Games have advanced at a rapid pace. Titles that were made in the past ten years have become outdated in today’s standard for graphics and gameplay. Some, however, have aged like fine wine, managing to keep themselves relevant to such a point where they remain bearable to look at and you can play them without wanting to slam your head into a wall. Here are nine (in no particular order) of those titles. Also, please note that to make this list, we looked at the graphics, gameplay and level design, not the stories behind them. As with every list, there are games that deserve recognition but are not featured on this list. Which games do you think have aged well? Let us know in the comments!
Resident Evil 4 (2005)
Arguably one the best in the Resident Evil franchise, the fourth main installment of the franchise takes us away from the fixed camera angles and drops us into the third person as Leon Kennedy. Thanks to its popularity and fact that the game is still aesthetically bearable, this game can still be played without being seen as an eyesore… Just make sure you stay away from the chainsaws.
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Gears of War (2006)
The first installment of this franchise, Gears of War’s gameplay hasn’t changed significantly from its successors. Of course, there have been updates to the shooting mechanics and tools you can use, but the basic bones of the cover-based shooting haven’t changed since this installment, so much to the point where a seasoned veteran can go back without have to suffer from any significant learning curve. And with graphics that aren’t hard to look at, this is an easy game to jump back into.
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Halo: Reach (2010)
The youngest entry on this list, Halo: Reach as held up well in terms of graphics and gameplay compared to some other games made in this same year (I’m looking at you, Fallout New Vegas.) Before Halo 5: Guardians, Halo Reach had the best forge mode in the franchise. The landscape remains playable and, while barely clinging to life, the multiplayer aspect is still alive and popping off headshots in SWAT mode.
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Maybe this one might be cheating due to its cartoonish art style, but Borderlands has ushered in an original style of Open World RPG First Person Shooter type of thing that’s absurdness has gained an insane amount of popularity since it’s creation. From its weird guns to the crazy as hell bosses, it’s never a bad time to venture back to Pandora.
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Mirrors Edge (2008)
Hardcore parkour! One of the classic “feel like a badass” games to release, Mirror’s Edge still has the aesthetic appeal with the bright color palette. The parkour movement still has a nice flow to it, even competing with parkour veterans in the Assassin’s Creed franchise and new parkour-style games like Dying Light.
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Shadow of the Colossus (2005)
While I personally find the graphics to be outdated and really show the games age, Shadow of the Colossus has some of the best level design in gaming, especially considering that a lot of the level design is on the Colossus’ (Colossi?) themselves. Sorry God of War 3, but Shadow of the Colossus beat you to the whole “climb a giant ass boss and stab him everywhere” technique.
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Super Mario Sunshine (2002)
This game hits me right in the childhood. It was one of the first games I’ve ever fully completely and it still looks good by today’s standards. The level design and challenging bosses (at least for six-year-old me) gave me some of the most fun I’ve ever had while playing video games. I still remember how much I struggled fighting Phantasma on Sirena Beach (that’s the giant, shadow-looking sting-ray, in case you didn’t know.)
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Assassin’s Creed (2007)
Oh, Assassin’s Creed. You haven’t had your brightest moments (Unity, Three), your classic style of parkour gameplay with the first taste of what is essentially a pre-alpha of free-flow combat are something to behold. Keeping up well with the releases to come after it, Assassin’s Creed ushered in a new style of gameplay that is now familiar to most gamers, making it easy to get the hang of.
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Read Dead Redemption (2010)
You knew this one was coming.