10 Best Classic Video Games To Play During Self-Isolation

If you're bored during self-isolation, pick up the controller and play some exciting video games like Dark Souls, Minecraft, or Portal 2.

Are older games outdated, or are they just not fun anymore? Many long-time gamers would disagree that old games aren't fun because they still hold many of these classic games close to their hearts. These video games of the past are still incredibly fun today.

You might have a ton of free time during self-isolation, which makes it the perfect time for reconnecting with some of these video game classics. Since there is an endless amount of what people consider to be video game classics, this article will focus mainly on PC and console games. There are so many classic Nintendo games that they would need a list of their own. The games on this list have won the hearts of gamers for years, and they are still adored today.

10. Mount and Blade: Warband

Mount and Blade: Warband is a strategic game that requires skill and cunning. Image credit: pcgamer.com

This medieval game allows you to command a warband, but the game also allows you to fight alongside them as you climb in power by trading for massive wealth. Players can form political and military alliances to conquer foes. There are also plenty of mods like fantasy mods, historical mods, and even a Star Wars mod to keep players entertained for a long time.

9. Fallout: New Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas is a post-apocalyptic romp. Image credit: www.mobygames.com

In this roleplaying post-apocalyptic world set roughly 200 years after a nuclear holocaust, you play as the main character who can go on many paths and create many choices with the numerous factions in the game. It’s a very harsh world with gambling, drug addiction, corrupt leaders, murder, and much more. Many of the choices in this game are moral issues. How should we run society in the ashes of civilization?

8. Battleblock Theater

Battleblock Theater is constantly being updated with new mods. Image credit: www.mobygames.com

This is a 2D platformer that will have you and your friends laughing and panicking at the same time. Each level is chaotic and requires teamwork to solve many of the puzzles full of spikes, explosives, and more. This game is chock-full of community-made content like new levels. You can even help your friends in this wild game.

7. Dark Souls

The lore of Dark Souls is deep and intriguing. Image credit: www.cgmagonline.com

This might be too dark and gritty for many people to play during self-isolation, but to others, this unforgiving game offers tons of satisfaction. Finally defeating a boss that took hours of painstaking attempts can be very rewarding. This game can help you build up determinism and show that what once seemed impossible is now possible. The lore and story of Dark Souls are deep and intriguing.

6. Age of Empires II

Age of Empires II has been popular for decades. Image credit: pcgamer.com

This game hit the market in 1999, and it is still one of the most-played real-time strategy games out there with the latest remake in 2019. There are many unique civilizations to choose from as you build up your economy and army against your opponents from the Feudal age to the Imperial age.

5. Portal 2

Portal 2 is considered one of the greatest puzzle games of all time. Image credit: Steam

This game is considered by many as one of the greatest two-player cooperative puzzle games ever. Each puzzle or level is very unique. Players must use teamwork and their portal guns to teleport themselves and objects on to the next level. What makes it even better is the constant humor from the main villain as you make your way through a somewhat dark story.

4. Civilization V

Players are in a quest for dominance in Civilization V. Image credit: www.voidu.com

Considered by many as the best game in the series, Civilization V allows you to choose one of the many unique civilizations to grow from the very beginning of human settlement all the way to the modern area. Research new technologies to grow your civilization’s wealth, happiness, army, exploration, science, and much more. There are multiple ways to win at the game like military, cultural, or science domination.

3. Terraria

Terraria is a fun 2D side scroller. Image credit: Steam

This 2D blocky side scroller sandbox game seems quite simple when starting out a new game, but it opens up immensely with a ton of depth the further you progress in it. Mining and looking for lost treasure in dungeons, building a village, and fighting giant bosses are just some of the things you can do in this game. There have been massive updates to the game over the past couple of years that have strengthened the community’s love for the game.

2. Garry’s Mod

Garry’s Mod showcases the ingenuity of the gaming community. Image credit: Steam

Using the assets from games that company Valve made like Half-Life and Portal, Garry’s Mod has created many classic games from the hide and seek game Prop Hunt, to the wild murder mystery game Trouble in Terrorist Town. There are also many role-playing servers and plenty of community-made mods for you and your friends to enjoy as the game constantly grows with new content.

1. Minecraft

Minecraft can keep you busy for years. Image credit: thenextweb.com

Minecraft may be the most popular video game ever, which is no small achievement. Play it on gaming consoles, computers, and even your phone as you create your world in this vast blocky sandbox game. Create amazing artistic structures and go on exciting adventures with your friends. There are also thousands of mods, servers, and other community-made projects that will keep many players hooked on the game for years to come.

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Christopher is a history university student with a huge passion for researching, writing, and learning. Chris is always active on new hobby projects like filmmaking as he tries to always improve himself and his work. 


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