Sessler's Soapbox: Revisiting the Classics

Posted: September 27, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Revisiting the Classics
Adam talks about all the remastered collections coming out these days and how older games, as great as they are, can remind us how much gaming has changed.

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  • zimmy91

    I play video games from now, when I was younger, and from before I was born. Personally, its quite a jump to go from the recent Legend of Zelda's lack of direction to Ocarina of Time then jump to Gears of War 3 for the hell of it. Then for fun, go play some Oblivion, CSS, Halo, or Assassins creed Brotherhood ( I have yet to beat it ) or whatever else I can pick up.
    So, sometimes I feel like I jump around with my gaming a lot. I really really like classic games for there feel, there is just something there that modern games don't have anymore. Its that magic, Its that, This is a cool video game ever button. I always feel modern games lacking in this, but some have their moments ( Bioshock, Portal 1 & 2, Cod 4, and even Halo) but, these are all first person and if there not first person ( cause I know there is more than this, its just off the top of my head. ) Then it somehow involves shooting. I am always wondering if there will ever be more games that just have that magic touch that some of the classics on the older consoles have...

    Posted: September 27, 2011 10:39 PM
  • clickpictony

    I love the Lando shirt Adam.

    Never Forget!

    Posted: September 27, 2011 10:08 PM
  • mronoc89

    I have to disagree, a good game is a good game is a good game, no matter what era. I didn't play through the original Half-Life until 2006, and I still absolutely loved it. I also disagree that this is any different from other mediums. You yourself mention that language has evolved over time, and even with film, different eras use a completely different visual vocabulary. For the most extreme example, you really have to be in a specific mindset to properly enjoy a silent film.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 9:40 PM
  • DeoxyriboNucleicAwesome

    This is exactly why I always try to play the first game in a series even if playing the latest one won't really change my experience of the plot. When I had the God of War collection I made damn sure I was finished with the first game before moving onto the second one because I knew that the gameplay mechanics would be vastly improved upon and that trying to go back to the first one would feel strange.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 9:34 PM
  • Agent 47

    I both agree and disagree with Adam. When he talks about how older games almost have a different logic to them (i.e. his modern English vs. ye olde English example) I totally agree. That said, it doesn't always mean it takes away for the experience. Yes, it can be a challenge to relearn the logic of older games but at the same time, it can remind you of why you liked them in the first place. Now granted it doesn't always turn out well. Sometimes you play an old game and you ask yourself, "why did I ever like this game" or "man this seemed better when I was younger." I know I have. However, there have been times I plugged in an older game and the magic is still there. I've had the same experience with movies and books. It can be that difference in logic which makes the game unique. For example, I could not imagine reading William Shakespeare's "Caesar" or "Hamlet" in modern English vernacular; but wouldn't mind an updated "Romeo and Juliet". It just depends on the individual person. Beauty (or fun) is in the eye of the beholder. Note: I also agree with Adam that it sucks when change games and end blowing yourself or others to kingdom come with a grenade because you pressed wrong button. :(

    Posted: September 27, 2011 8:56 PM
  • Lunar-X

    i loved the soap box.

    i have got to say that shadow of the colossus had a very hard control scheme to get used to in the beginning but by the end it just felt so right. makes me wonder how people will respond to it (especially those that never played the game the first time around.).

    Posted: September 27, 2011 8:08 PM
  • BrenLeahey

    I want to get a PS3 for the Ico/Shadow of the Colossus collection, the God of War collection, and the Killzone series. I'm too poor, though. Damn you college tuition!

    Posted: September 27, 2011 8:04 PM
  • contactone

    Someone call the CDC, looks like Sessler has small pox.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 6:52 PM
  • hoof_hearted4

    ya i have a problem if i play a sequel first, going back and playing the ga,es that came before. despite how amazing they were and the reviews, a lot of the time if i played the sequel first, i just cant go back and play an earlier one, cause of graphics, or gameplay. like Dynasty Warriors for example. i played 3 and 4, skipped 5 and went to 6. i really wanted to try 5 when it had come put but nvr got the chance. went back to it after 6 and i didnt like it. same can be said about other games as well.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 6:39 PM
  • Fex_Anderson

    I agree with every statement in this video.

    But really what I want to do right now is thank Mr. Sessler. Why? Well, because he kept reminding me that the Sly Cooper series existed. I had always wanted to play those games when they were on the PS2 but never got around to it. And then the PS3 came around and the series probably would have faded from my memory if it hadn't been for Adam's constant love notes to it on the Soapbox and Feedback. So I picked up the Sly collection, played it, and loved every second of it. So thank you, Mr. Sessler for keeping that series fresh in my mind.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 6:38 PM
  • crocodilius

    if "mr sessler" thinks final fantasy tactics was
    the best FF game he's more full of sh-t than the rest of you.
    that was was boring garbage, especially compared
    to something like Shining Force 1 or 2.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 5:45 PM
  • BigDaveUTK

    I liked this one Adam. I think you hit a subject of some irk to publishers who would like to expose a classic game to a new generation of gamers, but ultimately it doesn't translate well to the new audience (or even the old-school gamers) because, like you said, game mechanics change wildly in just one generation of consoles. It makes me wonder how the 10th anniversary Halo: CE is going to fare sales wise. However, I think it says something positive about game developers who constantly refine the gaming experience so that controls become more natural and intuitive, furthering the art by allowing a deeper level of immersion.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 5:25 PM
  • ConDAWG

    Currently playing Resident Evil 4 HD on my ps3, and I am loving it, it reminds me of how bad 5 was.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 5:07 PM
  • CoolerThanYourMom

    i tried to play manhunt recently and gave up because of the controls being so old school out dated

    Posted: September 27, 2011 4:26 PM
  • TheDubanat0r

    I just tried to play Resident Evil Directors cut on the PSN and i have no idea how i was ever able to beat that game with those controls.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 3:03 PM
  • Atavax

    its annoying how just because he is unable to appreciate older games he assumes all gamers are unable to and that its a fault of the medium,

    Posted: September 27, 2011 2:58 PM
  • BlitzedAssassin

    Anyone notice he was playing one of the last levels of Sly 3.... I love that game.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 2:50 PM
  • TofuZombie92

    I Love these two games. i played shadow over and over on my ps2 i had to get ico off of ebay it is a very rare find. Adam i think you should have your own video game talk show instead of just a segment on the web...i'd watch it

    Posted: September 27, 2011 2:47 PM
  • keyatzin

    I recently re-played Mass Effect 1; it's most challenging when you first start, and try to melee, and put your guns away, or you try to use your powers by constantly pressing Y, and nothing happens. But I made it.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 2:39 PM
  • crocodilius

    i am SO glad squaresoft decided to rehash FFX instead of FF7.
    no one should have to play ff7 ever again; terrible game.

    Posted: September 27, 2011 2:05 PM