Up For Debate - What old games are still worth playing in 2021?

Written by Chad Norton on Sun, Apr 11, 2021 5:00 PM

Gaming has come a very long way since the old days of pixels and pong, and even though pretty much all of us have some sort of backlog of games to get through, there are definitely some oldies still worth experiencing in the modern age. So we want to know what other old games are still worth playing in 2021?

And to be clear, we are talking about old games that are still fun to this day despite being a tad bit overwhelming or clunky compared to more modern games. We’re talking about titles that, despite showing their age, are a must play for any enthusiastic gamer.

Personally, I love old games. Maybe it's nostalgia, but a lot of old games I’ve played I never actually had the chance to play as a kid. So maybe it’s just the fact that some of these games were so simple for their time, and was the perfect blend of innovation and limitation, that keeps them so entertaining all these years later.

My first pick would have to be the original Deus Ex game, as it is not only scarily relevant still even in today’s world, but it is also one of the grandfathers of modern RPGs. If you’ve ever played any of the new Deus Ex games like Mankind Divided, then it’s absolutely worth exploring its roots.

Other noteworthy old gems I would recommend include Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines, the original Tomb Raider trilogy, and the original Thief series. You can see that I really enjoy my RPG/immersive sim experiences in old games, but they are certainly a must play for any die-hard RPG fan who doesn’t a little bit of jank in the games they play and a little modding to make the experiences smoother.

There’s probably a whole host of games that I have forgotten to mention, so let us know what old games you consider to be still worth playing in 2021! If you struggle to come up with a succinct amount, then just give us your top 3! So of course… let’s debate!

Do you enjoy playing old games?

How often do you play games from over 10 years ago?

What is it about old games you like the most?

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13:47 Apr-20-2021

Age of Mythology hands down and HOMM 3

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20:56 Apr-18-2021

By the way their were two games were a good games and i was playing them with my friend and they were: ObsCure 1 and ObsCure 2, those games are horror games, they excellent when two friends play them together.

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00:41 Apr-20-2021

I'll put them on my list.
Thx for mentioning them.

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02:06 Apr-20-2021

Have a nice time playing games my friend

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01:10 Apr-18-2021

Assassin's Creed, Crysis, The elder scrolls V: Skyrim, Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands.

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17:23 Apr-18-2021

You have excellent taste.


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20:35 Apr-18-2021

Thank You my friend for your respectable opinion.

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11:08 Apr-17-2021

Kotor 1 and 2 hands down should be to PC gamers what super Mario brothers was to Nintendo.

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16:01 Apr-14-2021

Diablo 1 for me is still a really fun experience.

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00:12 Apr-15-2021

You play the vanilla version, or with mods?

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20:22 Apr-13-2021

I enjoy playing some oldies to recall the beauty that was "EAX" actual true 3D audio before it was bought out and virtual surround took over, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic sounds amazing, and plays very well to this day.

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21:47 Apr-13-2021

eax is one of the reasons i bought creative ae-5 soundcard, i really enjoy eax when i can, old games comes so much more alive with improved audio and imo its so underated in todays gaming (good audio/music in modern games)

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17:09 Apr-13-2021

Recently re-re-replayed "No One Lives Forever" 1-2 (Revival) and "F.E.A.R." and those,for me,hold well still."Star Wars Ep 1 Racer" and "Duke Nukem 3D - Atomic Edition" are on my hard from years.

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08:14 Apr-13-2021

Splinter Cell games

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08:13 Apr-13-2021

Planetside 2 - it's better than ever.

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00:59 Apr-13-2021

The only games that are worth a reinstall for me:



  1. Warcraft 3

  2. Max Payne 2

  3. Fallout: New Vegas

  4. Fallout 3

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17:03 Apr-13-2021

Fallout 3 and NV aren't consider "old" games in my book.Max Payne and Warcraft are.

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17:40 Apr-13-2021

So if we were in 2011, a game released in 2001 would not be considered old?

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19:27 Apr-13-2021

Well yes.Back then there weren't many game releases compare to today.Say around 50 PC games to 500 in 2020.The new "old" is a different from the 90's and the yearly 2000's,i think.

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20:34 Apr-12-2021

I feel the game industry focus to much on profit only and not putting their soul into a good game production anymore. The Jedi Knight games are very memorable and have a decent story. Deus Ex had a strong focus on story and RPG focused vs making it look top of the line. KotoR was just an epic story that we got to live out. AoE and Star Craft were early intro's for me into PC gaming.

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20:36 Apr-12-2021

There are many other older games that I loved to play and when I can, I go back to them. With modding, many people have done an outstanding job to polish a few classics without hurting the experience. Not many new games grab my attention or make me want to drop $60 on them on release.

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17:22 Apr-12-2021

I still play a lot of old RTS, specially with mods, AOE II, AOE III, AOM, Empire Earth, Rise of Nations, Rise of Legends, Command & Conquer, Command & Conquer: Generals (Contra 009 mod is the best), TLOTR II Battle for middle earth, NFSU

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10:16 Apr-12-2021

what a funny topic,
actually most of the games I love are around 10 years or older now, time flows fast, crazy,
let me write a few, alphabetically....
Age of Empires III - 2005, ANNO 1404 - 2009, Assassin's Creed II - 2009, Assassin's Creed Brotherhood - 2010, Blur - 2010, Burnout Paradise - 2008, Company of Heroes - 2006, Crashday - 2006, Dawn of War: Dark Crusade - 2006, DiRT Showdown - 2012, Dishonored - 2012, Dragon Age II - 2011, Empire Earth II - 2005, FlatOut 2 - 2006, Racedriver GRID - 2008, GTA: San Andreas - 2004, Guild 2: Renaissance - 2006, Heroes of Might and Magic V - 2006, Mafia - 2002, Majesty 2 - 2009, Midnight Club 2 - 2003, NFS Underground 2 - 2004, NFS Most Wanted - 2005, NFS Carbon - 2006, Railroad Tycoon II: Platinum - 2001, TES IV: Oblivion - 2006, TES V: Skyrim - 2011, Spellforce 2 - 2006, Split Second Velocity - 2010, Starcraft II - 2010, Thief III: Deadly Shadows - 2004, Torchlight 2 - 2012, Tropico - 2001, Tropico 2: Pirate Cove - 2003, Tropico 3 - 2009, Unreal Tournament 2004 - 2004, Witcher - 2007, Witcher 2 - 2011

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10:55 Apr-12-2021

wow what a list, i played like 60% of that and i agree all of them are great, i also recommend gothic 1 and 2 if you can overcome the jank, dark mesiah of might and magic, far cry 1 and 3, fallout 3 and new vegas, the walking dead season 1 and bunch of others

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07:55 Apr-12-2021

Since I consider only games pre 2000 as truly old and outdated, I'd have to say I enjoy a lot Fallout 1 and 2.

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07:49 Apr-12-2021

I play Heroes of Might and Magic 3 regularly even today. I'm surprised it still gets regular updates through unofficial patches and mods like Horn of the Abyss.
Deus Ex (the original from 2000 and the Revision mod): always a good classic to replay.
Stronghold and Stronghold Crusader

Cossacks (I recently switched to Cossacks 3 as the gameplay is the same)
Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising

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06:46 Apr-12-2021

What is considered an old game? 5+, 10+, 15+, 20+ years?


For now i only play 3 since Cyberpunk 2077 is taking a lot of time here lol


Anyway back to "old games", right now i play Titan Quest (2006 aka 2016), Dark Void (2010) and TimeShift (2007)

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10:59 Apr-12-2021

I personally consider old game when its 6+ years imo

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04:42 Apr-15-2021

For me it's 10+ years i guess.

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12:03 Apr-12-2021

I consider old game anything which uses DirectX 9 or older

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15:37 Apr-12-2021

huh so you consider witcher 3 a new game?

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17:19 Apr-12-2021

yea sure, not latest, but still new for me since I haven't completed it multiple times yet

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04:43 Apr-15-2021

Damn, you a real old school savage :P

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21:12 Apr-12-2021

Man it has been soo many years since I played Timeshift. It's a very underrated game IMO.
Too bad there was never a sequel to it.

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04:49 Apr-15-2021

Yup, i really liked it when i 1st played it and still enjoying it now... it really is a good game.

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03:43 Apr-12-2021

Been replaying Zeus Master Of Olympus and its such a chill & good old game. Though i had too download a 1080p Fix and use Cheat Engine to fix a bug with the gods that made them have a slow-mo animation bug.

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02:23 Apr-12-2021

Been playing the original doom with the awesome Doom Remake 4 mod. Just made it brand new again, and boy is it fun. Was originally using it as aim warm-up before Apex, but i realized i just dang enjoy the simple visceral fun of it.

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01:34 Apr-12-2021

Do you think I have choice other than playing old titles ?

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00:04 Apr-12-2021

Deus Ex is a top choice for me as well Chad. Have you tried the GMDX mod? I recommend replaying it with that. https://youtu.be/pFQP-pWgWTw

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