In keeping with our Must Play Games Collection, a series of articles in which we take a look at the back catalogue of our most beloved console hits, we thought it only fair to have a stab at the vast world of PC gaming. Since the 60s personal computers have fascinated us but it wasn’t until twenty years later when developers really began to push out their first visions of video gaming. Keyboard (and mouse) warriors at the ready because here’s just ten that you must play!
Fallout 76 is probably one of the most controversial big-ticket releases of the last decade, but this doesn’t take away anything from the other games in the series, which have been entertaining the post-apocalyptic masses since 1997. The original Fallout was one of the very best turn-based RPG’s ever made, and although it looks somewhat primitive by today’s standards, it has an unwavering fan base that returns to the Vault 13 even today.
Doom was one of the coolest games of 1993, so it was a safe bet that Doom II would be just as good if not better. Well, id Software didn’t disappoint. In fact, they just gave us Doom with even more Doom thrown in to make it even Doom-ier than the first Doom. It wouldn’t be until 2004 that the Doom franchise would be completely reinvented, but that’s a story for another day.
There isn’t a moment in this game where you feel like you have the upper hand. There are two key ingredients to this game that make this game really shine. One being the gravity gun that can be used in some creative ways to become a deadly weapon. The other is not having any cut scenes. The entire game is from the perspective of your character, Gordon Freeman. So you’re always feeling 100% immersed in the game. With the ending having one of the most memorable cliff hangers ever!
War has never been so much fun and that’s why this classic is a must-play. Take control of a platoon of troops and lead them to victory!
Regarded by many to be one of the greatest action RPG’s ever made, Diablo 2 builds on the original in every way. Dark fantasy and gothic horror vibes are in full flow as you choose from five character classes to venture through a land full of danger, completing quests, discovering lore and managing items in a randomly generated world on your quest to stop the lord of terror.
STAR WARS: KNIGHTS OF THE OLD REPUBLIC
Say what you will about the Star Wars video game universe, but there simply hasn’t been a better series of video game spin-offs than the incredible Knights of the Old Republic titles.
MONKEY ISLAND 1&2
We can’t really separate Monkey Island 1 or 2 so have decided to include them both as one entry. The team over at LucasArts perfectly crafted the story, characters and included a level of humour that made playing this adventure a blast. With great music, it really got us into the spirit of being a pirate.
CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER: SEASON 97/98
If you’re into your football management games, then there really wasn’t anything better on the market than Eidos Interactive’s Championship Manager series, and in particular, it’s 1997-1998 edition. Maybe it’s because those years just so happened to have some of the very best footballers in the world on the active roster, or maybe it was the ability to manipulate players stats or even create yourself as a super striker, but Championship Manager: Season 97/98 was one of the most addictive games ever released!
If going out experiencing rollercoasters first hand wasn’t your thing back in the 1990s then you could stay home instead and build your very own theme park – complete with vomit-inducing loop-the-loops, courtesy of the once-mighty Bullfrog Productions and its must-have construction sim.
This indie title flipped the traditional RPG formula on its head. The game is centred around a unique battle system that lets you choose to either battle monsters, or befriend them without any bloodshed. Undertale has some of the best storytelling in recent history and has some of the most interesting characters and one of the best soundtracks to boot.
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