Revisiting old gems....wishing you didn't miss the 'moment'

So for the past year or so, on a frequent basis I've checked back old titles I never got around to finishing or picking up. These range from a whole bunch of old titles down to some which are from this generation. Most of the time I endure the extremely dated mechanics and I find myself understanding why the title was well received, alongside enjoying the actual game itself. 
Project Zero 2 (Fatal Frame) was the last game I played through and really enjoyed despite having a bum load of dated issues, since then I've tried things like Farenheit(Indigo Prophecy), Shadow of Colosus and various others.  I understood what people were on about with Farenheit, it felt like a mess towards the end and stuff but it was quite refreshing to play something like that. Colosus I didn't 'get', it's like a 6 hour game but has some great visuals for when it launched (maybe if I played it back at launch I'd have been overwhelmed by them but I suppose that moment has gone).
One game I tried which I was pretty excited about finally playing, Eternal Darkness. The game seems to be well received everywhere and  has somewhat of a cult following, I love horror games and puzzle games so I thought all would go well.
It didn't, I got roughly 1 hour in and couldn't take much more (I understand that's a hellova short amount of time to judge the game), after some thought I decided I most likely won't go back to it, I've missed the window for this game to take an impact on me - its 'moment' has gone.
 
However aside from missing the moment, revisiting them for me has sometimes turned out better than my first time playing. Half Life 2, Wind Waker & SMB3 I played again recently and enjoyed them even more than I remember.  Maybe it's an age thing, I'm 19 now and I've played games for most of my life but I realise revisiting some titles that I played when I was young can totally obliterate good memories (Croc Q_Q).

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Posted by SpaceKangaroo

So for the past year or so, on a frequent basis I've checked back old titles I never got around to finishing or picking up. These range from a whole bunch of old titles down to some which are from this generation. Most of the time I endure the extremely dated mechanics and I find myself understanding why the title was well received, alongside enjoying the actual game itself. 
Project Zero 2 (Fatal Frame) was the last game I played through and really enjoyed despite having a bum load of dated issues, since then I've tried things like Farenheit(Indigo Prophecy), Shadow of Colosus and various others.  I understood what people were on about with Farenheit, it felt like a mess towards the end and stuff but it was quite refreshing to play something like that. Colosus I didn't 'get', it's like a 6 hour game but has some great visuals for when it launched (maybe if I played it back at launch I'd have been overwhelmed by them but I suppose that moment has gone).
One game I tried which I was pretty excited about finally playing, Eternal Darkness. The game seems to be well received everywhere and  has somewhat of a cult following, I love horror games and puzzle games so I thought all would go well.
It didn't, I got roughly 1 hour in and couldn't take much more (I understand that's a hellova short amount of time to judge the game), after some thought I decided I most likely won't go back to it, I've missed the window for this game to take an impact on me - its 'moment' has gone.
 
However aside from missing the moment, revisiting them for me has sometimes turned out better than my first time playing. Half Life 2, Wind Waker & SMB3 I played again recently and enjoyed them even more than I remember.  Maybe it's an age thing, I'm 19 now and I've played games for most of my life but I realise revisiting some titles that I played when I was young can totally obliterate good memories (Croc Q_Q).

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Posted by Cwaff

I played a little more of Eternal Darkness than that, I enjoyed myself but I got to a point where I was stuck with low health and couldn't get any further... was a bit of a bummer.

Posted by chocolaterhinovampire

Eternal Darkness is one of the best games last gen...I remember I bought it and Warcraft 3 in the same go...fucking great

Posted by CompleteInanity

I've been doing the same thing, mainly playing through older adventure games and RPGs. 
 
I played a bit of Eternal Darkness, back when it came out. Not enough to really make a judgment call though.
 
I did pick up a copy of Indigo Prophecy when it was on sale for $3 on Steam. Honestly, I hated it. I have no idea what people enjoy about that game. I felt like I was doing the developer's chore-list, and as I reward I got to play endless games of Simon.

Posted by arab_prince

I had eternal darkness. But i was like 10 i think back then so I could never play it late or else I would be freaked as fuck. So I couldn't fully enjoy the game, and I never finished it. But it certainly was good and had some interesting ideas. I wish I enjoyed it more and wasn't such a pussy. 
 
I'm going through Deus Ex right now. It's a pretty good game. It reminds me though, why I don't like stealth games. but this game is very forgiving and much simpler than modern stealth games which I like. And being 10 years old, I can understand why so many people love it.