So you want to know “What games can I play on my computer?” and or maybe you want to know how well these certain games perform.
I’m going to not only be going over exactly that, but some precautions that you should take before even making those moves.
I want to make sure you are getting the best out of your purchases and to try to help ensure the games you are interested in are compatible with your system too! So buckle up buttercup for another journey into the ever evolving world of gaming.
The Art of Knowing Before You Whip Out Your Credit Card Sword
You sure are a quick one, aren’t you? But before you draw out your mighty sword and slash through those prices, you need to take a step back and think about the opponent you are facing.
I’d hope at this point you’d know what games you want to play and know whether they are compatible with your system.
Believe it or not, many people buy off of impulse, then before they know it they end up paying for a game they never even wanted in the first place and it ends up never to be played again.
Before you know if a game is even compatible with your system, you should truly know if it is a game you want to play. If you are unsure, then it’s probably not the right game for you or you haven’t done enough research on the game itself.
First you need to compile a list of games you are interested in. When you are interested in a game you will know it. You will get this feeling of “I can’t wait to play this!” kind of mumbo jumbo.
Many gaming platforms like Steam have a list of categories you can browse to find games you are interested in. I recommend picking a category that interests you the most.
For example if you are really into exploration, then Adventure would be a great category to search through. From there on you can look through top sellers or whatever your heart desires and compile of list of games that have captured your interest.
Time For a Checkup, Prepare Yourself!
Now that you have a list of games that you’re interested in, here comes the fun part. It’s called the process of elimination!
In this day and age, sometimes full of empty promises, how do you know if a game is something you want just by looking at the store page.
It is time for you to go deep! Read some game reviews in and outside of the store page and see what others are saying. In addition, watch some actual game play and not just the trailers! But watch out for spoilers when you do these sorts of things!
After you’ve done this, you should have a great idea of what games you want to play within your compiled list.
In addition, all the unnecessary purchases will be avoided, saving you time, money, and making sure you get the best out of the enjoyment found within the realms gaming!
Double or Nothing!
With so many graphically demanding games out there, it’s probably a good idea to do some compatibility checks as well with the list of games you are interested in playing.
You wouldn’t want to purchase a game only to find out that your system can’t handle it. So check the specifications of a game you are playing.
Game developers will usually release notes on minimum and recommended specifications for running games on your system. For Steam users, they will usually list these specifications towards the bottom of a game on the store page.
I wouldn’t recommend going in minimal specifications unless you don’t care how well the game looks and performs. Recommended specifications is great for those who want to get an optimal gaming experience.
You can also google game benchmark tests with certain systems to see how well they perform or even looking up minimum and recommend specifications all across the internet.
There are even some free online tools that evaluate your system to help you see what games you can run.
You can compare your systems specs with what it lists, but if you aren’t much of a techie or maybe you just don’t feel like comparing the technical details at the moment, they have a tool that evaluates your system and automatically tells you after the test if the game you searched for is compatible.
It’s really simple to do and best of all, it’s free!
Ready For Action?
Don’t forget to think about the price as well, do you think it’s worth your money? It’s common for prices to go up in early access games once they go out of early access.
It’s also common for the price of games to go down after being released for a year. Sometimes games have random sales too, so keep an eye out on that.
Some sites even try to predict when these sales will happen, while they don’t always get it right, it’s worth looking into!
Also, you find that some games in your list aren’t compatible with your current system, you don’t have to remove them from your list of desired games.
Just save those incompatible games for later and when you get a better gaming system you can play those games. Enjoy whatever games you can play for now! PC gaming is all about enjoying it.
Let’s recap on everything we’ve learned.
- Browse a gaming category you are interested in.
- Come up with a list of games that truly interest you.
- Look at the in store reviews and at some external reviews as well from other people to see what others are saying. (Watch out for spoilers though while doing step 3 and 4).
- Look at actual game play to see if it’s something you’d like.
- Perform a system compatibility test or check if it matches with the games recommended specifications.
- See if the price is something you’re willing to spend money on. If it isn’t, sometimes prices in games go down or have sales. There are tools that can estimate when they sales will happen. (Some of these estimations are just educated guesses while others could be legit confirmed sale dates) For example, www.whenisthenextsteamsale.com.
- Or even some gaming platform sites like Steam will give you the ability to add a game to your wish list and they will send you an email notification whenever the game on your list goes on sale.
Make Your Move!
Everything’s said and done now! It’s time for you to go on and do your thing. Apply the knowledge you just learned and go take action. “But Genius, what about me? I already knew all this stuff all along, so do I get extra gold stars?”
Reviewing’s never a bad thing! Sometimes memories lie deep within our subconscious and they are waiting to be recalled and rise up they will, and away all the way to the conscious state of your mind!
Okay anyways, aside from that, I hope you found this useful, feel free to ask any questions and happy gaming!