5 Awesome PC Games From the 90s You Should Still Play Today
Even though the 90′s are over 15 years in the rearview mirror, there are still a lot of quality PC games from that era. Some of them even hold up well today. Some of them you should definitely still play.
Games have changed, but that doesn’t mean that these classic titles aren’t worth your time. The good news is that with the advent of services like Steam and GOG.com, you can still grab classic games like this and they’ll normally work on your PC just fine. While there are a ton of great 90′s PC games that you could play, these are the five that I think are most worth checking out.
5. Command & Conquer: Red Alert
When Westwood Studios rolled out Red Alert in 1996, it was a huge step forward for real-time strategy. Red Alert was originally conceived as taking place in an alternate historical timeline in which Hitler never rose to power, resulting in a much more aggressive Soviet Union. As Stalin began to take over more and more of Asia, the European countries formed the Allies to fight back.
Red Alert was one of the first games to feature many modern UI features, including queuing of commands and grouping units under a specified number key. It also broke from the mold in that its two factions were not simply re-skinned copies of each other, but instead fully-featured unique armies, each having its own strengths and weaknesses. The Soviets were great at defense, but were slow on offense and weak at sea, while the Allies were mobile, powerful at sea, and less powerful offensively.
Red Alert was originally conceived as taking place in an alternate historical timeline in which Hitler never rose to power, resulting in a much more aggressive Soviet Union. As Stalin began to take over more and more of Asia, the European countries formed the Allies to fight back.
Red Alert is really a watershed moment in the history of the RTS genre. Many games emulated its features, and no matter how cheesy you think the campaign’s full-motion videos are, the gameplay still holds up fairly well today.
You can grab Red Alert for free, as EA released the game as freeware to celebrate the announcement of Red Alert 3. If you don’t want to follow all these instructions, you can also grab it as part of the Command & Conquer Ultimate Collection on Origin (but that won’t be free).