While we live in a world with some of the most advanced PC’s and consoles ever produced at our disposal, and the ability to play some of the most advanced games ever made, it is really nice however to go back in time.
Whether you played some retro slots, some classic shooters, or an old action-adventure game, there are many retro games a lot of us haven’t looked at for decades, yet these are the games we should definitely give another try.
A series that is widely regarded as one of the best of all time, the original Doom game came out all the way in 1993. It is also regarded as a title that changed gaming forever, especially the world of FPS games, a genre that was not a thing back in the day.
The blocky graphics, insane monsters and creatures, level design and weapons all culminated into making a game that was so advanced and so good, it is still enjoyed today, especially in the Speed running community. It is never too late to play the first Doom game, and it is definitely worth loading up again if you can.
Duke Nukem 3D
Another incredibly popular first-person shooter game is Duke Nukem. Released back in 1996, it was obviously a bit more advanced than Doom, but had a similar style of gameplay, which fans absolutely adored.
The game was also very edgy for its time, featuring a lot of gore and violence, as well as nudity which drew a lot of controversy. Duke still stands tall today as another benchmark that first-person shooters still aspire to.
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
A Playstation 1 classic, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee. A game that many believe was a little bit before its time, you take on the role of Abe, a meek and mild Mudokon who lives at a meat factory. When he discovers he and his fellow Mudokon are to be slaughtered, he hatches a plan to save himself and as many of his kin as possible.
The 2D platformer was well-liked when it was released, the story kept people interested and entertained, and for the time period, the graphics were quite advanced. If you weren’t around for the PS1 days, Abe’s Oddysee is a must.
Grim Fandango was a game released back in 1998 by LucasArts. It was the first adventure game released by LucasArts that used 3D computer graphics overlaid on pre rendered static backgrounds. This becomes one of the best things of the game, the graphics.
The story is also very enjoyable, the game is set in the Land of the Dead, a place that recently departed souls travel through before reaching their final destination. You take on the role of a Lad of the Dead travel agent helping a virtuous soul, all within a Day of the Dead look.
Quake is another classic first-person shooter game. First released back in 1996, you have to control your character as they travel through medieval mazes, facing differing levels of puzzles and enemies, all with a vast array of weapons at your disposal.
Similar to games such as Duke Nukem and Doom, Quake offered full real-time 3D rendering, but more importantly, Quake helped online multiplayer blowup. While Doom was the first to do it, Quake offered far more inline multiplayer options, as well as making games quicker and easier to find. An absolutely incredible game that is worth a play.
Age of Empires
Real-time strategy games have had two giants dominate the genre for years, the next entry on our list, Starcraft, and Age of Empires. Set in ancient times, you take control of one of 12 civilizations, having to gather resources, build, train an army and advance through the ages to defeat your enemies.
First released in 1997, it had a lot of detail and replayability for a game of the time. Add in the fact that there was a campaign mode, as well as online play, the first Age of Empires is still enjoyed by many players to this day. Take a look at Twitch and you’ll find a handful of channels dedicated to the game and series.
If Age of Empires is the past, Starcraft was the future. Both games have similar ideas, build up your city, create an army and defeat your enemy. Released in 1998, the battles took place on planets and your units were creatures from the distant future.
Starcraft is a much faster version of Age of Empires, especially on the professional level where there is a lot of micromanagement, however, if strategy is your thing, and Age of Empires just doesn’t do it for you, the original Starcraft was an instant classic, and still holds that title.
These are only a handful of retro and classic games that still play well today. Action, adventure, shoot ‘em ups and strategy, no matter what you like, there is a classic game for you. If you have played some of these classics before, you should take another look at them, if you haven’t played any of them, you are in for a treat.