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Games that haven't changed in ten years

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Some games truly evolve. Prince of Persia, for instance, is now a million miles from where it started. So too, Sonic the Hedgehog and even Mario. Over the last ten years, these games have either changed direction totally, or shaken up the basic gameplay elements and crafted a similar yet far-removed experience. Some other games... haven't.

These are the games that refuse to change. Like Dick Clark, they look the same as they always did. Like Friends, they found a formula that worked and stuck with it. But, bizarrely, looking down the list, they're also still very good. See if you agree...



Pokemon (Game Boy, GBC, GBA, DS)
It's very clever, really. Renaming each installment with a new color, adding day/night cycles, a choice between a girl or a boy as your character... and making you think you're buying a new game each time. In fact, you're still doing exactly what you did in the last game. Long grass bothering, pokemon-hunting, gym-beating, level-upping fun.

Don't get us wrong, we love Pokemon. And the new Diamond/Pearl versions are just shiny enough to make us want to do it all over again. But where's the proper console version that looks identical to the brilliant cartoon? We expected one on GameCube years ago. Pokemon XD was a disappointment and we don't count it. One day, just maybe, we'll get a proper 3D Pokemon game. Fingers crossed.

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13 comments

  • nutella - June 18, 2009 11:21 a.m.

    12 is a bad number 4 me, i wanted no 13
  • neogio64 - June 17, 2009 1:03 a.m.

    UUUUMMM where the hell is SSB games (Super Smash Bros Games) and wheres and wheres the Paper Mario Games.... They missed a few titles that havent changed (Mario Kart also)
  • Pepsuber88 - June 18, 2009 6:47 p.m.

    Where is the Tony Hawk games? or the LEGO games? LOL13!
  • Wolf007 - June 17, 2009 11:38 p.m.

    GTA is headed down this path. GTA V needs 2 have us play as a corrupt cop or something
  • linkganon - June 16, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    i was wondering why halo wasn't on this list until i recently remembered, halo wasn't around until 2001 which was only 8 years ago, they have the same weapons, same gameplay, same sucky controls, sucky aim, that damn map doesn't give away positions of enemies unless they are in close proximitry, only thing that changed was the maps. are you kidding me bunji, they need to come up with something new because yawn, it's getting real old hearing about master chief. now metal gear solid is the same thing as the ps1 version but at least it has play value, not 5 minutes and done with the game for the rest of the day. you are right about loz oot and the 06 version, same basic thing but it has replay value. i have played more of these two games in one consecutive play that i have with halo for a month.
  • CreeplyTuna - June 16, 2009 1:19 a.m.

    also, where's GTA in this article? its basically the same formula every game, just new characters and plot
  • CreeplyTuna - June 16, 2009 1:15 a.m.

    to the guy who said "yay second lol" is that all u have to say? really? do u just hunt for things to write wat number u r on them w/out even caring to read the article? seriously! omg im 7!!
  • DragonSovereign - June 16, 2009 12:35 a.m.

    ZELDA FTW by the way. You're right though, it is kind of repetitive but it's a repetitive that you never really get bored of.
  • DragonSovereign - June 16, 2009 12:35 a.m.

    ZELDA FTW by the way. You're right though, it is kind of repetitive but it's a repetitive that you never really get bored of.
  • DragonSovereign - June 16, 2009 12:32 a.m.

    Wow, my 1st comment and i'm 4th. Nice article, everything is 100% true
  • yoreAtowel - June 15, 2009 8:15 p.m.

    lulz,, truely they are masters at doin the same thing.
  • lovinmyps3 - June 15, 2009 2:02 p.m.

    yay second lol
  • Bloodbath1075 - June 15, 2009 1:14 p.m.

    hahaha, this is some funny shit

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