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5 Classic PC Games that are Still Worth a Play

5 Classic PC Games that are Still Worth a Play

Guest Post by: Caroline from Culture Coverage

I would like to thank Real Women of Gaming for publishing this article. They cover everything related to gaming, including conventions and reviews. Check out their Indie Spotlight section if you’re looking for some great new titles to pick up. 

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There’s never been a better time to get into PC gaming. Not only does PC get a majority of the best titles, it also boasts one of the largest catalogs available to users. With hundreds of new games released daily on sites like GOG and Steam, it can be difficult to choose which ones to buy. If you’re not quite sold on the latest releases, why not revisit some of these classic PC games?

StarCraft

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Although not the first real time strategy (RTS) game, it remains one of the most popular PC games even today and has sold over 9 million copies worldwide. It gained a huge following in South Korea, leading to the rise of eSports and the pro-gaming scene. The reason StarCraft stands out against other RTS games of the time is its focus on offering three distinct play styles with the different factions: Zerg, Protoss and Humans. Each faction had different strengths and weaknesses, yet somehow the gameplay managed to be balanced and challenging.

Besides the competitive multiplayer mode, you can also create your own challenge maps or download them if you feel like the game isn’t replayable enough. Before you consider downloading maps off other sites, however, you should first connect to a VPN such as IPVanish as it will encrypt your data and protect you from spam sites. Unfortunately, that has been a problem for some users.

SimCity 2000

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There’s something to be said about SimCity 2000. While not the first of the series, it took the original concept and expanded upon it with new features such as different elevations, underground layers for pipes and subways, and a diametric view. All of these changes improved the overall gameplay experience, making it one of the best simulation games on the market even when compared against more recenttitles. Maxis brought in deeper gameplay and strategy with their improved budget and finance controls. They also included the ability to connect to other cities.

If you get tired of just building up your city, you can also jump into scenarios to rebuild a city after some disaster. Most of these scenarios are based off of real events such as the Oakland firestorm of 1991. The main building mode doesn’t necessarily have an ending, but you can move on to work on a new city. Alternatively, you can unleash your wrath and destroy it with monsters, floods and fires. SimCity 2000 is still incredibly fun to play and even the graphics are acceptable by today’s standards. While not the most realistic game, the pixel art is incredibly detailed and still some of the best in the style.

World of Warcraft

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Say what you will about the game, World of Warcraft remains the most subscribed massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) around. Building off of the lore in Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (and other games in the series), World of Warcraft continues the story between the Alliance and the Horde. One of the reasons the game remains so popular today is because of its rich story, great balance and ability to play casually or more seriously. As with other MMORPGs, players can customize not only the appearance of their character, but their class and skills as well.

Regardless of what you choose, you can always find other people who have the same interests in terms of gameplay. Many people have started friendships with other players and some have even forged romances in real life. World of Warcraft continues to update their game with expansions and patches to increase and expand content, update graphics, and balance the various classes. While its subscribers might have dropped since its maximum of 12 million players, there are still millions of people playing the game.

Doom

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With the remastered version of Doom now available, you might want to check out the original game that started it all. The graphics definitely don’t hold up to the test of time, but the gameplay is just as frantic and fast. Generally considered the game that pioneered the first-person shooter, Doom introduced a pseudo-3D first-person perspective. This affected both level design and the overall gameplay experience as well. Players can gauge how far away enemies, obstacles and alternative paths are from their position.

Besides the “3D” aspect, Doom also introduced the ability to equip various weapons from a shotgun to rocket launcher, another feature that has become typical for other games within this genre.

Half-Life

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Half-Life 2 might be the more acclaimed game in the series, but if you want to understand Dr. Gordon Freeman’s back story, you’ll want to check out the first in the series. Debuting in 1998, Half-Life took the framework of first-person shooters from Doom and improved upon it with actual 3D graphics and more realistic gameplay.

Although technically a first-person shooter, Half-Life also integrated puzzles for players in order to progress through levels. This differentiated it enough from many other shooters whose sole focus was on defeating enemies. In another departure, the game did not use cut scenes to tell the story. Instead, it used scripted sequences seen through Gordon’s eyes. Many other developers have used a similar mechanic to make the story more immersive and seamless.

There are hundreds of other classic games that still stand the test of time in terms of gameplay. Which ones did we miss? Tell us in the comments below.

About the Author: Caroline is a freelance writer who enjoys all things related to tech and gaming. She’s excited to see how games will change with the advent of new technology like virtual reality, but also doesn’t want to forget the classics.

Review: Undertale (2015)

Dev: tobyfox
Publisher: tobyfox
Platform: PC/Mac
Release Date: September 15, 2015

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Undertale is a stylistic RPG that has been gaining a huge following since its release last year. It has been played and replayed by YouTubers and private gamers alike. Since I’m nearly finished with my YouTube Let’s Play series of Undertale, I thought I’d let you all know what I think of it.

What’s it about?
A long, long time ago, monsters and humans walked the earth together. A war broke out, which drove the monsters underground. You play as a young child who falls into this underground world and has to find his way home, but everything is not as it seems.

What do I think?
There are two ways you can travel through the ruins: pacifist and genocide. In the pacifist route, as can be ascertained by the title, you work your way through by refusing to fight the monsters who attack you. In the genocide route, as you may have guessed, you fight your way through the ruins, killing every single creature you can find. This idea alone is absolutely brilliant. You get to choose how your game play turns out, which is just mind blowing.

The game itself remembers your actions, which is phenomenal. If you play through the pacifist route and you end up dying or having to restart, the dialogue and the way monsters interact with you is different the second time around. For example, the first time you play, Toriel (a mother-figure that finds you after you fall down) calls to ask you what type of pie you prefer: cinnamon or butterscotch. If you choose one, but end up dying and going back to the save right before she calls, she guesses that you like the choice you already picked. If you play the pacifist route, then restart and play the genocide route, the characters will make references to your previous game play throughout the story.

The characters are funny and witty and absolutely entertaining. You can’t find a fan of Undertale who doesn’t love Sans and Papyrus. They’re just the best skeleton duo around. Toriel is beautiful and heartwarming. Flowey is creepy and cryptic, but hilarious at the same time. Undyne is badass and you just want to give Dr. Alphys a hug… I’ll stop before I spoil anything, I promise. The engaging and dynamic characters are what make the pacifist route so heartwarming and the genocide route so tragic. This the brilliance of the game, in my own opinion.

The last point I wanted to make was about the plot. The story of this game is well thought-out and captivating. I found myself wanting to learn more about this underground world and about the creatures who live in it. This is a game that I would gladly play a second or even third time since I feel so close to the characters. As I’m currently playing the pacifist route, I’m dreading actually going back and starting the genocide route, rather than just watching game play of it. I can guarantee my heart will break.

Do I recommend it?
What else can I say other than yes? This game is engaging, smart and fun. It’s one of a kind and deserves to be seen across the world.

You can buy Undertale on Steam here.

You can watch me play Undertale on YouTube here.