Great games that don't need great hardware to run

By Rage_3K_Moiz ยท 449 replies
Aug 23, 2006
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  1. NoTTaShoT

    NoTTaShoT TS Rookie Posts: 51

    Wouldn't it be nice if a list like this exsisted of all the games that can run on low end hardware AND are free?

    Any1 agree?
  2. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Topic Starter Posts: 5,443   +38

    A lot of the games are free, and others can be downloaded in a free (albeit ad-supported) form.
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    Mars wars is a game like planetside but its free to play. From what I can tell there are just as many if not more players on there then planetside.

    Minimum Requirements:
    OS: Windows XP / Vista
    CPU: Pentium 4 2.0 GHz
    RAM: 1GB
    HDD: 3 GB Free
    Graphics Card: GeForce 6200 / Radeon 9550

    Recommended Specification:
    OS: Windows XP/ Vista / 7
    CPU: Pentium Duel-Core 2.4 GHz or better
    RAM: 2GB or more
    HDD: 3 GB Free or more
    Graphics Card: GeForce 7600 or better

    p.s. wolfteam!
  4. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 861   +50

    I grabbed this game for my Playstation 2 on like my second or third go around shopping at Gamestop. I grabbed Onimusha 1 & 2 for the PS2 system, great games, these are the kind of game that you don't have to be a "rocket scientist" to play! :)
  5. KingSingh

    KingSingh TS Rookie Posts: 19

  6. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Topic Starter Posts: 5,443   +38

    Thanks, added that and some more indie games. :)
  7. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Unchated Water, and New Horizon. I love these two old school games.
  8. clement52

    clement52 TS Rookie

    Wow, thank you very much. I'm a super game junkie, some games need hardware to run, which makes me annoyed. Then I can play the game to the top of my bent.
  9. nubki11a

    nubki11a TS Rookie Posts: 33

    Runescape :p Not that I play it.
  10. Pink

    Pink TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    Freedom Fighters was really fun. any of the Thief series, Gabriel Knight games, Planescape: Torment, beyond good and evil, Silent hill 2, RE 4.. best on that list is Morrowind though.. amazing game, even with the (now) outdated graphics

    EDIT: Rune: Halls of Valhalla, Baldur's gate, Grim Fandango, Vampire the Masquerade: Redemption and Bloodlines (though you'd need some of the uofficial patches)
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  11. medex452

    medex452 TS Rookie

    MINECRAFT, i love that game my laptop can barely run it on low distance which is retarded.
  12. Mavrickx888

    Mavrickx888 TS Enthusiast Posts: 64   +9

    This is definitely a cool list. A lot of terrific games that can be played on most machines.

    I used to play an awesome game called DarkStar One quite a few years ago and I remember it requiring very little out of my system. Might be a cool one to add to the list.
  13. OlegRu

    OlegRu TS Rookie

    Nice list. I definitely wish I found this before I got my new Lenovo y560p this May.

    Fallout 2 - best game of all time.
  14. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 463   +136

    Dungeon Keepers will not work on Windows 7, and is very buggy on XP at best, it will play fine the first 10 hours of gameplay but after this it'll start crashing.
    My old PC is not very good, and it could handle Dawn of War 2.
    Spore and Age of Empires 3 were also supported.
  15. TechnikL

    TechnikL TS Rookie

    OMG what about Half-Life 1 & 2, so good, I think most valve games would run good on that hardware:stickout:
  16. slikkiller3

    slikkiller3 TS Rookie

    No gmod? ^.^
  17. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 723   +51

    My, rig, if you notice, is very entry-level. Yet, since it is properly maintained, I runs great. Still, I would love it if I could run Counter-Strike: Source at Full Graphic Settings without falling to 29 fps.
  18. scarborough

    scarborough TS Rookie

    age of games were always really fun and pretty informative.
  19. DevilDevansh

    DevilDevansh TS Member Posts: 48

    where the hell GTA SA is man ?
    its the best low demand game ever made.
  20. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Topic Starter Posts: 5,443   +38

    Read the list; GTA: SA, and all the Half Life games are on there.

    CS: Source will give you good performance if you play only with the DX7/8 shaders, as stated in the list as well.
  21. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +472

    Dark Forces... awesome FPS for the time (non-multiplayer though). But great weapons.

    Super game... love it
  22. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    killing floor is pretty light on the GPU, its a fun coop FPS
  23. milespower

    milespower TS Member Posts: 33

    I have some revisions to the list. And I do have a roughly similar build (Celeron 2.4 Northwood-128, nVidia FX 5500 256MB Silent) so I know a couple things:
    • Worms 3D and Worms 4 Mayhem work perfectly (with about 30-35 fps framerate), they're not listed.
    • Not all Simcity games work on a P4. The norm is that it goes up to (4) Deluxe, because Societies already asks for a dual core.
    • You have listed Red Faction (all); but Red Faction Guerrilla has awful framerate on my build, let alone yours (Williamette core, I presume?)
    • Same for Need For Speed. I believe due to processor performance that the last ones you can run are Most Wanted and Carbon. That game engine is reported to have worked like a charm in systems such as Pentium!!! 733 Mhz w/Geforce 2 (NOT the MX though), provided that you have at least 384 MB of RAM on your system and that you will run DX7 shaders which causes some lighting to become screwed in MW, and also the cars' painting will be locked on matte for all the versions. Apart from that, 50 fps in a heartbeat.
    • TrackMania runs all versions apart from United Forever.
    • Empire Earth runs all versions
    • About Amnesia: The Dark Descent, my system popped out an error saying not enough texture shaders or something like that. The 6200 is already 9.0c enabled (the FX5500 is 9.0b) so it should play.
  24. will1111

    will1111 TS Rookie

    Hello Every one.

    I have dual 2core processor and ati 5770 graphic card.

    I played almost all the games till now.

    but some games like battlefield and rage and max pyane 3. I cant play on pc because of there system requirment.

    But the games like
    1.Cod mw3
    2.Cod MW2
    3.NFS hot pursuit2
    5.dead space2
    These games run very freelly on Pc and I enjoyed alot.
  25. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Topic Starter Posts: 5,443   +38

    @milespower, the thread hasn't been updated in a while due to some personal commitments of mine.

    Great points, I'll rectify the list now. Thanks!

    EDIT: Simcity: Societies will run on that configuration. The minimum requirements are met. This Youtube video shows the performance; not the best, but playable, with everything on Low.

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