Top 20 PC Games from the 90s era we all loved!

PC gaming is the new fad these days. Men and women of all age groups play games on their PCs as a source of entertainment and for relieving their stress! A lot of gamers were indulged in console gaming, which left PC gaming as an unexplored experience for them. It is safe to say that they have missed out on a lot of great PC games!


The most amazing PC games were rolled out in the 1990s. The era of the 90s can be rightly dubbed as the ‘Golden Era of PC Gaming’. Here is a list of top 20 PC games from the 90s era, which redefined the gaming industry.



1. Fallout

Published by Interplay Productions and released on 30 September 1997, it was highly popular among the PC gamers. This game introduced many series staples, like the Wasteland, super mutants, Brotherhood of Steel and the famous Pip-Boy. If you enjoy the recently rolled out 3D games, do try out this one!



2. Half-Life

Released on 19 November 1992 by Sierra Studios, it expanded the FPS games genre to a large extent. To provide for a greater playing experience and immerse the gamers deep into the plot, this game strongly emphasized on the story. Coupled with interesting gameplay mechanics, it managed to expand the FPS games genre.

Counter-Strike is based on this game and it is safe to say that Half-Life had a significant impact on the gaming world!



3. Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness

Published by Blizzard Entertainment on 9 December 1995, Warcraft 2 had a significant impact on the World of Warcraft. This game won a lot many awards and managed to expand the RTS arms race!



4. System Shock 2

The game was launched on 11 August 1999 by Electronic Arts, however it wasn’t as popular as the others on this list. Still, this game is significant for it is considered as an impactful one in the FPS genre. Its designer Ken Levine is considered a legend. The game was way ahead of its time, owing to RPG-like elements, horror atmosphere, excellent storytelling, exploration and FPS combat. An updated version of this game was released in 2013!



5. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

Published by Microsoft and released on 30 September 1999, this game was set in Medieval Europe, wherein the gamers had to combat in historical battles, which actually happened in the past! This game is known for its excellent voice-over work and is a ‘classic’ in the Real-Time Strategy Gaming!



6. Unreal Tournament

Unreal Tournament was launched on 30 November 1999 and was published by GT Interactive. This game popularised the ‘twitch’ gameplay. The ‘multiplayer mode’ of this game was what made it so popular and it also had an impact on every multiplayer FPS game ever created!



7. Starcraft

Published by Blizzard Entertainment on 31 May 1998, this game went on to become one of the classics. With its genre staples, like distinct factions in the game, Starcraft inspired many sequels, novels, and various expansions. Tournaments were broadcasted in South Korea, which further paved the way for the modern eSports. The gamers consider the original Starcraft better than its sequel.



8. Quake

Quake was launched by GT Interactive on 22 June 1996. This game is responsible for revolutionizing the FPS game genre. Music by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor is featured in the game, which makes it all the more interesting! The game has mazes, horrifying foes, macabre settings, together making it even more enjoyable to play!



9. Grim Fandango

The game was launched on 30 October 1998 by LucasArts, which is rightly dubbed as the ‘King’ of the point-click adventure games! They have released a number of games like Maniac Mansion, Sam & Max, Monkey Island and many more! Grim Fandango was cleverly written with puzzles and had a unique graphic style.



10. Duke Nukem 3D

Launched by GT Interactive in January 1996, it landed into a controversy of showing extreme violence, portraying sex and objectifying women. However, it played a significant role in the FPS genre due to its design, interactive gameplay, and overall features.



11. Baldur’s Gate

Launched by Interplay Entertainment, Baldur’s Gate is known for putting Bioware on the map. The game was set in the Forgotten Realms Universe and used the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Rules.



12. Doom

GT Interactive launched the most significant game in the FPS gameplay in December 1993. Doom is dubbed to be a masterpiece and gamers must play it to realize its significance! It is still as fun to play as it was 25 years ago!



13. Civilization II

Launched by MicroProse, this game focused on starting a civilization and evolving it to fit into the modern era. The goal of the game was to expand one’s empire using diplomacy and force.



14. Diablo

It was released on 31 December 1996 by Blizzard Entertainment. The combat in this game was set in real time. It had a variety of experiences for all the players, where nobody could have the same story twice! Diablo also had an online multiplayer. This game was a landmark in the genre.



15. Command & Conquer

Launched in August 1995 by Virgin Interactive Entertainment, it went on to become the most popular RTS game. It is known for its storyline and user-friendly interface. It is responsible for revolutionizing all the RTS games out there!



16. Myst

Launched by Broaderband, Myst was the best-selling PC title in the 1990s. It was an adventure game where gamers had to survive on an island and go through various tasks and puzzles. This game is best suited on a VR and deserves a comeback!



17. Star Wars: Dark Forces

Launched by LucasArts in the 1990s, it was a commercial success! It gave way its sequels and even inspired a whole toy-line! It was a must-have for all the Star Wars franchise fans! The players had the ability to look up and down, jump and crouch, making it all the more realistic!



18. Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II

Again, published by LucasArts. Due to the success of the Dark Forces, this sequel was expected! This game is dubbed as classic because of its multiplayer mode! Like its prequel, this game is an FPS.



19. Star Wars: TIE Fighter

Launched in July 1994 by LucasArts, its gameplay was as immersive as the storyline and had the best space battles of the 90s era! The players were given the task of crushing a revolt against the Empire! This could have been re-launched for the ultimate VR gaming experience!



20. Planescape: Torment

Launched on 12 December 1992 by Interplay Entertainment, the game emphasized on the story more than the combat battles and even had dialogue options. Though the game wasn’t a commercial success, it was acclaimed critically for its unique concept.