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Epic Old Video Games That Are Still Being Played

Updated on June 19, 2014

Introducing 9 Epic Old Video Games

Gamers are always looking to play games that has good replay ability and also memorable. So what makes a game top quality? Here are the determining factors:

  • Game play
  • Story line
  • Graphics
  • Replay ability
  • Characters

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Final Fantasy VII

This classic RPG is still being raved about after its first release in 1997. Today in 2013, although we have Final Fantasy XIV, many still wonder what it takes for Square Enix to make another classic game like Final Fantasy VII. So what makes Final Fantasy VII a great game to play?

The story of FF VII is awesome. Cloud, an Ex-SOLDIER, joins AVALANCHE to try to stop mega corporation Shinra from obtaining the life stream. We also have not mentioned Sephiroth. Both Cloud and Sephiroth have appeared in many other games such as Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy VII:Crisis Core. The fact that they appear in sequels really highlights their popularity among gamers.


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Age of Empires II: Age of Kings

This baby was released in 1999 on PC and Macintosh. It is a real time strategy game that is set in the Middle Ages. You get to choose 13 playable civilizations. They are the Britons, Byzantines, Celts, Goths, Teutons, Franks, Mongols, Chinese, Japanese, Persians, Saracens, Turks and the Vikings. Similar to Starcraft, you have to obtain resources to build your empire and conquer other enemies. Due to a huge selection of civilizations and being able to use different strategies to outwit your enemies, this game is definitely keeping players engaged.

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Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction

With Diablo 3 failing to live up to its hype and expectations, Diablo 2 LoD is still a game that many still play. The first Diablo 2 was released in 2000. Building of the success of Diablo, this hack and slash game definitely brought some excitement for gamers during its release. Players get to choose 7 different classes, each with their strength and weaknesses. They are Amazon, Barbarian, Sorceress, Necromancer, Paladin, Druid and Assassin. Each of these characters can become really good when played right.

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Starcraft 1

Its predecessor, Starcraft 2, is doing exceptionally well and definitely living up to gamer's expectations. Unlike Diablo 3, Starcraft 2 has retained a lot of its characteristics from Starcraft 1. I definitely see SC2 being a game that is going to be played for a long time. It wouldn't have been possible without the epic SC1 though. You have to play SC1 to be able to really know the story that continues on SC2. This real time strategy game is a national sport in South Korea, with people getting paid there to play the game in competitions. That tells you a lot about the popularity of it doesn't it? Having said that, SC1 was released in 1998. I also find the story line extremely interesting, and also what happens to Sarah Kerrigan. Starcraft 2 Heart of the Swarm does give a better ending to the saga.

Starcraft 1 Cinematics

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Call of Duty

Call of Duty was the first and third person shooter game that kick started the popularity of the franchise. It was released in 2003 by Activision. The setting is in World War II, where you get to really experience the history of WW2 through a intense shooting game. It is widely popular back when it was released, and it is still a game that people still play.

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Everquest

This game is the granddaddy of World of Warcraft(WoW). It was released in 1999. This game definitely lead to the creation of the awesome WoW. Being a 3D fantasy MMORPG, it definitely had the depth to keep gamers interested. You get to choose from 16 different races. They range from regular humans, elves, dragons, ogres, gnomes, half lings and more. You then get to choose their class such as cleric, ranger and wizard etc. Even with the release of Everquest 2, people still play Everquest 1.

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Counter Strike 1.6

This was released in 2003. It is a tactical first person shooter game which originated from Half-Life modification. You get to choose between the terrorist or the counter-terrorist team. Right at the start of battle, you get to choose which guns to buy. The more kills you accumulate, the more money you have to buy better guns. This game is also highly addicting due to the fact that no matter how skilled you are, there are always better players than you. Isn't that crazy?

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Need for Speed

Need for Speed(NFS) is a racing video game published by Electronic Arts. The Need for Speed: Most Wanted released in 2012 is a continuation of the popular racing game. So what makes Need for Speed so addicting? You have to sniff it. I am kidding. It employs the fundamental rules and similar mechanics of car racing in all versions. The only difference is the car models and graphics. Each new release is to keep the game up to date. Needless to say, if you are a car fan, you will want to play this game. Learning how to drift an exotic car you dream of in a race is really fun.

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Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne(WC3)

This game got released in 2002, and people still play this today. It is a real time strategy video game similar to Starcraft. Blizzard always makes some really good games. In WC3, you get to choose between Humans, Night Elves, Orcs and Undead. Each group has their own special abilities. You also get to build and hire your own classes' heroes. Each hero has a unique ability that can help aid you in battle. This game also lead to the creation of Defense of the Ancients(DOTA), which is a very popular game today.

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Epic Old Video Games Conclusion

There you have it. I personally still play Starcraft 1, Final Fantasy 7 and occasionally Counter Strike 1.6. If you have not played any of them, try it out and see how different it is compared to newer games we have now!

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    • Rywads profile image

      Rywads 

      3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      I think you missed the point here somewhere EJ... Nobody is playing Star Fox 64 in the millions per day =).

    • EJ Lambert profile image

      EJ Lambert 

      5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Don't forget the original Star Fox from N64. That game took everything that was interesting about the original from the SNES and refined it into a superb piece of gaming. I must've played thirty times as a teenager and still own it so I can go back from time to time.

    • Hikapo profile imageAUTHOR

      Seet 

      5 years ago from California

      Starcraft rocks! Diablo 2 too. I played all of them. I am replaying the campaign for Starcraft to go through the story of Sarah Kerrigan again.

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      ANDR01D 

      5 years ago from Hell

      Yeah, my brother still plays Age of Empires II. I'm playing StarCraft right now, and I was playing Diablo II not too long ago. The first Need for Speed was my favourite. Not a bad list.

    • Hikapo profile imageAUTHOR

      Seet 

      5 years ago from California

      Yea, it is really a classic. Its been out for almost 15 years since the release of Starcraft, and people are still playing. Isn't it amazing? Thanks for the comment BraidedZero.

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      James Robertson 

      5 years ago from Texas

      You had me at Starcraft... I am addicted to this game. Play it just about every day. I definitely agree that you need to play the first to appreciate the others though, especially with the recent release of Heart of the Swarm. Great article.

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