You probably remember the first Mortal Kombats. 2D, funny voice acting and a lot of blood. And a huge deal of fun. For those nostalgic about those times, game producers have some good news, as they announced classic games like Mortal Kombat can still run on newer consoles. Some even say that even if games like Mortal Kombat have their graphics enhanced as years go by and also some special effects introduced, they will never be as good as the ones in the nineties, and the gaming experience will never be as rich as it was back in the good old days.
On the other hand, there are others who claim that this is just nostalgia and that their statements have no reasonable logic. After all, gaming is getting better. It is a astonishing difference between what video games looked like in the nineties or in the 2000`s and what they look like in present days. Not to mention all the gaming equipment that has been developed over the years and that offers a lot more opportunities than shooting a duck on your TV screen or other things like that.
But at the end of the day we would not have a winner in this contest between good old days and good present days. It is clear that both periods of time have their ups and downs. But rather than looking at things in this way, we would like to see how gaming classics have resisted the passing of time and adapted to the new trends. Can they still run up with the newer generations in gaming?
MK, Street Fighter and RE journeyed through tech evolution
Mortal Kombat X created a lot of fuss around itself as it has recently been released for the newest generation of consoles. Mortal Kombat is a great example of what a classic means. It has been around since gaming was still confused and has not made any fundamental modifications to affect the whole point of the game just to appeal to the generations that have come later. Still, even Mortal Kombat had problems with being constantly relevant to the audience and gamers all around the globe. For 16 years, they have released video games that had a different gameplay than the one the series had become famous for. It was in the year 2011 when Mortal Kombat came back to the roots, some would say, when the Netherrealm Studios have released a title that certainly makes a point in this situation: Mortal Kombat, also known as MK 2011. Between MK 3 and MK 2011, the Netherrealms Studios have only released 3D MK fighters, like Tekken for example. But, even if there were not reasons to fall on worries about the end of Mortal Kombat, there was not the same intensity as it was in the previous games. MK 2011 got the best from both past and present, and came out as a 2.5D fighter.
Street Fighter is another great example for classics that keep up with new heroes of our time. Street Fighter has been around for 27 years now, and it has not become gaming memorabilia yet. It is still among the gamers` preferences when it comes to fighting games. And the passion will not burn itself out as Capcom is ready to reveal the Street Fighter V. For those who are not familiar with this particular series, Street Fighter V is not the fifth game in 27 years. It is just that with every new II, III or IV, Street Fighter has also reiterated each and every of them, so it would be difficult even for a Street Fighter enthusiast to know exactly how many games the series includes. Street Fighter IV has come out in 2008, and it was a great success for Capcom, without any doubts. They have used a 3D engine, but still kept the 2D gameplay that is still loved by fans of the fighting games. In 2008, Capcom created a perfectly balanced mix between modern times and the classic, which is not called like that for no reason.
Next year Resident Evil will be celebrating 20 years since its debut on PlayStation in 1996. At that moment, an throughout the late nineties and early 2000`s, Resident Evil was a success among fans of the survival horror genre. However, things have changed with the series. If back then Resident Evil represented a very creepy game, with a sinister atmosphere and music that made you want to mute your speakers if it was already dark outside when you were playing, Resident Evil 4 has brought a major change to the gameplay and even to the genre that made RE such a beloved franchise. The isolation and constant safekeeping of your ammo started to become less frightening, as beginning with 2005 Resident Evil has started to move closer to the action genre. RE 4 is still considered to be one of the greatest name of the series even by its most conservatory fans, but with the release of RE 5 the franchise started to look very differently than it did in the late nineties.
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