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Older games recommendations

Post by King of Worms » Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:13 pm

So what is your favorite old game/remake/remaster?

I very much enjoy playing old games, and I would like to hear some recommendations :)
Hopefully we help each other discover some of the older gems we missed.

Here is the A-Z sorted summary so far:

4D Boxing

Aces of the Deep
Aces over Pacific
Alien Syndrome
Alone In The Dark
Altered Beast
Another world (remake - 20th aniversary)
Arx Fatalis
AvP 1 + 2
Avernum: Escape the pit
Azrael's tear

Baldur's Gate 1 & 2
Betrayal At Krondor
Bioshock 1 + 2
Blade Runner
Blood 1 (has a remake by NightDive studios)
Blue Shadow (aka "Shadow Of The Ninja" for NES)

Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
California Games II
Civilization II
Cold Waters
Command and Conquer (early)
Commander Keen
Covert Action

Dark Earth
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic
Dark Sun series
Descent (series) - Remake Overload
Deus Ex
Diablo 1 + 2
Divine Divinity
Divinity series
Doom 1 + 2 and Brutal doom variants
Dragon's Lair
Dugeon Crawl Stone Soup
Duke Nukem (platform games)
Duke Nukem 3D
Dune 1
Dungeon Keeper
Dungeon Master 1 + 2 (+chaos strikes back)
Dungeon Siege series
Dwarf Fortress

agle Eye Mysteries
Exile 3 - Ruined World
Eye of the beholder 1 + 2

Fallout 1 + 2
Frontier: Elite 2

Geneforge 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
Ghost Muncher
Ghosts & Goblins / Ghouls & Ghosts
Giants:Citizen Kabuto
Gods (remake)
Golden Axe series
Gothic series
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grimrock 1 + 2 (not so old but oldskool type of gameplay)

Half Life
Heroes of Might & Magic 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 World of Xeen (maybe Swords too)
Hidden Agenda

Icewind dale 1 + 2

Jazz Jackrabbit
Jill of the Jungle

oToR 1 + 2

La Mulana
Lands of Lore - The Throne of Chaos
Lords of the Realms 2
LucasArts (Maniac Mansion, Zac McKracken, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle) and Sierra adventure games

Magic carpet 1 + 2 (very underrated games)
Mars Saga
Master of Magic
Master of Orion 1 + 2
Metal mutant
Metal Slug / SNK (Any versions)
Michael Jackon's Moonwalker
Millenium 2.2
Monkey Island
Mortal Kombat 1 + 2

Nethergate Resurrection
NeverWinterNights series

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis
Outcast (has a remake)

Planescape: Torment
Prey 2 (not old but very System Shock like)
Prince Of Persia 1 + 2

Quake (with all its variants, remasters, builds)

Ravenloft: Stone Prophet
Red Storm Rising

SSI Gold Box series - Pool of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, et al.
Sacred 1 + 2 (community patches)
Saint Dragon
Sherman M4
Silent Service
Sim City 2000
Speedball 2
Stalker (all 3)
Star Trek 25th Anniversary & Judgement Rites (CD-ROM versions)
Starcraft Bloodwar
Street Rod
Sunset Riders
Sword of the Samurai
System shock 1 + 2 (enhanced in the case of SS1)

TTD (Open)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Terminator Future Shock
The Settlers
Theme Hospital
Thief: The Dark Project, Thief: The Metal Age.
Tie Fighter
Tomb raider 1 + 2
Tony Hawks ProSkater
Tower of Doom/Shadow Over Mystara

UFO: enemy unknown
Ultima I
Ultima II
Ultima III - Exodus
Ultima IV
Ultima VI - The False Prophet
Ultima VII + Silver Isle
Ultima VIII - Pagan
Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
Ultima Underworld: Labyrinth of Worlds

Valkyrie Profiles 2: Silmeria

arcraft 2
Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant

X-COM (the originals)

Ys - Oath in Felghana
Ys I & Ys II
Ys Origin

Lords Of Midnight

Atari ST:

Amstrad CPC:

The Way of the Exploding Fist

ZX spectrum:
Double dragon 3 (multiplayer)
Knight lore
Laser Squad & Chaos
Moon Alert

Clash at Demonhead
Dragon Quest 1 thru 4
Dungeon Magic
Journey to Silius
Startropics 1
Swords & Serpents

7th Saga (and Mystic Ark if you use the fan translation)
Act Raiser
Dragon Quest 5 (needed a fan translation for it)
King of Dragons
Paladin's Quest (and the sequel, Lennus 2)
Romancing Saga 3 (again, fan translations)
Soul Blazer/Illusion of Gaia/Terranigma
Street Fighters 2: World Warrior
Super Mario Kart
Ys 3: Wanderers of Ys


nWo/WCW World Tour


Phantasy Star 1, 2, 3, and 4
Shining Force 1 & 2
Shining in the Darkness

Mega Drive/Genesis:

Golden Axe
Streets of Rage I and II

Game Boy:
The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening
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Re: Older games recommendations

Post by Leeux » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:33 pm

These are the ones I like, play or played myself:

- Baldur's Gate 1 & 2
- Planescape Torment
- Arcanum
- Divine Divinity
- Diablo 2
- Master of Magic
- Arx Fatalis
- Starcraft Bloodwar
- (Open)TTD

From those, the Baldur's Gates and Diablo 2 are the ones I still play the most! (Modded ofc.)

As for this:
- Gods (remake)
Nice! I didn't knew there was a remake of that game! I used to play it loooong loong ago and then lost track of it, and never even heard it mentioned! I remember it was fun :)

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Re: Older games recommendations

Post by Decrepit DaggerFan » Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:01 pm

I was hooked on Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant decades ago, and played it partway through again recently. Bought my current version off GOG. They pushed the Gold Edition at the time, but allowed purchasers to download the DOS version. They likely still do. The DOS version is better.

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Re: Older games recommendations

Post by Hazelnut » Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:11 pm

Off the top of my head some of my favorites from 10-35 years ago in rough chronological order:

Millenium 2.2
Speedball 2
Dungeon Master
System Shock 2
Fallout 1
Half Life
Diablo 2
Baldurs Gate 2
Deus Ex
Gothic 3
Dwarf Fortress (had to swear off it due to addiction :))
Stalker (all 3)

I probably forgot a lot... been gaming for 35 years since I first pestered my dad to get a Sinclair ZX spectrum in the eighties.
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Re: Older games recommendations

Post by Ralzar » Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:21 pm

Old games I know is still quality:

Prince Of Persia (Original 1989 version. This game is still impressive today.)
Daggerfall (come on, someone had to say it! :D)

Old games that were good, but who knows?:

Betrayal At Krondor (My original rpg love, and it forced me to learn to read pages of english :D)
Alone In The Dark (WAY before Resident Evil, there was Alone In The Dark)
Sim City 2000 (still the best Sim City)
Blue Shadow (aka "Shadow Of The Ninja" for NES. I played this soooo much.)
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Re: Older games recommendations

Post by King of Worms » Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:11 pm

Nice lists and comments:)

As Ive expected Ive already played big majority of that, except the really old ones Hazelnut mentioned - but the Deathchase really reminded me the other game Ive played on ZX, it was basically the same..

I will post some of the ZX games I loved / some early DOS PC games


Moon Alert
Double dragon 3 (multiplayer)
Knight lore

PC Dos/early:

Metal mutant
Another world (remake - 20th aniversary)
Budokan (still looks awesome)
Eye of the beholder 1 + 2 & Lands of Lore 1
Mortal Kombat 1 + 2

Thanks for a reminder of Prince of persia... WHAT A GAME!!! Loved both parts. 2nd had beautiful graphics :geek: My mom bought it for me for christmass. It costed a equivalent of 110 USD in my country.. (I know because I had to buy it personally, but she went with me to the shop ;) )

It had this nice box (the one on the left) - not my photo, lost the box :X
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Re: Older games recommendations

Post by Leeux » Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:44 pm

Have you ever saw/played Valkyrie Profiles series? Specifically, Valkyrie Profiles 2: Silmeria? Is not a really old game (2006) but few people seem to know it... IMO is one of the few games I'd say up front I consider master works from an artistic standpoint (and I mean, art direction, sound design, graphics, etc. all IMO, ofc.) and I'm not even a fan of JRPGs myself. In comparison, the original Valkyrie Profiles Lenneth (first game in the series) is not as good as the 2, IMHO.

Problem is, it's really hard to get these days... it's an old PS2 game that hasn't been ported to modern consoles and can't be bought from PSN (I think...) you can maybe find copies of it on ebay, perhaps... or from buying someone's old used Playstation 2 hardware and games, pehaps?

Thing is, it's emulable and runs really well on PCs these days... I was fortunate to get a copy from a friend that sent it to me from the states, and I was able to play it and enjoy it. If you want to check some footage/gameplay I can recommend this LP by Kaitanz29, which IMO is one of the best LPs available on Youtube, period.

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Re: Older games recommendations

Post by Seferoth » Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:19 pm

Older series i might be missing the most is Dungeon Siege series. God i love those games...except 3, 3 is poop, but 3 was made by Obsidian so no surprises there(i hate Obsidian). Also Shadow Hearts series is that i miss greatly and Yuri Volte Hyuga is my favorite video game character of all time. The Legend of Dragoon remake/sequel would be awesome as well.
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Re: Older games recommendations

Post by DaveCastle » Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:58 pm

Ralzar wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:21 pm
Betrayal At Krondor (My original rpg love, and it forced me to learn to read pages of english :D)
Ooooh nice, was about to say the same, and indeed, that game has helped me a lot with improving my English. I heard rumours a year or two ago about Neal Hallford working on a remastered version, I wonder if anything came of that. Probably nothing.
However, there's also some savant currently working on a BAK-inspired original IP called Call of Saregnar (I guess it could arguably be called a rip-off, looking at the similarities of the featured game mechanics):

Also, Terminator Future Shock, anyone? Another flawed, inefficient gem full of bafflingly stupid design choices that nevertheless performed small miracles for its time, lovingly made by Bethesda.
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Re: Older games recommendations

Post by Interkarma » Wed Dec 18, 2019 1:30 am

A lot of my favourites already mentioned here. I'll add a few more of my old-timey home computer faves:
  • Thief: The Dark Project, Thief: The Metal Age.
  • Mars Saga
  • Early Lucasarts games like Maniac Mansion, Zac McKracken, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, et al.
  • Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss, Ultima Underworld: Labyrinth of Worlds
  • Dark Sun series
  • Ravenloft: Stone Prophet
  • SSI Gold Box series - Pool of Radiance, Curse of the Azure Bonds, et al.
I'll also add some arcade games I love - not too many though or this list will be hundreds of items long. Some of these are great 4-player party games to have on while friends are over.
  • Ghosts & Goblins / Ghouls & Ghosts
  • Anything Metal Slug / SNK
  • Sunset Riders
  • Alien Syndrome
  • Saint Dragon
  • Altered Beast
  • Cadillacs and Dinosaurs
  • Golden Axe series
  • Michael Jackon's Moonwalker
  • Dragon's Lair
  • 1942
  • 99/Repulse
  • Gorf
  • R-Type
  • Gauntlet
  • Rampage
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Ghost Muncher (a bootleg I remember fondly as I'd play it with my mum when I was about 5 at some country-town cafe).
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