For many of us, our childhood memories are filled with long summer vacations where we play our favorite video games from dawn to dawn, if we’re really honest. And as amazing as all of the new games we’ve got our hands on lately, sometimes we look back longingly at these school holidays with rosy memories and wish we could relive them.
Thanks to the influx of remakes and remasters, some of our favorite titles have even been updated so that we can enjoy the nostalgia without having to relive the very, very outdated graphics they bring. So let’s take a look at some of the best children’s games we can rediscover this summer.
One of my all time favorite franchises and also home to the first game I’ve ever completed is the Final Fantasy games (it was Final Fantasy 9 if anyone wanted to know). These JRPG classics have been regulars in my cycle since I played. The first title, Final Fantasy, was released in 1987 and can be played on iOS, Android and Windows phones again. However, the first game is not currently available on the PC. So if you want to go that far, stick to mobile gaming.
On Steam, you can get your hands on any title from Final Fantasy III, so fans can still play these classics on a screen that’s bigger than your hand.
And for those who want a great nostalgic experience with updated graphics and new moments, there is of course the Final Fantasy VII remake on PS4.
Bringing the series’ most popular episode into the 21st century and eliminating these blocky character designs has received rave reviews across the board since its release. For those who like to remember the original, you will find great moments to bring out this nostalgia. And for those new to the series, it’s a great way to experience the beauty of Final Fantasy without having to worry about old-fashioned game mechanics and pixelated graphics.
Another game franchise I’ve invested in for hours is The Sims. I still remember sending my Sims to work in the original game to save enough Simoleans for a zebra print sofa. Ah, memories. While we can no longer get our hands on the original game (unless you’ve saved your game disks from previous years), since EA Games recently released its back library on Steam, it’s now even easier to get the game into getting a grip on it, including The Sims 3 and The Sims 4 – so you can at least have a little nostalgia.
Even if you choose The Sims 4, the nostalgia is still there. It’s still just as crazy and strange, Bella Goth, Nancy Langrabb and Co. are still living in your neighborhood and you can still find inventive and fun ways to torture and kill your Sims.
One of the stories we always love to tell in our family is the time my father played DOOM on the Playstation and got a little involved in it and fell off his chair as he tried to dodge a bullet in real life. He now argues that he was just ahead of his time and played the game as if it were VR. Sure, dad.
But the reason why I still love DOOM is this nostalgia. It’s the first FPS game I’ve ever played, and I was just as terrible in it then as I am today. And with the release of DOOM Eternal this year, we have the opportunity to re-immerse ourselves in the original game, the pixel graphics and everything else, or to indulge in the new upgrade. The original DOOM game is also available on multiple platforms. Whether you’re a PC player or want to have it on the go with your Nintendo Switch, you can shoot your way through the game at will.
The original horror survival game is still strong today, as the Resident Evil 3 remake was only recently released. The first episode, Resident Evil, is also available on Steam in all of its redesigned glory, so you can return right away to relive all of this jump fear.
Unlike some other games that have received remaster treatment, Resident Evil provides radiant feedback from fans of the original. So you know that it does a great job of going back to these simpler times.
Mortal Kombat has always been a fighting game with a great personality. While fighting games are always violent, none of them can compete with Mortal Kombat. The finishing moves are always on a completely different level, and I remember that when I played them as a child (when my parents, of course, weren’t watching).
The latest expansion, Mortal Kombat 11, is available now for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch – so you can enjoy it no matter how you play.
Go back to your Sega days by playing through the original Sonic available on Sonic. This classic Sega sound welcomes you and brings with it a flood of game memories. Or treat yourself to the Sonic the Hedgehog: Ultimate Bundle and play through racing, platform and battle titles from previous years.
I admit something – I have never played worms. Both my brothers played it and my father and I remembered that we never really understood what the game was about. But when I researched this article and saw it there in the Steam Store, I knew it was time. I can’t believe I missed this messy strategy game all the time.
The original heroine of the video game, pointed breasts and everything, will always have a special place in my heart. As a player, there weren’t that many characters in my youth who were female. That’s why I loved Lara Croft from day one. By mixing battles and puzzles, you too can steal priceless artifacts from a grave in all its pixelated splendor. Or go more modern and treat yourself to the newer titles.
For a game that is completely unsuitable for children, GTA surprisingly often appears in my childhood memories. Absolutely horrible to drive, run over prostitutes, and generally do nothing that should be done was pretty much what my friends and I played.
While the graphics may have improved and positions changed, the essence of the game has remained the same in every ve
Civ 5 is the game in which I spent the most hours on my Steam account (currently 221 hours, which is pretty impressive for me as a console player). I also have Civ 4 and Civ 6, but I feel that 5 simply can’t be beat. This turn-based strategy game is a classic for a reason, and even the latest versions keep the style of the original. You can easily lose hours in this game every time you play and relive the intense gaming sessions of your youth. And with the ability to play with friends, you can enjoy all the memories together.
What are your favorite childhood games? If I had to be in the top three, I would have to choose The Sims, Final Fantasy 9 and Pokemon Crystal. All of this has made me fall in love with video games and I love to keep visiting them (or at least newer versions of them). Let us know in the comments what games you want to play from your childhood!