A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

After you guys so enthusiastically took to the idea of listing the best classic PC games of all time, I wanted to pull out the alphabetical directory in order to make it easy for everyone to find their favorite games.

Updated over several weeks in September of 2013, the list has an absolutely absurd number of excellent PC games—we've stopped doing official updates, but there are still new PC games coming in every now and then. Thanks so much to everyone who contributed.

And so! Our full directory of the Classic PC Games You Must Play:

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Catechumen

Caesar III (Updated)

Carmageddon 1 & 2

Castles II

Chex Quest

Chuckie Egg

Circuit's Edge

Clive Barker's Undying (Seconded)

Close Combat II - A Bridge too Far

The Clue!

Combat Mission: Beyond Overlord

Commanche 4

Command & Conquer: Generals

Command & Conquer: Renegades

Command & Conquer: Red Alert

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2

Commander Keen

Commander Keen 4

Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines

Conquests of Camelot

Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood

Constructor

Counter-Strike

Crimsonland

Crusader: No Regret

The Curse of Monkey Island

Cyber Gladiators

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G

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J

K

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M

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

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Omikron: The Nomad Soul

One Must Fall: 2097

OpenTTD

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis (Seconded)

The Oregon Trail

OutPost 2

Outlaws

Outcast

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R

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Sacrifice (Seconded)

Sam & Max Hit The Road

Sanatarium (Seconded)

The Scarab of Ra

Scorched Earth

Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator

Serious Sam 2: The Second Encounter

Settlers 2

Severance: Blade of Darkness

Shogo: Mobile Armor Division

Shogun: Total War

Shufflepuck Cafe

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri/Alien Crossfire (Seconded)

Sid Meier's Covert Action

Sid Meier's Civilization II

Sid Meier's Colonization

Sid Meier's Pirates!

Silver

SimCity 2000

SimCity 4

SimTower

Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2

SkiFree (Ha, ha.)

SkyRoads

Space Quest

Speedbusters

Spellforce: The Order of Dawn

Spycraft: The Great Game (Seconded)

Star Control II (Seconded) (Thirded) (Fourthed)

Starflight

StarCraft

StarGoose!

Starlancer

Stars

Starsiege: Tribes (Seconded)

Startopia (Seconded)

Star Wars: Dark Forces

Star Wars: Dark Forces 2: Jedi Knight

Star Wars Episode 1: Racer

Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Pit Droids

Star Wars: X-Wing

Star Wars: X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter

Strife

SubCulture

The Summoning

Superhero League of Hoboken

Sword of the Samurai

Syberia

Syndicate

Syndicate Wars

System Shock

System Shock 2

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A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

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Vampire: The Masquerade: Redemption (Seconded)

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Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness (Seconded)

Warcraft III (Seconded)

Warlords III: Darklords Rising

Warpath

Warzone 2100

Wasteland

Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge

Wizardry VII: Crusaders of Dark Savant (Seconded)

Wizardry 8

Wing Commander: Privateer (Seconded)

Wing Commander III

The Wheel of Time

Wolfenstein 3D

Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny

Worlds of Ultima 1: Savage Empire

Worms World Party

WWF Wrestlemania The Arcade Game

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

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X-COM: UFO Defense

X-COM: Terror From The Deep

X-COM Apocalypse

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Zeus: Master of Olympus

Zoombinis: Logical Journey

Zork (Seconded) (Thirded)

Zork: Grand Inquisitor

Zork Nemesis


Second update: 9/5/2013 AM, added 150+ games. Keep 'em coming.

Third update: 9/6/2013 PM, added 80+ games.

Fourth update: 9/18/2013 AM, added 20+ games. This will probably be our last official update. If you've added a game that you feel desperately needs to be included in the list, don't hesitate to email me.

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Original post by Kirk Hamilton on Kotaku

The Classic PC Games You Must Play

The Classic PC Games You Must Play

There are many reasons one could argue that the PC is the best way to play video games: Better visuals, cheaper and more interesting games, a wide-open platform, and so on. But one of the best arguments for PC gaming is simple: The massive back-catalogue.

No other gaming platform can field a game library that can compete with PC's in terms of sheer volume. The PC boasts more than 20 years' worth of video games, most of which are still playable on modern PCs, given a tweak or two. Now, it's time to put all of the best classic PC games in one place.

Rather than approach this like a Kotaku Bests list, I thought we'd try something different—turn it over to you, as well as our other Kotaku editors, to create one superlist to unite them all.

First, a few ground rules. I'd love to make this into a list that reflects the taste of the Kotaku readership in the best, most readable way possible, so let's all follow the same format. In addition, you can find general tips and techniques for Kotaku commenting here.

Guidelines

1. Only games from 2003 and earlier. The last ten years is still too current to qualify for a "classics" list. Hey, we had to draw the line somewhere!

2. Please don't leave non-entry, direct comments on this post. They'll just get pushed down. Save your comments for others' submissions.

3. All entries must be legally purchasable. We'd prefer you include games that are easily available digitally, but if you must include a game that is difficult to find, link to the eBay and Half.com pages (or similar sites) to help people find cheap used copies. Any comments linking to torrent/piracy sites will be removed.

4. Avoid dupes. If someone's beaten you to your favorite classic game, please avoid making a second entry for it. Instead, chime in beneath their comment to add your own take on the game, your own images, your own memories and videos. It's true that this approach will favor those who read and act quickly, but it's also the best way to get a list that is easily scannable and doesn't have 12 entries for Deus Ex. (Which I actually already wrote up. Heh. Sorry.)

5. Follow this format for your entries, including bold text:

IMAGE [preferably at 970x546]

[Game Name]

Why: Explain why the game is great. Make your case! Try to keep it to a single paragraph, maybe two. Feel free to include a video example, if that helps.

Where you can get it: Put all the places you can get a copy, with a link if possible. eBay, Half.com, other places for used copies of games that aren't available digitally.

Tips for modern machines: Lots of classic games have a few tweaks that'll make them run better on modern machines. Include those here, along with any links to forum posts summing up which patches to include. Links to HD mods, other user-created fixes and content are also great!

When in doubt, check the entries that our writers have done. They should all be in the proper format.

If we get some good entries, we might break them out and run them as their own posts on Kotaku. (No promises, though.)

Okay, let's make a megalist for the ages. What are the classic PC games everyone must play?

UPDATE: For a complete alphabetical directory of all the entries on this list, go here.

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