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Top 10 PC Games Of The 1990’s

This era saw the rise of the internet and the world of games along with it. We look at the top ten titles that gamers of the 90’s were obsessed with. Get ready for the ride into 90’s nostalgia!
 

Number 10 — Star Wars: TIE Fighter – 1994
 
 

This awesome space flight simulator can be played for hours on end. Wing Commander is a close tie for this spot but nothing could beat the fun foray into the virtual sky that is TIE Fighters is, you fight for the evil Galactic Empire. The scenario is innovative and engaging and has gameplay to match. Fast paced and exciting, this game could have you battling it out into space for hours.
 

Number 9 — Civilization – 1991
 
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Designed by Sid Meier’s turn-based strategy game went on to become the most beloved franchises in all of PC gaming, it all started out with the first title. The player takes charge of a small civilization, which you need to build into an empire, all the while competing with other civilizations. You used diplomacy and warfare to forge your way ahead. It is both addictive and fun.
 

Number 8 — Quake 2 – 1991
 
 

The most seminal titles in FPs. You can play as single-player mode or multi-player mode. The multi-player mode was so popular that it went on to become the first official e-sport.
 

Number 7 — System Shock 2 – 1991
 
 

Designed by the acclaimed designer of the modern Bioshock series, this game had a suspenseful story line that had an amazing way to keep you immersed in its world. You play as a lone soldier exploring a starship where something seems eerily wrong. The gameplay combines FPS and RPG elements and a sense of foreboding. All this make the game an excellent precursor to modern RPGs we all love.
 

Number 6 — Grim Fandango – 1998
 
 

Considered by many as the funniest game ever made, Grim Fandango is compared to other titles such as Lucas Arts Monkey Island series. You play as the protagonist, a death travel agent called Manny Calvera, who has to travel throughout the land of the dead hoping to save a few souls. The game includes a cast of extremely wacky characters. The dialogue is clever and witty and the game is full of brain-teasers and puzzles that will challenge your mind. A modern remake of this game is also in the making, so Grim Fandango will enjoy the love of another generation of gamers.
 

Number 5 — Myst – 1993
 
 

This is a puzzle-filled adventure game. You journey through an island called Myst, trying to figure out what is going on; in the process you encounter a ton of puzzles that challenge your skills. Be prepared to spend hours trying to figure out how to get through, this is definitely not an easy game.
 

Number 4 — Diablo – 1993
 
 

An RPG focused on two things, hacking and slashing. It stepped away from turn-based combat; Diablo allows the violence to unfold in real-time. Explore dungeons and defeat monsters, you can pick up the items that spawn randomly, so multiple play-through can be rewarding.
 

Number 3 — Doom – 1991
 
 

Doom was an FPS that came onto the scene as a technical milestone. The gameplay was amazingly fast for that era and had a hyper-violent gameplay. Doom became synonymous with FPS. The FPS games that came later on were often called Doom-clones.
 

Number 2 — Half-Life – 1998
 
 

This proved to be a revolution in FPS gaming. It featured an amazing storyline, told innovatively. It features a remarkable variety of weapons and environments that could be enjoyed for hours and hours.
 

Number 1 — StarCraft – 1998
 
 

The best of any RTS or any other genre in PC games of the 90’s era, StarCraft involved three factions that played independently and were equal in the hands of skilled player. It is a military science fiction RTS. The game makes you play in three different roles. The mission briefings are detailed and the story is incredibly captivating.

 

 

5 Video Games That Deserve a Sequel Right Now

Helldivers


It would seem appropriate for Arrowhead Game Studios to put together another raucous sibling to the critically-acclaimed Helldivers they released to multiple platforms last year. Sure, Helldivers is like a Starship Troopers version of Hotline Miami, where top-down co-op chaos will keep you and your friends in simple, reckless bliss.
 
But there’s something charming to the instant calamities inherent in Helldivers, where friendly fire and inept comrades are every bit as dangerous as the alien fiends surrounding you. Plus, given the game’s creators knew exactly what makes co-op games work, with both couch and online co-op featuring full cross-play support between PlayStation 3, 4 and Vita, another round of madness on Super Earth is definitely warranted.
 

Fahrenheit


It’s strange how many gamers quickly forgot about developer Quantic Dream’s cinematic gem after it came out in 2005. This paranormal killer thriller set in New York City sure had plenty of hype behind it leading up to its release, and rightly so. Its heavy focus on motion capture technology, creative controller interfaces, and time-based events gave the game a unique appeal, carrying the same flux narrative of The Last Express with the stark tone of a Heavy Rain.
 
Thankfully, developer Aspyr recently stepped in to give the game a remastered version, but it would be interesting to see something with this kind of narrative pull make its way into the similar envelope-pushing boundaries that VR can provide.
 

Grim Fandango


There are some games that simply deserve to be on this list. Yes, we all want a Half Life 3, and yes, a Jazzpunk 2 would be hilarious. But Grim Fandango shouldn’t be without mention. While Tim Schafer’s team at Double Fine Productions did step in to do a remaster of this one-of-a-kind adventure title last year, there is something timeless and authentic about its cast of characters that certainly warrants a fresh sequel.
 
Perhaps it would be hard to resurrect the original voices that made the game so special, or maybe Grim Fandango deserves to stay encapsulated in its cozy spot in our hearts. Nevertheless, a sequel would certainly get people excited.

Pillars of Eternity


It’s hard to whine for a sequel to a game most people are still having trouble finishing, let alone giving a first try. And with The White March expansion still less than a year old, Obsidian Entertainment’s tribute to isometric, text-heavy RPG’s of yesteryear certainly hasn’t lost its shelf life yet.
 
But now that these games are making their rightful resurgence, now is as good a time as any to redeliver the fans what they’ve always loved. Obsidian doesn’t have to out-clever themselves with this franchise, they just have to make sure it becomes one. It’s rather easy to start another kickstarter campaign, after all.
 

Ori and the Blind Forest


It’s funny how much we might cringe at the prospect of playing a 2d platformer with a “coming of age” story. But for many reasons, Ori and the Blind Forest is truly something worth recreating – or more appropriately put – reimagining. There was something effervescent and exciting about its memorable light-fantasy setting.
 
Whereas Child of Light can lull you into a somber dream, Ori flings you into the enthusiasm of a cartoon world. Indeed, the creators have said there were influenced by anime genius Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, which makes perfect sense. It’s simply one game well worth the attention, and a sequel rightly could have the same impact.