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Good Old PC Games – Part 2 (Finished)

This article is part of Good Old PC Games. On the previous article, there are some games that don’t need high PC specs. Below is the next of Good old PC Games. This game doesn’t need a high-end graphics card. Furthermore, you don’t need any extra software like Nvidia Control Panel to get the best settings.

Starcraft

Nothing needs to be said about this game but we will try. This game by Blizzard Entertainment changed the gaming industry like no other PC game before it. When Starcraft was first showcased in a beta, it was deemed as unimpressive so the developers got to retooling it. They must have gave it their all because when it was released, it went on to become one of the greatest game of all time, picking up numerous awards. To this day, it is being played by players around the world, especially those in South Korea where the game has turned into a national past time. Professional Korean players are idols in their homeland and there are a couple of channels in South Korea dedicated to this legendary game. Starcraft is a Sci-fi RTS game that is situated in parts of deep space. Three different factions are involved; the Terrans, who are descendants of Human outcasts from Earth; the hive mindarthropodalZerg; and the psionichumanoidProtoss warriors. The game is extremely well balanced for competitive gaming and the story campaign is engaging as any other. Starcraft is a game older than even Half-Life so the resources needed for this Starcraft is extremely puny and can be played on even Pentium 1 computers.

Starcraft
Starcraft

Sim Tower

One of those hidden sleepers, Sim Tower is wonderfully addicting as any Sim game ever made. There are many different types of Sim games that has been released over last years, and some of them, especially the newer ones, are extremely complicated to play and are more likely to give you a headache than entertain you. Not so with Sim Tower. This game came out in 1994 and was developed by a japanese company and published under Maxis. It is one of the most underrated Sim games out there and is probably unknown to most people. This simulation game has you building a skyscraper and keeping your tenants happy. The more successful you are, the more people will want to move into your building, and the taller your skyscraper will grow. It is a rather easy game to figure out compared to the other Sim games with a learning curve of under 1 hour. The graphics are simplistic yet detailed at the same time as you can see the inside of your building transform from empty spaces into offices, eateries, reception halls, etc. You will gain the same wonderful feeling of accomplishment when your tower starts to grow, just like when you first played the original Sim City. This is a very old game and adding to fact it is a simulation game, it require fewer resources than action games so Sim Tower is very playable on older computers that were made before the first Pentium. You don’t even need a video card for this terrific game. If your computer can’t play Sim Tower, than your computer shouldn’t be able to get online to read this article in the first place.

Sim Tower
Sim Tower

Scorched Earth

Before there was Gunbound, there was Scorched Earth. This is a relatively unknown PC shareware game that was released in the early 90’s and require computer specs so minimal that you need a microscope to find them. Scorched Earth is perfectly playable on even a 286 computer running at 12 MHZ. The key elements in this game is basically the same as Gunbound, It is a turn-based strategy game where you play as a tank trying to annihilate other tanks by blowing them up directly or blowing them off the cliff they are occupying, causing them to fall to oblivion. The angle and power you shoot at determines where your shot is going to land. The tanks can be equipped with a wide range of weapons, which is unheard of for a shareware game at the time. Along with weapons that have the power of mini-nukes, you can buy shields for defense and parachutes so your tank won’t take any damage if it falls from a high point. You can play against the computer or against a group of friends, each taking a turn. Scorched Earth came out way before Gunbound did, so you can pretty much figure out who copied who. Scorched Earth is one of the best PC shareware games of the early 90’s, right up there with Wolfenstein 3-D. If you happen to find an old dusty computer sitting in the attic without any use, you can load up Scorched Earth from DOS and it will play without the need for Windows.

Scorched Earth
Scorched Earth

Warcraft III

A very well-crafted RTS game from Blizzard released in 2002, Warcraft III is one of the last good RTS games that did not require shaders for its graphics, which makes it very playable and pretty to look at on many of the old video cards dating back from the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The single player campaign mode is quite long and story driven and it is divided into four campaigns with each one focusing on a different race. There are the humans, the orcs, the undead and the nightelves each having their own abilities and powers. The campaign mode is solid but the meat of Warcraft III is the multiplayer mode, where players choose one race to do battle online against other players or team up with friends in matches. Warcraft III is still being played in tournaments and an expansion pack has been released for the game, Warcraft III: The frozen throne.

Warcraft 3
Warcraft 3

DOTA

Defense of Ancients is quite arguably one of the hottest multi-player games to date and you’re missing out if you haven’t played it. Following in the footsteps of Counter-Strike, DOTA is a mod that became as big of a hit as the game the mod was developed from. DOTA came from the Warcraft III engine and any person who had purchased Warcraft III and its expansion pack, Frozen Throne, is able to download DOTA and play the current version for free. There are two teams in the game and the objective is to destroy the opponents’ base using one’s own Hero along with allied heroes and allied AI-controlled fighters called “creeps”. Sharing concepts with role playing games, the player levels up their hero and uses gold to buy equipment in an effort to eliminate the opposing team. There were many variations of DOTA early in its development, but the most popular one of all is called DOTA All-Stars and it is played around the world and played in competitive PC gaming leagues. DOTA has become so huge that it has unseated Counter-Strike in many areas of the world as the number one multi-player game.

DotA
DotA
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