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Elite to Elite: Dangerous was a huge Jump

Same for:

  • Wasteland to Wasteland 2
  • Bard's Tale 3 to Bard's Tale 4
  • Shadowgate 1987 to Shadowgate 2017
  • Kid Icarus to Kid Icarus: Uprising is a fairly extreme example.
Basically all those IP that got stopped in the 80s/90's and then got a successor 20+ years later all qualify for the title.
Another game I would mention would be Wizardry VI after Wizardry V and, on a similar note, Wizardry 8 after Wizardry VII. It helps that there are 9 years between VII and 8, but V and VI had only a 3 years gap. Though here, it helps that the early Wizardry titles didn't change much since their inception in 1981, so those 3 years are technically more like 7 years of actual development.
While we're at it with old CRPG, Might & Magic V being followed by Might & Magic VI. Going from 2D to 3D (with 2D sprites and vegetation) while changing drastically how the classes and gameplay works (from turn-based to a potential manual mix between turn-based and real-time combat (you can turn off turn-based combat while in combat and turn it on seconds later again - good to avoid some missile for instance), and real time exploration).


A Link to the Past to Ocarina of Time.



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God of War 3 to God of War PS4 in terms of gameplay



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TranceformerFX said:
- Final Fantasy VI to Final Fantasy VII

- Grand Theft Auto 2 to Grand Theft Auto III

- Dead or Alive to Dead or Alive 2

- Links Awakening to Zelda: A Link to the Past

- Super Metroid to Metroid Prime

- Fallout 2 to Fallout 3

- Ninja Gaiden 2 to Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)

But if I had to choose ONE game as the best and clearest example for said topic: it would be...

Silent Hill 4 to P.T.
Konami's demo to their now cancelled game was a f***ing masterpiece.

'Links awakening' came out after 'a link to the past', do you mean zelda 2 on the nes?



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- Super Mario Bros
- Mario 64
- Ocarina of Time
- GTA3
- BoTW
- Half Life 2

Those are probably the biggest jumps I've come across and they revolutionized gaming in one way or another.

I'm mostly including games that not only jumped but delved into something that wasn't there in the industry or influenced game design on a wide scale.



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Castle Wolfenstein --> Wolfenstein 3-D



I can't believe I'm having such a hard time with this. Those that mentioned GoW I guess is the closest I can come up with. Seems like that would be from recency bias, but I really can't think of anything else.



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Daggerfall to Morrowind.

kopstudent89 said:

Those are probably the biggest jumps I've come across and they revolutionized gaming in one way or another.

I'm mostly including games that not only jumped but delved into something that wasn't there in the industry or influenced game design on a wide scale.

Just curious, but how would you say that BotW has revolutionized gaming?



Tomb Raider 2013 - in terms of mechanisms, it was tremandous leap over its predecessor...right to the bottom of deep chasm filled with modern AAA crap.
Fallout 3 is down their with it, though with much less said excrement.

On the upward side, as Boffenbrauer2 said, most 80s/90s IPs that have recently resurged are great candidates, if not necessarily gameplay wise, certainly in all other aspects.

From "recent" stuff, maybe Red Dead Redemption over Red Dead Revolver, Portal 2 over Portal, or Sleeping Dogs over True Crime: New York City.