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A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

After our readers 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.

2015 note: Sometime between when this article originally ran and now, Kinja decided to insert related links/images for every entry. On the one hand, it looks a little bit weird to see every game’s title listed twice. On the other hand, I really like the image thumbnails. So, for now, I’ll leave em in.

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

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4D Sports Boxing

The 7th Guest (Seconded)

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A

Abe’s Oddysee

Adventure

Age of Empires II: Age of Kings (Seconded)

Age of Mythology

Age of Wonders

Albion

Aliens vs. Predator 2

Alley Cat

Alone in the Dark

America’s Army

American McGee’s Alice

Anachronox (Seconded)

Another World/Out of This World

Arcanum: of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (Seconded)

Arx Fatalis

Axis and Allies

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B

B-17 Flying Fortress

Bad Mojo

Baldur’s Gate

Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn

Battle Bugs (Seconded)

Battle Chess

Battlefield 1942

Battle Isle

Battle Realms: Winter of the Wolf

Battlezone (Seconded) (Thirded)

The Bard’s Tale

Beasts & Bumpkins

Beneath a Steel Sky

Betrayal at Krondor (Seconded)

Black & White

Blade Runner (seconded)

Blake Stone

Blood (Seconded)

BloodNet

Bioforge (Seconded)

Birth of the Federation

Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars

C

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

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

D

Dark Age of Camelot

The Dark Eye

Darklands

Dark Legions

Dark Reign

Descent (Seconded)

Delta Force: Black Hawk Down

Diablo I and II (Seconded) (Thirded)

Dink Smallwood

Dino Park Tycoon

Dark Seed

Day of the Tentacle (Seconded)

DeathTrack

Deus Ex

Die by the Sword

The Dig (Seconded)

Doom Collection (Seconded)

DROD: Deadly Rooms of Death

Duke Nukem 3D

Dune 2: The Building of a Dynasty

Dungeon Keeper (Seconded)

Dungeon Keeper 2

Dungeon Siege

Dust: A Tale Of The Wired West

E

Ecstatica

The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall (Seconded) (Thirded)

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Emperor: Battle for Dune

Emperor of the Fading Suns

Epic Pinball

Escape Velocity Nova (Seconded)

Exile 3: The Ruined World

Eye of the Beholder I & II

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F

F-117A Nighthawk

Fatal Racing/Whiplash

Fallout

Fallout 2 (Seconded)

Flashback

Freddy Pharkas, Frontier Pharmacist

Freedom Fighters

Freedom Force

FreeSpace 2 (Seconded)

Freelancer

Frontier Elite II

Full Throttle

Fury 3

Frontier: Elite 2

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

G

G-Nome

Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers

Gabriel Knight: The Beast Within

Gender Wars

Giants: Citizen Kabuto (Seconded)

Goblins 3

Gothic (Seconded)

Gorillas

Gorky 17

Grand Prix Legends

Grand Theft Auto 3

Grim Fandango (Seconded)

Ground Control (Seconded)

H

Half-Life

Halo: Combat Evolved (Seconded)

Hardwar

Heavy Gear (Seconded)

H.E.D.Z. (Head Extreme Destruction Zone)

Hexen: Beyond Heretic

Hexxagon

Heroes of Might & Magic III (Seconded) (Thirded)

Hidden and Dangerous 2

Hocus Pocus

Homeworld

Hostile Waters (Seconded)

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

I

I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream

I-War

Icewind Dale II

Iji

Imperium Galactica 2

Independence War 2: Edge of Chaos

Incubation: Time is Running Out

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis (Seconded) (Thirded) (Fourthed)

Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine

Interstate 76 (Seconded)

The Incredible Machine

It Came From The Desert

J

Jazz Jackrabbit 2

Jagged Alliance 2

Jill of the Jungle

The Journeyman Project

The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time

Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death

Jumpman

Jurassic Park: Trespasser (Seconded)

K

King of Dragon Pass

King’s Quest V: Absence Makes The Heart Go Yonder!

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L

Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos

The Last Express

Lemmings

The Legend of Kyrandia, Book 2: Hand of Fate (Seconded)

Lego Island

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards

Lighthouse: The Dark Being

Little Big Adventure 2 (Seconded) (Thrirded) (Fourthed!)

The Longest Journey

Loom

Lords of the Realm 2

M

Mafia

Manhunter: New York

Maniac Mansion

Marathon Series (Seconded) (Thirded)

Master of Magic

Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim

Master of Orion (s) (Seconded) (Thirded) (Fourthed) (Fifthed)

Master of Orion 2

Max Payne 1 & 2

MDK (Seconded)

MDK 2

Mean Streets

Medieval: Total War

Metal Fatigue

Metal Marines

Medal of Honor: Allied Assault

MegaZeux

Mech Commander 2

MechWarrior 2

Mechwarrior 4: Mercenaries

Meridian 59

Microsoft’s “Best of Windows Entertainment Pack”

Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven (Seconded)

Might & Magic: World of Xeen

Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge

Moraff’s Dungeons of the Unforgiven

Motocross Madness

Myst (Seconded)

Myth: The Fallen Lords

Myth II: Soulblighter (Seconded) (Thirded)

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

N

Nethack

Neverwinter Nights

The Neverhood

Neuromancer

Nitemare 3D

Nocturne

No One Lives Forever 1 & 2

Nosferatu: The Wrath of Malachi

Nox (Seconded)

O

Omikron: The Nomad Soul

One Must Fall: 2097

OpenTTD

Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis (Seconded)

The Oregon Trail

OutPost 2

Outlaws

Outcast

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

P

Panzer General II

Patrician III (Seconded)

Phantasmagoria

Pharaoh

Pizza Tycoon

Planescape Torment (Seconded) (Thirded)

Prehistorik 1 & 2

Project: Snowblind

POD Gold

Police Quest III

Populous 3: The Beginning

Prince of Persia

Project Eden

Pune

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Q

Quake

Quake II

Quake 3 Arena

Quarantine

The Quest for Glory Series (Seconded) (Thirded)

R

Rama

Raptor: Call of the Shadows

Rayman

Rainbow Six: Raven Shield

Realms of the Haunting

Redneck Rampage (Seconded)

Republic: The Revolution

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

Rise of Nations

Rise of the Robots

Rise of the Triad

Riven (Seconded)

Rocket Jockey

Roller Coaster Tycoon

Roller Coaster Tycoon 2

Rune

Runescape

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S

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

T

Temple of Elemental Evil

Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon

Theme Hospital (Seconded)

THEXDER

Thief 1 & 2

Time Commando

Titanic: Adventure out of Time

Total Annihilation (Seconded) (Thirded ) (Fourthed) (Fifthed)

Tomb Raider

Tomb of the Taskmaster

Traffic Department 2192

Treasure Quest

TRON 2.0

Tyrian (Seconded) (Thirded)

A Complete Directory Of The Classic PC Games You Must Play

U

Ultrabots

Urban Assault

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny

Ultima VI: The False Prophet

Ultima VII: The Black Gate

Ultima VIII: Pagan

Ultima Underworld

Ultima Worlds of Adventure 2: Martian Dreams

Unreal

Unreal Tournament

Uprising

V

Vampire: The Masquerade: Redemption (Seconded)

W

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

X

X-COM: UFO Defense

X-COM: Terror From The Deep

X-COM Apocalypse

Z

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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To contact the author of this post, write to kirk@kotaku.com or find him on Twitter @kirkhamilton.

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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.

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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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