The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMO for a terrible computer?

    
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The Daily Grind: What’s the best MMO for a terrible computer?

If you’re stuck away from home with family over the holidays, you might find yourself jonesing for an MMO that will run and run well on a lower-end rig. Or maybe that’s just me!

I’d have thought a game like Trove or Cube World would be my best bet, but both are surprisingly rough on an old machine — turns out that cutesy voxel graphics really aren’t as cheap and simple and easy as some people would like to think. Very old games, then? Ultima Online’s modern client runs OK, but it’s a bit clunky no matter what I run it on. World of Warcraft runs pretty well too, but I’m looking for something a little more updated.

So I found myself wondering just what the best MMO for a low-spec PC or laptop might be. What would you recommend to someone who for whatever reason doesn’t have access to a high-end rig, temporarily or permanently? What MMORPGs run surprisingly well on a toaster?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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MariaSmith1
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MariaSmith1

Well behind this there might be possibility that as technology increased and people need their requirement gadget, might be ultra book doesn’t match with current technology.
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Adri Cortesia
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Adri Cortesia

very old games? like DAOC, WOW, UO , meridian 59 (okay very old :D)?

catcatmoose
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catcatmoose

This had been a huge question for myself up until recently. My vote has to go to Lotro for allowing me to play on medium-low settings instead of just plain low settings.

Bluetouchpaper
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Bluetouchpaper

I guess it really depends what you call a lower end PC my girlfriend brought a low end dell laptop and that plays lotro to low or medium settings reasonably well . If its an older PC who knows .

Tongle
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Tongle

Runescape probably.

Jacra
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Jacra

Rift or Everquest 2 work well on old machines. I’ve an 5 year old PC if that helps and it was not exactly newest stuff back then already … no need to update for what I play and am happy with.

Tamanous
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Tamanous

Project Gorgon.

Easy answer.

Brand new mmo so not stuck with an aging one yet old school looks because it’s hella indie.

Pandalulz
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Pandalulz

Polyanna I don’t know about that.  I’ve had the same work laptop for six years now.  When it was new, it ran great under medium settings, but since then they’ve upped the poly counts on everything, added in new shaders, anti-aliasing, DX11, stuff like that.  Now that same laptop just can’t pull the weight like it could before, even with everything on low.  It’s pretty interesting how it’s bloated just a little by little every expansion.  But you’re right about the looks.  I can get FFXIV to run better on its lowest settings than WoW, but it does look a lot worse.

Kalamari
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Kalamari

guild wars 1

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

Pandalulz deekay_zero zoward i wanted a 970 for that six core goodness years ago, but then i got latched onto GPGPU and have been lamenting vegas 11’s lack of proper support thereof since. QQ

maybe when i get rich i’ll get premiere.