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October 31, 2008 8:56:31 PM

hello all...

i was wondering what everyone's fav pc game was.... but with the following constraints:

must be:
- older game
- able to run on xp
- able to run on 800mhz and 190mb RAM
- fun

please state what genre it belongs to (rpg, first person shooter, action, puzzle, etc....) and the game title and perhaps a little description if you'd like...

i want to know what game to play since my garbage laptop is so slow.... and i want a game to hold me over until i build my desktop system this christmas....

so far i have deus ex and counterstrike


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October 31, 2008 9:04:03 PM

With a computer like that I'd probably settle for Baldur's Gate, Mech Commander 1, Magic the Gathering for single player and maybe Neverwinter Nights 1 and Navy Field for multiplayer. 190mb RAM might not be enough for NWN 1, though.
October 31, 2008 9:08:31 PM

Starcraft. :p 
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October 31, 2008 9:25:51 PM

Morton and Dagger's suggestions, plus X-Wing Versus TIE Fighter, Diablo 2, Half-Life, System Shock 1 & 2, Freespace 2, Planescape Torment, Icewind Dale, Homeworld, Dungeon Keeper 2, Ground Control, Ultima 7/Forge of Virtue/Silver Seed, Deus Ex, wow..., just realized how much of my youth was spent in front of a 15" CRT. I think most of those will run with your specs.
October 31, 2008 9:37:15 PM

Fallout 1 and 2, maybe Arcanum. Freelancer. Baldur's Gate 2. Also most of the other suggestions here are definitely good ones.

There are tons of great games from that era.
October 31, 2008 9:53:56 PM

I always liked original super mario bros on consoles. Not that it is any help in your situation
October 31, 2008 10:20:46 PM

Ive just replayed CHASER through - massive FPS game, very good....anyone said about the original quakes 1/2 and possibly the original Unreal....

Also RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 !........

BUT DEFINITLY Magic Carpets - 1, 2 and the plus pack is freely available as its now abandonware - Try HOTU - Home Of The Underdogs for older games - excellent site.......

That reminds me of populous - then Mega-lo-Mania !.....

October 31, 2008 10:33:35 PM

oh and to say HOTU is an abandonware site full of FREE games - not pirated so relax !...
October 31, 2008 11:12:41 PM

Doom, Quake 1 or 2, Starcraft, Half-Life.
November 1, 2008 1:03:30 PM

Gothic 1&2 (you have to play them in sequence to get the full effect)

Baldur's Gate 1.

edit - Gothic series are RPG's.
November 1, 2008 6:55:32 PM

Wolfenstein Enemy Territory , that game is so addictive! I've been playing it for 3 years. It's free too, so :D 
November 2, 2008 10:22:23 PM

just to throw some rts into the mix, empire earth, stronghold and turn based, civ and alpha centauri.
November 2, 2008 10:36:19 PM

Warcraft III and Day of Defeat.
November 2, 2008 11:43:07 PM

tijmen007 said:
Wolfenstein Enemy Territory , that game is so addictive! I've been playing it for 3 years. It's free too, so :D 

Couldn't agree more, that game is probably my favorite game of all time.

Other FPS games that would be good are Half-Life and Quake 2, which you can still find people playing online.

I think Civilization II was pretty good as well.
November 3, 2008 12:03:56 AM

November 3, 2008 1:16:54 AM


Diablo II, Lord of Destruction. (Free online play, RPG/Hack&Slash)
Fallout 1 & 2. (Post apocalyptic RPG series and not for kiddies)
Baldur's Gate II. (Amazingly long and immersive RPG that probably is second to none to date)
Raiden II. (Fun arcade style space shooting game, non stop action, simple and challenging)
Quake II CTF (Free online capture the flag the way Quake II defined every variant to date, so fun still)

Cheers, :) 
November 3, 2008 8:55:14 AM

Hardwar - sandbox flight / space trading sim
The Settlers - didnt see it mentioned, civ building, strategy, wars
+1 for X-Wing Vs T.I.E. Fighter
Unreal - classic oldschool shooter still very much worth a playthrough. Avoid the sequel though >.<

You wont get a good Deus Ex on that system, its graphical requirements were way ahead of its time. It may be "playable" though.

November 3, 2008 10:34:33 AM

Thief 2: The Metal Age
November 3, 2008 3:07:31 PM

Deus Ex's system requirements are as follows
Pentium II
DirectX 7.0a compliant 3D accelerated video card
DirectX 7.0a compliant sound card
DirectX 7.0a or higher (included)
4X CD-ROM drive
150MB hard drive space
Keyboard, Mouse
AMD Athlon or Pentium III
3D accelerator with 16MB VRAM
8X CD-ROM drive
750MB hard drive space
EAX or A3D compliant audio card

His system should be able to handle that easily.
November 3, 2008 3:11:21 PM

Go run Crysis on the recommended specs (another game graphically ahead of its time).

Yes he can run it, but it will not be anywhere near as smooth as the other games listed which is the point i wanted to make.
November 3, 2008 3:22:36 PM

He has nearly three times the CPU and half again the needed RAM. I think you are being a bit too overcautious.
November 3, 2008 3:32:35 PM

I played Deus Ex originally with these specs:

Celeron 466
Voodoo 3 3000 (16MB of RAM I believe)
either 64 or 128 MB of RAM (I can't remember)
Creative Soundblaster Live!

I played at 1024x768 and the game ran smooth as silk.
November 3, 2008 4:57:01 PM

X-Com ! Turn based. Though it's old enough I have no idea if it runs on XP.

There's a lot of great games already named in this thread, but X-Com is one of my old time favorites.

November 3, 2008 6:29:17 PM

wow so many replies! thank you all for your suggestions... special thanks for those who listed the genre's too..... as that will reduce my researching time in half! hahaaha...

i have deus ex and it runs pretty choppy... although it does work...

i have only so much of disk space... thats why im being so picky... thanks a lot guys for all your responses...

anymore suggestions are welcome!
November 3, 2008 6:41:53 PM

My favorite oldie game is probably Silent Serivce 2 which is a submarine simulation game released back in 1990. But since I haven't played since '91 or '92, I do not know how well it can be played on a current PC using DOSBox.
November 4, 2008 8:35:24 AM

Ananan said:
I played Deus Ex originally with these specs:

Celeron 466
Voodoo 3 3000 (16MB of RAM I believe)
either 64 or 128 MB of RAM (I can't remember)
Creative Soundblaster Live!

I played at 1024x768 and the game ran smooth as silk.

/goes and installs Deus Ex on his crappy old 800mhz lappy xD

Honestly i thought it wouldnt handle it, i stand corrected. More fun me on the train to work.

Ironsung....everyone has a fave old game mate thats why you get so many responses :D 
Another one i havent seen mentioned is Grim Fandago....Monkey Island with more dead people.
November 4, 2008 9:54:19 AM

Get Diablo1 & 2, Fallout 1 & 2, Baldurs Gate 1 & 2, Stronghold and C&C saga and you will be happily stuck in your room for the next 6 months. That should full your RPG/RTS fix for rest of your life :) 
November 4, 2008 12:30:47 PM

To many to just name one: "not in order"

Warcraft 2 & 3, Starcraft, Red Alert 1 & 2, Team Fortress Classic, Day of Defeat, Counter Strike, Quake series (before 4), Unreal Tournament.


November 4, 2008 1:03:24 PM

Master of Orion
Red Alert Yuri's revenge
Diablo 2
Age of Empires I & II
Fallout 2
November 4, 2008 2:24:41 PM

Fave old skool game - Frontier Elite.
I played for 24hours once without even going to the toilet!
November 4, 2008 2:34:08 PM

+1 to ImajorI for MOO, totally forgot about that one! The first night I bought it I played from 10pm to 6am, MOO2 had the same effect on me.
November 5, 2008 1:10:31 PM

^ + 1

Agreed. I cant even remember much other than the fact that, after i installed MOO and MOO2, i didnt so much as move, get food or drink or got to the toilet from 11am till about 4am the next morning. After that my mother thought that game were the devils instruments :) 

And then Diablo and Starcraft were installed...
November 9, 2008 5:17:38 PM

Dune 2000 and any older Cnc Game
November 9, 2008 6:17:54 PM

Mechwarrior 2, of the giant mechanized bipedal war machine smashing everything in its path genre. May not work in XP directly out of the box, but I think some patches for that problem exist.
November 9, 2008 6:24:24 PM

Doom series, Quake series, Unreal series, Diablo series, Duke Nukem 3D, Half-Life and so on. Quake 1 is probably my favorite out of everything, followed by Quake 2 in close 2nd. I'm betting all these will run in XP
November 10, 2008 7:11:53 PM

super mario world! lol. not originally a pc game, but i found a downlaod for it that works on pc. i love that game
November 10, 2008 10:24:00 PM

/adding Turrican 2

Emulated of course OMG im so cheat.
November 11, 2008 11:37:02 AM

AoE I & AoE II
Civ II
Caesar 3
Freespace will probably run, not sure about Freespace 2.
Need for Speed 3 was fun :) 

That should keep you busy well past Christmas... and Easter!
November 11, 2008 12:44:00 PM

Caesar 3 - I must have wasted away days of my youth playing that game it was so addictive, the only game that I've played that was as addictive as Caesar 3 was Elite on the Atari ST.
November 12, 2008 7:23:44 AM

I'm actually replaying Caesar 3 at the moment! (Passing time until I order my new PC...)
November 12, 2008 4:52:56 PM

I installed Fantasy General last week and got into it like I did the first time in 1996. :)  I had the same experience with the old "Colonization" game a year ago.
November 12, 2008 5:45:50 PM

If you want a really fun free old game - Lords of the Realm and it's expansion are on the underdogs, last I checked.

It's a great real time/turn based hybrid.
November 12, 2008 6:31:03 PM

This thread makes me feel old..

Warlords II Turn based RPG/RTS, it's got terrible gfx, runs on XP, but it's fun as hell. Multiplayer (each takes their turns). We played that at university drunk alot.
November 12, 2008 10:39:48 PM

Age of empires 2. One of the best games i have ever played. And since a few other people have brought up emulators. You should also check out Earthbound.
November 15, 2008 10:29:49 PM

Freespace 2, freelancer, max payne, red faction,starlancer
November 16, 2008 11:55:40 PM

Thief Dark Age
Thief Metal Age
Baldur's Gate 1-2
System Shock 2
Dungeon Keeper 2
Masters of Orion
Tribes Vengeance

All of these will run on XP, some may give you issues with dual core CPUs but you should be able to enter the Task Manager (ctrl+alt+del), goto Processes, rt clk the process (ie: Thief.exe) and select Set Affinity (uncheck CPU 1). Again, this is ONLY for dual core CPUs. This drove me nuts until I found the cause and fix for it on some Thief fansite.