10 Video Games That Are Even Better Than You Remember

Sometimes, all it takes is time.

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As the gaming industry moves forward it's customary that older games are left in the rearview.

Technology advances and players' interest flits to new titles, so the offerings of previous years always seem to either be lovingly remembered, or quickly forgotten. For many that's predictable, as so many games don't stand the test of time because they were never particularly good to begin with.

However, there are some stellar experiences that are adored until players return years later to find that they haven't aged well. Games like Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Jet Set Radio and PaRappa the Rapper aren't as great as so many players remember them being, which makes the nostalgia trip all that much more depressing.

There are some games that are different still, providing a surprisingly good time even in their old age.

Sometimes all it takes is a little time to make a game truly flourish, or at the very least feel like it stands out in an ever-crowded market of AAA releases. Games are always made to be played as soon as they release but there are a handful that, like fine wine, only get better.

10. The Simpsons: Hit and Run

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When it released, many considered Hit and Run to be a Grand Theft Auto game for the younger generation to cash in on the GTA craze of the early-mid 2000s. To some degree that's still the case, but its jovial nature and memorable world makes it far better than players give it credit for in 2022.

The story is predictably wacky and the levels are all faithful to the show, but while it was drowned out by Rockstar's controversial offerings of the time, that's not really the case in 2022. Grand Theft Auto games take years to develop, and The Simpsons: Hit and Run is small and simple enough to feel unique to the series that inspired it.

The Simpsons: Hit and Run is not an easy game, and the overwhelming and frustrating challenge it presented when you were a kid is now one of the key reasons it's even better today. As gamers get older the difficulty is more of a draw than it once was, and the near-impossible optional races would consume whole days for younger players.

If the success of Dark Souls is anything to go by, players are more willing than ever to overcome the crushing difficulty.


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