The standards that people have nowadays when it comes to gaming are usually very high, as it’s hard to find a game that doesn’t have mind-blowing graphics. While these games will also usually take a toll on your PC’s hardware, there are still plenty of titles out there that impress the world with their amazing graphics and can be played without having some high-tech gear at your disposal.
High-graphics PC games that you can play even though you have only 2GB of RAM on your computer truly exist, and we’re not saying that you can find them in some parallel universe. They exist in our own physical reality, and we’re delighted to have the chance to mention some of them:
Sniper Elite V2
Sniper Elite V2 was launched in 2012, and it represents the beginning of some of the most amazing elements that make Sniper Elite a top-end series. This game was the bee’s knees at its time, and it qualifies as a tactical stealth shooter set in the German battlefields of the Second World War. You play as Karl Fairburne, an American sniper who needs to apply every dirty trick in the book to get his hands on the V2 rockets mission plan that the Nazis were ‘cooking.’
The Sniper Elite series is mostly known for introducing the so-called kill-cam, meaning that when your character fires a bullet with his sniper, you will see that bullet as it flies in slow motion and pierces the organs of your opponents. Sniper Elite V2 harnesses the kill cam very well. As you’ve already guessed, this game is not for the faint of heart.
Sniper Elite V2 can be played if you have at least 2GB of RAM and 256MB of VRAM on your GPU.
Sniper Elite 3
Launched in 2014, Sniper Elite 3 is the sequel to Sniper Elite V2, and it brings even better graphics than its predecessor. This time, Karl Fairburne will go to the dangerous fields of Africa, where he will encounter pretty much anything you can imagine in a large-scale war: lots of soldiers equipped with terrifying weapons (such as snipers and rocket launchers), mines, and even tanks. Besides his weapons, Karl also has some dirty tricks that he can use to lure his enemies directly into traps. Compared to its predecessor, Sniper Elite 3 is more focused on a stealth approach, as it is indeed feasible to make your way through the enemy’s territory without alerting anyone. However, it’s VERY difficult!
Sniper Elite 3 even takes the kill cam to a new level, adding more detail to the graphics that display a lot of gore and blood. That’s just the harsh reality of war, folks, so please don’t blame the guys from Rebellion for creating such an amazing game series!
Similarly to its predecessor, Sniper Elite 3 demands only 2GB of RAM and 256MB of VRAM for your graphics card.
GTA 4 represented a huge improvement over the predecessor GTA 3. Rockstar released their new game in 2008, where the main protagonist is Niko Bellic, a war veteran who came to Liberty City (a parody of New York) from Europe to hopefully live a better life. Along with his cousin Roman, Niko will get into all sorts of trouble in Liberty City, as he has a taste for adventure and danger.
GTA 4 offers a massive open-world, and it will work even on PCs that have 1.5GB of RAM. The graphics might not be as spectacular as other titles from this list, but they still represent a huge improvement compared to GTA 3.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (aka CS:GO)
CS: GO came out in 2012, being the successor of the legendary CS 1.6. The new game of the series was built on pretty much the same concept as its predecessor: you get to be part of either one of two groups: terrorists or counter-terrorists. You and your team need to kill all opponents of the other team. The first team that loses all of its members loses the round as well. Alternatively, if the terrorists plant the bomb and it explodes, they win. Counter-terrorists can also win the round if they find the time to defuse the bomb that was just planted.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive brings much better graphics than what we’ve seen in Counter-Strike 1.6 or in any other game of the famous shooter series. The 2012 game also brought new weapons and new maps, and it’s pretty hard to complain about anything this game has to offer. It is still played by millions today despite being a game that’s over a decade old.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive needs at least 2 gigs of RAM and 256 gigs of VRAM to run on a computer.
We may be subjective on this, but Mafia 2 takes the cake, as it’s most probably the best game on this list. Set in the mobster world of the ’40s and ’50s, the world of this game had amazing attention to detail from the devs. The guys from 2K Czech did a fantastic job for those times, as this game came out in 2010. That was 13 years ago, and even so, Mafia 2 had fantastic graphics and audio effects. Even the facial expressions of the characters look in accordance with what they speak in the cut scenes, while the shooting sounds extremely realistic and piercing.
In Mafia 2, the player puts himself in the shoes of Vito Scaletta, a war veteran from Europe who came to Empire Bay (New York), where he meets his good friend and partner in crime, Joe. Vito will rapidly start to climb the ranks of the criminal world, although such a path won’t bring him any peace and joy.
Mafia 2 needs only 1.5GB of RAM to be played on the PC.
Which one of the games mentioned here is your favorite and why? Feel free to tell us in the comments!
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