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Fight Night | PS3, 360 | 2009

The new Fight Night: Realistically rendered real-life boxers trying to inflict serious physical harm on their opponent by repeatedly striking them about the head and body with their fists.

Fight Night | Atari 7800, C64, PC | 1986

The old Fight Night: Typically clichéd cartoon boxers trying to inflict serious physical harm on their opponent by repeatedly striking them about the head and body with their fists.

Mafia | PC | 2002

The new Mafia: A lowly Joe Schmoe down-and-out nobody squirt-stain discovers a proficiency for thuggery and subsequently finds himself propelled upwards in the dangerous world of organised crime. The action takes place against the backdrop of a huge, open-world Chicago-inspired city.

Mafia | C64 | 1986

The old Mafia: Is predictably pretty much the same in principle as the new Mafia. Graphically, though, it looks like a drying puddle of Saturday morning pavement sick.

Overlord | PC, 360 | 2007

The new Overlord: Gives you an army of multi-coloured, post-feeding-after-midnight gremlins to take control of as you stomp about the land not laughing at ESRB-rated 'crude humour' and trying your best to be a right proper evil no-good bastard.

Overlord | PC | 1990

The old Overlord: Some strategy game about space and colonies and star systems. Looks a bit boring. But we've never played it. So in all honesty that observation is based purely on the strength of us looking at a couple of screenshots. Which is a bit unfair. Although we are pretty sure it has nothing to do with evil gremlins.

Portal | PC | 2007

The new Portal: Brain-shagging manipulation of three-dimensional space. For cake.

Portal | C64, PC | 1986

The old Portal: Described as a 'computer novel'. Sounds rubbish. If we were interested in reading in 1986 we would have bought some books. Not a bloody Commodore 64. We'll take brain-shagging any day of the week thanks all the same though.

Prototype | PC, PS3, 360 | 2009

The new Prototype: Man in hood goes on rampage in Manhattan. Has to fight monsters and the military and a virus. Sounds pretty tough, but he has all this black goo stuff which lets him turn his arms into giant spikes and other things suitable for slicing enemies in half.

Proto Type | PC | 1989

The old Proto Type: For learning how to touch type.

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21 comments

  • Conman93 - October 9, 2009 3:15 p.m.

    Lol new prototype frivolous violence Old prototype valuble career skills. Just a slight difference ....first
  • fattoler - October 9, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    Hmmm, that old Afrika game looks intersting
  • nighthawk205 - October 9, 2009 3:44 p.m.

    Haha the Portal one was hilarious. Everyone knows that cake comes before reading.
  • 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?
  • V13Dragongal - October 9, 2009 4:41 p.m.

    Wow. I think new afrika would be just like endless ocean only in afrika. Fith!
  • 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!)
  • Link555 - October 9, 2009 7:35 p.m.

    wow,wonder if any copyright issues arose
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • doomdoomdoom - October 9, 2009 10:01 p.m.

    Wow this shows old stuff sucks dick hello world of tomorrow yeah!
  • 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.
  • RandomIdoit - October 10, 2009 12:48 a.m.

    This is just proof positive that all of the good names are taken.
  • 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.
  • FETALJUICE - October 10, 2009 5:07 a.m.

    Old Prototype...hehe
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - October 10, 2009 5:45 a.m.

    Sorry Randomldoit that joke was made by name a year ago =)
  • Skykid - October 10, 2009 5:01 p.m.

    Remember new Portal: THE CAKE IS A LIE!!!
  • Yeager1122 - October 11, 2009 1:06 a.m.

    Wow i really want the old prototype looks much cooler then the new one....
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ^_^

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