Some PC games are truly timeless and worth your time, energy and complete commitment. Here are ten that will take you down memory lane and get you in the mood for classic action!
The first-person sci-fi PC game from Valve released in 1998 for MS Windows became an instant hit thanks to its realistic gameplay and seamless narrative, and is widely considered one of the greatest PC games ever. Thoughtfully designed for a single player experience, Half-Life throws unexpected encounters and maintains the tension throughout. It’s the kind of weird and scary you definitely want to revisit on a lazy Sunday afternoon!
The graphic adventure puzzle game was released for Macintosh in 1993, and immediately captured everyone’s imagination with its obtuse story and the multitude of puzzles and objects available for manipulation. It is a deliciously slow game that will take you hours to complete, but the journey into a fictional world so intriguing and compelling will remind you why it was the best-selling PC game until The Sims came along in 2000.
Seventeen years ago is a long time; the world celebrated the turn of the millenium and Deux Ex introduced gamers to a riveting dystopian world with plenty of sub-plots, twists, customizations and a lot of depth that indicated that PC games had come of age and were ready to really blow your mind.
Quest for Glory 1
First released in 1989, Quest for Glory: So You Want to be a Hero is hailed for its genre-defining ability to merge graphical adventure gaming with role-playing elements, in a realistically designed environment where the main character would need rest and sleep after a bout of adventure and the night and day time sceneries were different. Enjoyable and funny, it is the blast from the past that can perk up your mood.
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
Published by LucasArts in 1991, the adventure game brings you face to face with ‘mighty pirate’ Guybrush Threepwood, who after defeating ghost pirate LeChuck in The Secret of Monkey Island, attempts to find the mysterious treasure known as Big Whoop. It is fun, humorous and crazy all at once, just what the doctor ordered!
Launched by Interplay Production in 1997, Fallout takes you into post-apocalyptic Southern California where nuclear war has destroyed most of civilization and mysterious forces are at work. The level-based and skill-based game allows you to give your character up to two optional traits, which have a positive as well as negative impact on your character. Complex and absorbing, Fallout is the stuff that legendary video games are made of .
The first-person shooter from LucasArts published in 1997 is beloved for its excellent orchestral soundtrack, stylish animated cutscenes and solid gameplay features. If you’re a fan of the Wild West, you cannot afford to miss Outlaws.
The FPS video game, first of the Quake series, has a Doom-influenced gameplay and horrifying poly-based monsters, enemies and weapons thanks to a full 3D engine. If you like monsters on your PC screen and dig a game that demands you to think quickly on your feet, Quake is the way to go.
System Shock 2
The FPS role-playing survival horror fest looks weird and stays with you for a long time. Occurring aboard a starship devastated by a genetic infection, the game allows you to develop combat skills, psionic ability and cybernetic affinity. It is gory, scary and has some ‘what the hell’ moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
If you like strategy games with depth that don’t take you several hours to complete, this classic PC game is for you. To win, you can either be the last civilization standing or build a spaceship and be the first to reach Alpha Centauri before any other civilization. With quality isometric graphics and a journey fraught with discovery, strategy and management, Civilization II promises
Author: Josh Hayett
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