The ultimate guide to gaming on your crappy laptop – TNW

Want to play games but have an older or less-capable laptop? Join the club. My work computer can handle 30+ browser tabs at a time along with Photoshop and even Slack, but it groans under the pressure of running recently launched games.

We’re certainly not alone in this, but I believe there’s hope. Unless you want to play specific graphics-intensive titles, there are several things you can do to have fun gaming on your modest laptop. All it takes is a bit of homework, some elbow grease to fiddle with settings, and an open mind.

What can you play?

Let’s get the worst out of the way first: if you don’t have a powerful laptop, you can forget about playing AAA games released this year from most of the major studios. We’ll share some tips on how to try getting them to run, but know that you’ll be setting up yourself for a decidedly sub-par experience.

Instead, I recommend looking at older games that have aged well, and aren’t only known for their cutting-edge graphics. Look up best-of and recommendation lists for two-three years prior to the year your laptop model was released, and find ones that interest you among those.

Rather than bother with brand new shooters to get my action-adventure fix, I went with Spec Ops: The Line, a sleeper hit from 2012. The deep storyline forces you to make difficult choices and tests your sense of morality, while the intense and varied gameplay draw you into an experience that’s intense from start to finish.

Spec Ops: The Line is a 2012 shooter that's more than skin deep