It might seem like dozens of new games come out every week and, wel, they do. But that doesn’t mean that everyone moves on and leaves behind the games they love. There are certain games and gaming franchises that prove that many games games can live on far longer than we might have originally expected. And when you think about it, that’s pretty cool.
Of course, it takes a hook, something people latch onto and want to keep coming back to, for these games to achieve this longevity. There are many games to mention here, but there are some in particular that have kept people coming back for many, many years after their original release. We’re going to talk about those games now and why they’ve stuck around for so long. There’s an interesting story and explanation behind each one of these games, so read on if you want to find out more.
Age of Empires
So many people still play Age of Empires in 2018, and that number might even be growing thanks to the recent release of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. The game was originally released in 1997, and it was the first historical real-time strategy game to capture the imagination of gamers and get them addicted to its gradual in-game progression. Once you start building your empire, you never want to stop building and building until you’ve taken over the world.
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V still seems like a new game, and that’s because there is new content being released for it by Rockstar all the time. They’re fantastic at keeping the game up to date and appealing to gamers. It’s easy to forget that the game came out in 2013, and yet it’s still one of the top sellers on PS4 and Xbox 1 every year. People can’t get enough of it, but Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming soon, so that might all change.
Minecraft now exists on just about every console that has existed since its original release way back in 2009. And that’s before we even mention it’s huge PC user base. With new content, including Nintendo-specific content for the recent Switch version, it keeps finding ways to appeal to new people. And the fact that you can use seeds for Minecraft to use maps created by other people has helped grow the community massively. It remains one of the biggest games around.
Super Smash Bros. Melee
There have been numerous other Super Smash Bros. games released by Nintendo since Melee was originally released on the Nintendo GameCube in 1999, but this is the one that fans love most. For some, it’s all to do with the controls that are tied to the uniqueness of the GameCube controller. There are still competitive Smash Melee tournaments that happen across the world, so the game really is still a pretty big deal.
The recent current generation remaster of Dark Souls has breathed new life into the original game, but for many players, the shine never actually wore off the original. It’s the ultimate in gruelling games, and it’s this that makes it so appealing and addicting to so many people. It’s harsh but fair. You’ll start to notice that you’re improving and getting better at beating those seemingly unbeatable bosses, and that makes it so rewarding to play.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
With such an expansive game like Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, there’s no real way to complete it as such. There are so many ways to approach and play the game that you the paths open to you essentially make it endlessly replayable. Just this year a version of the game was released for the Nintendo Switch, adding to the long list of platforms you can now play it on. There’s even a virtual reality version of the game that you can play on the PSVR.
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is a huge MMO game that’s now been around since 2004. Time flies, eh? Well, many of the people who picked it up and started playing it on release are still playing it to this day. It’s another one of those games that can be completely absorbing if you throw yourself into it completely.
As you can see, there are plenty of older games that are still massively popular with thousands upon thousands of people playing them each day. It just goes to show that some things simply don’t go out of date in the world of gaming. And that’s pretty comforting in this fast-paced, disposable world we now live in!