#1 Edited by Deadmeat (137 posts) -

I think from Burnout 2 ---> Burnout 3 for me was the most drastic shift. The second was a pretty fun game, with a neat little crash mode. The 3rd totally blew my mind when it came out. Come to think of it, that may be the last time I was "suprised" by a game. I suppose they should have come out relativily close to one another. It's hard to compare games 4 generations apart.

#2 Edited by KaosAngel (14251 posts) -

UT99 -> UT2k4 
 
At the time, hearing about Bump-Mapping was crazy.  UT2k4 looked like Crysis back then.

#3 Posted by GoofyGoober (941 posts) -

GTA 3-GTA4?

#4 Posted by HODGEY3000 (343 posts) -

Doom 2 to Doom 3

#5 Posted by Willin (1338 posts) -

Super Mario 2 to 3.

#6 Posted by GetEveryone (4531 posts) -

Everything before Resident Evil 4 -> Resident Evil 4. 
 
That game did so many things right and stands as one of the modern greats. I don't mean to say it's predecessors were anything less than stellar, but 4 really did produce a paradigm shift in the series' direction/quality. 
 
5 isn't great, though.

#7 Posted by IBurningStar (2194 posts) -

Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake to Metal Gear Solid

#8 Posted by FLStyle (5431 posts) -

DMC2 -> DMC3
 
Fuck you DMC2.

#9 Posted by KaosAngel (14251 posts) -
@FLStyle: They made a DMC2?
#10 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2824 posts) -

Whichever Duke Nukem before it -> Duke Nukem Forever

#11 Posted by Jimbo (10173 posts) -
@GetEveryone said:
"I don't mean to say it's predecessors were anything less than stellar, but 4 really did produce a paradigm shift in the series' direction/quality.  5 isn't great, though. "
lol'd.
#12 Posted by Kjellm87 (1735 posts) -
#13 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7097 posts) -

Red Dead Revolver to Red Dead Redemption. Because someone was gonna say it if I didn't.

#14 Posted by Icemael (6795 posts) -
@GetEveryone said:
" Everything before Resident Evil 4 -> Resident Evil 4. "
Either this or Zelda II: The Adventure of Link -> The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.
#15 Posted by jakob187 (22309 posts) -

Assassin's Creed -----> Assassin's Creed II was pretty radical in terms of quality.  A lot of the repetition was taken out, but on top of that, the storytelling was magnificently handled.

#16 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3331 posts) -

GTA 2 to GTA 3

#17 Edited by beeftothetaco (438 posts) -

A lot of people will disagree with me, but I think it was Ocarina of Time to Majora's Mask. Ocarina of time was great, but I feel like MM refined the formula quite a bit and implemented some really unique concepts. Plus the game was creepy as fuck (I was 9-10 at the time) which I loved. (Remember the waterwheel man? Holy shit.)

#18 Edited by Sooty (8195 posts) -
@GetEveryone said:

" Everything before Resident Evil 4 -> Resident Evil 4.  That game did so many things right and stands as one of the modern greats. I don't mean to say it's predecessors were anything less than stellar, but 4 really did produce a paradigm shift in the series' direction/quality.  5 isn't great, though. "

4 wasn't the best game in the series and is ultimately why the series has became what it has; a shadow of its former self.
 
Yeah, it was a competent action game that made good use of the perspective, but it wasn't a proper Resident Evil game or worthy of being the next entry in the series.
 
The gunplay in 4 and 5 is laughably bad, enemies just bounce when you hit and kill them. Please, They didn't even bother fixing/improving the animation when you kill standard enemies.
#19 Posted by ViciousReiven (869 posts) -

The last 3 Elder Scrolls games, and continuing to the next, every game is a huge leap forward.

Online
#20 Posted by Three0neFive (2299 posts) -

Dragon Age 2 -> Dragon Age: Origins

#21 Posted by DonutFever (3784 posts) -

Assassin's Creed 1 to 2.

#22 Posted by MetalBaofu (1459 posts) -

Plenty of good answers for this.  I always think about Assassin's Creed, though.  I did not really enjoy the first one at all, which also made me wary of the second one when it came out, but it was great.   Now I really like the series(still don't like that first game, though).

#23 Posted by Toxin066 (3380 posts) -
#24 Posted by Surkov (1017 posts) -

Ico to Shadow of the Colossus.  

#25 Posted by DonutFever (3784 posts) -
@beeftothetaco said:
" A lot of people will disagree with me, but I think it was Ocarina of Time to Majora's Mask. Ocarina of time was great, but I feel like MM refined the formula quite a bit and implemented some really unique concepts. Plus the game was creepy as fuck (I was 9-10 at the time) which I loved. (Remember the waterwheel man? Holy shit.) "
Agreed. I played it when I was about 6, and Link's screams every time you put on the Deku/Goron/Zora/Fierce Deity masks scarred me for life.
#26 Posted by Doctorchimp (4160 posts) -

Assassin's Creed 1 to 2.
 
2 is actually a videogame that's playable.

#27 Posted by Pinworm45 (4069 posts) -

no idea how no one has said Half-Life yet.

#28 Posted by Shadow (5108 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" @FLStyle: They made a DMC2? "
Well...no. As everyone knows, they went directly from 1 to 3. I don't get what this guy's talking about either.
#29 Edited by GetEveryone (4531 posts) -
@Ygg said:

" @GetEveryone said:

" Everything before Resident Evil 4 -> Resident Evil 4.  That game did so many things right and stands as one of the modern greats. I don't mean to say it's predecessors were anything less than stellar, but 4 really did produce a paradigm shift in the series' direction/quality.  5 isn't great, though. "

4 wasn't the best game in the series and is ultimately why the series has became what it has; a shadow of its former self.  Yeah, it was a competent action game that made good use of the perspective, but it wasn't a proper Resident Evil game or worthy of being the next entry in the series.  The gunplay in 4 and 5 is laughably bad, enemies just bounce when you hit and kill them. Please. "
There was a touch of irony to my post, but I'll bite. 
 
Everything about 4 was better than it had been in previous installments. I'm a massive Resi fan, but I'm not blind to its faults. The game has generally handled very poorly and had a terrible narrative. 4 tidied up a lot of this. 5, unfortunately, missed the point a bit. It tilted the axis too much; retreading almost entire scenes from 4 (e.g. escaping Salazar's Right hand - basement/escaping the Uroboros - furnace) without any of the tension and double the machismo.
 
I imagine most people would agree with me. 
 
@beeftothetaco said:
" A lot of people will disagree with me, but I think it was Ocarina of Time to Majora's Mask. Ocarina of time was great, but I feel like MM refined the formula quite a bit and implemented some really unique concepts. Plus the game was creepy as fuck (I was 9-10 at the time) which I loved. (Remember the waterwheel man? Holy shit.) "
Such a great shout. Majora's Mask mixed things up in that universe so well, but it went down like liver oil. Beautiful side-missions. The collecting had a point and offered rewards, the temple design was fantastic, and the time-mechanic added a thoughtful, management dimension.
 
Not to mention the generally fantastic atmosphere and sense of foreboding in that world.
#30 Posted by Lunar_Aura (2824 posts) -
@Ygg said:
"

                    @GetEveryone said:

"

                    Everything before Resident Evil 4 -> Resident Evil 4.  That game did so many things right and stands as one of the modern greats. I don't mean to say it's predecessors were anything less than stellar, but 4 really did produce a paradigm shift in the series' direction/quality.  5 isn't great, though.

                   

                "

4 wasn't the best game in the series and is ultimately why the series has became what it has; a shadow of its former self.  Yeah, it was a competent action game that made good use of the perspective, but it wasn't a proper Resident Evil game or worthy of being the next entry in the series.  The gunplay in 4 and 5 is laughably bad, enemies just bounce when you hit and kill them. Please, They didn't even bother fixing/improving the animation when you kill standard enemies.

                   

                "

Agreed. I thought 4 was a devolution if anything. Maybe the biggest RE jump was 3 to Code Veronica imo.
#31 Posted by TwilitEnd656 (610 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" @FLStyle: They made a DMC2? "
Nope. It never happened. People are just crazy.
... But yeah, that's what sticks out to me.
#32 Posted by imsh_pl (3471 posts) -

CoD 3 ->CoD4

#33 Edited by beeftothetaco (438 posts) -
@Pinworm45 said:
" no idea how no one has said Half-Life yet. "

A lot of people consider HL 1 to be one of the best FPS games of all time. Also, when HL 2 was first released, it was bugged to shit. 
#34 Posted by mnzy (2961 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" UT99 -> UT2k4  At the time, hearing about Bump-Mapping was crazy.  UT2k4 looked like Crysis back then. "
What about UT 2003?
#35 Posted by mosespippy (4746 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" UT99 -> UT2k4  At the time, hearing about Bump-Mapping was crazy.  UT2k4 looked like Crysis back then. "
You seem to be forgetting about UT2k3's existence.@GoofyGoober said:
" GTA 3-GTA4? "
GTA2 - GTA3 was a MUCH more drastic leap, not to mention the fact that there were 5 GTA games between GTA3 and GTA4.
#36 Posted by KaosAngel (14251 posts) -
@mnzy said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" UT99 -> UT2k4  At the time, hearing about Bump-Mapping was crazy.  UT2k4 looked like Crysis back then. "
What about UT 2003? "
Doesn't exist.
#37 Posted by GoofyGoober (941 posts) -
@mosespippy: Shit, you're right, you're right I forgot about the ps1 GTA games.
#38 Posted by Skald (4385 posts) -

Team Fortress Classic to Team Fortress 2.

#39 Posted by Little_Socrates (5834 posts) -
@GetEveryone said:
" @Ygg said:

" @GetEveryone said:

" Everything before Resident Evil 4 -> Resident Evil 4.  That game did so many things right and stands as one of the modern greats. I don't mean to say it's predecessors were anything less than stellar, but 4 really did produce a paradigm shift in the series' direction/quality.  5 isn't great, though. "

4 wasn't the best game in the series and is ultimately why the series has became what it has; a shadow of its former self.  Yeah, it was a competent action game that made good use of the perspective, but it wasn't a proper Resident Evil game or worthy of being the next entry in the series.  The gunplay in 4 and 5 is laughably bad, enemies just bounce when you hit and kill them. Please. "
There was a touch of irony to my post, but I'll bite. 
 
Everything about 4 was better than it had been in previous installments. I'm a massive Resi fan, but I'm not blind to its faults. The game has generally handled very poorly and had a terrible narrative. 4 tidied up a lot of this. 5, unfortunately, missed the point a bit. It tilted the axis too much; retreading almost entire scenes from 4 (e.g. escaping Salazar's Right hand - basement/escaping the Uroboros - furnace) without any of the tension and double the machismo.
 
I imagine most people would agree with me. 
 
@beeftothetaco said:
" A lot of people will disagree with me, but I think it was Ocarina of Time to Majora's Mask. Ocarina of time was great, but I feel like MM refined the formula quite a bit and implemented some really unique concepts. Plus the game was creepy as fuck (I was 9-10 at the time) which I loved. (Remember the waterwheel man? Holy shit.) "
Such a great shout. Majora's Mask mixed things up in that universe so well, but it went down like liver oil. Beautiful side-missions. The collecting had a point and offered rewards, the temple design was fantastic, and the time-mechanic added a thoughtful, management dimension. Not to mention the generally fantastic atmosphere and sense of foreboding in that world. "
All of this I agree with, though I don't think Ocarina of Time was great. I think the way a player interacts with the game is good in OoT, but the combat never challenges enough to be good, the temples are mediocre, and the story is completely minimal and flavorless.
#40 Posted by JuggertrainUK (271 posts) -
@MariachiMacabre said:
"Red Dead Revolver to Red Dead Redemption. Because someone was gonna say it if I didn't. "
#41 Posted by Video_Game_King (36566 posts) -

Let me calculate this....fuck it, I'll just say it was from Adventure Island III to Super Adventure Island. Doesn't "Super" imply that you've added shit to the game, not taken it away?

#42 Posted by No0b0rAmA (1511 posts) -

Dawn of War -> Dawn of War 2

#43 Posted by mnzy (2961 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" @mnzy said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" UT99 -> UT2k4  At the time, hearing about Bump-Mapping was crazy.  UT2k4 looked like Crysis back then. "
What about UT 2003? "
Doesn't exist. "
But...boost dodge!
#44 Posted by 02sfraser (855 posts) -
@jakob187 said:
" Assassin's Creed -----> Assassin's Creed II was pretty radical in terms of quality.  A lot of the repetition was taken out, but on top of that, the storytelling was magnificently handled. "
Definitely this!
#45 Posted by Slaker117 (4856 posts) -

AC1 to 2 was pretty significant. Don't have too much personal experience outside of this generation so I can't think of much else.

#46 Posted by KaosAngel (14251 posts) -
@mnzy said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" @mnzy said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" UT99 -> UT2k4  At the time, hearing about Bump-Mapping was crazy.  UT2k4 looked like Crysis back then. "
What about UT 2003? "
Doesn't exist. "
But...boost dodge! "
YO!  That's why I fucking hated UT3, UT2k4 had those combo-powerups.  S-S-S-S REGENERATION!  W-W-W-W BOOSTER!  Fucking loved that in UT2k4, EPIC needs to bring that series back.
#47 Posted by nick_verissimo (1437 posts) -
@beeftothetaco said:
" A lot of people will disagree with me, but I think it was Ocarina of Time to Majora's Mask. Ocarina of time was great, but I feel like MM refined the formula quite a bit and implemented some really unique concepts. Plus the game was creepy as fuck (I was 9-10 at the time) which I loved. (Remember the waterwheel man? Holy shit.) "
 Majora's Mask doesn't deserve a lot of the shit it gets, because I really do like that game, but dude!  Respectfully disagree.
#48 Edited by EuanDewar (5143 posts) -

Uncharted -> Uncharted 2.
 
A mediocre third person shooter barely rescued by its likable characters transformed into an intense, thrilling, Indiana Jones style epic adventure with some of the best character work in gaming as a whole wrapped in a nice multiplayer package.
 
Back of the net.

#49 Posted by beeftothetaco (438 posts) -
@EuanDewar said:
" Uncharted -> Uncharted 2.   A mediocre third person shooter barely rescued by its likable characters transformed into an intense, thrilling, Indiana Jones style epic adventure with some of the best character work in gaming as a whole wrapped in a nice multiplayer package. "
This, although I feel like the multiplayer was a bit of a tack-on. The single player was where it was at.
#50 Posted by mnzy (2961 posts) -
@KaosAngel said:
" @mnzy said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" @mnzy said:
" @KaosAngel said:
" UT99 -> UT2k4  At the time, hearing about Bump-Mapping was crazy.  UT2k4 looked like Crysis back then. "
What about UT 2003? "
Doesn't exist. "
But...boost dodge! "
YO!  That's why I fucking hated UT3, UT2k4 had those combo-powerups.  S-S-S-S REGENERATION!  W-W-W-W BOOSTER!  Fucking loved that in UT2k4, EPIC needs to bring that series back. "
No, I'm talking about that movement glitch that got removed from 2003 to 2004. Well, doesn't matter. Those were good games, but UT99 was fine, too.