51 Best Classic Old Video Games Of All Time

Games are the soul of childhood!

Tej Pratap

Tej Pratap

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We all have played games but some games might have left an impression on us that we never forget because the memories or content it provided was worthy. 

Whether it was keyboard or joystick we all have spent a lot of time on it which might make you remember your parents scolding

So, all retro gamers stick their fingers to controls as we are going to dive into the ocean of the list of best video games of old time that would make you feel nostalgic.

1. Dota 2

Dota 2 | Best Classic Old Video Games

Starting the list of old video games with one of the best classic games, DOTA 2. 

Dota 2 is a game made by valve was released on 9 July 2013 has around 7.6 million monthly users. 

This is a 5v5 clash game that can be played by choosing 119 heroes. It has its memories and is known to be one of the most played online games.

2. Soulcalibur 2

Next on the list of old video games is Soulcalibur.

It is a 2D arcade fighting game which was released by Namco on 5 July 2002. It’s based on a fictional story with a medieval timeline where Soulcalibur is the name of the holy sword. 

Being a fighting game, it can also be played multiplayer with your friends. After gaining a lot of success It was remastered and re-released in 2013.

3. Prince of Persia: Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time | Best Classic Old Video Games

It was developed by Ubisoft and released in 2003. Its story revolves around the prince of Persia who battles with magical creatures to protect a magical device that controls time. 

The missions are very challenging which might take some time to complete but makes them loveable for everyone. Ubisoft has announced to release its HD remaster in 2022.

Prince of Persia was of the best old video game and almost every mission lovers must have tried it. 

4. Super Mario Odyssey

Talking about the old video games and not including Mario in it? It will be a crime.

This game is known to be one of the best video games of all time. 

It was released by Nintendo in 2017 for Nintendo switch devices. The story is based on how Mario defeats Bowser and frees Talia and Peach.

5. Minecraft

Minecraft is an open sandbox survival game which is created by Mojang and was first released in 2009. 

This game has a small story where you have to defeat the Ender dragon and lets you experience real-life survival. It’s also said to be very addictive and has a huge fanbase of 140 million people.

6. Tomb Raider

Tomb Raider is an action-adventure game series developed by Eidos- Montreal and has released its first installment in 1996. 

The plot is based on Lara croft the main protagonist is stuck on an island full of myths and thieves where she has to rescue her friends and escape the island. 

Being an action-adventure game, it provides the complete combo of mountain climbing and stealth.

7. SimCity 2000

Another old video game that is still loved by every 90's kid.

SimCity is city building game published By Electronic arts. This game lets you build a city of your own choice using given in-game resources like different buildings, bridges, etc. 

If you want to experience building your territory this game is personally recommended. 

8. Mortal Kombat II

Famous for its fatality and hellish graphic, Mortal Kombat was developed by Midway Games for arcades but later it was made to be available on almost every device. 

It’s a fighting game in which you can choose 12 characters. Being an arcade release this game had a very short story campaign where you had to defeat Shang Tsung.

9. Mortal Kombat IX

This sequel of Mortal Kombat has better graphics and environment than the previous one. This game also has added new characters as compared to its previous version. 

Its story is based on how Earthrealm fighters have to fight Shao khan to save the earth. It is also banned in many countries due to its violent content 

10. Fallout 3

Fallout 3 was developed by Bethesda Studios and released in 2008. 

It a science fiction story based in 2258 and provides a post-apocalyptic environment experience in the first-person mode. 

11. Resident Evil 2

This game is recommended for those who want to chop zombie heads along with experiencing a breath-taking thriller story. 

It was developed by Capcom in 1998 and was a hugely successful hit. Due to its huge fanbase, it was remastered and was re-released in 2019

12. Resident Evil 3: Nemesis

The graphic was improved and its story takes place just before 24 hr to resident evil 2 plot. 

The most difficult thing in the game is to defeat “nemesis” a monster who is created in labs. It has a remastered version which was released in 2020.

13. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

This game is the first resident evil game in which you can experience a first-person perspective. Its story was placed in the same environment but with different characters. 

As it's designed in Unreal engine it would give you perfect thrill and horror crisp.

14. Wii Sports

Developed by Nintendo in 2006 specially for its console. It gives you a virtual experience of all outdoor games ranging from golf to table tennis. 

Gun shooting and other games are also included. A special type of controller is required for playing it. 

15. Tekken 3

Tekken 3 | Best Classic Old Video Games

When we talk about our childhood, Tekken 3 is one of the hottest topics in the discussion. It is the best old video game and played by every 90's kid.

Another fighting classic, this game was developed by Namco in 1998. 

This game is similar to Mortal Kombat but with little less blood. It had around 23 fictional characters who had different powers and fighting styles.

Being an arcade release it was relaunched for PlayStation 1 in 2001 

16. Super Mario 64

Super Mario 64 | Best Classic Old Video Games

We can't keep Mario away from the list of old video games as it was the foundation of video games for us.

Super Mario, a popular Nintendo franchise had released its first sequel with 3d gameplay which was Super Mario 64. 

It was released for Nintendo 64 devices in 1996. 

It had a fictional story, but this game was loved for its parkour gameplay in a three-dimension experience rather than for its story. 

17. Tetris

This game is enjoyed till now but its creation dates many years back. It was developed by Alexey Pajitnov in the Soviet Union. 

After gaining success it was distributed by Microsoft and Nintendo. In this game, you have to keep the tiles in such a manner that they never touched the top.

18. Pokémon Red & Blue (1996)

The best Pokémon game to date gives you the experience of OpenWorld environment based on Pokémon environment.

In this game, you have to catch magical creatures named Pokémon, train them and make them fight with other pokemon. 

Its slogan is "Gotta Catch ‘Em All!" which is still known to everyone through its famous animated series “Pokémon”.

19. Grand Theft Auto: III

GTA was like a drug for the 90's kids. It was one of the most popular old video games at that time.

Launched by Rockstar games in 2001 this game was the first 3d game that gives you real-life simulation. 

It lets you drive cars, shoot, and much more. Its story starts in liberty city where the main protagonist Claude was betrayed by his girlfriend during a bank robbery. 

After gaining a lot of success it had sold around 15 million copies.

20. Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City | Best Classic Old Video Games

GTA Vice City is that game on the list of old video games, which is again the hottest topic for all the grown-ups for discussion of their childhood memories.

Whether it was that Helicopter mission or the racing one, the pain of not completing it was mutual for every one of us. 

After gaining huge success with earlier grand theft auto games, Rockstar developed it by adding a lot of new features like bikes, a big map, and more weapons. 

Its story was located in vice city where you have to play the character of Tommy Vercetti and have to complete a lot of missions to become the mafia of Vice city.

21. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Another best childhood game with tons of memories.

The best grand theft auto game known till today was developed in 2004. 

After the vice city, its story takes place at San Andreas where you are given to play the role of carl Johnson popularly known as “CJ” whose mission to kill his mother’s murderer.

GTA was a part of our life during the vacations in our childhood.

22. Total Overdose

Developed by eidos interactive and released in 2005. This game gives you a third-person shooter experience.

You have to play the role of undercover CIA agent. Its shoot and dodge feature made the game more interesting and still known to date.

23. Freedom Fighters

This game lets you have control over a freedom fighters association in which you have free all the territories with the help of your team. 

It had a huge fanbase for its gameplay experience and its team management.

24. Project: I.G.I 

Project: I.G.I | Best Classic Old Video Games

Developed by Innerloop Studios and released in 2000, this game got a lot of negative reviews regarding its A.I, save feature, and lack of Multiplayer. 

But its graphics and in-game soundtracks made it on the list of the best video games. 

In the game, you have to play as protagonist David jones who has to rescue a Russian arms dealer and save Europe from a nuclear bomb blast.

25. Hitman: Codename 47

Hitman series is one of the best video game series in the stealth genre. In this list of old video games, 

I am going to mention the first installment in the series which was released in 2000. 

This game graphics gave you a third-person perspective but its control was restricted to a first-person shooter. 

Its story revolved around the main protagonist Agent 47 where you aim to kill wealthy criminals as a silent assassin.

26. Deadpool

Inspired by marvel comics character ‘Deadpool’, it was published by Activision and was released in 2013. 

In the game, you have to kill Mr. Sinister who is a famous villain of marvel comics. 

This game lets you hack and slash with a third-person shooter experience and its popularity due to its humorous commentary. 

27. Castlevania: Lords of Shadows

Being a reboot of the old famous Castlevania arcade series, it was released by Konami in 2010. 

This game provides you with a simulation of a magical world with a crisp action story where you as the main character Gabriel have to bring back his deceased wife. 

It was a huge hit due to its in-game visuals, music, combat experience.

28. Far Cry 

A complete action-packed shooting game by Ubisoft released in 2004, was the first game developed in the famous Crytek engine. 

Providing a great first-person perspective in the environment of tropical rainforest with a story where the main protagonist Jack Carver has to discover an island that was a home of illegal genetic experiments. 

Multiplayer was also present which provided three different modes but its servers were closed by Ubisoft in 2015 but you can still enjoy its thrilling action through its story mode.

29. Just Cause 

Just cause is a game that was developed by Avalanche Studios and released in 2006. 

This game provides a great action-adventure story with a third-person perspective had around 21 story missions and 300 side missions for which you can explore the total area which is around 1024 sq km.

30. Subway Surfers

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Famous for its endless running, Subway surfer was the first game that crossed the one million downloads mark on the google play store. 

In this game, you have to do parkour on rail tracks and run from police chasing you.

31. Angry Birds

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Shooting from a boomerang is always fun. This game interface lets you shoot wingless bird creatures at a structure filled with green pigs that were their enemy. 

It was developed for iOS and Maemo devices but after selling 12 million copies the designers developed it for every device ranging from android to windows. 

It was discontinued for windows in 2014 but you can still access it through Android or iOS. 

32. Clash of Clans

Famous for strategy planning, Clash of clans popularly know as ‘COC’ was released only for iOS and android in 2012 and 2013. 

It lacks the accessibility of other operating devices like windows but remains on the top 50 list for the last 8 years on both android and iOS. 

This game gives a multiplayer experience where you have to build your base by the resources collected from looting other’s bases.

33. Assassin’s Creed 

This game gives you a stealth experience but based on real-time events that occurred in the past. 

Assassin’s creed is a Ubisoft game released in 2007 which gives you a complete experience of open-world with an ancient timeline with a load of action and adventure. 

The story is created in a fictional history where you are the great Assassin Altair and have to defeat the cruel templars who exploit and torture innocent people.

34. Spiderman

Shooting webs is everyone’s childhood dream after seeing Spiderman. This game lets you fulfill your dream and gives a great virtual simulation of Spiderman. 

It was an Activision game released in 2005 which was based on the comic book of the same name. 

Both Spiderman and venom are playable characters and this old video game is still known as one of the best video games due to its direction and in-game physics. 

35. Minesweeper

Minesweeper, one of the oldest video games.

We all have played this game in Windows 97 or Windows XP as it came preinstalled with operating software. 

Minesweeper is a single-player puzzle game where you have to clear all the mines without denoting any of them.

36. Counter-Strike 1.6

Counter-Strike 1.6 | Best Classic Old Video Games

Counter strike is played still today but do you know about its origin? 

Counter strike an online multiplayer shooting game series developed by valve released its first installment named counter-strike 1.6 which provided a similar experience to today’s counter strike but with little fewer graphics. 

Even after its old graphics and environment it is still played by many players today and has many open as well as private servers accessible to date.

37. Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is one of the most popular games of old times. 

This was released by Nintendo in 1981 and was the first game where the most prominent characters of arcade games Mario and Donkey Kong were introduced. In this game, you need to save the princess from a giant ape parkouring a construction site.

38. Pac-man

Eating all the points in a maze avoiding all ghosts is what Pac-man was based on. 

It was one of the best video games and to date has around 43 million copies sold. Its design was inspired by a half-eaten pizza from where it gets its triangular mouth. 

39. Candy Crush

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A puzzle game which we have played sometime or the other, Candy Crush is a game in which you swipe candies and chocolate to complete the puzzle. 

It was first developed for yahoo as a web browser gamer but after gaining a lot of popularity it was redesigned and made available for most operating systems.

40. Halo: Combat Evolved

One of the old video games which we loved to date. Halo is a science fiction game developed by Bungie and released in 2001.

It is a fist person shooter game where you get to experience a science friction environment full of aliens and other mystic creatures. 

Due to its critical and commercial success, it was remastered and realized twice in 2011 as Halo combat evolved anniversary and again in 2014 as halo: the master chief collection.

41. Half-life

Half-Life is the valve debut game that was released in 1998. It was a first-person shooting game that had action as well as puzzles in it. 

The plot of the game is a science fiction story where the main protagonist Gordon has to escape the “Black Mesa Research facility” when it is invaded by aliens.

42. Space Invaders

Space Invaders is a shooting arcade game that was released in 1978. Its interface lets you be a rocket that shoots at alien spaceships before touching the bottom. 

This game is the inspiration of many games and it let the video game industry from a novelty to a global industry.

43. Bioshock

It was released in 2007 by 2k games and its story was claimed best by many critics and received many awards due to it. 

This game provides you with the perfect horror crisps in between of action dose.

44. Walking Dead

This game is a choice-based game where every choice you choose leads you to a different direction of the story. It was developed by telltale games and was released in 2012. 

Being in the apocalyptic environment its plot is based on the main character Lee and Clementine who have to survive in a world where everyone is turning into a zombie. 

45. Silent Hill

Silent Hill is a horror survival game specially developed for PlayStation by Konami. 

It is a complete package of horror as well as survival which would give frightful jump scares and awful nightmares as well. 

In its story, you have to be the main protagonist Harry Manson who has to find his lost daughter in a city full of dreadful monsters.

46. MegaMan

Megaman is also known as rock man is a 1987 arcade action game. 

It received a lot of positive critics but was a commercial failure. Its story was based in the year 20XX where Mega man is a robot who has to defeat Robot Masters and free Monster polis. 

The game creators said that it was created by the inspiration of popular hand game rock, paper, and scissors.

47. Dead Space

Do you love crunching and chopping aliens' heads? 

If it’s a yes, I would personally recommend you to try the dead space series. This game provides a flawless experience of survival and thriller as it’s made by Electronic Arts. 

This series has three different installments which are the continuation of the same story. The main protagonists are Issac Clarke who has to solve the mysteries of mutated undead horror which surrounds him in the whole series.

48. Cuphead

Cuphead is a run and gun game developed by MDHR studios and released in 2017. Its animation is inspired by Walt Disney animation. 

The whole game has many boss fights where you have defeated them either by shooting or by special moves. 

The plot is based on two brothers Cuphead and Mugman who go on an adventure full of risk to defeat the devil. 

49. The Need For Speed

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NFS, the best of all old racing games.

The Need for Speed is the first installment of the Need for Speed series which was developed by Electronic Arts and released in 1996. 

This game received a lot of positive criticism due to its realistic environment and in-game physics. 

Being the first installment, this game provides players eight cars including several exotic models like Ferrari 512 TR and much more through which you have to win point-to-point track races. 

50. Doom

Doom was developed by id Software for MS-DOS in 1993 which gave the player a first-person shooting experience. 

The whole game is divided into four episodes in which users get to control an unnamed protagonist who is a space marine and fight several monsters in environments ranging from earth, mars, hell.

51. Double Dragon

Double Dragon | Best Classic Old Video Games

Double Dragon is an arcade action game that was developed in 1987 by Technos Japan and was released in 1987. 

The game lets you control Billy and his brother Jimmy where you use martial arts techniques to defeat different types of villains. 

This old video game was the highest-grossing game in America for two consecutive years and in Japan for three years and ushered the golden age of beat’em genre games.

Now you might have recollected many memories of your teens or childhood while surfing through this list.

Most of the games might have fewer graphics or fewer features compared to new games, but after playing it you may still find it addictive and alluring.

Childhood memories are something that keeps us connected with our friends.

Do share your experience and comment down on your favorite video game.

Also, like and share these with your childhood gaming partners. Happy Nostalgia!

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