I’m in the market for a game I can play on my PC while I wait for the next WoW Xpac to come out. Here are the criteria it has to meet:
[li]It has to be free.[/li][li]I can play it with just my keyboard and mouse (and mic & speakers headset); I don’t have, and can’t afford to buy, any special controllers.[/li][li]Hi Opal.[/li][/ul]
I have a POC HP laptop with Win 10, with middling memory, graphics cards, all that. It’s enough to allow me to play WoW, but that’s about it. I also have Steam installed.
To give you an idea of what I like:
I like adventure and RPG games, and I’d like to get into horror gaming (if it can be done in a way that meets my conditions). I tried Runescape, it gave me nothing and I quit. I also tried SWTOR, but after I burned through all of the free content, and kept repeatedly getting punished for being an FTP player, I ditched it.
I also like “party” board games like Balderdash, or even old classics like Clue. I do not like exceptionally dense, thick games like RftG or Risk.
If you have any recommendations for me, I welcome them. Thanks!
My first idea was Path of Exile if you like ARPGs. Not sure how it plays on a older machine though. Warframe is probably out of question.
If you don’t mind playing against other people you could give Hearthstone a try - since you’ve played WoW you already have the Blizzard launcher installed. There’s also a fair number of free MMOs on Steam - TERA, Star Trek Online, Lord of the Rings Online and so on.
There is an old game that still works on Windows 7. I haven’t tried it on a Windows 10 machine as yet. It is called, “Iron Dragon”. It can accommodate four human players either together in a room taking turns on the computer or on line. If there are less than four humans, they can play alone or fill in the remaining spots with bot players.
It is challenging. Each player has to build a rail empire connecting eight major cities. They have to do that and save 350 gold pieces in order to win the game. There are challenges such as natural disasters, strikes, hostiles, etc. with which you must deal. You can adjust the parameters of the game before starting it, depending on whether or not you want to connect just 6 or 7 cities instead of 8, or just save 250 or 300 gold pieces instead of 350, etc.
You have to make decisions about when and how much money you want to invest in infrastructure and the contracts to accept that will yield the most profit in the least time.
I don’t know how well it does on laptops, but I have been able to run War Thunder quite well on an older desktop. It’s a player-vs-player military simulation of tanks and aircraft roughly centered on the Second World War era.
It’s free to play; cash can get you to the later-ear vehicles significantly faster, but you can get there just by playing regularly.
There are three modes, depending on how much detail you want to have to deal with: Arcade, Realistic, and Simulation. So far I’ve only played the aircraft side, on Realistic. In realistic the aircraft are lovingly modeled on their alleged historical characteristics (how accurate the flight models are is the subject of debate, however.) In Simulation I am told you also need to manage things like “adjust the trim to compensate for propeller torque” and “manage the fuel mixture while dogfighting” and so on, which has deterred me from trying that mode. Realistic is plenty detailed.
You don’t need any special controllers (i.e., joystick) to play Arcade or Realistic; in fact it’s recommended that you stick with mouse & keyboard.
I don’t know if diving your shark-nosed P-40 onto a fleeing Zero or being hunted by Messerschmidts in a cloud bank is your thing, but I’m having a blast so far.
I’ve been playing this for quite awhile now, aircraft mode with the German arc. The Germans have an awesome, gigantic amphibious bomber, forget what it’s called. Once you get that thing armored and gunned up, it’s payload is quite impressive.
I’ve never tried any other mode other than arcade though. If I switch modes do I have to start over or to I get to keep all the planes I’ve already earned?