I have a crappy older PC, 2.2 ghz, a gig or so of ram and a crappy onboard intel graphic’s card (with no transform and lighting which basically every computer game since 2004 or so needs), so it can be hard to find good PC games that run on it since I can’t play anything new on it. So I figured I’d give a nice little list of games that run well on older PCs for anyone in a similar pickle.
Very pretty third person fantasy RTS where you build and command a small army (not an isometric game like starcraft). You learn spells as you go to support your troops and after each battle convert the “heathen” souls of your enemies to strengthen your forces, which means you really live or die with the success or failure of some battles. Very fun and unique game.
If you liked the very old game “underworld: the stygian abyss”, you will love this game as it is a sort of spiritual successor to it (they wanted to call it underworld 2 but couldn’t secure the rights). It takes place in an extensive and very engrossing underground kingdom that really makes you feel like you’re there, only unlike the original the point is not to escape, the world has permanently taken refuge under the surface after the sun went cold… You awaken in a goblin prison cell with no memory and no knowledge of your identity, only to find out eventually that… Well, you’ll see : )
Very good game.
One spoooooky game, you awaken from emergency surgery with experimental military grade psionic implants only to find the city-sized ship you are on, far from any possible rescue, has been taken over by… something else. If seeing the ghosts of your recently dead crewmates (due to psionic implants) doesn’t creep your shit, maybe shooting infected crewmembers as they chase you through dark corridors screaming “I’m sorry!” and “Kill me!” will : ) A definite don’t miss.
One of the best player customization systems of any game ever, a very interactive game environment a very long game, the ability to heavily influence the game not just by dialogue options but actual in-game decisions and more well-written content, plot and dialogue than you can shake a stick at make this in many peoples’ opinions, the best PC game ever made. I can’t say there are many contenders. It’s a veritable Sgt Pepper of PC games.
Halo: Combat Evolved
You may need to disable a few graphics options, but this will run surprisingly well on a 10-12 year old system. Great plot, characters, humor, gameplay and the most epic environment of any recent game.
A repetative hack n’ slash where you play a viking killin’ evil for odin I think it is. It’s a pretty game, runs well on older systems and I’ve never seen anyone talk about it, so I’m including it.
Half Life 1&2
Both games (and all expansions) are excellent, very engrossing and fun, never dull and a great plot, tons of scripted events etc, and remarkably even the second one runs very well on my system with only occasional lag.
Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines
One of the best games I’ve ever played in basically almost every possible way hands down – extremely engrossing atmosphere (look at the picture for fuck’s sake), characters, voice acting etc. One of the all-time best skill trees of any game, an amazing plot and an excellent and very in-depth vampire mythology that makes you want to dust off interview with a vampire and re-watch it. Oh, and did I mention you can play as a “bloodline” of vampires that is defined by clinical insanity? Your dialogue options through the entire game will reflect this. Oh, and you’re a vampire, so of course you get a nubile slave along the way for doing a good deed while raiding the local blood bank… : ) AWESOME game. And it’s based on the HL2 engine, so it also runs well on my comp. A bit more lag than HL2 but I ain’t complaining. I only recommend you get it patched, it greatly decreases the loading time which can be a game-killer.
Starcraft & Expansions
Still far and away the best RTS out there, gorgeous graphics, detailed gameplay, and best of all none of that leveling up “eras” crap in some games where you have to work forever to be able to use decent weps… every single level. This game has been cloned so many times but never once replicated.
Aliens Vs. Predators 2
One of my alltime favorite games, I consider it basically as good or better than the best of the best aliens and predator movies. It is literally three full games in one, you play the alien, predator and marine in three completely separate stories (but which cross paths). The predator is tricked out and completely badass, playing as the marine is terrifying, they build up the suspense brilliantly, you go a long while before you are attacked, it’s honestly just like being in the first aliens movie. And then you play the alien… you literally start as the crabby crawly face-hugger thing hatched from an egg in a mis-handled crate and have to find a host… then when you hatch you need to find food so you can grow big and strong… then you’re a full-on badass alien. It gets kind of boring, but not immediately and the other two campaigns are awesome. Best movie game ever IMO.
It’s getting late and that’s a lot, might do a part 2 if anyone finds this useful.