5 Classic PC Games That Are Still Worth Playing and Why
Retro games are back in style. In a big way! There has been a torrent of games that have HD remasters, such as Resident Evil and Homeworld, while newer games such as Wasteland 2 and Pillars of Eternity have been purposely given a more retro look.
But with all this obsessing over the past, are there any really old games that are still playable today? Think about it, there are a ton of games that were your whole life when you were a kid. How much fun, really, would it be to revisit them?
Well, if you are thinking about diving back into your dusty old CD-ROM collection to find out, here is a list of the top 5 best oldies which are still worth a shot today.
Launched in the late 90’s, this was the first hybrid between a First Person Shooter and an honest Role Playing Game. There are game enthusiasts around the world who will still engage in the game occasionally every year. Is it still that good? You bet.
The game simply offers so much choice it’s hard not to get caught up in it a little. The world and the gameplay are layered with choices. You can choose your mechanics and story and it still works despite many other titles trying something similar over the past two decades.
If I said we’ve never had a game that offers so much freedom in gameplay, I would not be exaggerating. Not even the two sequels which followed this masterpiece are that good.
Word of caution, the first level – Liberty Island – is the worst and you simply have to work through it to get to the good stuff.
If you like computer role playing games but hate the heavy doses of fantasy that often accompany them, you probably should re-try Fallout 2.
It simply is one of the best RPGs around and it’s not that Bethesda did a bad job with Fallout 3. They didn’t. It’s just that a lot of the charm and character of the first game were lost out in the new version. It is hard to explain, but let’s just say the cleverness was on a whole other level with Fallout 2.
Star Wars: X-Wing
Can you ever go wrong with a space simulator? How about if it was branded with Star Wars?
Now you see why this classic will simply never fade away. The two games that popped up around this time were Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Wars: TIE Fighter. Both were amazing and were so old hat you simply had to play with a joystick.
The biggest downside is the lack of a CD version of the games. There could have been better resolution, voiceovers and cut-scenes. But the CD versions are still nowhere to be found yet.
System Shock 2
This one is so amazing I would go as far as to recommend it to others who haven’t even played it before. System Shock 2 was made in the sort of genre that would later inspire the likes of BioShock. There was a creepy atmosphere and the whole focus was on the story rather than the gameplay. Not that the gameplay was any less impressive. It is just that the whole ‘horror in space’ story is hard to overlook.
Some argue that the game inspired not only BioShock but also a whole generation of shooter that have come in the years since.
The game is very difficult to play and the obstacles can sometimes even seem punishing. But with a few graphic mods this beautiful game will keep you preoccupied for hours.
Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri has a fan base so loyal that they argue this was the single best 4X game ever developed. A spiritual predecessor to the somewhat disappointing Civilization: Beyond Earth, this amazing game will capture your eyeballs despite its decades-old look.
Though it is not as pretty as the Civilization series, it is based in space and has better gameplay. For a lot of us, that is all you need.
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