Top 90s Video Games to Take You Back in Time

There’s something remarkable about the 90’s gaming era. It was a time were every game seems to be transitioning from 2D to 3D versions, or it was the time were today’s multi billion selling games and most iconic characters were developed.  The turning point for video games and an exciting turn in the technological era. 90s was also the birth of PlayStation and Game Boy. Those who grew up during this era of saw the massive boom and growth in the gaming world like never before. Relive those moments with these iconic, legendary video games since the 90s.


Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (1992)

Sonic, the iconic blue hedgehog. A video game series and media franchise created and owned by Sega. There are so many Sonic games that were created since its release but the best one is the Sonic the Hedgehog 2. It was in this game that Sonic’s sidekick, Miles “Tails” Prower was introduced, controllable by a second player, as well as two of Sonic’s signature moves, the Spin Dash and Homing Attack. This game encapsulates everything about Sonic and has established a legacy for it. Sonic also has animated films and had announced that they will have multiple new Sonic games coming this 2021.


Tekken 3 (1998)

Tekken is a series of fighting video and arcade games developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was released in arcades in December 1994 and on the PlayStation in 1995. Tekken 3, originally released for the PlayStation in 1998, is noted as one of the first and best fighting 3D games at the time.The game has about 23 characters, each having 100 moves to lets you create a chain of combos of throws, grabs, takedowns, and heavy hits to your heart’s desires.


Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)

It is an update of Mortal Kombat 3, a fighting game in the Mortal Kombat series, developed and released by Midway to arcades in 1995.  which introduced moves that let you make brutal, over-the-top attacks, such as uppercut your opponent through a ceiling, the signature move Dial-a-combo, return of favorite characters that was previously missing on Mortal Kombat 3 as well as 2-on-2 and tournament modes. With this release, the game was able to yield its place as one of the finest games of all time.


Street Fighter II: The World Warrior

Also known as Street Fighter II, a genre-defining game that started it all. It is a competitive one-on-one  fighting game developed by Capcom and originally released for arcade systems in 1991, and considered to be the best-selling franchise since the golden age of arcade gaming. You can choose between 8 different fighters, each with their own unique fighting style and arsenal of moves.


Pokémon Red / Blue (1996)

From the opening moments in Pallet Town, to choosing your first starter, battling gym owners and collecting gym badges,defeating the Elite Four, Pokémon Red and Blue just feel right. We can never forget our first Ash’s adventure. Pokemon is a series of video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo and The Pokémon Company.Pokemon also has been made into animated series and movies. Something about this game always brings a smile to our faces.


SimCity 3000 (1999)

A simulation and city-building personal computer game, developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. An ambitious, full-3D renovation of the series with an added concept of waste management as the ability to choose from three zoning densities. Also, farms could appear in certain industrial zones. With added disaster as well that can strike anytime, such as power plants and water pumps will break down. Or worse yet, a guise of tornado, earthquake, fire, or even alien attack, made this game phenomenal. This game had evolved from 1989 to 2014.


Half Life (1998)

The first game Valve has ever developed, a first-person shooter video game that was released in 1998. Half-Life changed the way we experience video games. It’s a narrative-heavy gameplay, punctuated with more than a few terrifying moments controlled by an AI enemy.  It gives a realistic, compelling gaming experience in the 90s.


Road Rash PC (1995)

Probably the most aggressive motorcycle racing game of the 90s, with its unique and funny feature: you could punch, kick, hit with a bat or chain the police, fellow race drivers and people as you drive past them (it could even help you get ahead). The game is equipped with different characters as well as upgrades on your motorbike. Road Rash  is created and published by Electronic Arts (EA).


Counter Strike – Beta (1999)

The most famous multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Valve. Also known as Half-Life: Counter-Strike. It was initially developed and released as a Half-Life modification and was still in Beta version. The first full release of the mod was published in November 2000. 

The game revolves teams of terrorists battle to perpetrate an act of terror (bombing, hostage-taking, assassination) while counter-terrorists try to prevent it (bomb defusal, hostage rescue). Counter-Strike has been played by millions of gamers across the globe, and has influenced countless games, and will be played for generations to come.


Warcraft: orcs and humans (1994)

The first game in the Warcraft series developed by Blizzard Entertainment, which quickly became a best selling game, and was one of the original Real Time Strategy games. The multiplayer game is set in the mythic kingdom of Azeroth, were players are given the task of creating a thriving economy while building a war machine  to destroy the enemy. Today, Warcraft is a pretty huge franchise, with its latest version World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.


Tomb Raider (1996)

The rise of the female icon, Lara Croft. A 1996 action-adventure video game developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. The game follows archaeologist-adventurer Lara Croft, who is hired by businesswoman Jacqueline Natla to find an artefact called the Scion of Atlantis.


Super Mario Bros 3 (1991)

Playing Super Mario feels like reconnecting with a best friend that you haven’t seen since you were little. One of the best 2D games of all time. It had a large, colorful map that was in perpetual movement. This legendary game was developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). It was released in Japan in October 1988, in North America in February 1990 and in Europe in August 1991. It has gone on to become the best-selling non-bundled video game of all time. The best representation of the Mario universe to come from the NES.


Grand Theft Auto (1997)

Carelessly drive a stolen car while being chased by the police, GTA (Grand Theft Auto) is an action-adventure game that became popular in the 90s, developed by DMA Design and published by BMG Interactive for MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows in October 1997. Now considered by many reviewers to be one of the greatest video games ever made. The game focuses on players taking on the role of a criminal who conducts jobs for various syndicates across three fictionalized versions of US cities.


Starcraft (1998)

A piece of PC gaming history  owned by Blizzard Entertainment. This sci-fi, real-time strategy game changed the landscape of online and competitive gaming forever. Set in the beginning of the 26th century, centers on a galactic struggle for dominance among 3 species, Terrans, Zerg, Protoss. The game revolves around collecting resources to build your base, and ultimately conquer opponents.  It’s expansion pack StarCraft: Brood War was released in 1998.


Final Fantasy VII (1997)

In 1997 the world was introduced to one of the first fully 3D Final Fantasy games.  — Final Fantasy VII. Final Fantasy has been one of the best-selling video game franchises of all time.   A role-playing video game developed by Square for the PlayStation console.  It features some of the most beloved characters in the entire series history.  It was a  state of the art RPG at that time.  A Remake of the game was released last April 2020. – Final Fantasy VII Remake.

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