7 Best Games that Low-End PCs Can Run
Previously, we’ve written a post that recommended the best games to run on a high-end PC and we think it is time to switch things around!
Many of us might not have the luxury of owning a high-end gaming rig but we make do with what we have. With that spirit in mind, we have decided to list 7 games that low-end PCs and laptops can run comfortably.
So if you’re running a 10-year-old system and itching for a video game experience, here are some awesome games you could try!
1. Papers, Please
Papers, Please is a short yet amazingly written and designed game by Lucas Pope. You play as a customs officer that checks visitors’ credentials for any discrepancies. The gameplay might look simple on paper but is actually very mechanical and easy to get wrong.
As for art direction, it might not be up there with those AAA titles, but Papers, Please still manages to bring its players into a different reality perfectly. Its ambience, environment and world-building are top-notch.
In short, Papers, Please is a stressfully fun game that any system can run flawlessly.
2. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley is hailed by many as one of the best games ever created—and we agree wholeheartedly!
Farming simulation games are aplenty but very few come close to Stardew Valley’s originality and content. Combined with its nostalgic art style and immersive gameplay, Stardew Valley is a game that you will spend more than 100+ hours on. So be prepared!
Plus, Stardew Valley requires very low resources to operate. As long as your operating system is up to date, it is almost guaranteed that you can run this masterpiece flawlessly.
There are many games that tackle the darker issues of life—depression, loneliness and anxiety. Omori here is one of them with what can be said as a stellar portrayal of the human psyche.
Playing as Omori, you will enter the world of dreams where you get to explore the protagonists’ deepest emotions and how they can cause lasting effects. Its storytelling is bold, daring and a fresh new take on the psychological horror genre which we love to see.
Needless to say, Omori is not for the faint of heart. However, if you enjoy games that venture into psychological elements, Omori is a must-grab for you.
4. Town of Salem
Town of Salem takes the adage “Trust no one but yourself” to a whole new level. Yes, nobody is your friend in Town of Salem and that is also why this game is super fun!
The main goal of this game is to help your faction come out on top. You have no clue who your allies and enemies are. What you have are your wits to decipher who are your friends and the cunningness to mislead them into believing you are their ally.
Beware though if you’re playing Town of Salem as a group because it can potentially destroy friendships. Still, video games have never been about friends, it’s about coming on top!
5. Stick Fight: The Game
If Tekken, DNF Duel or Street Fighter are too extreme for you and your PC, you might want to give Stick Fight: The Game a go.
Stick Fight is a goofy fighting game where you pit your own stickman against your opponent’s stickman. Your stickman is also able to wield all kinds of weapons and the battle arenas all have their own unique quirks to boot!
It’s lighthearted, fun and chaotic. It’s everything you need in a not-so-serious fighting game and certainly a valuable pickup for lower-tier systems.
6. Return of the Obra Dinn
Many investigative/puzzle games are a walk in the park. Most of the time, the solution to these puzzles are pretty obvious but the Return of the Obra Dinn is nothing of the sort.
Sure, the first few puzzles are entry-level, but as you progress, the puzzles get more convoluted and extremely difficult to solve. Don’t get us wrong, while the puzzles might be difficult, they are certainly not frustrating.
Return of the Obra Dinn forces its players to think outside the box and draw conclusions from different perspectives. Essentially, it is a great game to get your brain juice flowing and to top it off, it has amazing music and art direction as well!
7. Coffee Talk
Sometimes being a barista at a humble coffee house can be calming for the soul. Here in Coffee Talk, you are a barista that serves more than just coffee as you listen to your customers’ troubles.
To be honest, there isn’t much gameplay to Coffee Talk. It is just a very chill game that takes the stress away from your usual high-intensity video games. Hence, if you are a conversationalist, Coffee Talk is definitely your cup of tea.
Great art, great soundtrack and a great way to briefly escape from reality within the confines of a coffee shop.
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