What are retro games? The retro gaming community’s answer is simple: Video games that were released on a previous generation of consoles. In this sense, “retro” can be applied to any video game from the mid-1970s to the late 1990s. Mind you, these games are still fun to play even in today’s modern age. The five retro games I will be talking about today have all been remastered for a new generation of gamers and feature a slew of upgrades including improved graphics, online multiplayer, and additional content/features not originally present in the original versions.
List of 5 retro games that are fun to play
#5 – Sonic the Hedgehog
The first game on this list is an old favorite of mine. After Sega discontinued its popular Genesis console in 1999, fans were hoping that Sega would port some of their popular games over to the new Play Station 2 and Game Cube consoles. To many gamers’ delight, all three companies collaborated for a string of classic games being released under the “Sega Vintage Collection” label. Featuring dozens of old-school titles from previous systems, there was something here for any gamer who grew up playing video games back in the 80s and early 90s. My personal favorite was Sonic Adventure (On PS2) and Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut (on Nintendo Game Cube), which both contain remastered versions of the original Sonic The Hedgehog. If you are interested in intense visual games, you might want to check out casino games at www.nutz.ee/casino.
#4 – Time Splitters 2
For years, this was my favorite first-person shooter (FPS) and it still is to this day. What I like about Time Splitters 2 is that while it follows many conventions from other games in the FPS genre, it also succeeds in adding new gameplay elements and features that set it apart from its competitors. It’s fun to play the campaign or story mode with your friends and then switch up to multiplayer to see who can rack up the highest score. I would recommend playing on either the PC or PlayStation 3 if you get a chance since these offer much smoother graphics than an Xbox 360 version of the game (of course, this will cost you).
#3 – The Wolf Among Us
The second game on this list isn’t one I typically hear about from others, but it’s actually one of my favorite video games of all time. Developed by Telltale Games, the same folks behind other popular games such as Borderlands and Game of Thrones, The Wolf Among Us is a gritty re-imagining of the world known to us through the fairy tales we heard as children. Before there was Once Upon A Time or ABC’s hit show Grimm, there was The Wolf Among Us. Not only is the game fun to play with its intriguing story full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end, but it also features voice acting from some big names in Hollywood including Adam Harrington ( The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Oz the Great and Powerful ) as Bigby Wolf aka the “Big Bad Wolf.” Find it here – www.telltale.com/the-wolf-among-us/
#2 – SimCity 2000
This was one of those games that received a lot of playtime from me. I remember playing this game for hours on end building up my own personal city and waging war with neighbouring communities (yes, you could do that too). It was very simplistic but also very fun at the same time. Imagine taking an old iPhone or Android phone and emulating this game on it? I bet it would receive just as much love as some of these modern mobile games such as Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. If anyone reading this happens to have a Windows-based PC lying around that isn’t being used, I would recommend emulating an old copy of the game. It’s still fun to play even today!
#1 – Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
The last game on this list is a strategy title that set the bar high for other games in its genre. Featuring a unique gameplay style where players must gather resources and create armies from scratch, Age of Empires II was a pioneer for many modern real-time strategy titles such as StarCraft. I played this game for hours with my brother and friends alike trying out different strategies to see which could produce the best results. If you’ve never experienced what it was like to build a medieval empire from scratch and wage war against powerful civilizations, you should really check out Age of Empires.
The next time you feel like playing an old game, don’t hesitate to dust off your older consoles or PCs. You might be surprised by how much fun it is to play the classics. Review by IGN www.ign.com/games/age-of-empires-ii