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My GF has a terrible laptop. 2ghz Pentium (core 2 duo) with intel HD (1000?) graphics. She always wants to play games with me and "the boys" but nothing we play frequently will run on her computer.

I don't really want to drop a bunch of cash buying games just to find out that they run so slow on her computer that they aren't worth playing, or that she simply doesn't like them.

Any suggestions for games that WILL run well on her computer and are half decent? I'm looking mostly for multi-player although a couple single player suggestions wouldn't hurt. F2P or inexpensive (preferably steam) games would be extra awesome.

Thanks.

EDIT: a few more details...

1) her internet is highly inconsistent which can make games frustrating at times. (mostly reguarding fps games)

2) she loves games but has had fairly little exposure outside of ganeboy pokemon and more recently minecraft. Games that require a lot of reactionary skill/dexterity, and generally unforgiving games (couenter strike for instance) may be too fusterating for her until she has broadened her PC gaming horizons a bit.

Edited by Zero4549 - 6/1/12 at 3:22pm
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Age of empires - used to play that on base systems all the time, its a fun multi-player game that can be enjoyed by many!
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post #3 of 35
Half-Life any any mod will run on anything these days
Diablo 2
Rise of nations might run on it.
Emulators are a big one too.
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Team fortress 2, blacklight retribution, and toribash are good for cheap and use very little power. Good luck thumb.gif

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I'm sure you could get UT to play on that if you want FPS - probably even up to UT2K3 and higher even.

CS 1.6 should be easily playable as well.

I'd recommend more but I'm having a hard time with multiplayer older games at the moment. tongue.gif
    
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Thanks for all the great suggestions so far, but I forgot to mention an important bit of info.

1) her internet is highly inconsistent which can make games frustrating at times. (mostly reguarding fps games)

2) she loves games but has had fairly little exposure outside of ganeboy pokemon and more recently minecraft. Games that require a lot of reactionary skill/dexterity, and generally unforgiving games (couenter strike for instance) may be too fusterating for her until she has broadened her PC gaming horizons a bit.

Any suggestions that may be a bit better suited to her situation? Thanks
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Starcraft and Red Alert are good base building games that involve some strategy. Same with Total Annihilation, 1997 game of the year!
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Starcraft and Red Alert are good base building games that involve some strategy. Same with Total Annihilation, 1997 game of the year!

Yeah those are great suggestions.

I seem to remember red alert 2 not running well/at all on vista.. I'm pretty sure that's why I stopped playing. Has that issue been resolved?
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I'm pretty sure I'm going to pick up a copy of "the first decade" for her since they're all great games that she should be able to play without issue. Does anyone know if if is compatible online with the stand-alone versions of the games? I have them all (even multiple copies of some due to disks going bad) so I'd rather not waste another 20 bucks on duplicates if not necessary.

I figure that about covers RTS for now. Even includes renegade which is a pretty decent noob friendly FPS.

I've also got her a couple racing games (trackmania and some mariocart clone) so racing can be considered covered too unless someone has a realistic racing game that isn't demanding on system resources.

Neither of us are into sports games. I'd rather play them for real and she couldn't be less interested.

Any suggestions for the RPG / MMORPG or fighting categories?

Thanks again.
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Ouch, those specifications are fairly outdated! I would actually recommend maybe getting her (or at least helping her, if you want that is) in buying a newer gen laptop rather than investing in games. Or, you could do both tongue.gif
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