March 7, 2012 1:37 PM Subscribe
Pretend I've been in a coma since 2002. What are the absolute best, classic PC games I've missed?
posted by andromache to computers & internet (50 answers total) 53 users marked this as a favorite
Short version: I recently installed Windows 7 on my MacBook Pro (Early 2011, 2.3GHz i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB) and I want recommendations of your favorite games that'll run on a machine with those specs. RTS and FPS are preferred, but I'm open to any genre.
Understand that recommendations for older titles are OK -- I've played only a few computer games as a lifelong Mac whore, so I want your suggestions for greatest hits/classics/perfect 10 games, whether or not they're the latest and greatest. Remember how you could still play Goldeneye 5 years after it came out, and it was still AWESOME? Same deal with Starcraft -- it was still fun to play even after it was 'outdated'. Also, slightly older titles work well because
1. The integrated graphics chip in my MBP won't be able to handle the slickest titles from the past few years and
2. I've never had a PC before, so if I ain't seen it, it's new to me! And new games cost $60 but older ones can be had for a fraction of that, and while I appreciate the eye-popping visuals on something like Crysis, I don't need the very latest to satisfy my gaming itch.
Bonus points for games with solid single-player modes -- multiplayer is OK, but I'm neither skilled nor patient enough to contend with most online opponents, especially if the game in question is 5 years old and likely to be populated by people who've played hundreds of hours when I log on for the first time. (For example, I looooved playing TF2 after Valve released it for free last year, but I wasn't able to survive very long against the folks who have already got years of experience under their belts. I know TF2 shines when you're playing online with others, but whenever I tried that I'd get sniped within 30 seconds of spawning, so I just play the computer offline, and even though that's the practice mode, the game is so amazing it's still a ton of fun. L4D2 was a little better, since it's a newer title and I started playing shortly after it came out on OSX, but even then, I almost preferred the story/single player mode.)
In the past 18 months, I've enjoyed the hell out of the below, which are among the few great games available on a Mac.
-Rome: Total War (from 2004! But I still love it, clunky graphics and all, and have spent 50 hours in the past few months happily taking over the Mediterranean) and Medieval Total War
Are there any others like the Total War series? Those are pretty unique in my mind, since there is a full-on, Risk/Civ-style campaign map AND a full-on battle mode. Are there others like it?
Also, I'm interested in the Civ series -- I enjoyed Civ Revolutions on the PS3 (I know, I know, it's dumbed down compared to the complexity available in the PC version). Is Civ V the best of the lot? Assuming it'd work on my machine, will I be able to jump into V without having played the previous IV in the series?
I also liked Red Dead Revolver when I tried it out on the PS3 -- Thoughts on the PC version? How about Command and Conquer Generals or Red Alert II or whatever the latest version is?
Thanks in advance!