Top 10 First Video Games of Great Franchises That Didn't Age Well



as time marches on you might find some beloved games don't hold up as well as you might remember welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're taking a look at the top 10 first video games of great franchises that didn't age well now Jill can you go I'm going with you Chris is our old partner you know okay before we begin we publish new content every day so be sure to subscribe to our channel and ring the bell to get notified about our latest videos for this list we're looking at the introductory games in franchises that are undeniably important but either pale in comparison to what the series later became or have become dated to a certain point we're not saying that these games are bad obviously but the greatness that they later produced just renders them kind of inferior number 10 Crash Bandicoot Sony's quest to find a mascot in the early days of the PlayStation one gave us this marsupial led platformer from Naughty Dog hitting around the same time as Super Mario 64 crash gave ps1 gamers a fun 3d adventure to call their own becoming a huge success in spawning a franchise but following the release of its sequels cortex strikes back and warped the original crash suddenly became a relic of the consoles awkward early life despite admittedly advanced graphics for the time the gameplay was considered to be nothing special compared to the other games in the genre and to that the fact that the game was released before the advent of the DualShock controller and that means that this platformer had to be controlled without analog sticks so you can see why it wouldn't hold up to modern standards thankfully you can enjoy this classic with updated controls and graphics in the insane trilogy so it's not all bad Oh number nine Dragon Age Origins despite only having three main installments Bioware's fantasy RPG series has gone through significant ups and downs in its short lifespan the first game 2009 origins was widely praised for its story gameplay and customizability but when it sequel came out in 2011 that was criticized for removing what made the original so unique and loved like besides the world and the complexity of the system's but upon inquisitions release in 2014 the series was once again in the top tier of the RPG world despite some complaints but because inquisition was such a departure from many of the mechanics of the first two games origins is now seen as the more traditional formulaic game of the trilogy it still has the Bioware pedigree but has been significantly outmatched by its successor we give one to you if you agree a break Tomb Raider the importance of Lara Croft and her games can't be overstated not only did Tomb Raider introduce gamers to an unprecedented ly popular and strong female protagonist but it also provided an expansive and cinematic gaming experience but despite its mighty reputation we doubt there are many people who go back and play the first game on our regular basis the once revolutionary 3d graphics are now quite the eyesore and similar to Crash Bandicoot the inability to play it using analog sticks is a major detractor thankfully the series evolved with time and for anyone who wants to experience the first game with a bit more modern polish there is 2007 Tomb Raider anniversary but now just play the new ones anyway number seven Star Fox despite being a primarily 2d system the Super Nintendo managed to jumpstart the 3d era of consoles through a number of innovations namely the super FX chip the first game to introduce this tech was this space shooter from Nintendo which featured Fox McCloud and his squadron fighting polygonal enemy ships in their own polygonal arwings despite demonstrating unprecedented graphical fidelity at the time starfox really didn't hold up to modern graphic standards because well the entire world is made up of blocks the franchise really began to shine when it entered the world of full 3d with the release of the beloved starfox 64 ensuring that everyone could experience and enjoy the frantic space saga for themselves number six Duke Nukem today he may best be known for having the most painful delay in videogame history but Duke was once one of the premier badasses of the gaming world as seen primarily in Duke Nukem 3d the game that really put him on the map but before Duke made the jump to 3d he got his surprisingly humble start as a side scroller for das drawing more from games like Commander Keen than doom or Wolfenstein it contains little of the personality or innovation that would come to define the series even though it was a serviceable game still it's amusing to watch a pixelated pint-sized Duke take on aliens with a permanent scowl number 5 Metroid in an era where games were mostly linear experiences the first Metroid flipped that on its head between a huge explorable world with secrets and easter eggs and probably the biggest surprise in gaming history the female protagonist Metroid's influence was massive but it was the groundbreaking Super Metroid that took the gaming world by storm unfortunately that meant that the original kind of suffered in comparison going back now Samus is first journey on xebaz is incredibly confusing without either having a map or save points instead relying on a password system not to mention that it's hard to feel like you're in danger when you're fighting far less intimidating versions of kraid and ridley luckily Nintendo gave the original a well deserved update in 2004 with Metroid zero missions for the GPA number four Resident Evil Joe here's a lockpick it might be handy if view the master of unlocking taken with you we owe an endless debt of gratitude to Capcom's original fright best for popularizing the survival horror genre however the scare factor seemed to extend to aspects beyond the gameplay well kind of standard for the genre at the time because they were making up the genre Resident Evil's tanky controls managed to scare off a lot of players not to mention the game's cringe inducing dialogue soap opera style music and cheesy FMV cutscenes which all really weren't appropriate for the tone that the game was trying to strike despite these minor issues Resident Evil's influence was so huge that Capcom remade the game from the ground up in 2002 upping the horror and removing the unintentional comedy in what many consider to be one of the best video game remakes of all time so if you want to play the Resident Evil games from the beginning just jump right into the remake we can search for him separately I'll investigate the dining room again number three the Elder Scrolls arena with masterpieces like Morrowind oblivion and Skyrim in the series it's kind of hard to remember that the Elder Scrolls games came from very humble origins the first installment arena set the stage for the franchise's future sure introducing the land of Camarillo and its trademark first-person RPG gameplay but as influential as it may be is it actually any good well let's just say that the later Elder Scrolls games even the second one Daggerfall basically rendered arena obsolete after all who wants to go back to punishingly difficult 2.5 D gameplay when you can find dragons and breathtaking HD number 2 grand theft auto it said that big things come from small beginnings and there were probably few beginnings as small and unassuming as the original GTA released in 1997 for PCs and the ps1 grand theft auto let players commit crimes and vehicular violence from a top-down 2d perspective in what would now be referred to as an open-world the game was praised for its sense of freedom but it never really made a huge splash fast forward to 2001 and the original GTA was made completely irrelevant with the release of GTA 3 which took the open-world concept of the original made it three dimensional and significantly pumped up the violence and controversial content it caused both an outcry and a gaming revolution despite its very humble beginnings number one Street Fighter be honest when you were growing up if there wasn't a two in the title of Street Fighter 2 you wouldn't have any idea the original Street Fighter even existed that Street Fighter 2 and its seemingly endless updates may have revolutionized the fighting genre but the series got its start in 1987 when the original was released for arcades it pioneered techniques that future fighting games couldn't survive without such as the button layout and special moves but it lacked in other important areas namely with its sluggish controls and lack of character diversity ironically Capcom never felt the need to revisit and update this version of the game despite giving its sequels an almost comical level of remakes and polish now you know why do you agree with our picks check out these other great clips from watch mojo and subscribe for new videos every day

40 thoughts on “Top 10 First Video Games of Great Franchises That Didn't Age Well

  1. Crash Bandicoot, Dragon Age Origins, Resident Evil(the only real problem I had with it was the voice acting), even Tomb Raider is debatable(I still think it plays fine), SERIOUSLY? It seems like you think graphics and analog sticks make a game good.

  2. Tomb Raider is still good cause this game have a solid fanbase , not those fake fan that talk shit about when the game have a problem or compare it to uncharted , and it sell well .

  3. Les faltó la franquicia más vieja en la historia de los videojuegos: Castle Wolfenstein (1981) – Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus (2017)

  4. In The case of star Fox you only focused on graphics, also last year star Fox 2 was realised for the SNES classic edition

  5. I would take the old Tomb Raider games over the new ones any day. Heck, I actually play the 1st game on my iPhone almost everyday after class. The new ones are ok, but they lack the complex level design and precise platforming that made the originals so great. Plus, the old Lara Croft is a lot more fun to be around than the overly melodramatic new version.

  6. So glad Spyro 1 wasn't in there. That game is underrated, and it desveres to be up there with the 3D Platfromer greats like Crash Bandicoot 2 and Mario Galaxy,.

  7. they pick the new tomb raiders over Tomb raider anniversary? Can't believe it… I still think legend and underworld are the best tomb raiders

  8. Btw, re1 and crash 1 are still good but only for us veterans who were there for it's time. newcomers who didn't grow up with these games might find it hard to enjoy now.

  9. where the fuck's mario 64, that game sucks ass now. the controls are trash now (banjo kazooie and tooie play much better), the levels are boring now and are flawed by today's platforming standards. bosses are trash, only thing's that's aged well is koji kondo's beautiful soundtrack (as always with all his work). but other than that, mario 64 is ass now. why play that game when u can just play the galaxies or odyssey which are a million times better. im surprised no one ever mentions mario 64 when talking about aged games. i mean c'mon ppl be honest here. u know u love the first 2 banjo kazooies far more as they aged better and always were better than mario 64 LOL.

  10. Crash Bandicoot 1 was easier to play with D-pad. It gave you more precision than analogue ever could.

  11. that tomb raider looks nice, I played tomb raider 2 on ps1 again last week and I couldnt even see where I had to jump because the graphics are that shitty

  12. Needed Honourable Mentions. Foremost among these would be Warcraft: Orcs and Humans. Also Final Fantasy, Pokemon Red & Blue, Tales of Phantasia, Dynasty Warriors (or DW2 if you want to count Shin Sangoku Musou as a totally different series from the original Sangoku Musou on PSX), King of Fighters '94, Harvest Moon, and Ultima.

  13. I am amazed warcraft: orcs and humans isn't on this list. Started one of the most loved universes in gaming history but is horrendous by today's standards.

  14. Tomb Raider Anniversary definitely has miles better controls and options, but they utterly ruined the T-Rex level by making it an interactive cut-scene and formulaic boss fight.

  15. 1:28, without analogue sticks? pffft, oh please, I got along just fine without analogue playing Ninja Gaiden and Castlevania 3 back in the day.

  16. In what world did Dragon Age Origins not age well? Some mechanics are a little archaic, but it doesn't mean they're unpleasant. Graphics are old, but not ugly. And the story is amazing.

  17. You can't be serious about Origins…who the fuck decided it needed to be on this list? Still a 10 outta 10 in my book! (despite it being almost 10 years since it came out)

  18. If you're putting Crash on here just remove it from the list as none of them aged well period there's a reason they had to remake it the way they did…and Tomb Raider being that it's be rebooted as many times as it has makes no sense either since it's a completely different game in EVERY SINGLE reboot.

  19. i hate lists like this..yet another new=better crap

    10…wrong,
    crash 1 is the most challenging and straight to the point of the bunch..i still prefer number 2…but crash 3 was the worst (out of the 3) by far…and no one with half of a brain cell plays the original trilogy with a stick, they all play better with the d-pad

    9.don't care

    8.wrong tomb raider focused on platforming and puzzles..not action, and the button sceme was just right for that…after tomb raider 2 (maybe 3) the series just got worse (and again…made for non-analoge controls, if you can't get used to that, then that is your fault because of your preferences, not a problem with the game)..ohh and the new ones suck ass

    7. maybe…but still absolutely worth playing

    6.completely different kind of a game

    5…WRONG. and so dumb..the original metroid offers a kind of a challenge that the later ones do not..having to explore things by yourself gave it a unique kind of a challenge and puzzles…zerp missions removed that and is a completely different kind of a game

    4. don't care (bad advice to tell people to not play it)

    3.don't care

    2. GTA 1 is a masterpice of carnage and arcade-y violence…saying that the completely different game GTA 3 'rendered it useless' is like saying that mario 64 rendered mario 3 useless…you might not like it..but the game is different

    1….the only one i agree with

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