#1 Posted by ashleychittock (135 posts) -

I've got a Packard Bell Easynote TJ65 if you're that into specs.


but here's a list of some of the games I have and can run on it already:



Football Manager


The Orange Box

Super Meat Boy

Age Of Empires III

Bit Trip Runner

They don't have to be PC exclusives but I already own a 360. Reckon the new Walking Dead game will run fine on it?

#2 Posted by Alexandru (301 posts) -

Return to Castle Wolfenstein

#3 Posted by Jrinswand (1711 posts) -
#4 Posted by AlexW00d (6449 posts) -

That laptop is rocking a pentium dual core and integrated graphics so don't expect much outside of old games and indie games.

That said, there are loads of great indie games to choose from. Botanicula is awesome and should run on that machine, and it's part of a humble bundle currently.

#5 Posted by Jimi (1126 posts) -

Quake live will run on just about anything


Counter Strike 1.6/Source

League of Legends/Dota 2


PSX emulator

#6 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -

Try GOG.com plenty of games from there will run fine. I would recommend Gabriel Knight, 1 & 2. 3 might not work too well, but you could give it a shot.

#7 Posted by darkvare (780 posts) -

lone survivor and the binding of issac

#8 Posted by theManUnknown (187 posts) -

@Jrinswand said:

Torchlight! There's even a netbook mode.

@Jimi said:


Listen to these men. They are men of keen minds and laudable ideas.

I also play on a modest laptop almost exclusively. From my library I might suggest (with an emphasis on variety) Breath of Death VII / Cthulhu Saves the World, Cave Story, Frozen Synapse, Recettear, Shatter, Supreme Commander 2 (on sale right now for $5 down from $15. I could also provide you with the DLC pack for free since that's been floating around in my Steam inventory for who knows how long), and Tropico 3. The 4th game the series is out, but I don't have it so I haven't a clue how well it runs on minimal specifications. I do have and enjoy the third, though.

@Jimi said:

PSX emulator

I really need to look into this myself...

#9 Posted by Jimi (1126 posts) -

@theManUnknown: http://www.epsxe.com/ has the highest compatibility and speed of all the emulators.

Just rip the ISO of your games and boot them, very little config required however some games require special hacks/fixes that you can turn on by checking a box.

#10 Posted by theManUnknown (187 posts) -

@Jimi said:

@theManUnknown: http://www.epsxe.com/ has the highest compatibility and speed of all the emulators.

Just rip the ISO of your games and boot them, very little config required however some games require special hacks/fixes that you can turn on by checking a box.

Any idea how well it would work with an Xbox 360 controller on Windows 7?

#11 Posted by HadesTimes (827 posts) -


Orcs Must Die



Swords and Soldiers HD

#12 Posted by bibamatt (1090 posts) -

The newly released Legend of Grimrock will almost certainly run on high settings. It's got very low specs! And it's fucking great.

#13 Posted by Jimi (1126 posts) -

@theManUnknown: Should be fine, haven't tried it but my friend uses an xbox controller for it. Just mess about with the controller settings in the emulator.

#14 Posted by theManUnknown (187 posts) -

@Jimi: I'll be looking into that later. I don't have a PS1 but one of my friends is so intent on loaning me some of his collection that he expressed serious interest in buying me the console just so he could. With this I might spare him the trouble.

You have my thanks.

#15 Posted by spiceninja (3070 posts) -

@Jrinswand said:

Torchlight! There's even a netbook mode.

Yes. A thousand times yes.

#16 Posted by ashleychittock (135 posts) -

Awesome replies chaps, thanks. I forgot to mention I bought Lone Survivor earlier today and that game is damn good. Probably the best survival horror game I've played in a long time.

#17 Edited by believer258 (12212 posts) -

Counter Strike Source



Emulators (these can provide near limitless playability, but use an Xbox controller.)

Command and Conquer Generals (the game my brother and I play on PC's)

Half-Life Source

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 1 and 2


Trackmania Nations Forever (I think - it's free to play, low requirements, and I just downloaded it, but I haven't tried it. But it's free, no hurt in trying)

Quake Live

Baldur's Gate 2

...and maybe Morrowind. Probably Morrowind.

#18 Posted by theManUnknown (187 posts) -

@believer258 said:

...and maybe Morrowind. Probably Morrowind.

Goddamnit I have books to buy for summer courses. Why did this game have to go on sale this week?

#19 Posted by MordeaniisChaos (5730 posts) -

Doom, Doom 2, Marathon, Diablo 2, Myth 2. All old ass games, all fucking brilliant.

#20 Posted by DeiNile (55 posts) -

Heroes of Might & Magic 2. It is the best.

#21 Posted by TwoLines (2843 posts) -

@DeiNile said:

Heroes of Might & Magic 2. It is the best.

I'd say no. 3 is the best, but 2 is aslo spectacular, so either one is fine.

Also, DOOM 2.

#22 Posted by DrJota (701 posts) -

@PlasmaBeam44 said:

@Jrinswand said:

Torchlight! There's even a netbook mode.

Yes. A thousand times yes.

This.Also,you can run Mount and Blade and Civ IV on a laptop pretty well,both'll probably take longer to run through than your battery life.

#23 Posted by Phatmac (5730 posts) -

Check out Steam and look for cheap games. I'm sure that most of those games will run fine. Portal 1 & 2 run well on my laptop so you should try that. Team Fortress 2 is free so you should check that out. Just keep checking Steam for deals and good prices for games. You'll find enough games to play.

#24 Posted by JasonR86 (9729 posts) -


Older games, indie games, and adventure games.

#25 Posted by Vigorousjammer (2537 posts) -

Dungeons of Dredmor is really great

The Walking Dead game should run fine on lower settings, Telltale's games usually aren't very taxing.

#26 Posted by TheHBK (5563 posts) -

@ashleychittock said:

Try these classics.

Unreal Tournament

Age of Empires II

Quake III



Max Payne

Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

Diablo II

Starcraft and Brood War

#27 Posted by ShiftyMagician (2133 posts) -

Check out Jamestown and Wizorb. Both are pretty good and should run perfectly on your laptop.

#28 Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG (4284 posts) -

Graduation was an awesome album

#29 Edited by BaneFireLord (2958 posts) -

If you pre-purchase Torchlight II ($20) on Steam right now you can get Torchlight 1 for free ($15 standalone). It's a hell of a deal.



Neverwinter Nights

Civ III and IV (probably not V)

I also don't think you should have too much trouble running Source stuff.

#30 Posted by ashleychittock (135 posts) -

@the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG said:

Graduation was an awesome album

Yessir, it was.

Thanks guys, made a big fat list to keep from this topic. I have Jamestown downloaded on my Steam from the humble indie bundle but I've never got round to playing it.

I've just downloaded the demo of Torchlight and if I enjoy it I'll pre-purchase T2. Going to try Bastion, completely overlooked that game until today for some reason. All suggestions have been noted so keep them coming, and thanks!

#31 Posted by logicfracture (158 posts) -

Terraria is pretty awesome.

#32 Posted by Bleeble (95 posts) -

Deus Ex.

#33 Edited by SirOptimusPrime (2030 posts) -

I have to recommend a ton of RPGs, so:

Icewind Dale 1 + 2

Baldur's Gate 2

Fallout 1 + 2

Diablo 2

Legend of Grimrock

@ashleychittock: EDIT: Oops, misread the original post. Thought it said you buying T1.

#34 Posted by Echofoxz (98 posts) -

@logicfracture said:

Terraria is pretty awesome.

I second that notion.

There might be some repeated games, but here's my list:

  • Atom Zombie Smash
  • The Binding of Isaac
  • Caster
  • Dungeon Defenders
  • Frozen Synapse
  • Jolly Rover
  • Machinarium
  • On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One and Two
  • Plants vs. Zombies
  • Portal
  • Realm of the Mad Gods
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Terraria (Oh right, I said that already)
  • Ben There, Dan That
  • Time Gentlemen, Please!
  • To the Moon (Not on Steam, but definitely worth Googling it)
  • Torchlight
  • Vertex Dispenser
#35 Posted by mscupcakes (612 posts) -

Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 should run fine on that!

#36 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1811 posts) -

Fortix is a really good Qix knock off. I'm thinking I should compile all these games into an official list.

#37 Posted by Stonyman65 (2874 posts) -

I'd say pretty much anything pre-2008 should run fine.

#38 Posted by c0l0nelp0c0rn1 (1811 posts) -

@Stonyman65: Crysis came out in 2007. So not everything before 2008.

#39 Posted by WMWA (1162 posts) -

I saw the link in the first line and thought it was a spam post, and then I was about to comment how I thought it was awesome that bots now had the ability to use sweet Kanye West album covers for their avatars. Diablo 2, btw

#40 Posted by RedRavN (414 posts) -

Check out...

call of duty 1-2 (fps)

farcry (fps)

doom 3 (fps/horror)

warhammer 40k: dawn of war (RTS)

homeworld 2 (rts in space)

rise of nations (grand strategy/RTS)

Knights of the old republic1/2 (RPG)

neverwinter knights (RPG)

#41 Posted by Starfishhunter9 (369 posts) -

anything from blizzard or valve.

#42 Edited by fisk0 (4522 posts) -

Can't find anything on which GPU it's using, which makes me assume it's an Intel GMA chip. Machines with integrated ATi Radeon chipsets tend to handle most UE3, id tech 1-4 and Source games at low or medium settings (like Borderlands, Left 4 Dead 1-2, Killing Floor, Singularity, Mirror's Edge, F.E.A.R. 1-3, Portal 1-2, Bioshock 1-2, as well as all the Call of Duty games), what I've heard about Intel GMA is that it not only is having problems with poor performance in games - which is to be expected from an integrated GPU and something I think you can learn to live with - but that it's actually is missing chunks of OpenGL and DirectX instructions, making some games totally unable to run (many indie games use OpenGL after all, as it's supported on many platforms) rather than just being slow. I wouldn't expect any of the Frostbite Battlefield games to run (Bad Company 2 or Battlefield 3) even at the lowest settings - though BF3 seemed slightly better optimized for lesser hardware than BC2 was.

Evochron Mercenary should work even on an Intel chip I think, it think it's pretty much optimized to run on any machine built in the past decade. But as others have said, it's probably a fantastic opportunity to start getting stuff from GOG.com, you shouldn't have any problems with most of the games there.

Disclaimer: What I consider decent/playable framerates are around 20 and up, many of the games you won't be expecting 30 FPS in, certainly not 60. Also, make sure you get a cooling pad, games make laptops run hot, without additional cooling it's likely to go to emergency shut down mode if you're playing more recent games.

#43 Edited by fisk0 (4522 posts) -

@c0l0nelp0c0rn1 said:

@Stonyman65: Crysis came out in 2007. So not everything before 2008.

Depends on the chipset, Intel GMA would probably not handle Crysis at all, I can run it decently on the lowest setting (in 800x600) on my laptop with the Radeon HD3200 chipset. It's not spectacular to look at, but some of the particle effects (like clouds, which you do see up close in the beginning of the game) still look better than the more recent console releases, but foliage, lightning and textures certainly don't look all that impressive.