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Looking for a F2P game with good roleplay element

adenostaradenostar Cape Girardeau, MOPosts: 13Member

I'm looking for an MMO, and I'm pretty specific about what I want, which makes it hard to find anything. I'm going to try very hard to narrow down my list to just a few basic things though, so its not quite so specific.

Okay, I need a very low spec free to play 3D MMORPG with a decent roleplay element. I'd prefer a fantasy setting over anything else. It doesn't have to have an actual RP community or anything like that, just something that has the potential for it. I would prefer semi decent graphics, no kiddie/anime type stuff. But it needs to be really really low on CPU and memory usage.

Some kind of character customization would be really great (especially the ability to give male characters beards), but thats probably pushing it.

Things that are a MUST - The ability to just walk around the world instead of running everywhere. The ability to jump (usually by pressing the space bar, but whatever works), and emotes of some kind.

I don't really care about much of anything else. Storyline doesn't matter to me, PvP isn't something I do, don't really care about quests or dungeons or anything like that. I just want something my boyfriend and I can roleplay together in thats not going to get too boring. We want to have lots to explore without getting bogged down just doing quests.

His computer is a lot better than mine, so he could run all sorts of stuff... but I can't. I have a very old laptop with very low specs.

This is what I have to work with;

OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit

Processor: Intel Pentium M 1.50GHz

RAM: 512MB

Video: ATI Mobility Radeon 9600/9700 series (127MB)

HD SPace: I can't spare any more than 8GB.

The only game that even came close to having all the feature I'm looking for was Allods Online, but I couldn't run it. The game was way too laggy and ended up crashing my computer. Shaiya has some of the things I'd like, such as emotes and walking, etc... but its got zero customization.

Does a low spec game with those features even exist anywhere? I've been looking for such a long time and I just keep getting more and more frustrated and disappointed. I blame WoW. I played it for years and it was my very first MMO, so I think it kinda ruined every other game for me. But I'm still hoping that some day I'll come across something that suits me.

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  • OzivoisOzivois Phoenix, AZPosts: 598Member
    Everquest 2
  • adenostaradenostar Cape Girardeau, MOPosts: 13Member
    I don't think my computer meets the requirements for Everquest II. According to the game site, Windows 7 needs at least 1GB of RAM, and 14GB of HD space. Even if I had the RAM, I don't have that much space on my HD. But I do appreciate the suggestion. It does look like an interesting game.
  • SovrathSovrath Boston Area, MAPosts: 18,462Member Uncommon

    You can try lord of the rings online, possibly lowering the settings.

    You can "walk" but it looks horrible. Like your spine is completely fused.

    nevermind, you can only spare 8 gigs and LOTRO is double that. Still, worth a look if you ever upgrade your system.

  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 4,941Member Uncommon

    Only one I can think of is Crowns of Power.  It's an older Indie RPG with a small client and low hardware requirements.  I have no clue on population now, as it's been years since I played.

     

    There's not much out there that will run on low specs.  Others that I know of aren't close to what you're looking for in a game, or aren't free to play.

     


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  • GrayGhost79GrayGhost79 Webster, MAPosts: 4,813Member

    Have you tried allods? Its about the closest to your requirements that I can think of. 

     

     

      MINIMUM RECOMMENDED
    CPU Pentium III 1.5 GHz Pentium IV 3 GHz
    RAM (Memory) 512 MB 1024 MB (1 GB)
    Video Card GeForceFX 5200 or ATI Radeon 9550 / 9600 with 128 MB Memory, Shader 2.0 support, a monitor with a resolution of 800x600 or higher GeForce 7600 GS with 256 MB memory, Shader 2.0 support, a monitor with a resolution of 1024x768 or higher
    Operating System Windows 2000 / Windows XP Windows 2000 / XP / Vista / 7
    Hard Drive 8 GB free hard disk space 8 GB free hard disk space
    Internet Speed Internet access via ADSL 56 kb/s or more Broadband internet connection
    DirectX DirectX 9.0 DirectX 9.0
     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiU0uifAkJI

     

     

    You can walk in game as well

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nb0GGASA7AY

     

    And yes, you can even have beards :P 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMT23zuwHHg

     

    Thats the closest match I got for now, hope it helps. 

  • KyutaSyukoKyutaSyuko Irving, TXPosts: 250Member Uncommon
    You should at the very least upgrade your RAM and Hard Drive neither of which are that expensive.  As it is I don't think there are many games that will meet all your requirments.
  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 4,941Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by GrayGhost79

    Have you tried allods? Its about the closest to your requirements that I can think of. 

     [...] Thats the closest match I got for now, hope it helps. 

     

    I didn't know Allods positioned for low end hardware.  I'll have to take a look.  Haven't played it in a long while.

     


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  • GrayGhost79GrayGhost79 Webster, MAPosts: 4,813Member
    Originally posted by XAPGames
    Originally posted by GrayGhost79

    Have you tried allods? Its about the closest to your requirements that I can think of. 

     [...] Thats the closest match I got for now, hope it helps. 

     

    I didn't know Allods positioned for low end hardware.  I'll have to take a look.  Haven't played it in a long while.

     

    Its one of those "Not my thing" games that I still keep an eye on because the developers did a decent job. Those running the game not so much lol, but the guys and gals that made it did a pretty good job so I check in on it every now and again. 

  • adenostaradenostar Cape Girardeau, MOPosts: 13Member
    I can't run Allods. I tried. Was really hyped up and excited about it too, cause it had everything I was looking for. But it was super laggy (I could barely even move) and it ended up crashing my computer. So I had to uninstall it. Its a shame too, cause that game would have been perfect. I loved the idea of the marriage system too.
  • faxnadufaxnadu HelsinkiPosts: 940Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    You can try lord of the rings online, possibly lowering the settings.

    You can "walk" but it looks horrible. Like your spine is completely fused.

    nevermind, you can only spare 8 gigs and LOTRO is double that. Still, worth a look if you ever upgrade your system.

    lowering settings? lotro with ultra high now after graphic nerf looks like asian everyday one minute mmo f2pgrind with factory green floors nothing in it and popping out bushes and trees, customers whine 200 fps thats what customers get . no points for turbine for doing that! so op, do not waste your time with lotro , anything but that, if you like lore, read books and watch movies.

     

    everquest 2 like someone said earlier but thats sonys free your way style.

  • SilaxSilax Daytona Beach, FLPosts: 250Member
    why not just try a MUD instead? 
  • adenostaradenostar Cape Girardeau, MOPosts: 13Member

    Aren't MUDs generally text based? I used to RP on message boards (its actually my message board characters I'd like to recreate in an MMO, hence wanting decent customization), but I'd rather leave going back to text based RP as a last resort. I think I should just wait until I have the funds needed to upgrade my laptop or something. But thank you to everyone for the replies and the suggestions. I know it never hurts to ask and I appreciate people taking the time to respond.

    I think the biggest issue with this thing is its got Windows 7 on it, and it can't handle it very well. 7 takes up a lot of resources and this laptop just isn't designed for Win 7. Its actually designed for XP, but I got it from a friend and it already had 7 on it. I have considered backing everything up, formatting, then installing XP instead and seeing if that boosts my performance a bit, but this thing is like 8 or 9 years old now and I'm not sure how well it would handle a format and new install. I might kill it on accident.

  • XAPKenXAPKen Northwest, INPosts: 4,941Member Uncommon

    It might be possible to tweak 7 for less memory use.

     

    Disable Visual Effects (site is Microsoft)

    A guide to Speed Up Windows 7 (site is computing unleashed)

     

    However, the 512 is very low even for XP SP3, especially if the 128 megs of video ram is shared from the 512 system memory (leaving 384 left for everything else).  After the OS, drivers and video chip get their memory, there's not much left for the game to load up.

     


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  • adenostaradenostar Cape Girardeau, MOPosts: 13Member

    I'd really like to upgrade my RAM at least and just go for a full gig, once I have the money for it. I'm completely broke right now. I'm also considering an external HD for extra space, but right now I'd just settle for a RAM upgrade cause that would at least boost performance a bit. I guess thats something to think about whenever I have the money to spare for computer upgrades.

    As far as games go, its starting to look like I may have to go with one of the more cartoony looking games, since I can't seem to run anything else. Its not that I have anything against the cutesy anime style games, but I feel like there would probably be a lot of relatively young people playing them, because they're cutesy, and I'm looking for a more mature setting. I want blood, violence, and drunken debauchery. 

    To be completely honest with you, the entire point of trying to find a game was so my boyfriend and I could feel like we were doing things together, because at the moment we're over 4000 miles apart. I liked the idea of going on "dates" in a game together, but my idea of dates in an MMO consists of stabbing things in the face and slaughtering dragons and stuff. None of that cutesy stuff.

    Thats what I miss the most about WoW. People can say what they want about how bad its gotten, but it had a lot of potential for RP. It had great lore, great features, a huge world to explore and plenty of things to kill. It wasn't perfect by any means, but there was always something to do. Achivements to get, mounts and pets to collect, places to explore, quest chains to be done, reputation to raise, etc.

    Hopefully I'll get this laptop upgraded with some more RAM at the very least and then see what I can run after that.

     

  • TraugarTraugar Robbinsville, NCPosts: 183Member Uncommon
    Have you looked at Ryzom?  I've not played it in a few years so I can't comment on population or anything, but it was a good game. 
  • FromHellFromHell NY, NYPosts: 1,311Member
    Originally posted by Ozivois
    Everquest 2

    Everquest 2

     

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  • etlaretlar Posts: 677Member Uncommon

    Its not really 3d gfx, but you can run it ;)

    Ultima Online, its has most of what  you mentioned, and is great for Rp and exploring a world with your gf.

    But id have to say, clear some space and try out Lord of the rings on an rp server.

    Both games have great and mature communities.

  • GrayGhost79GrayGhost79 Webster, MAPosts: 4,813Member
    Originally posted by adenostar
    I can't run Allods. I tried. Was really hyped up and excited about it too, cause it had everything I was looking for. But it was super laggy (I could barely even move) and it ended up crashing my computer. So I had to uninstall it. Its a shame too, cause that game would have been perfect. I loved the idea of the marriage system too.

    Dang, that one you fit the minimum specs to a T 

     

    If nothing else you can always look into Browser based MMO's like Runescape. 

     

     

  • GrayGhost79GrayGhost79 Webster, MAPosts: 4,813Member
    Originally posted by etlar

    Its not really 3d gfx, but you can run it ;)

    Ultima Online, its has most of what  you mentioned, and is great for Rp and exploring a world with your gf.

    But id have to say, clear some space and try out Lord of the rings on an rp server.

    Both games have great and mature communities.

    I'd second the UO as a choice. The graphics are really dated but the gameplay and RP potential makes up for it in spades. But it isn't free to play. 

  • DeathreatDeathreat Manalapan, NJPosts: 139Member

    www.tibia.com

     

    Old school and awesome

  • SephirosoSephiroso Marietta, GAPosts: 1,160Member Uncommon

    Okay im gonna admit i didnt even read most of your Opening post but i did read you dont have 1gb ram, if you dont even have 1gb ram then playing games is the last thing you need to be thinking about.

     

    Go out and mow some lawns, and buy a shitty 200 dollar computer from walmart, it'll be infinitely times better then whatever piece of crap you're using right now. Not trying to be mean but seriously dude, less than 1g ram...you can find more then that in handheld gaming devices.

     

    And to want a 3D game to play at that? thats just pushing it. the best you can hope for is a top-down 2D game without running into issues like Dark Ages from Nexon(now Kru). Horrible game mind you, or Astonia 3, i played that in my younger days, still up and running. You really can't handle much more.

     

    Oh yea, i forgot browser based games. You could try those, Runescape, or even the one in my signature(though that one doesnt fit any of what you're looking for but if you're into anime and stamina based gameplay its fun enough).

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  • DigironoDigirono Charlotte, NCPosts: 86Member
    Originally posted by m0lly
    Originally posted by Sovrath

    You can try lord of the rings online, possibly lowering the settings.

    You can "walk" but it looks horrible. Like your spine is completely fused.

    nevermind, you can only spare 8 gigs and LOTRO is double that. Still, worth a look if you ever upgrade your system.

    lowering settings? lotro with ultra high now after graphic nerf looks like asian everyday one minute mmo f2pgrind with factory green floors nothing in it and popping out bushes and trees, customers whine 200 fps thats what customers get . no points for turbine for doing that! so op, do not waste your time with lotro , anything but that, if you like lore, read books and watch movies.

     

    everquest 2 like someone said earlier but thats sonys free your way style.

    Did you even bother to read the OP's specs? That's the reason Sovrath typed "Possibly lowering the settings."  "It" also said that "Its" laptop doesn't meet the min. requirements for EQ2, so that's out the door, also. (And into the oven)

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  • RavikRavik Canton, CTPosts: 611Member
    You could try Istaria.  Older game from 2003 that has a decent roleplaying base.

    Make games you want to play.

  • Kenshin_HimuraKenshin_Himura Philadelphia, PAPosts: 75Member

    I have tried Runes of Magic browser and works on any outdated PC.

    Here is link Runes of Magic Browser

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  • adenostaradenostar Cape Girardeau, MOPosts: 13Member

    First a couple things; To the people referring to me as "he"... I'm a girl. Also, I know my RAM is pretty crappy, but I got this computer from a friend for like $40, so you take what you can get. I do plan to try to upgrade it, but at the moment I'm in between jobs (which I guess is a better way of saying I'm totally unemployeed and having trouble finding anything). Hopefully that will change.

    I had a really old desktop years ago that ran WoW just fine on the lowest settings, but it also had a gig of RAM too and was only running Windows XP. This laptop had 7 already on it when my friend gave it to me, despite the fact that it clearly says it was designed for XP. I dunno who put 7 on it instead (I assume my friend or her husband possibly).

    I CAN run SOME 3D games on this one. Soul Order and Shaiya both run just fine, but they lack some of the things I'm looking for. Runescape I tried, but it was really laggy. When I tried to log into the game, there were just SO many people there that I couldn't even move my character at all.

    I'll see what else I can look into until I can get the ugrades I need. As I said, if it comes down to it, I can try one of the more cartoony "anime" style games. Text based things I'd like to avoid, mostly because my boyfriend has issues with them. We used to do text based stuff on forums years ago, but since he became an author and started publishing stuff, hes said that text based things kinda kill his ability to write very well.

    Thank you all so much for all the suggestions, though. I will look into some of this stuff and see what I can find.

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