Top Ten Retro Video Games to give as Christmas gifts

By | December 16, 2014

Christmas time means new video game releases, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are top classics on Steam to stuff them stockings with retro lovin’:

10) Stronghold ($5.99)


Some repetitiveness after a while, but still intriguing fortification action. Love or dread? Dread every time!

9) Mortal Kombat ($9.99)


The game that changed it all. Every kid of the ’90s remembers those magic words: “Finish Him”.

8) Wasteland I ($5.99)


This is going way back, but it’s still addictive apocalyptic fun.

7) Civilization III ($4.99)


I didn’t like this as much as Civilization: Call to Power, but still a kick-rear retro classic that kicked my rear more than I kicked it. How do you win at this really tough game? Get riflemen fast, and then invade, invade, invade.

6) Age of Empires 2 ($19.99)


What’s better than Age of Empires? Age of Empires 2! Jaguar Warriors rule!

5) Oddworld ($4.99)


A slave on a quest to save his fellow slaves from being made into lunch meat…. I don’t know of a more worthy quest to spend your holidays.

4) Fallout ($9.99)


The P.C. game that taught us the value of Stimpaks. And the winking smiley faces. How many smileys did you get?

3) Final Fantasy VIII ($11.99)


Arguably not the best in the series, but still one of the best RPGs ever. Can’t beat the soundtrack and the big balloon school that flies!

2) Jagged Alliance 2 ($19.99)

Barry Unger is the MAN

Barry Unger is the MAN

I can’t say enough about this game. It is one of the funniest game ever. And addictive. Not bad for a turn-based squad strategy game. Barry Unger is the key. He’s annoying and inexperienced but he’s cheap and he’s super-smart: he’ll learn really fast.

1) Medieval II Total War ($19.99)


Almost a decade old now, but still hundreds of hours of crusading, conquering and castle-building to be had. Nothing more satisfying than destroying an entire Mongol horde with English Knights.

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