Tech Tip of the Week: A List of PC Game Classics Available Free of Charge

By Julio Franco ยท 68 replies
Mar 10, 2010
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  1. LightHeart

    LightHeart TS Rookie Posts: 155


    Thanks for the list. A good game is still a good game years later and free is even better. Games are supposed to be fun and entertaining not just some cool graphics with no plot like some modern games.
  2. elroacho72

    elroacho72 TS Rookie Posts: 116

    Thanks, TECHSPOT...
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +857

    Good stuff! Every once in a while I'll break out a golden oldie to play. There's even an Intellivison emulator out there that's very good. They're pretty short-run in the entertainment department though. Even though these games may have rocked my world at the time they came out, the luster seems to be lost with age and new technology. :(
  4. supyo

    supyo TS Enthusiast Posts: 50

    cool! thanks for the link!
  5. alexandrionel

    alexandrionel TS Enthusiast Posts: 94

    I don't agree with you.
    What is modern now for you and me it will be at one point classic and for sure there will be people that will say in 10 years "god! I miss playing that".
  6. I'm with you lightheart, Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II was immersive and broke the mold with those wide open vistas back in the day, and can even play on modern OS. Up to then most games were in dark tunnels or rooms. It also had a backdrop plot that wasn't mind numbing or clumsy or non-existant like so many are today. Another example, the Need For Speed series is really adrift(!) these days. In contrast, NFS Porsche Unleashed was extremely well done and is just begging for a well done sequel, much to the angst of most of the genre's fans. Who's listening?
  7. Deso

    Deso TS Rookie Posts: 125

    I loved red alert back in the old days, never got Westwood online to work tho :(, it's the program you used to play it online
  8. Vicenarian

    Vicenarian TS Booster Posts: 104   +10

    Hey, I know this isn't a "classic" game per se, but Trackmania Nations Forever is a totally FREE arcade racing type game, with awesome graphics (I really mean that) and online gameplay. You can watch a trailer for it here: (watch in 720p if possible)

    And you can get it here:

    As well as on Steam I think...but yeah, it's a free game, and it's awesome. You can race the more realistic tracks, or you can go all out on the crazy tracks with loops and stuff like that. It also includes a full featured TRACK BUILDER. Enjoy!
  9. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    even though the old games lack the graphics detail and much better gameplay that is offered by the new games of now but the old games are a faun to play with!
    they are great! u start playing one and u get addicted with it! and the best part is they are free! YIPEE! go try some!
  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,332   +101

    I have to admit vicenarian, TrackMania looks like a pretty cool little game. Thanks for sharing!
  11. Arcanum67

    Arcanum67 TS Rookie

    Wow this stuff is old.
  12. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I was playing the windows version of Doom a month ago, I was surprised how much fun it still was. I ended up playing for 6 hours straight, haven't done that in a long time.
  13. DryIce

    DryIce TS Rookie Posts: 60

    You just made my day Techspot!
  14. TuesdayExpress

    TuesdayExpress TS Rookie Posts: 22

    Ah, Fallout, Daggerfall.and C&C. Talk about a trip down memory lane...

    For any of you thinking about giving Fallout a spin, be sure to hit up NMA's Fallout patch site:

    You should definitely grab the unofficial patch (bugfixes) and the hi-res patch. Plenty of other good files there if you nose around a bit.
  15. Relic

    Relic TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,379   +16

    Ah, C&C is a great classic and any RTS fan should play it. While I personally am a bigger fan of the Tiberium series all three are a lot of fun. Dune II would be the best start if you can find it though as that's the true beginning of RTS play :) .
  16. AfricanTech

    AfricanTech TS Rookie Posts: 69

    Must confess that I find it hard to invest the kind of time that I did 20 years ago! It's also very disappointing when you try to play these games on the big monitors that we now have - it's just not a very good experience.
  17. Riun355

    Riun355 TS Rookie

    people get way too hung up on graphics these days. need somma that oldskool gaming to put em in their place.
  18. ourboyblue

    ourboyblue TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I spent so many hours playing thous games...
    I learned a lot about networking when Doom multi player came out, the first Lan-Partys man that was fun...
  19. Orionlocke

    Orionlocke TS Rookie Posts: 35

    Some of those games definitely brings back some memories! I remember taking turns with my brother playing some of those games when a 25MHz processor was lightning fast! :)
  20. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 647   +58

    Sweet. Thanks for the info, I was aware of some of these but it's good to find out about others. Reminds of my good ol' abandonware hunting days ;)
  21. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,286   +902

    GTA2 rocks big time!

    Also, FEAR Combat looks very promising, downloading now!
  22. zyodei

    zyodei TS Rookie Posts: 30

    Oh man, I would love to play red alert again. I have some fond memories ;)

    Man, I HATED GTA2. I thought it was such a dog. Even GTA1 was way more fun. I guess that's just my opinion.
  23. burnunit

    burnunit TS Rookie

    Thanks! My kids love these old games and we can run them on our older system! Excellent Article!
  24. jacob007

    jacob007 TS Rookie Posts: 25

    That`s what i`m talking about

  25. rufio

    rufio TS Rookie Posts: 51

    nice! quality games right there. i think i'm going to install doom just for old times sake. i remember staying up late night playing that game with the lights off haha

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