10 best old games - classic PC games that stood the test of time

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10 best old games - classic PC games that stood the test of time

It's time to set off on a nostalgic journey into the past. Here are top 10 classic PC games still worth playing in 2021.

Old PC games aren’t as bad as some people may presume, and they should not be looked down upon. Despite the fact that every year we get our hands on hundreds of new and exciting titles, many players still return to the classics that proved its worth over time. Despite time passing, they still enjoy themselves as much as they did years ago. You probably know the individuals who, while possessing the brand-new setup with a cool RTX, are installing a good old Heroes III game for the first time. Well, maybe you even belong to this group yourself. 😉

It's time to set off on a nostalgic journey into the past. In this article, you will find classic PC games that have aged so well that can still be a lot of fun. Of course, the presented list is not universal and focuses on the titles that have special place in GG.deals team’s hearts. We will be thrilled to hear about your favourite old games in comments section below.

Baldur’s Gate

Original release date: December 21, 1998

“You must gather your party before venturing forth” - there is probably no pc gamer who would not recognize this iconic phrase. Released in 1998, Baldur's Gate is one of BioWare's first games ever. At that time, an unknown studio stormed the industry, creating a title that was permanently included in the list of legendary computer games.

Baldur's Gate has strong roots in cRPG from the best period of the genre, perfectly reflecting the rules of AD&D. Currently, you can buy Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition, the refreshed version of the classic, which launches without major problems even on new systems.

Carmageddon

Original release date: February 2, 1997

The Carmageddon series gained its fame primarily for its controversial gameplay mechanics. Players are rewarded not for flawless, clean runs, but for doing as much damage as possible. The practice of scoring how many people and animals a player runs over was met with great criticism from content evaluation organizations. 

In some countries the games of this series could only be released after the most gore scenes were censored. However, this does not change the fact that Carmageddon as well as Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now and Carmageddon TDR 2000 released in the following years, guarantee a lot of fun.

Dungeon Keeper

Original release date: June 26, 1997

No compilation of the best old games is complete without Dungeon Keeper. Originally released in 1997, this game was ahead of its time in many aspects. The success was guaranteed not only by excellent (for those times) graphic design, but also by the subject matter raised. 

It is true that the game presented a very well-worn fight between good and evil, but this time it was finally made possible to take the other side. As a dungeon lord, you had to develop and defend your demonic kingdom from knights in shining armor.  

Diablo II

Original release date: June 29, 2000

Diablo II: Resurrected is on the horizon, and so far everything indicates that the game will not share the unfortunate fate of Warcraft III: Reforged. But skipping the original Diablo II without any mentions would be a sin. This is a great example of how retro PC games can still be hellishly fun to play. 

Even though it is sometimes hard to tell the enemy from the loot lying on the ground. Diablo II still has a significant group of loyal fans that enjoy the atmosphere pouring out of the screen. To this day, this iconic title from Blizzard is a perfect example of what a good hack'n'slash should look like.

Fallout

Original release date: October 10, 1997

Fallout and Fallout 2 are two PC classics that kickstarted a beautiful adventure. For many players, these two are the best parts of the series. It is believed that after switching to 3D, new titles lost all of the signature atmosphere. Post-apocalyptic empty areas still arouse fear and anxiety, but are attracted with great power.

Extensive RPG mechanics present quite a challenge, and surviving in a world where everything craves your blood is almost artistic. Despite the fact that almost 25 years have passed since the premiere of the first part, these iconic PC games are still impressive.

Gothic II

Original release date: November 29, 2002

At the moment, it is rather hard to return to Gothic without any glitches. one-of-a-kind atmosphere may not be enough to bear with outdated mechanics and questionable controls. In this respect, the seaquel of the Nameless Hero’s adventures looks much more presentable. 

Gothic 2 with the Night of the Raven add-on takes the player to Myrtana, where he has to face another threat. Contrary to most of the currently released productions, old PC games aren’t going to lead its players by the hand. People who are used to recent RPGs may therefore be surprised when they give Gothic a try.

Heroes of Might and Magic III

Original release date: March 3, 1999

When mentioning old computer games, Heroes of Might & Magic III cannot be overlooked. No other title enforces "One More Turn Syndrome" as strongly and effectively as this one. A painless return to the iconic Heroes is possible thanks to the gameplay mechanics that have not aged at all. Even 22 years after the premiere. 

Players can look forward to an extensive campaign, as well as tens of thousands of maps created by fans. The biggest attraction is, of course, the possibility of playing together with friends. The complete edition includes the full version of the game with two add-ons - Armageddon's Blade and Shadow of Death.

Starcraft

Original release date: March 31, 1998

Created years ago by Blizzard, the Warcraft and Starcraft brands had a huge impact on the entire industry. Unfortunately, the years go by inexorably and the technology is moving forward. This can be clearly seen in the productions from the end of the 20th century. Fortunately, both iconic old PC games have received refreshed versions. 

StarCraft Remastered turned out to be a much better upgrade than the refreshed version of Warcraft 3, so you can reach for it without worrying about destroying your childhood memories. This is exactly the same game as the one we played over 20 years ago, only with slightly better graphics. Zerg Rush has never looked so good. 😉

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Original release date: May 1, 2002

Interesting thing we noticed among fellow players. While Gothic was still the big thing in Eastern Europe, the rest of the world was paying its attention to The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. The epic RPG from Bethesda, which is the third installment of The Elder Scrolls series, did not disappoint. 

For the first time in history, fans of the mythology created for the series could see their favorite worlds presented in such an outstanding way. Even though the art is very old now, many people still return to Vvardenfell to discover something new. The timelessness of the production is also evidenced by the numerous, still active modding group.

Stronghold Crusader 

Original release date: September 25, 2002

This one of the best good old games is a real-time strategy set in the Middle East, during the period of the Crusades, which is pretty much self-explanatory. It's late 2D graphics aged much more gracefully than its 3D sequels. 

And it’s not just well-preserved looks that take players’ breaths away. Simple economy, satisfying battles, diverse gameplay features, mechanics of popularity and taxes, plenty of freedom in expanding your own castle… All of these components are combined beautifully, which made Stronghold Crusader a highly addictive and replayable RTS.

Now it's your turn! Tell us what nostalgic PC games make you smile and say "those were the days". Which titles do you regularly return to? The comments section is yours!

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