Then vs now: Video games through the decades

Mortal Kombat has always been the goriest, most grotesque and over-the-top fighter around. That's only improved as graphics have.  

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Halo sure has evolved over the years (see what we did there?). 14 years makes quite a difference it seems. In 2015 Halo 5: Guardians looked amazing.

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Elder Scrolls is another classic RPG series. What amazes us though is not only how far the series has come, but how Skyrim was released so long ago!

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The Sims is the perfect escapist adventure. Why live your own mundane 9-5 life when you could force some little pixel people to do it instead?

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The updated versions of the Mafia games show how far visuals have come and certainly have us excited for the future of these games. 

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Now with cutting-edge graphics, ray tracing, destructive environments and more, Battlefield sure has come a long way.    

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Nintendo might not be known for making the most cutting edge games when it comes to graphics, but that doesn't mean Mario hasn't come a long way.

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The Legend of Zelda has been a firm Nintendo favourite for decades and the newest iterations are even more popular.

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The original GTA games were seen as the most controversial games in video game history. Not much has changed, but then neither has the popularity.

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16 years on and the latest video game vision of Marvel's Spiderman is something special both in graphics and gameplay too. 

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Street Fighter is proof that the classics never die. Improved visuals and special moves make this one the ultimate beat 'em ups. 

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Doom is the grandfather of all first-person shooters and an utter classic. Now even more grotesque and gory than ever. 

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Mario Kart is likely everyone's favourite multiplayer game and one that's come a long way since it first came to our gaming screens in 1992. 

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FIFA started life way back in 1993 and has continued to grow in popularity as the years have passed. It's easier on the eye too. 

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Tomb Raider is often referred to as being the pioneer of action-adventure games. Now it's much less sexualised but no less beautiful or fun. 

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Metal Gear Solid started life all the way back in 1987, now it's much easier on the eye, but no easier to play. 

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Sonic has seen many different incarnations over the years. Both 2D and 3D outings, all glorious. 

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Call of Duty might be one of the most well-known shooters worldwide. The setting and the visuals have changed a lot but the popularity hasn't. 

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Diablo kicked off a much-loved series of role-playing hack and slash fun back in 1996.

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Awesome cars, fun-packed race tracks and city streets, high-octane thrills, Need for Speed always had it all. 

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Donning the guise of a professional hitman to take out dangerous targets around the world. It's only got better with age. 

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Wolfenstein started life as Castle Wolfenstein back in 1981. Decades later and Nazis are still there, but even more scary. 

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Assassin's Creed has seen many iterations over the years but the core has remained the same. Tried and tested and much loved too. 

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Survival horror shooter Resident Evil started life back in 1996 with the perfect mix of zombies, monsters and puzzles.

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In just 16 years, Deus Ex had changed incredibly and the newer games were certainly great, despite having a lot to live up to. 

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In 1998 it was an undeniable masterpiece and while sadly the newer game failed to live up to the original it looked a lot better.

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Before Call of Duty took the world by storm, Medal of Honor was the World War II shooter that everyone loved. 

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