Good RPG/FPS/Action video games for PC. 2000-2005

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#1 Posted by padlock11 (9 posts) -

I'm looking for some good FPS/RPG games to play in the 2000-2005 period, mainly because I have a 2009 Laptop with crappy specs. __________________________________________________

Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate

Central Processor Genuine Intel(R) CPU 585 @ 2.16GHz

Graphics Video Adapter Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family Video Memory 1.31 GB

Screen Resolution 1440 x 900

Storage Total Memory 2.87 GB (RAM)

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I played Deus Ex, and that was amazing. System Shock 2 was okay, but glitchy.

Loved Bioshock 2 for PS3/Xbox360 Vampire Masquerades was perfect, and that is the genre I'm looking for.

DX2: Invisible War was OKAY. It didn't live up to the original, plus is was semi laggy on my computer.

Currently playing Thief 3: Deadly Shadows I am have Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, and Morrowind in queue. Gary's Mod isn't that great, and I didn't really like Half Life or it's sequels. Any suggestions?

#2 Posted by Baranga (14217 posts) -

Dark Messiah - best FPS melee combat ever and if you liked Bioshock you'll like its RPG elements.

#3 Posted by Kinthalis (5323 posts) -

Neverwineter Nights 1, 2 might work on your PC as well. The enhanced version fo Baldur's gate is probably coming out early fall.

I would reocmmend visiting gog.com and looking there.

#4 Posted by bussinrounds (2263 posts) -

Neverwineter Nights 1, 2 might work on your PC as well. The enhanced version fo Baldur's gate is probably coming out early fall.

I would reocmmend visiting gog.com and looking there.

Kinthalis

These games aren't FPS or action games.

I would check out..

System Shock 2 (1999)

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl ( 2007)

Deus Ex (2000)

Vampire: Bloodlines (2004) Get the newest Wesp5 patch for this one.

Arx Fatalis (2002)

#5 Posted by Whiteblade999 (5543 posts) -

So you want an immersive sim? To begin with, check out GOG.com for a treasure trove of old games from pretty much any genre and should have all of my recommendations sans Riddick. With that said give these games a go:

-Thief

-Thief 2

-Arx Fatalis

-Ultima Underworld 1 & 2 (these games were seriously ahead of their time, don't let the release date put you off)

-The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

Now I gotta plug the infinity engine games because they are considered some of the best, if not the best RPGs of all time. Try these:

-Baldur's Gate

-Baldur's Gate 2 + Throne of Bhaal

-Planescape Torment

#6 Posted by nilzg (753 posts) -

[QUOTE="Kinthalis"]

Neverwineter Nights 1, 2 might work on your PC as well. The enhanced version fo Baldur's gate is probably coming out early fall.

I would reocmmend visiting gog.com and looking there.

bussinrounds

These games aren't FPS or action games.

I would check out..

System Shock 2 (1999)

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl ( 2007)

Deus Ex (2000)

Vampire: Bloodlines (2004) Get the newest Wesp5 patch for this one.

Arx Fatalis (2002)

3/5 games you posted are in the first post.. anyway, fable the lost chapters, FEAR, maybe a stupid suggestion but Bioshock 1?, ..
#7 Posted by bussinrounds (2263 posts) -

[QUOTE="bussinrounds"]

[QUOTE="Kinthalis"]

Neverwineter Nights 1, 2 might work on your PC as well. The enhanced version fo Baldur's gate is probably coming out early fall.

I would reocmmend visiting gog.com and looking there.

nilzg

These games aren't FPS or action games.

I would check out..

System Shock 2 (1999)

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl ( 2007)

Deus Ex (2000)

Vampire: Bloodlines (2004) Get the newest Wesp5 patch for this one.

Arx Fatalis (2002)

3/5 games you posted are in the first post.. anyway, fable the lost chapters, FEAR, maybe a stupid suggestion but Bioshock 1?, ..

Oh, I didn't even look down there. Thought it was his sig or something. How about Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven ?

#8 Posted by RobertBowen (4094 posts) -

These games were all great on release, and have some of the elements you've requested...

Might & Magic VI & VII (1998/1999) - these are party-based RPGs, but you have a first person view. Obviously the graphics are fairly dated now, but the gameplay is still great.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II ( 1997 )- although it's relatively linear, there is a lot of choice in how you play the game, including moral choices, first or third person, guns or lightsabers, and of course you can choose the force powers you want to spend points in. The expansion Mysteries Of The Sith is also good (originally intened as a sequel, but became an expansion instead).

No One Lives Forever 1 & 2 (2000/2002) - a lot of gameplay variety, great humour, and use of gadgets make these great games. The second game especially has some lite RPG elements in that you can upgrade certain stats.

Thief 1 & 2 ( 1998/2000) - if you like the third game, you should love the first two if you can forgive the dated graphics.

Clive Barker's Undying (2001) - an FPS that often gets overlooked. Offered a mix of gunplay and magical abilities in a nice atmospheric horror setting. Worth a look.

Arx Fatalis (2002) - a first person RPG that had the same kind of feel as the old Ultima Underworld games.

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (2002) - another good FPS/TPS with Force powers and some great moments.

#9 Posted by padlock11 (9 posts) -

Dark Messiah - best FPS melee combat ever and if you liked Bioshock you'll like its RPG elements.

Baranga



Requires a minimum 2.6 Ghz, unfortunately. Plus, I'd always avoided Might and Magic, but I'll look into the older ones.

Neverwinter Nights 1, 2 might work on your PC as well. The enhanced version for Baldur's gate is probably coming out early fall.

Kinthalis


I tried Neverwinter nights, and Baldur's Gate 1/2 don't not work on my computer (I thinks it's because I have a 64 bit system)


These games aren't FPS or action games.

I would check out..

System Shock 2 (1999)

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl ( 2007)

Deus Ex (2000)

Vampire: Bloodlines (2004) Get the newest Wesp5 patch for this one.

Arx Fatalis (2002)

bussinrounds



I tried to start playing SS2, the graphics disappointed, but I was willing to overlook that in lieu that the gameplay was great. It started crashing at the same place in the game, and I was unable to fix it.
Looking into S.T.A.L.K.E.R. but it looks like it might have too high of requirements?
Deux Ex - Already played and beat. Same with DX 2:Invisible War (This one lagged slightly, but not enough to ruin gameplay, and I played it to the end, and was highly disappointed... I tried running Human Revolution too, but... well, that didn't pan out. The lag was horrendous. Bioshock 1 lags as well on minimum specs.
Vampire: Bloodlines was amazing. I wish they would make the rest of the WoD games into PC games. I'd play them ALL. Just not into the whole Pen & Paper thing. (Vampire: The Requiem; Werewolf: The Forsaken; Mage: The Awakening are the three main ones I think)

Going to take a look at Arx Fatalis for sure. Thanks! :)


So you want an immersive sim? To begin with, check out GOG.com for a treasure trove of old games from pretty much any genre and should have all of my recommendations sans Riddick. With that said give these games a go:

-Thief

-Thief 2

-Arx Fatalis

-Ultima Underworld 1 & 2 (these games were seriously ahead of their time, don't let the release date put you off)

-The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay

Now I gotta plug the infinity engine games because they are considered some of the best, if not the best RPGs of all time. Try these:

-Baldur's Gate

-Baldur's Gate 2 + Throne of Bhaal

-Planescape Torment

Whiteblade999


I'll try the first two Thief games. I'm a little wary just because Thief 3 has -ish- graphics as it is, but since a couple of people recommended them and because this one is turning out great, I'll try them.
Baldur's Gate: again these don't, WILL NOT, work on my computer. I tried everything, and I loved them when I had my old desktop with Windows ME on it.
BG2: Same as BG1

3/5 games you posted are in the first post. anyway, fable the lost chapters, FEAR, maybe a stupid suggestion but Bioshock 1?, ..

nilzg


Haha, not a problem at all, I appreciate the help here. I just tossed Tom Clancy's Pandora Tomorrow, and Morrowind is not working.
Bioshock 1 lags, unfortunately, but I had the 2nd one on my PS3 when I had it and I loved it.
I replayed and beat Fable: The Lost Chapters multiple times, and even got my mom to play it. :P
I don't know if FEAR will run on this PoS, but I'll give it a try! :)

These games were all great on release, and have some of the elements you've requested...

Might & Magic VI & VII (1998/1999) - these are party-based RPGs, but you have a first person view. Obviously the graphics are fairly dated now, but the gameplay is still great.

Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II ( 1997 )- although it's relatively linear, there is a lot of choice in how you play the game, including moral choices, first or third person, guns or lightsabers, and of course you can choose the force powers you want to spend points in. The expansion Mysteries Of The Sith is also good (originally intened as a sequel, but became an expansion instead).

No One Lives Forever 1 & 2 (2000/2002) - a lot of gameplay variety, great humour, and use of gadgets make these great games. The second game especially has some lite RPG elements in that you can upgrade certain stats.

Thief 1 & 2 ( 1998/2000) - if you like the third game, you should love the first two if you can forgive the dated graphics.

Clive Barker's Undying (2001) - an FPS that often gets overlooked. Offered a mix of gunplay and magical abilities in a nice atmospheric horror setting. Worth a look.

Arx Fatalis (2002) - a first person RPG that had the same kind of feel as the old Ultima Underworld games.

Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast (2002) - another good FPS/TPS with Force powers and some great moments.

RobertBowen



Like I said before, Might and Magic is sketchy for me, but I'll LOOK at least. Saw NOLF and I think I'll try it, and it's sequels/"prequel".

Thief 1 & 2: I'm thinking on it, most likely I will try them.

Clive Barker's Undying is looking very promising, and the same to Arx Fatalis.

Jedi Knight: I avoid Star Wars, and all Sci-Fi as much as I can. Not my genre.



Thanks to all of you for your suggestions! I'd love to see more, even though I have a sizable list to look into. Keep them coming!!

#10 Posted by padlock11 (9 posts) -

Question on Thief 1 & 2: Are they worth playing without the openworld map? The map is what drew me to the game in the first place. Are they better than or worse than Thief: Deadly Shadows?

#11 Posted by TyberZannxxxx (712 posts) -

Doom 3, Far Cry, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Half-Life 2, Deus Ex, Deus Ex Invisible War, and Quake 4

#12 Posted by padlock11 (9 posts) -

Doom 3, Far Cry, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Half-Life 2, Deus Ex, Deus Ex Invisible War, and Quake 4

TyberZannxxxx
You named two that I've already played. Did you even read my post? I'll look into the others.
#13 Posted by FeiYenKen (247 posts) -

Halo Combat Evolved Pc, Phantasy Star Online Blueburst Schthackserv, Rayman series, Sonic series, Cod 1-2, Half Life, Team Fortress Classic, Quake, Unreal Tournament, Deathmatch Classic, Counter Strike, Day of Defeat, Prince of Persia, Beyond Good and Evil, The Sims, Flatout, Worms, Tomb Raider, Tom Clancy, Grand Theft Auto, Stalker SOC(should run fine it ran good on my crappy rig|), Star Trek Eliteforce, Mobile Forces, Elder Scrolls, Re-Volt, Transformers, Neverwinter Nights, Phantasy Star Universe JAPAN. All of these games should work fine

#14 Posted by the_hitman_guy (709 posts) -
I second Undying, FarCry, and Return to Castle Wolfenstein. Make sure you force System Shock 2 to run on only one processor.
#15 Posted by GhoX (5181 posts) -
Severance: Blade of Darkness (2001) Best action game every made.
#16 Posted by Esoteric (720 posts) -

Wizardry 8 is a GREAT turn-based RPG.

#17 Posted by neo_87 (394 posts) -

Doom 3, Far Cry, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Half-Life 2, Deus Ex, Deus Ex Invisible War, and Quake 4

TyberZannxxxx
I think doom3 ,far cry , half life 2 .deux ex invisible war and quake 4 wont run on his pc.
#18 Posted by Lucianu (9525 posts) -

You're almost asking for The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, minus the RPG part.

It's amonst my absolute top 6 favorite games of all times. The game is a action/FPS/stealth hybrid with a thick atmosphere, great graphics, excellent meele-combat, excellent stealth mechanics, and is a incredibly immerse experience. Not to mention that the character is Vin Deasel.

You can kill enemies in numerous ways, from stabbing them with a screwdriver, to sneaking towards them and performing a sequence in which you grab their guns and shoot them in the jaw, you can push them off a a high area screaming to their dying destiny, you can break their necks, and many more impressive ways. You can play it as either a stealth game, or a first person shooter game.

#19 Posted by padlock11 (9 posts) -

[QUOTE="TyberZannxxxx"]

Doom 3, Far Cry, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Half-Life 2, Deus Ex, Deus Ex Invisible War, and Quake 4

neo_87

I think doom3 ,far cry , half life 2 .deux ex invisible war and quake 4 wont run on his pc.

Half Life 2 does, I think, and Invisible War lagged a bit in some places.

#20 Posted by padlock11 (9 posts) -

You're almost asking for The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, minus the RPG part.

It's amonst my absolute top 6 favorite games of all times. The game is a action/FPS/stealth hybrid with a thick atmosphere, great graphics, excellent meele-combat, excellent stealth mechanics, and is a incredibly immerse experience. Not to mention that the character is Vin Deasel.

You can kill enemies in numerous ways, from stabbing them with a screwdriver, to sneaking towards them and performing a sequence in which you grab their guns and shoot them in the jaw, you can push them off a a high area screaming to their dying destiny, you can break their necks, and many more impressive ways. You can play it as either a stealth game, or a first person shooter game.

Lucianu
Min Requirement 1.8Ghz Processor, and recommended is 2.5 and while mine is a 2.1, I find that anything with a requirement of over 1.6 and recommended higher the video card won't handle it even if my processor does.
#21 Posted by Grimlim (230 posts) -

Question on Thief 1 & 2: Are they worth playing without the openworld map? The map is what drew me to the game in the first place. Are they better than or worse than Thief: Deadly Shadows?

padlock11
The majority of the gaming community considers thief1/2 to be much better than deadly shadows. It is a matter of taste though. Most people have suggested games i would say. Have you considered mods? Deus ex has a lot of mods, The Nameless Mod is pretty much an entire game. They are really easy to install as well (most come with a .exe that does everything for you). other than that, maybe Legends of Grimrock? just for the sake of more options.
#22 Posted by CaptainAhab13 (5121 posts) -
Spiderweb Software, I highly recommend the Geneforge series.
#23 Posted by padlock11 (9 posts) -
Does it need Deus Ex to play or is it a stand alone?
#24 Posted by Grimlim (230 posts) -

needs deus ex. It is basically a new campaign for deus ex, and it is incredibly well done. Along with new items and such. All u have to do is go to moddb and press on download (as long as u have deus ex on your computer), then keep clicking next. then ur done. But know that it is giant... like 88 gigs giant.

#25 Posted by padlock11 (9 posts) -

needs deus ex. It is basically a new campaign for deus ex, and it is incredibly well done. Along with new items and such. All u have to do is go to moddb and press on download (as long as u have deus ex on your computer), then keep clicking next. then ur done. But know that it is giant... like 88 gigs giant.

Grimlim
Lol, no, it's only 891mb giant. I found the download, but I'll have to reinstall DX on my PC.
#26 Posted by Grimlim (230 posts) -

I believe it is compressed when you download it. I could be wrong, but i remember uninstalling it because it was taking up like 80gbs. although i might be thinking of new vision mod.

#27 Posted by Lucianu (9525 posts) -

I believe it is compressed when you download it. I could be wrong, but i remember uninstalling it because it was taking up like 80gbs. although i might be thinking of new vision mod.

Grimlim

Nah, New Vision doesn't take more than 1gb or 1.5, and Nameless is about 800mb. Even with my Deus Ex install with God knows how many mods i've put into it (including the two mentioned) isn't larger than 3gb.

It's practically impossible for it to be 80 gigs. But, it probably was dramatically large because you've saved way to often, and didn't delete the older saves. You see, wen you save in Deus Ex, those saves are huge (i think it's between 100-300mb), so if you have a ton of them left undeleted, then it's .. possible.

#28 Posted by Grimlim (230 posts) -

[QUOTE="Grimlim"]

I believe it is compressed when you download it. I could be wrong, but i remember uninstalling it because it was taking up like 80gbs. although i might be thinking of new vision mod.

Lucianu

Nah, New Vision doesn't take more than 1gb or 1.5, and Nameless is about 800mb. Even with my Deus Ex install with God knows how many mods i've put into it (including the two mentioned) isn't larger than 3gb.

It's practically impossible for it to be 80 gigs. But, it probably was dramatically large because you've saved way to often, and didn't delete the older saves. You see, wen you save in Deus Ex, those saves are huge (i think it's between 100-300mb), so if you have a ton of them left undeleted, then it's .. possible.

ah ok that might have been it. i do save often. I just checked my programs/features i apparently didn't uninstall the nameless mod. it says it is taking up 88.1gb at the moment.

#29 Posted by padlock11 (9 posts) -

Naa, I got the torrented version of it, and it was only like 1.31GB. I'll keep an eye on the saves though.

I'm actually super addicted to Gothic 1, thanks to the people that told me to go to GOG.com. :)

Also got Gothic 2 + NOTR, and thinking about S.T.A.L.K.E.R..

I hope that there are more old games that will run well on my computer though... :/

It feels like I'm running out.. o.O