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Vicious
06-10-2012, 12:09 AM
As title, I haven't been able to play graphics heavy games since around 2006/2007 and as such, have missed out on many, MANY games (I got a bit of gaming in occasionally on friends computers, but that's about it).

Would thoroughly appreciate replies with great games that I may have missed and most definitely shouldn't have missed (added props if they're beautiful).

I did play Oblivion, Skyrim, Deus Ex HR, Far Cry 2, Crysis, E:TW, N:TW and S2:TW off the top of my head.

mashakos
06-10-2012, 12:11 AM
Good place to start:
Dark Souls
The Witcher 2
Fallout 3
Dirt 2/3
Batman Arkham Asylum/City
Deus Ex HR
Assassin's Creed 2

Giaddon
06-10-2012, 12:51 AM
Some of my favorite games released since 2007. * by the beautiful stuff

Strategy
Ruse*
Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion*
The Settlers 7*
Supreme Commander 2
EndWar
Civilization V*
Frozen Synapse

RPG
Dark Souls* (with mod)
Dungeon Siege 3
The Witcher 2*
Mass Effect 2
Fallout 3
Fallout: New Vegas

Action
Just Cause 2*
Batman: Arkham City*
Splinter Cell: Conviction
Max Payne 3*
Sleeping Dogs*
Bulletstorm
Borderlands 2*
Metro 2033*
The Darkness 2*
Mafia 2*
Dead Rising 2
Lost Planet 2*

Adventure/Puzzle
Vessel
Amnesia
Braid
Dracula 3: Path of the Dragon
The Void

Platformer
VVVVVV
Prince of Persia (2008)*
Prince of Persia: Forgotten Sands*
Limbo
Mirror's Edge*

trjp
06-10-2012, 12:54 AM
I'm curious as to what you consider 'modern games' - it's just I have an old PC here I use for testing stuff and it will play a lot of 'modern games' just fine, using ancient tech.

The only things I can think of which can't play anything remotely 'modern' are older Netbooks really!?

Mashakos's list is interesting - they're ALL multiplatform titles (console ports except for The Witcher 2 which was the other way around perhaps?)

I know for a fact that FO3 worked on this old PC - as did Dirt 2 and AA so...

errrrr - for pure "Looks" Crysis II, Far Cry II, Just Cause II?

if you like racers, the last NFS could melt almost any PC you could throw it at too :)

RedRobin
06-10-2012, 01:08 AM
So do you have a good computer now? :D

Vicious
06-10-2012, 01:15 AM
I'm curious as to what you consider 'modern games' - it's just I have an old PC here I use for testing stuff and it will play a lot of 'modern games' just fine, using ancient tech.

The only things I can think of which can't play anything remotely 'modern' are older Netbooks really!?

Mashakos's list is interesting - they're ALL multiplatform titles (console ports except for The Witcher 2 which was the other way around perhaps?)

I know for a fact that FO3 worked on this old PC - as did Dirt 2 and AA so...

errrrr - for pure "Looks" Crysis II, Far Cry II, Just Cause II?

if you like racers, the last NFS could melt almost any PC you could throw it at too :)
Athlon 64 2500+; single core 1.8ghz processor. Couldn't play Oblivion or Fallout 3 at any resolution, despite having a relatively good graphics card!
My smartphone was more powerful >.>

Played TW2, F3, F:NV, SoaSE, Civ 5, ME. DS3, Metro 2033 and BL2 look good (though I'll need a co-op buddy for BL2!)

Finicky
06-10-2012, 01:27 AM
My top list from 2007 on
Gameplay:
Portal 1 and Portal 2 (every person on the planet has to have played the coop campaign in portal 2 once during their life)
Just cause 2
Renegade ops
Dawn of war II
Left4Dead
Planetside 2 (beta, f2p)
World of tanks (f2p)
Tribes : ascend (f2p)

Story/atmosphere:
Alan wake
Stalker COP with complete mod
Witcher and witcher 2
Mafia 2


B grade stuff that is still entertaining:
Binary domain
Section 8: prejudice (battlefield meets halo)
Super monday night combat (f2p)
Borderlands 2
Sleeping dogs
Prototype 1
Saints row 3
Darksiders 2
Section 8: prejudice
Red faction guerrilla and red faction armageddon (first is a very janky gta-like with a lot of flaws but has its charm, second is a linear shooter but more true to the original red faction, and imo with far better gameplay)

Leaving out indie and graphically not demanding games since I assume you've already played those on your old pc.

tip: avoid ubisoft...
Poor ports, bugs and issues guaranteed.

edit: forgot to recommend deux ex : human revolution.
A remake that is actually good, who'd 've thunk.

Jesus_Phish
06-10-2012, 01:34 AM
Trine 2 is fucking beautiful looking. Sorry for swearing, but it really is.

Finicky
06-10-2012, 01:35 AM
Trine 2 is fucking beautiful looking. Sorry for swearing, but it really is.
It's an extremely dull game though.

Played through portal 2 with a friend and we were all fired up for more coop and both bought trine 2 , BLEH x 100

mashakos
06-10-2012, 01:38 AM
If you really want to push your PC:
EDIT: Get GTA 4 first! (keep it patched to 1.0.4.0 and don't update further, mods depend on it)
ICEnHancer 2.1 (http://icelaglace.com/)
all the neophyte HD texture packs (http://www.gta4-mods.com/search/Lord%20Neophyte)
extended car pack (http://www.gtagaming.com/downloads/gta-iv/vehicle-mods/14175)
mustang shelby gt500 mod (http://www.gta4-mods.com/vehicles/2010-ford-mustang-shelby-gt500-final-f12007#download)

(you will also need xliveless (http://www.gtaforums.com/index.php?showtopic=388658) and trafficload (http://www.gta4-mods.com/script/trafficload-f9780))

The result?

http://mashakos.com/pers/img/newgame/newgame3.jpg






http://mashakos.com/pers/img/newgame/newgame8.jpg

http://mashakos.com/pers/img/newgame/newgame7.jpg

http://mashakos.com/pers/img/newgame/newgame16.jpg

Jesus_Phish
06-10-2012, 01:51 AM
It's an extremely dull game though.

Played through portal 2 with a friend and we were all fired up for more coop and both bought trine 2 , BLEH x 100

I disagree. It's not dull at all. Its just a very different co-op experience than portal 2.

The packages Mashakos linked for GTA are a stunning achievement of what can actually be achieved on PCs when consoles don't get in the way.

mashakos
06-10-2012, 02:01 AM
tip: avoid ubisoft...
Poor ports, bugs and issues guaranteed.
I don't think that's fair. Sure, the older titles have numerous DRM issues and require some time to figure out all the workarounds, but this generation has seen remarkable improvements. From Dust was considered a bad port because it was locked at 30fps - but it still played and looked better than the console versions. Every other title I own from Ubisoft is a stunning multi-platform title: Assassin's Creed (1+2), H.A.W.X, Shawn White Snowboarding, Far Cry 2, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Driver: San Fransisco etc. etc.

EDIT: The only thing I would agree with you is to not buy a Ubisoft title at launch because of their ongoing DRM experiments.

The OP has already listed a few Ubisoft titles he liked so....

Finicky
06-10-2012, 03:01 AM
I don't think that's fair. Sure, the older titles have numerous DRM issues and require some time to figure out all the workarounds, but this generation has seen remarkable improvements. From Dust was considered a bad port because it was locked at 30fps - but it still played and looked better than the console versions. Every other title I own from Ubisoft is a stunning multi-platform title: Assassin's Creed (1+2), H.A.W.X, Shawn White Snowboarding, Far Cry 2, Prince of Persia, Splinter Cell: Conviction, Driver: San Fransisco etc. etc.

EDIT: The only thing I would agree with you is to not buy a Ubisoft title at launch because of their ongoing DRM experiments.

The OP has already listed a few Ubisoft titles he liked so....

I'm playing driver san francisco at 1300x900 (or something around that) at 30 fps ...
I had to edit an ini to get my driving force gt to "work " (no force feedback support, incredibly akward and bad map/shift mechanic controls)...
The wheel works with every other racing game out there, even the few that don't support FFB are otherwise fully supported.

Almost every ubisoft game (including from dust and rayman) has no support for any framerates other than 60.
My 1600x1200 @ 75/85 hz monitor works flawlessly in literally (seriously) every non-ubisoift game out there. (read this long and hard before you respond)
In ubisoft games (again including rayman which is a 2d game) I have to play in a low resolution and scale the input, because ubisoft is the ONLY dev out there that refuses to support anything but 60hz output.

Ubisoft does the absolutely bare minimum (if even) amount of work to get their games to run on pc.
That ranges from framerate to graphics settings, resolutions, key configurations etc etc .
If you have any kind of unconventional (very wide definition for ubisoft since even a logitech driving force gt is unconventional to them) hardware now or in the future you are out of luck.
They don't polish their games nor test them for anything but the most common set up.

They are by far the company that puts in the least effort of all (which is saying a lot).
From my experience ubisoft will introduce you to all kinds of new and exciting issues that you never even knew existed before!