One particular criticism I hear from certain retro-style games is that their from a "dated" genre, like 3D collectathon platformers or on-rails spaceship shooters. Considering how most of the only games to get rave reviews now are open-world, calling a genre "dated" seems like a huge copout.
Now I know most of the people who said that probably can never be swayed the other direction, but how can certain oldschool game genres be modernized? Are there ways to modernize certain genres WITHOUT making them open world and calling it a day?
Some days I just blow up.