Games that are in fact not the same game on different platforms

Rand a. Thor

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Between the PC, PS1, and the PS2/Xbox/GCN there are 3 different versions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, same thing for Chamber of Secrets. I had the PS1 versions, a friend had them for PC, and another friend had em for XBox. It was surreal as hell but totally worth it. I even think the Xbox versions were slightly different than PS2/Gc.
 

GlitchyDegree

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That reminds me. How could I forget one of my favorite examples of this...

Same Name Different Game: The Sims 2



The console version of the Sims 2 is awesome! Direct control & local mp makes this version one of my favorite if not my favorite Sims game!
 

Jegriva

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is an entirely different game to the PS360PC game with a different story as well.
It's also a lot more freeform in it's gimmick so I think it's actually better.

I know you said not including handheld ports as well, but it also was on NDS and PSP and both of those are also different to each other as well.
4 different games all with the same name, cover, release date(generally) but no other real connection storywise. So bizarre
Forgotten Sands is 4 games: PS360 / Wii / PSp / Nds.

And they are all pretty good!


Another mythical example is SC Double Agent:


totally different than

 
Dead Rising on Xbox 360 (and PC/PS4/XB1) vs. the highly-truncated version on Wii, subtitled "Chop Till You Drop". CTYD featured a much smaller mall, no photography element [!?], fewer items, fewer bosses, fewer endings, and a ton of other reductions just to get the game running on the Wii.
 

Kromeo

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they were made by different people I think but

Jurassic Park Megadrive



Jurassic Park Snes

 

Nintendo

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That reminds me. How could I forget one of my favorite examples of this...

Same Name Different Game: The Sims 2



The console version of the Sims 2 is awesome! Direct control & local mp makes this version one of my favorite if not my favorite Sims game!
I loved the console version of The Sims 2! I wish The Sims 4 had a 3rd person control option :(
 

BevelledEdge

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Bionicle Heroes Is a completely different game between the Console, DS and GBA versions.
On consoles it was a 3rd person shooter.
on DS it was a 1st person shooter
and on GBA it was an isomteric shooter (I don't if that would classify as a twinstick givent he GBAs lack of stick controls).
 
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I love how pretty much every "multiplatform" game from the 360/Xbox crossgen days and earlier all had different versions, frequently by different teams. Can you imagine that today, in an era where most of us have the expendable income that we never did back then? The FOMO would be wild.
 

Luck

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Driver: San Francisco - Wii vs. X360/PS3/PC

Wii:
- different missions and perhaps even plot (can't really remember)
- different concept of city map due to lack of Wii power
- you can't even switch cars on the fly which was the best feature of the "normal" version




Damn, I wish they made a sequel with the same cars switching mechanics but for next-gens with the capabilities of the new hardware (much more ram and fast SSD). That could be sooooo good. What a shame that Ubisoft has completely forgot about these series...
 

rawhide

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Gearbox's PC version of 007 Nightfire, originally made by Eurocom for PS2/GC/Xbox, is not a port but a very loose and fairly crappy reinterpretation of the game using the GoldSrc engine.
 

Jimnymebob

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Yeah, Spidey 2 on PC was the one I played. Needless to say I was very confused when I head everyone say how fantastic the Spidey 2 game was lol.
 

Zevenberge

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Age of Empires: Age of Kings. RTS on PC/PS2, TBS on DS.

I recall Crash of the Titans being totally different between PS2 and DS.
 

Durock

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Conker’s Pocket Tales is an interesting one where the game is actually somewhat different depending on whether or not you’re playing it on the Game Boy or Game Boy Color.
 

Guido Krijt

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Pretty sure Need For Speed: The Run fits this category. My brother in law had the PS3 version and I had the Wii version. I vaguely remember completely different levels.
 

RussBus

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Sonic Lost World on 3DS was a different game from the Wii U/PC version. No DLC, and I think most stages were completely different? Otherwise the plot and overall structure stayed the same.

(Feel free to correct me on any of this. It's been years since I played both games.)
 

Brat-Sampson

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Brilliant game, and totally different scenario, setting, characters (Snake excluded, obvs) from the PS1 title.
 

Chronus

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Quake II for the N64 is completely different from the PC version. I mean, they have the same look, enemies and weapons, but the levels are completely new. There's some new items and power ups and some new effects.
It's pretty dope
 

Het_Nkik

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C'mon, the genesis game is a graphical showcase of what the hardware can do and a great ost from the composer of Assassins Creed...
I agree! It's definitely the best looking Genesis game I've played. Some of the levels and bosses are just... really bad, though. The hang glider shmup level is literally 17 minutes long. That's not okay!
 

Md Ray

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands is an entirely different game to the PS360PC game with a different story as well.
It's also a lot more freeform in it's gimmick so I think it's actually better.

I know you said not including handheld ports as well, but it also was on NDS and PSP and both of those are also different to each other as well.
4 different games all with the same name, cover, release date(generally) but no other real connection storywise. So bizarre
Different story? How? I've played the PS3 and the PC versions, they were identical except for the minor differences in visuals. That said, I still haven't beat the game on PC.
 

chandoog

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Splinter Cell Double Agent is the biggest recent example that comes to mind.

And I actually think the Xbox/PS2 version is better than the 360/PS3/PC version.

360/PS3/PC is "version 1":

Xbox/PS2 is "version 2", and more similar to the previous SC games before it:
 

Weltall Zero

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I think Gremlins 2 sets the record by having five completely different games based on it:
- A screen-by-screen platformer where you play as Billy (PC, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore).
- A sidescrilling platformer, as Billy (Spectrum, Amstrad). Notable in that it's the better game compared to the above despite running on inferior hardware.
- A tilted overhead game, as Billy (PC).
- A hellish side platformer, as Gizmo (GB).
- A truly great overhead shooter, as Gizmo (NES).

Shadowrun on SNES and Genesis were two totally different games that were both great.

Genesis:





Snes:

Hell yeah; probably among the very few examples in this thread where both of the games were absolutely fantastic.
 

MetalGearZed

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Same Name, Different game: Star Wars The Force Unleashed


The HD version (PC/X360/PS3) is very different from the SD version (Wii/PS2/PSP). They are both God of War clones with similar stories but I personally think the SD version is better despite looking worse
Man this is trippy. I literally thought about making a thread about this exact topic yesterday and my memory of the PS2 version of The Force Unleashed was the reason. Crazy.

The game wasn't bad. I was initially very dissapointed because, for some reason, uhh STARKILLER DOESN'T HOLD HIS LIGHTSABER BACKWARDS ON THE SD VERSION!
It was the coolest thing about his character and it's absent. He holds it forward the entire time like a basic bitch. My 13 year old self was distraught
This (PS3)

VS. This (PS2)
 
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Timu

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I think Gremlins 2 sets the record by having five completely different games based on it:
- A screen-by-screen platformer where you play as Billy (PC, Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore).
- A sidescrilling platformer, as Billy (Spectrum, Amstrad). Notable in that it's the better game compared to the above despite running on inferior hardware.
- A tilted overhead game, as Billy (PC).
- A hellish side platformer, as Gizmo (GB).
- A truly great overhead shooter, as Gizmo (NES).



Hell yeah; probably among the very few examples in this thread where both of the games were absolutely fantastic.
Batman Returns has more completely different games as well:

NES version is a beat em up not like the others
SMS/GG versions are platformers not like the others
SNES version is a beat em up closer to the movie
GEN version is a platformer that goes it's own route and is too difficult
SCD version has the Genesis stages but is also a driving game with driving stages unlike the others and has a new soundtrack
Lynx version is just a side scroller that's completely unlike the others with just 4 stages
Amiga version is both a platformer and beat em up unlike the others
 

SkyOdin

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The Lunar games ended up being very different between their original versions and the later remakes. The title of Lunar Silver Star Story Complete for the Playstation makes it sounds like a port of the original Sega CD version of Lunar Silver Star, but Complete is actually a really major rewrite of the story that adds in new characters and makes a ton of other changes. The GBA version of Lunar Silver Star is once again a whole new game with significant gameplay and story differences from the earlier versions.
 

Weltall Zero

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Batman Returns has more completely different games as well:

NES version is a beat em up not like the others
SMS/GG versions are platformers not like the others
SNES version is a beat em up closer to the movie
GEN version is a platformer that goes it's own route and is too difficult
SCD version has the Genesis stages but is also a driving game with driving stages unlike the others and has a new soundtrack
Lynx version is just a side scroller that's completely unlike the others with just 4 stages
Amiga version is both a platformer and beat em up unlike the others
I knew Batman Returns had quite a few versions (I played the SNES and the Genesis ones; grabbing two thugs and smashing their heads together was quite satisfying in the former), but I didn't know it was that many, holy shit. Warner sure liked to go all-in with their movie adaptations during the early 90s. :D
 

Timu

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I knew Batman Returns had quite a few versions (I played the SNES and the Genesis ones; grabbing two thugs and smashing their heads together was quite satisfying in the former), but I didn't know it was that many, holy shit. Warner sure liked to go all-in with their movie adaptations during the early 90s. :D
Yeah, it's pretty crazy. Terminator 1 was also very different on pretty much every system it was on too(NES, SNES, GEN, SCD, DOS).
 

ghibli99

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The Revenge of Shinobi (Genesis) and The Revenge of Shinobi (GBA). Same name, which is just... deceptive. How the second one was ever OK'd by Sega, I'll never know.
 

georaldc

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Does Wreckless: The Yakuza Missions count, just based on visuals? I've only seen youtube videos of other versions but the Xbox one (which is what I played) literally looks like a next gen game compared to the other ports. Not sure if everything else is the same though

First person tactical shooter vs. cover based third person shooter

I remember the PC version only having a wire frame view for your teammate's camera, and the 360 version had a full/actual feed because the 360 was more powerful than your typical PC at the time.
 

Poimandres

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Ninja Gaiden arcade, NES, Master System are all totally different games. NES version rules the roost.

One that always pissed me off as a kid was Turtles: Tournament Fighters on SNES/MD. The SNES version is a rather good fighting game, but the Mega Drive version is crap. Same developers, similar hardware. What gives?
 

Fisty

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First person tactical shooter vs. cover based third person shooter

I thought it was the PC and 360 version that were cover-based third person, and PS2/XBox were FPS? I remember trying this on 360 at my friend's house and then renting it for PS2 at my house and being supremely confused and disappointed

EDIT: oh now I see, the PC version was also a FPS. Wow that is interesting. Maybe the team was worried about the controls on PC, very weird
 
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Htown

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Different story? How? I've played the PS3 and the PC versions, they were identical except for the minor differences in visuals. That said, I still haven't beat the game on PC.
the HD versions were all the same

the Wii version is the one that's the entirely different game
 

Efejota

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=/=

Edit:
If the SD/HD era counts, Sonic Unleashed was pretty different and I was very fond of Wii's Eggmanland.
 

Tokyo_Funk

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Mickey Mouse Castle of Illusion Mega-Drive/Genesis and Master System.

Ghostbusters PSP/Wii vs 360/PS3/PC

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker Spectrum/Amiga vs Arcade vs Genesis/MD vs Master System
 

Het_Nkik

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Same Name, Different game: Beavis & Butt-Head


The SNES version was a crappy side-scroller while the Genesis version was a slightly better adventure game. there are also Gameboy & Game Gear versions.
I had the game on Genesis and I had a friend in elementary school who had it on SNES. And we both owned both systems. So we did a swap of this game. I really didn't like the SNES game at all. I liked the Genesis one a lot more, but it took me months until I really "got" the game and understood there was an order you had to do things in and there were areas where you could fuck yourself over and make the game unbeatable. It wasn't until more than a decade later that I played my first point and click adventure game and I was like, "Oh shit, Beavis and Butt-Head was an adventure game!"
 

fontguy

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Batman Returns has more completely different games as well:

NES version is a beat em up not like the others
SMS/GG versions are platformers not like the others
SNES version is a beat em up closer to the movie
GEN version is a platformer that goes it's own route and is too difficult
SCD version has the Genesis stages but is also a driving game with driving stages unlike the others and has a new soundtrack
Lynx version is just a side scroller that's completely unlike the others with just 4 stages
Amiga version is both a platformer and beat em up unlike the others
I just wanted to take a moment and say fuck Batman Returns on the Genesis. What a pile of hot garbage.
 

T.I (uh oh)

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One of my favorite examples of this is Hook, which had 4 different games I think.

There was:
  1. the multiplayer, side-scrolling beat 'em up on Arcade



  2. the platformer on SNES/Genesis/Sega CD/Gamegear



  3. another platformer on NES/Gameboy/C64



  4. and an awesome point-and-click adventure on Amiga and Atari ST