We all have games that hold a very special place in our hearts. However, like old friends, sometimes we drift apart and it becomes hard to keep up with where they are now.
Did that game you love ever get a sequel or a remake? Maybe even a spiritual successor or a film adaptation in the works? Or is it game over for them?
Look below to find a collection of 20 beloved classic games, and discover what they’ve been up to after all this time.
Back in the days of the RollerCoaster Tycoon craze, many of us milked hours of joy from building our very own amusement parks and watching people ride (or die) in them.
RollerCoaster Tycoon has spawned a number of sequels and spin-offs over the years, although the latest installment in the main series - RollerCoaster Tycoon World -failed to recapture the magic of the old games.
Thankfully, Frontier Developments - developers of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, and the expansion packs to RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 - has got you covered. In 2016 they released Planet Coaster, a spiritual successor to RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 that grants players even more creative freedom.
If you much prefer the 2D style of RollerCoaster Tycoon 1 and 2, there’s also RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic on iOS and Android. RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic comes straight from the mind of the original game’s creator Chris Sawyer, and faithfully combines features from the first two games.
Anyone who’s ever played video games has probably played one of The Sims games, and relished the idea of creating people you know and possibly trapping them in a toilet or a swimming pool with no escape.
Although the latest entry in the main series - The Sims 4 -was released in 2014, the developers have been supplying it with regular updates and expansions to keep it fresh and entertaining.
The latest expansion was released just a couple weeks ago in the form of the Bowling Night Stuff pack, which allows players to build their own bowling hangouts for their Sims to visit. It also includes a new five level bowling skill, new themed clothing items, and more.
They are currently surveying Sims players across the world to shape the next Stuff pack.
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater became an instant classic overnight thanks to its fun and faithful encapsulation of skating culture, where players obsessed over checking off challenges and racking up combos.
There hasn’t been a good entry in the series in over a decade, with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5’s attempt to revive the franchise in 2015 being a swing and a miss. However, Tony Hawk himself confirmed in interviews that he intends to continue the franchise without Activision, and that he’s interested in using virtual reality for his next game. We're completely on board with that.
As the successor to id Software's Doom series, Quake helped popularise rocket jumps and online multiplayer deathmatches.
Just like how Doom was rebooted for players last year, a follow-up to the Quake series, Quake Champions, is in the works. Quake Champions is currently in closed beta, and is assured to be a "fast-paced arena-based shooter" for PC. Quake Champions will feature different character classes, a significant change from the old games.
Quake Champions will also be free-to-play although players will have the option to buy the Champion Pack and gain access to all of Quake Champions' characters. That said, free-to-play players will still be able to use in-game currency to gain access to new characters for a limited period of time.