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Best low-spec or medium-spec PC games?

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DTrinidad Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a 2005 Dell notebook that's powerful enough to run Quake III Arena. However, it is not powerful enough to run a game Half-Life 2 which was released a year before.

Other than Quake III Arena, here are some games I already also have that work fine...

Command & Conquer
C&C Red Alert
C&C Tiberian Sun
Diablo II
Duke Nukem 3D
The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
GTA
GTA 2

I'm happy with the games I got so far but what other games can you folks recommend me that can run on this less powerful Dell notebook?
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:iconparadigmfallen:
ParadigmFallen Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Artist
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds

Jedi Knight 1-2

Dark Forces

Any of the old LEGO games

Maybe SNES or older console emulators?
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SkyFire2008 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't think it should have problems running 2D games released prior to 2005. Like Starcraft, HoMM 3, etc.
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hydris Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
I feel like I've said this before, but if you have Diablo II: Lord of Destruction, play Median XL and/or Ultimative; there's also Eastern Sun, and a couple total conversion mods that may also be worthwhile.

One thing to note about Median is that there's level challenges that only grant rewards when you're underneath a specific level, which isn't very enjoyable in my opinion. Ultimative has 1 more of that, iirc. And you may find yourself reading documentation of the mod a lot at the start.

Also second the suggestion of Deus Ex. First thing that comes to mind for me is the story and exploration.
(I think the Nameless Mod is worth mentioning, but I haven't tried it myself)
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:icondtrinidad:
DTrinidad Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Deus Ex is good. Played it on OnLive. I got it free along with Deus Ex: Human Revolution Augmented Edition. I think it's better to buy it on Steam. My main issue with OnLive is the fact that you must be online at all times even for single player games. So, know any interesting mods for Deus Ex?
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ninjatogo Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Onlive works that way because you're pretty much remote controlling a more powerful computer and streaming the audio and video via the internet over to your computer. It's good because, any old PC/Mac/Cellphone/Tablet can access the game and let you play as long as you have a connection.
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:icondtrinidad:
DTrinidad Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True but if I lose connection in the middle of my game, I'd be pissed. At least I save my game whenever possible.
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hydris Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Deus Ex is also on GoG, but I have the Steam version, which still can be run independently from Steam. According to GoG's store page there's some extra goodies (e.g soundtrack) that come with Deus Ex. Deus Ex on Steam also comes with the totally sweet soundtrack but they're in .umx.

I used the NewVision mod which is for graphics (resolution, aspect ratio, texture quality, frame rate, FOV). The listing of mods on ModDb looks interesting, but I haven't tried them out yet.
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Ieighton Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Deus Ex
Civilisation I-III
Unreal Tournament
The original Hitman
Age of Empires II
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Redfoxbennaton Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
System Shock 2 and the Original Half Life. Those games look worse than quake 3.
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ninjatogo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You should give some specs like CPU/GPU/RAM. It'll make it easier for us to help. But I suggest Darwinia, LIMBO, Unreal Tournament 2004, Battlefield 1942( it just went free a few months ago on Origin)
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DTrinidad Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
CPU: Intel Pentium M Processor 1.86 GHz
CPU Speed: 798.0 MHz
RAM: 1.0 GB
GPU: Intel 915GM/GMS, 910 GML Express Chipset, Video RAM 128.0 MB, Pixel Shader 2.0
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ninjatogo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
From a quick look, you should be able to run Portal on that hardware. I don't know for sure if your current software setup will though. Try Soldat, Runescape, Sauerbraten, Nexuiz, Warsow, Trackmania Nations Forever.
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:icondtrinidad:
DTrinidad Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Trying out Trackmania Nations Forever. Fun racing game!
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Frozenglyph Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh technology advances xD...

Even samsung galaxy S3 owns this PC
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:icondtrinidad:
DTrinidad Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm saving up for a new PC. I hope to get one this year.
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ninjatogo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To be fair, that is a pretty expensive phone, and his machine would cost a fraction of that if it were still selling today.
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Frozenglyph Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
true, i kinda just wanted to compare how techniclogy has advanced in these few years. (quadcore phones with gpu chips on par to console graphics)
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ninjatogo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Their GPU can probably compare to the PS2 era consoles, but their still not on par with today's consoles. They would melt the plastic of the phone before the battery even gets a chance to die in the half hour it would last. The next Tegra chip is supposed to get really close though.
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Frozenglyph Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't say what generation but i would say in small screens they are somewhere in PS2<>modern console because it looks good in small screen.
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ninjatogo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For certain games, totally! The rendering tricks used in games such as Modern Combat 4 look fantastic.
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