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Weekend Open Forum: What's your favorite current game with the lowest system requirements?

By William Gayde ¬∑ 37 replies
Sep 9, 2017
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  1. While there are plenty of beautiful games that essentially require supercomputers to run, many modern games aren't that difficult to play. Some of today's most popular eSports titles can run on even the most basic gaming computers at reasonable frame rates.

    That got us thinking. Bring out your potato rigs because this week we're looking for your favorite modern computer game that has the lowest system requirements. It has to be a game you play today, so older favorites won't count.

    Let us know if you're a fan of top-down games, turn based strategy games, or if minesweeper is all your computer can muster. Not sure of any games that can run on your computer? We have a huge list of easy to run games on the forums!

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  2. Brock Kane

    Brock Kane TS Addict Posts: 163   +85

    Wow, really??? We running out of "Open Forum" subjects??? Since you asked, um Solitaire!
     
  3. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing. Posts: 2,831   +551

    How should "potato" be defined? GPU? GPU/CPU? OS? CPU/GPU/OS/RAM? Or some kind of benchmark?

    I am happily playing Fallout 2 on a dual core 64bit, 2GB and Win10 .

    Great game.
     
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,095   +864

    Genital Jousting!
     
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  5. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 984   +422

    Age of Empires II: HD Edition is mine. I don't know the official requirements but it should run on a single core with 2gb of ram without issue.
     
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  6. CortyDK

    CortyDK TS Addict Posts: 101   +53

    Solitare for MS DOS. Requiremets are 80286 CPU @ 8 Mhz, 302Kbyte available Base Memory. No specific graphics needed (Monochrome to VGA is supported) - quite playable in DOSBOX in Windows10. :) - My I5-7300HQ must be bored.... and Yes, I Play it today. I know its not modern.

    Age Of Empires 2 which I altså have installed runs perfectly on Windows10. I used to play it fluently on a i3-3217u with integrated graphics. So system requirements are low.
     
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  7. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,193   +1,868

    Pong forever!
     
  8. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,731   +3,749

    Battlefield 1
     
  9. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 774   +221

    Quake Live is basically a game of the year version of Quake III Arena, and it runs out just about anything.
     
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  10. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 375   +80

    I still play Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Wrath almost daily. It even runs on my parents' Windows XP Dell.
     
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  11. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,198   +383

    Doom, Candy Crush, NFS (original), NFSU, Blood and Redneck Rampage. I don't delete games I like.

    Good question!
     
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  12. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,558   +1,002

    Pharaoh and maybe some online Poker.
    Eve Online is also great for potato PCs.
     
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  13. bob333

    bob333 TS Enthusiast Posts: 55   +14

    GTA San Andreas, still thousands online (GTA MTA and SAMP).
     
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,270

    I haven't had a "current" low system spec game since time in memorial but if I had to choose it would be Tetris, Pong, Asteroid, Space Invaders etc. They were enjoyable in their day but so would've domesticating T-Rex's have been had we been around at that time.
     
  15. Sultan Of Smut

    Sultan Of Smut TS Rookie

    Defense Grid has the lowest specs but when I start playing Silent Service 2 that will be the lowest. I used to play it with a 486DX33.
     
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  16. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 356   +574

    For both "Modern" and "lowest requirement" (assuming you mean the easiest to run games you can find that's made in the last few years without reposting a ton of obvious 90's / early 2000's old-school stuff), I quite like Spiderweb Software's RPG's (Avadon, Avernum, etc) as well as Wadjet Eye Games point & click adventures (Blackwell Quintology, Gemini Rue, Primordia, Resonance, Shardlight, Technobabylon, etc).
     
  17. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Addict Posts: 264   +84

    Terraria
     
  18. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 418   +270

    Unreal.
     
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  19. USAvenger

    USAvenger TS Booster Posts: 75   +74

    BROFORCE!!!!! YEAH BRO!!!!!
     
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  20. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,680   +762

    Papers, Please.

    1.5 Ghz DualCore, 2 GB RAM, Win XP requirements.
     
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  21. Skjorn

    Skjorn TS Addict Posts: 151   +103

    Rocket League
     
  22. J spot

    J spot TS Addict Posts: 126   +55

    I've been thinking about something similar. I'm currently playing Metroid II for a Game Boy emulator on my Nintendo DS. Before that, Mario Land, also Tetris. The reason why is because the battery last much longer when playing it. And in the past week I've moved it to my Surface Pro II. And what I love about it is that after playing for a while, the computer is still very cool.

    I like the idea that I'm enjoying the game (I don't just play games to complete it, but to understand it at a deeper level), enjoying it like any modern game, yet it's using up no resource.

    Modern games, I also bought Sonic Mania, system requirements are very low, but the surface does get hot.
     
  23. maestro0428

    maestro0428 TS Rookie

    Dawn of war soul storm. My gpu fans don't even spin when playing it.
     
  24. winjer

    winjer TS Member

    Day of Infamy. It uses the Source Engine, so the graphics are not very demanding.
    But it is a very good multiplayer game, from the same studio that made Insurgency.
     
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  25. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,270   +770

    Unreal Tournament 99
     
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