There are a lot of reasons nowadays why people consider creating accounts on Steam. It’s a way to enjoy some of the latest gaming releases right on your computer. It provides access to a lot of indie titles that are difficult if not impossible to find elsewhere. And frankly, it’s simpler and cheaper than console gaming.
The Most Nostalgic Games on Steam (And How to Get the Most Out of Them)
Aside from all of those factors though, a lot of newcomers to Steam quickly get caught up in one other perk: nostalgia. The service may excel at making new and unique games available, but some of its greatest value to players also lies in its ability to pull beloved games out of the past and make them accessible again. Of course, what qualifies as a beloved vintage game is somewhat subjective. But to illustrate just what users can get out of Steam in this respect, we’re going to highlight some favorites, and how you can still get the most out of them today.
Often credited as the game that really launched the first-person shooter genre, DOOM remains one of the most beloved classics in the video game world. There are actually a lot of versions of the game available via Steam, but it’s the original 1993 version we’re highlighting here. It’s a delightfully old-school experience, with retro arcade graphics, crude and comical effects, and action and gameplay that — remarkably — hold up pretty well today. It’s a game you can appreciate for its foundational significance and simply enjoy as an experience all at onc
How to get the most out of it: Play DOOM Eternal first! The reviews for this latest installment pegged it as one of the best modern shooters we’ve seen, and it’s a hard assertion to argue with. DOOM Eternal is faithful to the original in ways, but pushes the atmosphere and graphics to the height of modern game design and console capability. They’re different games, ultimately, but playing DOOM Eternal (which you can also access on Steam) will help you to appreciate the original that much more.
If you’re of a certain age (basically a millennial), and you liked to play computer games growing up, chances are you have fond memories of Worms Armageddon. If not, the only way we can quickly sum up this wacky, one-of-a-kind game is that it involves warring factions of worms launching various weapons and projectiles at one another across landscapes that can be blown to bits. It was always a humorous experience, but also a legitimately excellent competitive strategy and combat game.
How to get the most out of it: Name your worms. This is really just a fun little detail of the game, but you can name characters and create teams, and it winds up making things a lot more fun. You’ll inevitably wind up in some amusing scenario, such as taking a group of worms based on your favorite professional athletes against a friend’s roster based on historic world leaders. But hey, why not?
RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic
This is another game from the general era of Worms Armageddon, and another that was extremely popular with a certain generation of computer gamers. It’s also a game that frankly never sounds that exciting. Your task is basically to build, manage, and keep building a theme park, not only with roller coasters but with other rides na features as well. But somehow the designers got this one just right, such that it’s inexplicably but endlessly enjoyable.
How to get the most out of it: Read up on the world’s best roller coasters, in all seriousness. You’ll find some stunning creations and awesome facts about what inspired them, how high they go or how fast the cars move, and so on. It’s a surprisingly interesting topic to dig into, and it will also give you all the more appreciation for just how crazy you can make the rides in the game.
Telltale Texas Hold ‘Em
A lot of poker games were released online and for PCs in the wake of the Poker Boom of the early 2000s. Some, like the well-known Stacked with Daniel Negreanu, strived to be ultra-realistic in their presentations. Others were a little bit more arcade-like. But Telltale Texas Hold’Em carved its own path, presenting a realistic and challenging poker experience, but infusing it with amusing and memorable characters that almost comprised their own in-game cartoon. Of course the graphics are a bit rough by today’s standards, and the Telltale approach doesn’t give you as much game variety as some more modern poker video games. But this one is about pure fun, and if you were into poker gaming back in the 2000s you’ll likely remember it fondly.
How to get the most out of it: In this case the answer is simple: Learn the game. Telltale Texas Hold’Em doesn’t exist to teach you poker. So before you dive in, do a brief refresher on common poker terms, basic rules to Hold’Em, and so on. You don’t have to study extensively, but you’ll enjoy this trip down memory lane more if you’re confident in how to play.
To stick with sports (insofar as poker can be considered a sport), iRacing is another game that stands out in a popular, crowded category. It’s another game that came out in the 2000s, meaning while it has a certain light retro feel to it, it isn’t all that old. And for those who got into it at the time, it tends to represent a memorable gaming memory, and still one of the best racing experiences out there. It is basically a competitive multiplayer simulator covering different vehicles and specific racing sports, tracks around the world, and surprisingly realistic effects and controls for a 2008 release.
How to get the most out of it: Spend some time with the best racing games available for mobile devices today. These tend to get a fair amount of attention, and they often look incredible. Some of them (notably Asphalt 9: Legends and CSR Racing 2) are pretty good games, too. But what a little time in this category will show you is that no one’s really topped iRacing in almost 15 years.
This list could go on for dozens more titles. But through these you can get an idea of just how much there is to tap into from the past on the Steam platform. It’s what makes the platform particularly valuable, and it’s why we still see Steam as a must for gamers.