word of mouth on social networks and forums. Even today, it puts most fighting games to shame!
Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
Now that we’re past the cream of the crop of fighting games and JRPGs, how about revisiting some 2D platforming? In 1988 Big N did the impossible and managed to bring to the very limited hardware of the NES a game far beyond anything on the market, with an unprecedented variety of power ups, levels and secrets. super mario world it may be more colorful and famous, but this nintendinho gem has undeniably even more clever and fun levels!
The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)
It is very true that Ocarina of Time reinvented the series and set new standards for open-world adventures and video games as a whole, with the lock-on system still used in a wide variety of games to this day. However, it had so many perfectly polished sequences inspired by its structure that sometimes it ends up being more fun to revisit later chapters of the saga. Secondly, A link to the past it marked the end of the previous era and the best possible version of the structure released there since the first Zelda on Nintendo. It’s no coincidence that it’s the favorite game of former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé, and it inspired the recent and fantastic A link between worlds:
It doesn’t matter how old you are or when you started playing video games: you’ve encountered it at some point tetris, the most popular puzzle game of all time! Created by Russian Alexey Pajitnov, this video game masterpiece is as simple as it is addictive, and it only takes a few seconds to start having fun trying to fit your little pieces in search of the highest possible score.
Super Metroid (1994)
Much is said about Metroidvania-style games, a nomenclature that has always struck me as a bit of a misnomer, but luckily our editorial team managed to settle once and for all in Voxel Treta. The basic argument is this: as much Agreement of the Night it’s a game out of this world — and it really is! —, what most indie Metroidvanias copy isn’t the lite RPG elements they add castlevaniabut rather the loop of the labyrinth, which recedes and receives new powers from Super Metroidwhich even today still easily surpass most of its clones!
Harvest moon (1996)
If you love star valley or any other farm simulator, you can fearlessly go back to the origin of it all. The first Harvest moon he initiated almost every convention and raised the pillars of the genre with extraordinary skill. There are already lovers to marry and start a family, micro-manage vegetables to grow and resell, improvements to grow your home, and more!
jet set radio (2000)
His recent surprise success hifi rush reminded many of the more polished Dreamcast cartoon games, and perhaps none of them sums up that era better than the fantastic radio jet grind, as it became known in America. A pioneer in the use of cel-shading, the game opened many doors to new animation techniques and its gameplay remains electrifying!
Sonic the Hedgehog (1991)
And since we’re talking about SEGA, how about we use this last slot on the list to address a huge historical injustice that’s becoming increasingly popular on the networks? Many people say that the first Sonic game is unplayable these days, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Even though its sequels are really superior adventures, this game is still a lot of fun!