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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