10 Classic Old Video Games That Are a Must To Play Before You Die
10. Super Mario Bros. for NES
Released in 1985 for the NES, Super Mario Bros. set the bar for side-scrolling adventure games. Combining handheld devices, systems, and virtual systems, the game has sold over 40 million copies.
9. Portal 2 for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3
Developed and published by Valve, Portal 2 is the sequel to Portal, a tale of the main character Chell, who awakens in an abandoned underground laboratory called Aperture Labs, and has to use her gun that opens portals to navigate through many mazes and puzzles. Along the way, she encounters some interesting characters including a less-than-intelligent artificial intelligence robot named Wheatly, and a very evil all powerful GLaDOS (short for Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System.)
8: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas for Playstation 2
Released in 2004 for the Playstation 2, GTA: San Andreas was critically acclaimed to be one of the PlayStation 2’s best games. The game is set in the semi-fictional state of San Andreas (based off of California and Nevada), which contains three metropolitan cities: Los Santos, based on Los Angeles, San Fierro, based on San Francisco, and Las Venturas, based on Las Vegas. The plot line revolves around the gang member Carl “CJ” Johnson returning home from Liberty City to Los Santos, San Andreas, after learning of his mother’s murder. CJ finds his old friends and family in disarray. Over the course of the game, CJ gradually unravels the plot behind his mother’s murder.
7: Pac-Man for many platforms
Pac-Man was released October 1980. Immensely popular from its original release to the present day, Pac-Man is considered one of the classics of the medium, virtually synonymous with video games, and an icon of 1980s popular culture. Guinness World Records has awarded the Pac-Man series eight records in Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition 2008, including First Perfect Pac-Man Game for Billy Mitchell’s July 3, 1999 score and “Most Successful Coin-Operated Game”
6: Zelda: Ocarina of Time for Nintendo 64
Ocarina of Time is an action-adventure game with role-playing and puzzle elements. The events of Ocarina of Time are set in the fictional kingdom of Hyrule, the setting of most Zelda games. Initially released on Nintendo 64, the game was released to outstanding, widespread critical acclaim and strong commercial success worldwide. In 1998, it sold 2.5 million copies despite being released only 39 days before the end of the year. In Japan, it sold 820,000 copies in 1998, becoming the tenth-best-selling game of that year.During its lifetime, Ocarina of Time sold 1.14 million copies in Japan, and 7.6 million copies worldwide
5: Tetris for many platforms
While versions of Tetris were sold for a range of 1980s home computer platforms as well as the arcades, it was the hugely successful handheld version for the Game Boy launched in 1989 that established the game as one of the most popular ever. Electronic Gaming Monthly’s 100th issue had Tetris in first place as “Greatest Game of All Time”. By 1989, half a dozen different companies claimed rights to create and distribute the Tetris software for home computers, game consoles, and handheld systems. The game has been the basis of many psychological experiments.
4: Halo: Combat Evolved for Xbox
Commonly referred to as simply Halo, the player plays as Master Chief Petty Officer John-117, one of the few surviving supersoldiers of the SPARTAN-II project, and the main character of the story. The story takes the user through a galactic battle with the enemy alien race, the Covenant. On its release Halo broke sales records; by April 8, 2002, one million units had been sold: this pace was faster than that of any previous sixth-generation console game. As of November 9, 2005, Halo has sold over five million copies worldwide.
3: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64
Released January 21, 1999, Super Smash Bros. The game is essentially a crossover between several different Nintendo franchises, such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda and Kirby. The characters of these iconic Nintendo games get to brawl it out in interesting levels using special powers and weapons. Super Smash Bros. received mostly positive reviews from the media. It was commercially successful, selling over 4.9 million copies, with 2.93 million copies sold in the United States, and 1.97 million copies sold in Japan.
2: Call of Duty 4 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, and Wii
In 2011, a civil war has broken out in Russia between its government and ultranationalists who seek to restore Russia to its Soviet-era glamor. The player fights through several missions to end the civil war, and lead into the game’s sequel story line. As opposed to earlier games in the Call of Duty series, the game features modern equipment and gives the player a fully subversive experience in a modern war zone.
1: Asteroids for Atari
Asteroids is a video arcade game released in November 1979 by Atari Inc. It was one of the most popular and influential games of the Golden Age of Arcade Games, selling 70,000 arcade cabinets. Asteroids uses a vector display and a two-dimensional view that wraps around in both screen axes. The user must shoot and destroy asteroids hurdling towards their space craft.