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Top 10 Low Spec PC Games

Greg Burke continues his 'I can't believe Asif didn't fire me' World Tour. He is inexplicably back to count down the Top 10 Low Spec PC Games. 

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Not everyone has the best graphics card and there are some poor souls who play games on Macs. This week's Top 10 list is for you as I count down the Top 10 Low Spec Games for PC. Some of these games could probably even work on Nintendo Switch! Games Mentioned: Faster Than Light, The Binding of Isaac, Darkest Dungeon, Rogue Legacy, Torchlight II, Bastion, Endless Legend, Shovel Knight, Day of the Tentacle, and SteamWorld Dig. You'll have to watch the video to see where the games rank and which game took our top spot!

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If you have a suggestion for a future episode of Shack's Top 10, please let us know in the comments section or tweet @shacknews & @GregBurke85 with #Top10.

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    January 20, 2017 4:20 PM

    Greg Burke posted a new article, Top 10 Low Spec PC Games

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      January 20, 2017 4:24 PM

      That's not an article, it's a video

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        January 20, 2017 4:31 PM

        Dare you say....it's both!

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        January 20, 2017 7:13 PM

        "Not everyone has the best graphics card and there are some poor souls who play games on Macs. This week's Top 10 list is for you as I count down the Top 10 Low Spec Games for PC. Some of these games could probably even work on Nintendo Switch!"

        Greg remains the worst.

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      January 20, 2017 4:32 PM

      Steam has a massive sale on Endless games right now. Worth it?

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        January 20, 2017 4:38 PM

        Heard Great things about Dungeon of the Endless.

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        January 20, 2017 5:09 PM

        Endless Legend is an excellent 4x game, and Dungeon of the Endless is a fun mashup of roguelike and tower defense.

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        January 20, 2017 11:49 PM

        yes, all three endless games I've played are good. Endless Space is the least good of the three but it's not bad.

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      January 20, 2017 5:00 PM

      FACTORIO

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        January 20, 2017 6:15 PM

        It can take a decent CPU with large factories, though video card requirements are probably super low.

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          January 20, 2017 6:17 PM

          And with the next release coming up, the cpu requirements might come down with the increased efficiency they've worked out.

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            January 20, 2017 6:36 PM

            Is .15 coming soon? Might pick it back up when that drops.

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              January 20, 2017 7:53 PM

              Last I read they were talking about some time in Feb.

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      January 20, 2017 6:23 PM

      Why is Endless legend there? You have to turn it down to its lowest settings if you don't have a dedicated videocard.

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        January 20, 2017 6:31 PM

        Its debatable...I googled, found a lot of mix reactions. It was mentioned multiple times on the Top 10 Poll as well.

        https://steamcommunity.com/app/289130/discussions/0/613937306569860868/

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          January 20, 2017 7:32 PM

          Let's say its debatable. What isn't debatable is that Endless Legends has far higher system requirements than every game in that video. In fact you could have easily replaced it with Owlboy, Out of the park baseball, Super Time Force Ultra, va-11 hall-a, or either of the hotline miami games.

          I'm just saying that you said "I'm setting the baseline at Intel Integrated Graphics. The game must run decent without all settings at low or ultra low." Endless legends will run on Integrated Graphics. Is it decent? That's debatable. What isn't is that you have to run it at low or ultra low settings which violates what you said in the video. I was really bored and tested this on my work mac and my neighbor's new macbook pro.

          If you took that line out ,which would only help the really long intro, you'd be gold.

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            January 20, 2017 7:57 PM

            Acer TravelMate P258-M-39D1

            My friend has this laptop, Runs about a steady 30fps on Medium settings.

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            January 21, 2017 4:05 AM

            Runs great on my 2014 MBP with integrated graphics at 30fps and medium settings. It's just a turn based game, no need to crank it up to 11 to have fun.

            It's a good game - deep, chill, engaging and whatnot. It's a very good as a recommendation, since it's quite obvious 2d indie games run fine on older computers.

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      January 20, 2017 6:34 PM

      no MineCraft??

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      January 20, 2017 8:18 PM

      Y'know, longshot here: the wife is interested in games, but it's hard to find stuff she can play because she doesn't have the developed hand-eye coordination us veterans have. But she still wants stuff that's complex and interesting (she envies me being able to play Dark Souls, for instance).

      So, how about a list of good games for adult gamers to who are just getting started with the medium? Stuff that's easy to control, but offers interesting and approachable complexity, good tutorials, and ideally is light on the presentation trappings/tropes that turn off non-gamers (scantily-clad tank-class warrior ladies, for instance)?

      I'll even help you out with a suggestion--the wife LOVES Fire Emblem: Awakening.

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        January 20, 2017 8:20 PM

        Maybe Cities Skylines or Planet Coaster? Those types of games usually go over well for the non-gamer types.

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        January 20, 2017 8:33 PM

        Some of the proper, modern turn-based Roguelikes and RPGs might be up her alley. Dungeons of Dredmor, Legend of Grimrock, the Shadowrun games, Sword of the Stars: The Pit.

        If she wants to start practicing to improve her eye-hand coordination, maybe start her on Crimsonland, particularly survival mode. You might want to run through the "campaign" first to unlock all the weapons in survival, since the missions can be pretty difficult. It not exceptionally complex, but it's engaging, and with survival it's not a matter of whether you die, it's just a matter of when.
        http://store.steampowered.com/app/262830/
        (I know, it's $14. Totally worth it. Awesome game.)

        Then there's the various survival games, starting with Minecraft.

        Along the same philosophy as Crimsonland, the first Space Pirates and Zombies game could be worthwhile.

        Hell, you could go way back and set her up with classic DooM running one of the modern engines.

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        January 20, 2017 9:46 PM

        im gonna say rimworld because of the story teller aspect. its easy to get into but hard to master, and the ai storyteller really keeps you engaged. you can play it on a non challenge sandbox mode as well if you just want to build.

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        January 20, 2017 9:48 PM

        I think that turn-based games would be fun to play, that and some recent story games like Life Is Strange

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        January 20, 2017 10:52 PM

        Rimworld. My buddies gf that liked cutie skylines and other games of that nature got super hooked and its at 100+ hours of rimworld now.

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        January 21, 2017 11:54 AM

        One of the Portal games. 1 has the great story and twist but some of those last puzzles are tricky for beginners. 2 is probably the better game for casual beginners but skips the back story.

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      January 20, 2017 9:44 PM

      a shame rimworld wasnt in there

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      January 20, 2017 9:59 PM

      Good list!

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      January 20, 2017 10:01 PM

      This list might have been better if it was Top 10 Low Spec PC Games of 2016

      Making it of all time seems like strange. Why isn't Doom 1 or 2 there? Those games are badass yet run on 20 year old machines. There are just too many to pick from. Narrowing it down a bit would have helped you craft a more useful list.

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      January 20, 2017 10:18 PM

      Darkest Dungeon looks interesting. Haven't played one of those turn-based Final Fantasy-like tactical fighting games in ages; I miss that genre of combat!

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        January 20, 2017 10:22 PM

        It is baller and it is brutal.

        It's xcom meets ff turn based plus so much more.. Be ready to discard party members.

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        January 20, 2017 10:40 PM

        It's like Final Fantasy but everytime you die (and you will die) you get all new characters.

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        January 20, 2017 10:54 PM

        I want to try it again once the new mode comes out. I don't lime the late game grinding.

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          January 20, 2017 11:06 PM

          Yeah, I'm definitely picking it up again once the new mode is out. They're targeting 40 hours for a playthrough, way more achievable than what they have right now.

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            January 20, 2017 11:07 PM

            Yep, I still love the game though and its one of the few kickstarters I backed and was super happy with what I got.

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              January 20, 2017 11:32 PM

              Its a fantastic game, just one that I have no desire to grind as much as they require me to. Really happy they're responding to that though!

              Next they need ports to the iPad and the Switch!

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                January 21, 2017 12:29 AM

                I'd day-1 buy a Switch if it had Darkest Dungeon, or a similar Final Fantasy Tactics game.

                Is Fire Emblem kinda like that?

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                  January 21, 2017 12:49 AM

                  Disgaea 5 and Has Been Heroes are going to be on the Switch shortly after launch. HBH looks like a cross between Darkest Dungeon and Plants vs Zombies while Disgaea is a lot like FFT.

                  The Fire Emblem Warriors game that's coming this year isn't a real Fire Emblem game, its a FE themed Warriors/Musou game. There is a real Fire Emblem coming next year and that's a full on tactics game like FFT, etc.

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      January 20, 2017 10:19 PM

      Finally, a list that got #1 correct.

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        January 20, 2017 10:41 PM

        I thought it was going to be Stardew Valley, weird omission to be honest.

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          January 20, 2017 10:53 PM

          It was in the intro of the video.

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      January 20, 2017 11:04 PM

      Check out the video tomorrow. Anyone mind giving me a spoiler in a comment?

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        January 21, 2017 12:34 AM

        All ten games are listed in the article. One of them is #1.

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          January 21, 2017 12:44 AM

          I'll let you know my thoughts tomorrow after the poker night I'm still at right now. Thanks for the update TMWB

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      January 21, 2017 6:04 AM

      Torchlight 2 is a great pick

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        January 21, 2017 6:28 AM

        That game really doesn't get enough love

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      January 21, 2017 8:19 AM

      Nice list. Missing Rimworld, though.

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      January 21, 2017 5:22 PM

      Awesome list and video great stuff Greg.

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      January 22, 2017 9:54 AM

      I dunno if a shacker made FTL or what. Because we sunshine pump the hell out of it. Its a cool little game and all. Not bashing it. I own it. But I wouldnt put it in the top 10 of anything. Unless its a category about game difficulty.