Nowadays, game developers are competing to make PC games with the best graphic quality, ranging from highly detailed skin textures, realistic explosive effects, splashes of water that feel real, to virtual reality where you will feel fully inside the game world. Another case with old school games, old, or old rough language, where the play experience is more focused in terms of the story.
Whether you want to be nostalgic, or settle childhood debts because there are games that haven’t finished yet, playing one old school game once more will make you appreciate how much influence they have in the modern gaming world.
✓ System Shock 2
- Release: August 11, 1999
- Developer: Irrational Games
System Shock 2 is a game about fear and scarcity. The first game from Irrational Games is the origin of game mechanics now like BioShock: create a world that you will explore, enter characters, and let players witness the destruction of the world.
There is nothing more frightening than feelings of tension and isolation, coupled with the scarcity of equipment, materials for life, and without friends who can help. This is what System Shock 2 has to offer, a complex game and certainly very scary.
✓ Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge
- Release: December 3, 1991
- Developer: LucasArts
This is the second game in the Monkey Island series and tells the story of the return of a pirate, LeChuck, who rose as a zombie after his death in the first game series, Monkey Island.
This special edition of the game was released in 2010, with a new voiceover and hint system, which will certainly make it easier for you to play the very difficult and old-school puzzle part. You can also switch between the original version and the new version, so don’t be afraid to lose the experience!
✓ Final Fantasy 8
- Release: February 11, 1999
- Developer: Square Enix
Final Fantasy 8 is not just a continuation of its predecessor, and he broke down many things from various aspects. The game mechanism was overhauled so that it was far different from its predecessor.
Instead of buying weapons, in this game, you have to assemble it yourself using existing materials. Instead of strengthening your character as levels increase in the game, you must collect spells to increase strength. The spells also can no longer be obtained from books or crystals, but you must steal from the enemy.
Almost everything in this game has been overhauled from the previous Final Fantasy series, and this changes the stigma that is already attached so tightly that the experience will be different from some of the previous games.
- Release: December 10, 1993
- Developer: id Software
Doom is the ancestor of all first-person shooter games. As a sci-fi horror game, in Doom, you will join an army of extraterrestrials who slaughter monsters from hell.
Although not the best in terms of story, this game features its 3D graphics, as well as an exciting multiplayer mode. Now, you can play Doom on almost all computer machines, from printers to ATMs.
✓ Hexen: Beyond Heretic
- Release: October 30, 1995
- Developer: Raven Software
As a blend of first-person shooter and fantasy games, you can choose three groups of characters before invading a world full of monsters that need to be crushed.
This game is a sequel to Heretic, 1994, and you must choose a fighter, cleric, or mage before attacking the Serpent Riders, the last boss waiting in a room full of traps and puzzles. Hexen is not the best in terms of graphics, but there are many mods that you can install to improve the appearance of this game.
- Release: March 31, 1998
- Developer: Blizzard Entertainment
Launched before Activision bought Vivendi’s company, Blizzard, StarCraft is a real-time strategy game set in space. You will choose one of three races, build a base and manage resources until finally invade another headquarters and colonize it.
StarCraft was the best PC game in its release year and became a culinary phenomenon in South Korea. This game was remastered in 2017.
✓ Chrono Trigger
- Release: March 11, 1995
- Developer: Square Enix
Crono is the name of the protagonist in this game. As a child living in the year 1000 AD, he was trapped in a mission to save the world when a time portal suddenly opened and swallowed a friend of Marle. Crono joins the portal to save Marle, and this is where your adventure through time begins.
What was originally just an attempt to save Marle, turned into a great mission to save the world from destruction due to the opening of the time portal.
This time-travel concept distinguishes Chrono Trigger and other RPG games because each of your decisions and actions in the past will affect the storyline of this game in the future.
Several other games in the SNES era also began to explore this time-travel genre. Still, only in Chrono Trigger, you will witness the entire existence of the planet from human origins to near the time of Resurrection.