Gaming On Older PCs

If you have an old Windows based computer, you do not need to feel left out of the PC gaming arena.  There are many fine examples of PC gaming greatness you can enjoy on just about any system.  The games below are just a taste of what you can expect to find when looking for games that can run on older PCs.  While they can be sometimes hard to find, they are well worth the effort.

Half Life – November 19, 1998 – Valve Corporation

In any genre, in any timeframe, on any platform, Half Life is one of the best single player games ever released.

Fallout 2 – January 29, 1999 – Black Isle Studio

Fallout 2 is simply one of best PC role playing experiences of all-time.  Anyone remotely interested in PC gamig needs to play this game.

Deus Ex – June 22, 2000 – Ion Storm

Deus Ex is considered by many to be the best PC game released over the last 11 years.   It is a game filled with conspiracy theory and cyber punk themes along with an augmentation system which lets the player decide how the game will be played.  You can play Deus Ex three different times, three different ways and get the feeling you have played three different games.

Torchlight – October 27, 2009 – Runic Games

Torchlight is a great point and click dungeon crawler with plenty to keep you busy.  It also has a “Netbook Mode” which customizes the game to run on systems with low hardware specifications.

Psychonauts – April 19, 2005 – Double Fine Productions

One of the most underrated and overlooked PC games.  It has a fantastic story and unbelievable atmosphere that sucks you in from the very beginning.

World of Goo – October 13, 2008 – 2D Boy

All one has to do is put the little gooballs together to achieve a goal.  Sound easy?  Think of World of Goo like a fun, light hearted, gelatinous erector set.

Audiosurf – February 15, 2008 – Dylan Fitterer

Do you have a collection of MP3s?  Do you like video games?  If you said yes to even one, you must play Audiosurf.

Nancy Drew Series – Her Interactive

The Nancy Drew series is an extremely popular collection of point-and-click adventure games based on the literary character.  These games offer tremendous value for their intense storylines and puzzle solving.

Peggle – February 27, 2007 – PopCap

My first game of Peggle lasted 2 1/2 hours.  PopCap could very well be considered gaming drug dealers.  An episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled, “The Game”, is a prime example of what can happen to a person who decides to play Peggle.

Plants vs. Zombies – May 5, 2009 – PopCap

A tower defense game sure to keep you busy for hours.  See Peggle.

2 thoughts on “Gaming On Older PCs

  1. Nice list! I remember when half life first came out my parents had a acer desktop computer that was 200-300 mhz face processor wise, onboard videocard, and I still suffered through the 15-20 fps through most of the campaign before getting a upgraded computer. Awesome game.

  2. Age of Empires II was my gateway drug to real-time strategy games, and it was responsible for providing me with very useful knowledge about ancient empires in world history.

    Mentions of Half-Life, Fallout, and Deus Ex prompted me to recall the first two Quake games as well. Also, avoid Daikatana unless if you want to see just why it could never live up to its ad campaign.

    I do like the fact that you mentioned Psychonauts also.

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