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Old School Video Games for PC

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Old School Video Games are the projects that were released a long time ago, and they introduced the basic rules of their genres. The technologies at the time of their release were much more limited, and the games usually offer low-resolution textures and smaller maps. Instead of visual details, these games concentrate on the story and character development. Realistic physics are not present in such games, and most of them provide hardcore gameplay that requires a lot of practice. Many of the projects have a simplified storyline, and the core aspect is the gameplay.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is a role-playing game developed by Troika Games and published by Sierra On-Line in 2001. The game takes place in a Victorian-era world where magic and technology coexist and the player assumes the role of a customizable character who must navigate various quests and challenges.
Dungeon Lords

Classic third-person roleplaying game set in the fantasy universe

Tales of Vesperia

Classic adventure Japanese Action RPG game set in the fantasy anime universe

Tales of Symphonia

Tales of Symphonia is an atmospheric Japanese RPG game made in anime-inspired style

Devil May Cry 4

Hack-and-slash action adventure game with intense and hardcore combat system

Devil May Cry 2

Continuation of the hack-and-slash action shooter game series Devil May Cry

Devil May Cry

First part of the famous hack and slash video game series Devil May Cry

Torchlight 2

Second instalment in the hack-and-slash action/RPG game series Torchlight

Torchlight 1

Old-school hack-and-slash action RPG game from the developers of Diablo

Age of Pirates 2: City of Abandoned Ships

A pirate-themeted action RPG game developed by Akella

Gothic 3

Third part of the famous open-world CRPG in the unique dark fantasy setting

Gothic 2

A continuation of the classic third-person RPG in dark fantasy setting


The first game in the famous series of third-person ARPG in dark fantasy setting


Classic isometric action/RPG that has started the genre of Diablo-like games

Divinity II: Ego Draconis

The third part of the famous fantasy action / RPG Divinity

Divine Divinity

The first instalment in the Divinity series developed by Larian Studios

Fable 3

An open world Action / RPG fantasy game with a deep storyline and non-linear gameplay


An open-world fantasy action RPG with unique karma mechanics

Titan Quest

Classic action RPG based on Ancient Greece and Egypt mythology

Beyond Divinity

An old-school diablo-like isometric RPG featuring an in-depth roleplaying system


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More about Old School Video Games

Old School Video Games provide the players with the hardest challenges and various subgenres available to explore. Most of the games of those times do not have a detailed storyline, and the objectives of the players are straightforward but hard to achieve. In some cases, the whole point of the campaign is to reach a single goal, which can only be done after completing a large number of quests.

Old School Video Games were released a long time ago, and they set the basic rules of each subgenre. Most of the modern games take the core aspects from these games; however, newer games add much more options and depth to the gameplay. The technologies of those times limit graphics and physics in the games, and most of the projects use low-resolution textures and smaller levels. All objects have a limited number of animations for each possible interaction.

Old School Video Games feature an easy-to-understand, but hard-to-master kind of gameplay. Immersive atmosphere and simplicity in choosing an objective bring new players to the genre regularly even many years after the release date. Some of these games are first projects in long series that are popular up to this day and have connected storylines.

Best Old School Video Games

  • Diablo 2 is a hack-n-slash RPG that allows the players to explore the in-game world freely. You may choose a class and customize their abilities, and various in-game items affect the attributes of the characters and their power.
  • Starcraft is an RTS game that features a futuristic setting where three different races fight each other on a wide range of available maps. This project introduces the basics of the genre for all the following RTS Games released years after.
  • Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter that introduces a team elimination mode where the players fight each other using real prototypes of guns from the real world. Realistic shooting physics also add more depth to the gameplay.