11 Influential Video Games That Have Aged Horribly

Time and tide wait for no game, not even the most influential.


The video games industry is one that has grown from nothing to one of the most profitable entertainment industries in the world over the span of five short decades.

As a result, there are a number of games in living memory that have been dubbed landmark titles; whether for their innovative gameplay, for creating a new sub-genre, or for offering a fresh new take on an existing format, and we've all got a favourite that we remember fondly for one reason or another.

But what happens when you pull out your favourite childhood trend-setter, only to realise that playing it now is more of a chore than you ever remembered?

It's undoubtedly a result of the progress that these games themselves helped usher in, but there's something profoundly upsetting about realising a game that helped shape modern gaming now feels like little more than an unplayable mess of poor visuals and cheesy dialogue, or a classic title simply being overshadowed by its own sequels.

Before we start the list, it's probably worth prefacing the entire thing with a gentle reminder that each and every one of these games is a veteran of the industry and deserves our utmost respect.

That said, let's take a closer look at the ways in which these influential titles have aged horribly, shall we?


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