27/11/2021 By RuneLite
There are always more games to play, especially nowadays. With more and more games being released every year, it can be hard deciding just which game to tackle next. That choice becomes even harder when looking back at games of the past. With much simpler graphics, often much shorter lengths, and difficulty running on newer hardware, some classic games can feel like more of a chore to play than a pleasure.
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However, some classic games can push beyond those frustrations and draw in audiences even decades after their release. Whether it's a compelling story, varied mechanics, or simply just because they are a joy to play, some old games only get better with age.
One of the most classic adventure games of all time, Myst remains a pleasure to play to this day. While most puzzle-based games can feel tired and boring once the techniques that they created are utilized in other games, Myst has managed to retain the fresh feeling and enjoyable experience that it had during its release in 1993.
And now, players have even more ways to play the game, with it having been ported to numerous consoles, and even to virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Quest. With optimizations to code, improvements to graphics, and even added areas, Myst has more ways to enjoy it now than it ever has.
The Curse Of Monkey Island
Arguably one of the best adventure games ever released, The Curse of Monkey Island has long been celebrated for its humor, storytelling, and music. Not a single bit of that has changed decades since it came out in 1997, and in some ways, the game has only improved for those that played it as a child.
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Jokes that flew over children's heads will now land solidly as adults, and those new to the franchise will enjoy the jokes for the very first time. And with the game now available through digital distribution, more and more people get the chance to play this masterpiece.
World Of Warcraft
While not as 'classic' as some of the games on this list, World of Warcraft has made a large cultural impact since its release in 2004. As an MMO, the game has never stopped being updated and is still going strong to this day. While the current live version of the game has many improvements over the original release, many argue that the game has gotten worse over time.
For those people, the Classic servers now exist, allowing them to play the game as it was when it first launched. No matter which version a person prefers, though, the game has only continued to work at improving itself and is still worth the price of admission today.
Like World of Warcraft, RuneScape deals with many decisions from its players as to which version of it is the one that has truly gotten better over time. The modern RuneScape, sometimes referred to as RuneScape 3, has a lot more features than the original. With gameplay features that help players get to end-game content faster, much more content, higher-quality graphics, and a lot of single-player content, many people enjoy what modern RuneScape has to offer.
Even so, some players still prefer Old School RuneScape, with the original graphical style and all the systems that were in the game early on. Even Old School RuneScape has received some quality of life upgrades, though, so which one is the better one to play comes down to player preference.
Another classic LucasArts adventure game, Grim Fandango keeps the fantastic storytelling and humor capabilities that the company had become known for, while also bringing 3D graphics to the table.
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The game saw a remastered release in 2015, making that the best version to play for newcomers, which retains all the charm and polish of the original while adding in some additional features such as a developers commentary. While some features of the game can feel a bit dated compared to modern standards, it is still a charming and fantastic game worth playing today.
The SimCity game that really kicked off the franchise, SimCity 2000 gave the series many of the iconic elements that are still around to this day, including expanded financial and budget controls, land elevation, and underground layers. It's even been added to the Museum of Modern Art.
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While there have been many SimCity games released in the decades since, SimCity 2000 remains one of the most popular, due to its ease of use, the sheer number of things that can be done, and because unlike the 2013 version (at least at launch), it doesn't need to be played while online.
Dungeons and Dragons remains, to this day, one of the most popular role-playing games of all time. It makes sense, then, that some of the most popular classic role-playing games on PC would be made using those rulesets.
Using the D&D 2nd Edition rules, Icewind Dale provides plenty of replayability due to the chance and variation that comes from both player characters builds and combat. With the enhanced edition released in 2014, as well as a very healthy modding scene for custom content, Icewind Dale provides for many hours of fun to this day.
One of the games that helped popularize the multiplayer deathmatch game mode in first-person shooters, Quake has a lot of legacies to live up to. While there is still a single-player game to be played, it isn't the reason most people find themselves returning to the game all these years later.
From speedruns to an absolutely extensive modding community, there is always new content being added by fans to keep the game alive and fresh. With servers still being hosted and tournaments run, there's no reason not to dive right into the world fo Quake.
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind
Every Elder Scrolls game has its fair share of modding communities, and Morrowind is no exception. However, unlike Quake and Icewind Dale, the modding community isn't the only thing keeping Morrowind fun and enjoyable to play. Part of that comes down to just how good Morrowind is on its own.
The Elder Scrolls games gained a lot of popularity with Oblivion and Skyrim, and many players never went back to play some of the older games. With a number of unique magics that never made the jump to future installments, multiple variations of attacks based on movement, and a deep and compelling plot, Morrowind remains a game that begs to be played for hundreds of hours, just like its sequels.
Truly a game with no equal, Diablo 2 never lost its title as the best in the series. Even with the release of Diablo 3, and the upcoming releases of Diablo 4 and Immortal, many fans are more than content to stick to the second game, continuing their fight against the hordes of Hell.
With the sheer number of systems in play, it can take a long time to get used to everything and discover all the secrets that the game has to offer. Bring in the still-thriving multiplayer servers, and there is plenty of time to enjoy with you and your friends.
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Kent Anderson-Brettell is a freelance writer and game designer based in Toronto, Canada. He is a prolific MMO-player, JRPG enthusiast, and advocate for story-heavy games.
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