Most Popular Retro Games of All Time

They always say, “Those were the good ol’ days.” And it rings true for the beloved games many used to play when they were first released years ago.

Childhood memories are one thing, but more than that, these games brought acclaim to game-maker companies now considered industry giants. If you miss playing them, you can have a look at the blog Online Retro Video Game Store – The Old School Game Vault and begin your nostalgia trip. Once you’re looking for something new to play, our list of the most popular retro games can help you out:

1. GoldenEye 007 (1997)

Based on the James Bond movie, GoldenEye 007 pioneered multiplayer shooting games. Released on the Nintendo 64, up to four players could play together on a split-screen and battle it out. In addition, the game also had a captivating single-player storyline for those who want to immerse themselves into the world of spy versus spy.

2. Half-Life 2 (2004)

This Half-Life sequel is a first-person shooting game for the PC. Compared to its predecessor, it boasts detailed concepts and designs for each level and introduces players to a new and intriguing story. Half-Life 2 puts the main character Gordon Freeman in an alternate Earth overrun by an evil alien race that he must defeat using his knowledge as a scientist.

3. Street Fighter II (1991)

No retro games list is complete without an arcade game. This fighting game sparked the arcade game craze of the 90s, with players flocking together to compete in executing combo moves. The most recognizable feature of Street Fighter II is the character selection screen that has become a mainstay in most battle games.

4. Ms. Pac-Man (1982)

Almost everyone knows the original Pac-Man chomping on ghosts and running around a neon maze. The game’s success brought his counterpart, Ms. Pac-Man, to the arcade screen. She’s considered as one of the first female protagonists in video games, marking her appearance as a milestone for inclusive representation in gaming.

5. Final Fantasy VII (1997)

Japan is well-known as a source for some of the most interesting video games and SquareSoft’s Final Fantasy VII is pretty much a household name in the industry. The role-playing game stood out by using pre-rendered backgrounds instead of the typical pixelated textures, giving fans the best graphics the early 2000s had to offer.

6. Halo: Combat Evolved (2001)

From the success of GoldenEye 007’s multiplayer first-person shooter game Halo. What this game did was refine the controls and make them less clunky to use. Combined with an engaging story and thrilling music, the game takes you into the heart of the battle with the alien Covenant.

7. Super Mario World (1990)

One of the most iconic video game characters, Mario made waves in Nintendo’s many titles, but Super Mario World is one of the most challenging and immersive of all. Not to mention introducing to players the lovable dinosaur Yoshi, this iteration of Mario’s adventures was also one of the most successful in terms of commercial sales.

8. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1991)

Last but not least, the Legend of Zelda is one of the most famous video game franchises and A Link to the Past remains a favourite of many. Players enjoyed exploring the vibrant Hyrule, meeting sprites, and battling monsters on their Super NES console.

Video games have the power to arouse our excitement and touch our hearts all at the same time. This is why our memories of playing these games are still so very clear. While remakes have successfully brought some franchises back to life, sometimes it’s worth going back to the basics.


About Craig Bradshaw

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  1. Yes, half-life 2 when it came out on the Original Xbox was such a good game. Really it’s pretty cheap now on the used market.

    • I remember playing it on PC for the first time. I actually spent about 3 days trying to get a cracked version to work because I couldn’t find the Demo after it released. I gave in and bought the game and it was money well spent!

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