With the addition of new games every year, it’s easy to get lost and leave behind some of the great classics. Honestly, we really shouldn’t! Remembering and celebrating older video games helps give us perspective, and it also helps us appreciate how far we’ve come in the world of video games. Here’s a list of some underrated games that you should definitely try if you have the free time!
#1 Escape Velocity
Macbooks? For gaming? Ha ha ha, what a joke. It’s a widely known fact that Macbooks just aren’t that great for gaming! Haha! Haha!
But wait! Enter this game: Escape Velocity, shortened to EV, is a single-player RPG focused on space trading and combat. It’s a series of three games which were released for Apple Macintosh. They run natively on Mac OS and Mac OS X, but the series been ported to Windows so that we can all play it. It takes place in space, and you fly a ship from an overhead perspective. You can fight or trade, and travel through hundreds of star systems. The plot of the original game involves a dispute between the government and a rebelling party. You can choose who you want to fight for, or refrain from choosing at all.
#2 Bushido Blade
Welcome to another oldie but goodie: this game was released on PlayStation by Sony and Square. It’s a 3D fighting game where you use Japanese swords to attack your enemy. It’s kind of like Street Fighter, but with swords. But here’s the difference: there are no time limits or health gauges. Instead, if you get hit, you’ll almost instantly die. You can choose from eight weapons: katana, nodachi, long sword, saber, broadsword, naginata, rapier, and sledgehammer. I don’t know what all of those are but hey, the more weapons, the better. You can explore in the game and aren’t limited to a single small area, so that’s cool too! The game is based on “Bushido,” which is a traditional Japanese code of honor. Essentially, if you fight dirty, you’ll get penalized.
When I was a kid, I didn’t really have access to consoles (except for, of course, the Wii). Instead, I played a lot of computer games and emulators. One of my favorite games was GunBound, which is an artillery type game first released in 2003 by Korean developer Softnyx.
In the game, you can collect characters who have different weapons, and you take turns adjusting the trajectory and trying to shoot each other with these weapons (which are called Mobiles). Different Mobiles have different attacks–three in all. The last attack is similar to the ult in League–it’s superpowered, and you can only use it after a certain amount of time. To attack you have to factor in terrain condition, wind currents, and the elements (for example, tornadoes), so it’s not as simple as just randomly aiming and hoping you’ll hit the other team. It really does take skill!
#4 Star Control 2
If you’ve ever played Mass Effect, you’ll probably enjoy Star Control 2. It is a science fiction game developed by Toys for Bob and was published for MS-DOS in 1992. So, super old. It was remade later on and re-named “The Ur-Quan Masters.” It’s considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time and one of the greatest PC games ever made, and features tons of galaxies you can explore, hyperspace travel, extraterrestrial life (there are 25 different alien species you can interact with), and interstellar diplomacy. I wonder why we seem to have lost our love for aliens in the past few years!
I’ve got just 4 for you today rather than the usual 5 because I think these games are just too amazing. You should definitely try at least one of them out! They’re all pretty old, so I bet a lot of you (at least, you younger fans) haven’t played or even heard of any of them! Sorry for the history lesson but I just love love love old games!
So… what do you think?
Were there other games that you feel deserved a place on this list? Are there some awesome games that I totally overlooked? If so, let me know in the comments! After all, I could be totally wrong about these games, and maybe there are some that are actually way better. I love to hear from you!