Many gamers (including myself) are just now dipping their toes into PC gaming. Since many of us played almost exclusively on consoles for the past two to four decades, we missed out on a great deal of classic PC gaming experiences. In fact, a great deal of the console games we currently enjoy only exist because of what is arguably PC’s first golden age: the 1990s. This was an era rife with innovative titles that altered the course of gaming history.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the 20 best PC games of the 1990s. This list was not easy to put together considering the number of genre-defining classics released at the time. However, we think it will help introduce newcomers to must-play titles. For everyone else, it serves as a nice trip down memory lane.
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
Release date: Sep 30, 1999
Real Time Strategy titles were abundant on PC back in the 90s. Even with so much competition within the genre, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings managed to stand out upon release. Unlike other RTS titles of the time, this one was set in a realistic Medieval Europe where players had to play through actual historical battles. The game’s audio was also ahead of its time due to the authentic voice-over work. Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is now considered a classic of the genre.