- CPU: Intel Pentium IV
- CPU Speed: 2.5 GHz
- RAM: 1 GB
- Video Card: 128 MB + Shader 2.0 support
- HD Space: 15 GB
But what do those specs really mean?
For a lot of companies, the minimum system requirements they list are like a kiss from your sister; they don’t mean a whole lot and can even be embarrassing.
Some times the minimum system requirements seem like some sort of cruel hoax to spur more box sales to the unsuspecting. Who else is thinking “Vanguard” right about now? Go on, raise your hands.
With other games, the minimum system requirements are technically correct, you can play the game and even do well, but your enjoyment would be greatly enhanced (and your frustration would be greatly reduced) if you had treated the “recommended” system requirements as the minimum. EverQuest II and Lord of the Rings Online come to mind for me here. Even EVE Online, which has a pretty light client, is pushing credibility a bit with their minimum requirements, as I have noted, at least since the Trinity expansion came out.
A few companies seem to make sure that their minimum recommended specification actually delivers decent game play. Yes, you knew I was going to write World of Warcraft at this point, but what can I do? It runs better on my cheap company issued laptop than any other game I have mentioned and at least one I have not, which is EverQuest. It doesn’t just run better, it is playable. I could run our weekly instance group run on it, while I wouldn’t attempt running a level 3 EVE Online mission.
So that brings us to two questions. First, what kind of company is Mythic when it comes to minimum requirements?
In digging through their DOAC site and remembering what friends have told me about playing other titles from Mythic, they seem to be more conservative and/or more realistic when it comes system specs, so I am going to predict that WAR will be pretty playable at the minimum spec. Not that they have set the bar startlingly low, but that is at least a four year old game system they have listed there.
The second question is the recommended system requirements. What will they be?
My guess, since they say they want WAR everywhere, is:
- CPU: Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo
- CPU Speed: 2.0 GHz
- RAM: 1.5 GB
- Video Card: 256 MB + Shader 3.0 support
What do you think?