10 Classic Video Games That DON'T Hold Up

They might be classics, but they're better remembered than played today.


Here at WhatCulture you’ll be able to find loads of lists where we lovingly celebrate the games of our past. Just because they’re old doesn’t mean they don’t totally still hold up! Well, except for the times that they don’t...

Nostalgia is a hell of a drug but sometimes even that potent stuff can’t conceal the fact that a game once great just ain’t what it used to be. We can totally appreciate them for what they were but we’d struggle to recommend getting a hands-on with any of these games this far into the 21st century.

We should clarify that we’re by no means saying any of these games are bad. Quite the opposite, they’re incredible, but whether graphics and mechanical upgrades have just come too far or the magic has faded, here are a bunch of games that absolutely earned their place in history, and should probably stay there.


Likes: Collecting maiamais, stanning Makoto, dual-weilding, using sniper rifles on PC, speccing into persuasion and lockpicking. Dislikes: Escort missions.