The world of video games is ever changing. From the first days of gaming on the Atari 2600 to the new games that are released on a daily basis, there have been some incredible games released over the years. Some of them have stood the test of time and have gone on to become classics in their own right, while others were remembered as something that was good at the time, but has now faded into obscurity. Here’s a list of some of our favorite classic video games from over the years:
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. is a platform video game developed by Nintendo and designed by Shigeru Miyamoto for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was first released in Japan as Super Mario Bros., later as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and finally as Super Mario Bros. 2. It was one of the best-selling video games of all time, with over 40 million units sold worldwide. The game has been re-released on several occasions for consoles, such as the Super NES, Game Boy Advance and Virtual Console services for Wii and Nintendo 3DS respectively, among others.
It’s also been ported to many other platforms including PC systems like Windows 95/98/NT 4 based personal computers; Commodore Amiga computers running AmigaOS operating system; Acorn Archimedes home computers running RiscOS operating system; Sega Mega Drive console systems with Mega CD attachment containing Sega CD add-on cartridge (notably Europe only); Apple IIGS computer system equipped with TurboGrafX card adapter that allows it run software written specifically for IBM PC compatible machines using MS DOS format file formats such as .exe files with Windows programs running under DOSBox emulator software package which emulates a BIOS component required by most commercial games before they can be run on any platform other than PCs made after 1983 when MSDOS became popular worldwide among computer users who needed some sort of standardized operating system installed in their machines because there were no standards back then so everyone did whatever they wanted but now there are so many good choices out there like Windows XP Professional Edition SP3 32 bit – 64 bit version available at Software Informer!
Zelda II: The Adventure of Linke
Nintendo’s The Adventure of Link was a sequel to the original Legend of Zelda. It was released in 1988, and it’s an action-adventure game with RPG elements. It was the first game in the series to feature a battery save and make use of an overworld map system. In addition, it introduced us to Link’s sister: Princess Zelda. She appeared in both this game and its predecessor as nothing more than an NPC (non-playable character). If you’re looking for an adventure that’ll keep you busy for hours on end, check out The Adventure of Link!
World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) created by Blizzard Entertainment. World of Warcraft takes place within the fictional world of Azeroth, approximately four years after the events at the conclusion of Blizzard’s previous Warcraft release, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. At this point in time, an evil being known as the Lich King has begun to cast an icy pall over most of the land and has corrupted many high-ranking human officials into his service. To combat this threat, several powerful heroes have banded together to form their own guilds: these include The Company of Seven (a group led by Thrall), The Shattered Hand Clan (led by Rexxar), Stormwind Vanguard (led by Varian Wrynn), Orgrimmar Steelwrights (led by Thargas Anvilmar), Warsong Outriders (led by Grom Hellscream) and Dragonmaw Clan (led by Nekros Skullcrusher).
Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter game developed by Valve and released in 2004. It is the sequel to Half-Life, which was released in 1998.
Half-Life 2 takes place some years after the events of its predecessor, with protagonist Gordon Freeman having been captured by the Combine forces and being held prisoner on Earth’s moon base of Black Mesa. After escaping from confinement, Gordon must fight his way across City 17 while coming into contact with other resistance fighters who have taken up arms against their oppressive alien overlords.
Grand Theft Auto 5
This game was released in 2013, and it’s still going strong. It’s one of the most popular games ever made with over 100 million copies sold worldwide! The game is a sandbox game where you can do what you want, from stealing cars to killing bad guys. You can play as three different characters: Michael De Santa, Franklin Clinton, or Trevor Philips.
The PC version of Grand Theft Auto V is available for free on Steam (for a limited time). If you own an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 4 console, then you can buy GTA 5 from Microsoft Store or Amazon for $19-$29 USD depending on your region (or download it on PS4 with a PlayStation Plus membership).
- Bioshock Infinite is a first-person shooter video game developed by Irrational Games and published by 2K Games. It was released worldwide for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on March 26, 2013, with a Linux port planned for release in 2016. The game is not part of the previous two games’ chronology; rather, it continues in an alternate history where “the Age of Reason” never occurred and the American Civil War still rages on.
- The player controls former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt as he travels to Columbia—a floating city above America—to rescue Elizabeth Comstock from her father Zachary Hale Comstock (also known as “The Prophet”). Booker must deal with Columbian factions while rescuing Elizabeth and avoiding Songbird, a terrifying mechanical bird creature that protects Comstock’s airship.
Diablo 2 is a role-playing game that was released by Blizzard Entertainment on December 31, 2000. It’s the sequel to Diablo, which was released in 1996.
As with its predecessor, Diablo 2 takes place in a dark fantasy setting and puts you in the shoes of an adventurer who must save the world from demons. You have access to a wide variety of weapons and spells as you explore dungeons and battle enemies along the way.
So why does IGN consider it one of the best video games ever created? Well…you’ll just have to read on!
Halo 3, the third installment in the Halo series, was released in 2007. It is a first-person shooter and sequel to Halo 2. The game was developed by Bungie, published by Microsoft Studios and features an M rating for violence.
The second game in Valve’s Portal series, Portal 2 is a puzzle-platform video game developed and published by Valve Corporation. It was released on April 19, 2011 for Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. An additional port of the game was also made for iOS devices.
The player controls Chell who awakens from stasis to find that she has been placed in a test facility called Aperture Science Innovators (ASI), where she must solve puzzles using an “Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device” (ASHPD). The device is used to create portals on flat planes; these act as gateways that let Chell teleport instantly between them. She must use them to traverse through each area along with solving numerous other puzzles involving Turrets and Sentry Guns controlled by computers throughout ASI’s Test Chambers. The gameplay involves elements of first-person shooter games such as Half-Life 2 and role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons.
Mass Effect 2
Mass Effect 2 is a science fiction action role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Electronic Arts. It is the second installment of the Mass Effect trilogy and was released for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and OS X.
The story of Mass Effect 2 begins immediately after the events of Mass Effect with Commander Shepard having been killed by an unknown assailant on board a supposed “suicide mission”. After being revived by Cerberus – an organization specializing in military and experimental technologies – Shepard must hunt down Saren Arterius to stop his plan to control all life on Earth. The player assumes the role of Shepard from their first appearance at the end of Mass Effect through most of its sequel where they have multiple opportunities to make choices that impact how others perceive them throughout both games as well as any previous titles in this continuity (Mass Effect and Mass Effect: Andromeda).
You may be thinking, “What is Starcraft II?” Well, to start off with it’s a real-time strategy game that was released in 2010. The game takes place in the 26th century and follows the story of three races: Terrans (humans), Zergs (insectoids) and Protoss (robots). If you’ve ever seen Battlestar Galactica or Star Trek then you’ll have an idea of what these alien races are all about.
The game is set on a distant part of our Milky Way galaxy where there are several planets controlled by humans who call themselves Terran or “Terrans”. These beings have been at war with the other two species for over 500 years; the Zergs being an insectoid race looking for food to survive while another alien race called Protoss has come from outer space looking for resources as well as revenge against their attackers who destroyed one of their home worlds when arriving here back during World War III between Russia/China vs USA/Europe over oil reserves back during 2040-2050 AD time frame.
A list of games that have been voted the most popular according to IGN.
- A list of games that have been voted the most popular according to IGN.
- Games are in no particular order.
- Games are all available on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. If a game is available on multiple platforms (for example: Rocket League), it will be listed once for each platform where it’s available (i.e., “PC/PS4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch”).
- All games listed have English subtitles or dubbing unless otherwise noted. We’re not listing any games just because they’re dubbed; if there’s an option for subtitles or dubbing, there will be some kind of English translation present! Unfortunately, we don’t allow other languages at this time since they could potentially create confusion with other languages used in-game (like Japanese).
- All games listed on Steam are either currently free-to-play or under $20 USD for their base game purchase price!
I hope you found this list helpful and informative. I had a lot of fun with it and look forward to making more in the future.