Please Recommend Some Older, Cheaper Games
April 4, 2014 8:57 AM Subscribe
My computer's older, which means I can't play les jeux du jour, but it does mean I can probably get some good, solid games from a few years ago for a decent price on Steam. But which games should I get? Steam has some recs based on my purchases which skew to RPG and strategy, but I'd like to hear from you guys. Tastes and specs below!
posted by Alvy Ampersand to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (24 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I absolutely love Fallout 3 & New Vegas. Great atmosphere and story, straightforward controls, not just about shooting everything. Age of Empires II is probably the game I've played the most, combining resource management with trebuchets. I've played far too much TF2, but I'm generally not a multi-player shooter guy, TF2 is just ridiculously fun and appealing.
Portal was great, though I'm usually not one for puzzlers. FTL was also a lot of fun. Rome: Total War was another I enjoyed, though I suspect I didn't play it to my or its full potential. I had fun with Left 4 Dead and Tropico 4, though I eventually found both to be a bit of a slog and overly repetitive (L4D is probably much more fun with multi-player, but I prefer to play solo as I suck).
Rated M for Meh:
GTA: San Andreas got old pretty fast. Borderlands was like a faaar less fun and interesting Fallout, though it's apparently much better in multi-player/co-op. Really didn't like Half-Life 2, couldn't figure out what to do/where to go, very frustrating. Absolutely hate on-rails shooters, and the run & gun varieties of FPS (I didn't enjoy CoD: Black Ops, but to be fair, I played it on the Wii.)
Games I'm considering or waiting to go on sale include Portal 2, Civ IV, and Sir, You Are Being Hunted. Games I'd be interested in if my laptop was up to it include Skyrim, Banished, and Crusader Kings II.
PC Profile, according to the Can I Run It site:
HP G61 Laptop
AMD Athlon(tm) II Dual-Core M300
2.0 GHz Performance Rated at: 3.4 GHz
2.8 GB RAM
Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit
AMD M880G with ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200
I don't have a controller, so keyboard/mouse-friendly games are strongly preferred.
Thanks for any suggestions you may have!