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Same name, completely different game

We absolutely know that you've been waiting with eager anticipation for a feature to come along that catalogues examples of new games that share an identical name with an old game. It doesn't happen very often, so it's genuinely exciting when it does. Anyway, we've written that feature, and this is it. Direct all messages of thanks and amazement to the comments thread. K? Cheers.

Afrika | PS3 | 2009

The new Afrika: Is about taking photos of animals. Like at the zoo. Only it's not real. And the zoo is the size of Africa. And the chances of seeing a monkey casually masturbating amongst the shit and rotting fruit on the cold, concrete floor of its enclosure are pretty slim. Non-existent even.

Afrika | PC | 1994

The old Afrika: Is about imperialist European pirates raping the world's second largest continent of its natural resources. To paraphrase every reviewer ever: "If you like colonialism, you'll love this!" It even features natives holding spears. Which we don't think is legally allowed any more, but we'd have to check.

APB | PC, 360 | 2010

The new APB: Makes you pick sides in a mega pumped-up cops-and-robbers turf war orgy of gratuitous gun violence where you get to shave your head, tattoo your face and blow shit up.

APB | Arcade | 1987

The old APB: Makes you play as a cop called Bob. Bob spends day after day driving along an eternally scrolling highway arresting litterbugs and speeders and the like. When he isn't driving, he's back at the station using excessive physical force to coerce confessions from suspects. That's how Bob rolls.

Crackdown | 360 | 2007

The new Crackdown: Cybernetically-enhanced, law-enforcing agent ass-kickers running the bad guys out of town by jumping really high, tossing lorries about like toy trucks and exploding eight shades of shit out of anything that harbours hostile intentions.

Crack Down | Arcade | 1989

The old Crack Down: Two conspicuously clothed law-enforcing agent ass-kickers running mad scientist Mr X out of town by exploding eight shades of shit out of his laboratory and destroying his cybernetically-enhanced goat (we're not kidding).

Dante's Inferno | PS3, 360 | 2010

The new Dante's Inferno: An incredibly violent serial-sinner, mass murderer and wielder of enormous sharp-edged weaponry brutally hacks, disembowels and decapitates his way through the nine circles of Hell.

Dante's Inferno | C64 | 1986

The old Dante's Inferno: A pilgrim must solve stupidly obscure object-based puzzles as he casually saunters through the nine circles of a very pixellated-looking Hell. His inability to carry more than two tiny objects at any one time ensures that this takes much longer than it really should do.

Fable | PC, Xbox | 2004

The new Fable: All about being a hero and choosing a moral destiny in a huge open-world fantasy land adventure.

Fable | PC | 1996

The old Fable: All about being a hero and pointing-and-clicking on everything and talking endlessly to everyone you meet until you get to the end of the fantasy land adventure.

There's still another page of this stuff. Keep going.

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21 comments

  • xyberdawg - July 29, 2013 2:27 p.m.

    You think thats bad! I remember 2 games named Dark Angel for the PS2! I had them both! One was based on the TV series staring Jessica Alba, the other was a hack n slash RPG subtitled "Vampire Apocalypse". They were released a year apart for the same system!
  • craigkiller - October 16, 2009 1:22 p.m.

    Old Prototype = Legendary in gaming, also preparing you for the working world. New Prototype = You shapeshift and fight monsters. Winrars = New Prototype ^_^
  • rxb - October 12, 2009 1:08 p.m.

    I loved the old APB, might even get the new one if it gets a X360 release.
  • Embolado - October 11, 2009 6:37 p.m.

    Screw that I want to play the old APB. Interrogating people sounds like a great game mechanic if done right. Just select your choice of tools and try to crack a suspect. Tools should include thermostat, polygraph, good/bad cop, sleep depravation, solitary and progressively unlocking new techniques. Hell I would play it.
  • Yeager1122 - October 11, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    Wow i really want the old prototype looks much cooler then the new one....
  • Skykid - October 10, 2009 5:01 p.m.

    Remember new Portal: THE CAKE IS A LIE!!!
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - October 10, 2009 5:45 a.m.

    Sorry Randomldoit that joke was made by name a year ago =)
  • FETALJUICE - October 10, 2009 5:07 a.m.

    Old Prototype...hehe
  • CasualMark - October 10, 2009 2:01 a.m.

    I actually played the old portal. Some weird `database` navagation telling a story about the evacuation of earth and people injecting whale blubber under their skin is all I remember. After hours of reading, my save got corrupted. I have the odd bout of nostalgia for this fella.
  • RandomIdoit - October 10, 2009 12:48 a.m.

    This is just proof positive that all of the good names are taken.
  • TheHolyHandGrenade - October 9, 2009 11:16 p.m.

    great artical. love prototype comparison. video games have come far for only being around for some 40 years.
  • doomdoomdoom - October 9, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    Wow this shows old stuff sucks dick hello world of tomorrow yeah!
  • CH3BURASHKA - October 9, 2009 10 p.m.

    Whilst searching OCRemix for songs to download, I came across a few, notably Blood Money (for the Amiga, I think) vs. Hitman: Blood Money.
  • oryandymackie - October 9, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    And Conman93 has been reported. I don't care if you provide an ACTUAL comment, your self-indulgent FIRSTING is absolutely laughable and marks you out as a veritable noob.
  • Link555 - October 9, 2009 7:35 p.m.

    wow,wonder if any copyright issues arose
  • nadrewod999 - October 9, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    I can't stop LoL-ing whenever I reread the first page (they are all so similar in some concepts, but so very different everywhere else). I imagine that the point-and-click Fable didn't have much of a fan-base, or the puzzle-solving Dante's Inferno, although I know for a fact that 17th to 18th century European kings would have definitely loved the old Afrika better than the new Afrika, both Crackdowns have a lot of similar words and ideas in their descriptions, and I personally would have loved playing the old APB almost as much as I am looking forward to playing the new APB (if they ever let me into their beta. CURSE YOU, GRAPHICS CARD QUESTION!)
  • V13Dragongal - October 9, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    Wow. I think new afrika would be just like endless ocean only in afrika. Fith!
  • deonebjc - October 9, 2009 4:13 p.m.

    Anyone else think Dip Stick on old Fight Night looks like Mr Mackay? Also, old Proto Type - prequel to Typing of the Dead?
  • nighthawk205 - October 9, 2009 3:44 p.m.

    Haha the Portal one was hilarious. Everyone knows that cake comes before reading.
  • fattoler - October 9, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    Hmmm, that old Afrika game looks intersting

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