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Game suggestions for a rubbish PC

Discussion in 'PC Games' started by punky_munky, 15 May 2006.

  1. punky_munky

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    First off I haven't played a PC game for a good few years so be kind (I'm a Mac convert). I've still got my old PC which is an Athlon 1600xp with 256mb RAM (I'll probably up it to 512mb if the price is right). My friend is giving me his old graphics card, it's a Geforce4 TI something or other. I know this spec isn't anywhere near good enough for the latest games but if you could perhaps suggest good 'uns that I might have missed out on (that will run on this spec, I don't mind having it on lowish settings) I would be grateful. :)

    PS, apologies if this thread has been done to death, I don't frequent the dark side of the games forums often.
     
  2. Darkwave

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    I used to play Medal Of Honour: Allied Assault on a system much worse than that, but same graphics card. Lots of fun. :D
     
  3. DaveyD

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    Half-Life ! :)
     
  4. Darkwave

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    Good idea! :D
     
  5. Poolybit

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    Depends if you've got broadband pumping into your house, if you have there is a few good older multiplayer games out there - CS should run on low to alright settings, if not then Rouge Spears a good single player FPS for older machines. Depends on what game style you like to be honest?
     
  6. Flibster

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    Unreal Tournament
    Deux-Ex
    Sin
    Quake 3
    Half Life
    Bladerunner
    Sonic collection
    Alien Vs predator
    Alien Vs predator 2
    MDK
    MDK2
    Syndicate Wars
    No-one Lives Forever
    No-one Lives Forever 2
    Pirates!

    Errr.....
     
  7. Poolybit

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    Unreal Tournament and Deus Ex...Good shouts.
     
  8. RichL

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    Max Payne 2 will run fine on that system.
     
  9. Yewen

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    Any of the RTS games bar Age of Empires 3, Warhammer 40k Dawn of War is a really good laugh and will run easily on that rig with a GF4.

    Rome Total War may also be one to try, try the demo first mind.
     
  10. punky_munky

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    Aren't those all ancient? I seem to remember playing most of those years ago either on PlayStation or PC... This spec can't be that bad can it? :(
     
  11. Flibster

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    Admittadly some of them are very old indeed *Syndicate Wars* But they're all great. :D

    Run them in a higher res - they're still some of the best games ever. :D

    It's not that bad spec wise - but those are still some of the games I go back to again and again.

    Forgot Z:Steel Soldiers and Z:2 in the list though. :eek:

    Simon/~Flibster
     
  12. HangTime

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    Quite a few of them are very good games though.

    My recommendations:

    GTA3
    Deus Ex
    Unreal
    Halflife
    NOLF2
    Need for Speed: Porsche 2000/Hot Pursuit 2
    Command and Conquer: The First Decade
    Freespace 2
    Max Payne 1 & 2
    Star Wars Jedi Knight III: Jedi Academy
    Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
    Fahrenheit
    Medal of Honour: Allied Assault

    To be honest the main thing which is letting that system down is the RAM, a couple of those titles might stutter a little with only 256meg. Add a 512 stick to bring yourself up to 768meg and you should have a nicely balanced rig.
     
  13. punky_munky

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    Ooh, good call on KoTR. I've fancied that for a while. If I stuck more in RAM in would it be up to Half Life 2 or is that pushing it?
     
  14. Poolybit

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    You'd be lucky if it ran Half Life 2 with a FPS near to anything playable in my opinion...
     
  15. HangTime

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    With 768meg RAM HL2 would be playable IMO as long as you are realistic with the settings, i.e. 800x600 medium or thereabouts.

    It scales reasonably well on low-end hardware and as long as your gf4 isn't an MX (i.e. ti4200 or better) it should be fine
     
  16. Yewen

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    Duron 800mhz, 512mb ram, GF2mx.

    That ran HL2. ;)
     
  17. Poolybit

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    I stand corrected :D
     
  18. FrenchTart

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    Ditto - I have a few spare PCs I lend to people for LANs and they tend to have gf4ti4200s, 512MB of ram and XP2100s in and they run HL2 (and even FEAR!) well enough. Obviously you can't have the highest settings but the game is surprisngly non-ugly and non-chuggy on them.
     
  19. VeNT

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    homeworld 1/2
    Dawn Of War

    eve
     
  20. dirtydog

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    Yeah the Geforce4 Ti isn't a problem for HL2 (I've run it on one of those, and you can run at 1024x768 with full detail at a good framerate, amazingly enough - albeit with a P4 2.6C and 1GB of PC3200) but the CPU might be a bit slow, as might the RAM if it isn't DDR (some early AXP systems weren't). More RAM than 256 is definitely required anyway.