10 Classic PC Video Games That Have Only Improved With Age

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Fallout 2
Black Isle Studios

PC gaming in 2016 is completely unrecognisable, baring almost no resemblance whatsoever to the days of Planescape: Torment, Baldur’s Gate and Dungeon Keeper, a magical time which spawned some of the greatest PC games ever released.

Today, PC gaming is identical to console gaming – only more technically advanced – the games demonstrating few distinctions.

By comparison, PC gaming in the 1990s was a separate beat entirely, a genuine alternative to console gaming, offering players a completely dissimilar experience. Instead of settling for mediocre controls and outdated graphics, PC gaming was pushing the threshold of what was possible, innovating in terms of storytelling and technology.

Honestly, it was a magical time, in which the world was introduced to the likes of Guybrush Threepwood, Manny Calavera, DOOM Guy, and the twenty-seven-year-old theoretical physicist, Gordon Freeman.

That said, PC gaming wasn’t perfect – and unfortunately – not everything can mature with the same degree of grace. In reality, there are countless PC classics from the period which are now virtually unplayable – or completely unplayable – having deteriorated considerable over the years, despite being remembered with a great amount of fondness

So, here are 10 PC games that achieved the complete opposite, only improving with age, growing in appreciation in the two decades since their release.

10. Baldur's Gate

Fallout 2
Black Isle Studios

Baldur’s Gate achieved almost universal acclaim upon its release, often credited with rejuvenating the entire RPG genre.

The game – an isometric, real-time strategy game, published by Interplay Entertainment – was praised for its impeccable design, character customisation options, combat system, reputation mechanics, and overall story. In fact, it was praised for pretty much everything, receiving very little negative criticism whatsoever.

Baldur’s Gate spawned several sequels, as well as numerous remakes. Currently, Bioware are planning a possible third instalment in the series, considering the game something of a passion project for the company, as well as a long-term priority.

To date, the game is played in abundance – and despite some outdated visuals – completely holds up, which makes sense considering the central appeal of the game is its narrative, which never grows old.


Formerly an assistant editor, Richard's interests include detective fiction and Japanese horror movies.