Ok, boomer, this one’s for you. Do you remember what was your first exposure to video games? What game got you hooked on gaming? The classics like Super Mario Bros., Metroid, Zelda on NES, Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy 7 on original PlayStation, Halo on Xbox, or the granddaddies of PC gaming?
We said this one was for Boomers, but in truth, it’s for everyone. The games listed below are a part of gaming history, and it doesn’t matter if you’re looking to catch the nostalgia bug, or you weren’t even born yet, one thing is certain – you HAVE to play these games at least once.
Doom’s gotta be the one that pops right into your mind when you think of good old games, right? The granddaddy of all first-person shooters, the game that defined the genre. Doom is the ultimate boomer shooter. It’s the king of kings. And no, Doom is not just a nostalgia pill, it simply is one hell of a ride!
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In 2016 id Software released the remake of Doom, and later the sequel, Doom: Eternal, further expanding on everything great about the franchise clothed in modern graphics and gameplay mechanics. Yet, both versions of Doom are worth playing whether you were raised on now-classic Doom or Fortnite.
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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
Nintendo had Mario, Sega had Sonic, and PlayStation had Crash Bandicoot. While not many of us still have our original PlayStations lying around, we can experience all three main Crash games with the N. Sane Trilogy. It’s Crash Bandicoot just the way you remember, only now he looks a lot better!
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Duke Nukem 3D
If there’s one alpha male macho man in gaming, it’s Duke Nukem. Though Duke’s glory days are long in the past after the disastrous Duke Nukem Forever, Duke Nukem 3D still holds a legendary game status. Duke Nukem 3D is a portal to a simpler time when all that video game heroes did was kick ass and chew bubble gum.
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Back in the day, when PC gaming was young and still growing, the point-and-click adventure genre was one of the dominating niches in gaming, and the Monkey Island series were THE games everyone was playing. With remastered visuals, sharp writing, humor, and a fantastic combat system (where else can you win a fight by insulting your opponents?) Monkey Island stood the test of time. And with a new game set to release in 2022, it’s the perfect time to return to The Monkey Island.
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If you’re a modern gamer, you may only know Fallout as the first-person shooter with RPG mechanics set in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. But Fallout wasn’t always an FPS. It started as an isometric CRPG and to this day is still considered a masterpiece by many gamers. If Fallout 76 left a bitter taste in your mouth, go back to the roots with classic Fallout 1 & 2. It’s worth it.
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The gaming history is rich with games that changed and formed genres and gaming itself. Half-Life introduced storytelling to the first-person shooters, Halo: Combat Evolved fortified the FPS mechanics, Diablo II is still an unbeatable isometric RPG, and no matter how Final Fantasy looks visually, the series still has the irresistible charm.
Click here to explore the Boomer Games collection where you’ll find more nostalgic games that raised countless generations of gamers together with the remakes of popular games such as Resident Evil 2, Destroy All Humans, or the entire Halo series in The Master Chief Collection. Are you game, boomer?