A series of games from the yesteryears of gaming have been discounted this week as part of a classic bundle sale on Steam. The bundle features none other than many of the iconic titles from the 1990s and early aughts from brands now tucked under the Activision umbrella.
The Classic Activision Bundle consists of nine different games, two of which are from the SWAT series and four of which come from the legendary Zork franchise. You can pick up the bundle right now at a 20% off discount for a limited time from over on the Steam store for $27.75.
Two of the most popular games in the bundle are SWAT 2 and SWAT 3, two highly lauded entries in Sierra Interactive’s age-old series. This was back when military and tactical shooting simulators were actual simulators. Smarts, strategy, patience and keen wits were required to play those old gems, and it wasn’t just about itchy trigger fingers and the anti-aliasing on the iron sights that determined whether or not you came out of the stage victorious.
The big difference between SWAT 2 and SWAT 3 is that from the second to third game they went full 3D, mirroring the popular Red Storm Entertainment series Rainbow Six. The first two SWAT games were similar to Breach or X-Com, assuming you wanted to play an isometric tactical strategy game.
Apart from that there’s also the 1996 game Spycraft, and re-release of the 2000 outing of Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption.
Hopefully they fixed all the glitches up nice and neat, so PC gamers won’t have to go searching high and low for community-made patches.
On the more nostalgic side of the fence there’s the Zork series, with one of my personal favorites being added to the bunch, Return to Zork. That game originally came on 24 3.5 inch floppy disks. It was insane trying to make backup copies of that game and it took anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes to install if you were running a piss-poor 286DX.
Anyway, these days the game can be downloaded in a hop, skip and jump… seconds, in fact.
The last game in the bundle is Call to Power II, a strategy game from back in 2000. If you enjoyed the Age of Empire series you might want to give the retro gem a try.
You’ll only have until next week to get in on the bundle deal at a discounted rate because the sale ends on April 25th.
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