Vintage modes are an increasingly prevalent fixture in modern sports games. F1 2013 is getting classic races and cars of the '80s and '90s, complete with retro TV filters. FIFA has long-since had classic teams. NHL '14 is even getting a NHL '04 anniversary mode, harking back to the style and gameplay of the 20-year-old 16-bit game.
So we got wondering why it should be only sports games. Why can't other genres get antiquated historical modes too? Our answer? There is no reason. So we started working out how to reverse-engineer the tropes and gameplay of a few of our favourite shooters, fighters and action games using aged tech and game rules. Here's what we came up with.