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25 best PC games you can play without a graphics card

When you rely on CPU graphics, finding something to play can be tricky. Luckily, you’ll find the best non-GPU games on this list!

It can be difficult to choose which games to play, especially when using an older computer with integrated graphics from Intel or AMD. And to be honest, it sucks. I was in the same boat, but luckily finding good games that ran on integrated graphics made the dark times bearable for me at the time.

You may think that your options are limited when it comes to gaming with integrated graphics. But the good news is that whether you’re using integrated graphics or dedicated graphics cards, there are tons of games worth trying out. The article will focus on games that can be played at decent resolutions and smooth frame rates.

The list will contain popular games as well as some lesser known ones and I really hope you find a game that you may not have heard of below. Find out about the best PC games you can play with integrated graphics.

Note. These games will surely fly on Intel HD 4400, Intel HD 630, Intel UHD630, RX Vega 8 and up.

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Just Cause 2

Release date : March 23, 2010
developer : Avalanche Studios Group
Publisher : Square Enix (originally Eidos Interactive)
A type : Open world
Platforms :Steam

If you are a fan of explosions, Just Cause 2 – This is what you need. The first game was pretty amazing for its time along with other titles such as Mercenaries , red faction 2 и Destroy all Humans . In these games, the same atmosphere of destruction and destruction is the same, wherever the character goes. However, the second Just Cause game increased the level of destruction, giving you more freedom, deadly arsenals, incredible physics and much more. For someone who loves chaos so much, it is impossible not to enjoy Just Cause 2 .

The game will definitely run on an inexpensive computer without a dedicated graphics card. 

Owlboy

Release date : November 1, 2016
developer : D-Pad Studio
Publisher : D-Pad Studio
A type : Indie, 2D Platformer, Shoot ’em Up, Adventure
platform : Steam, GOG

Owlboy is a side-scrolling platformer that has been in development for almost ten years. After a long wait, the game was finally released in 2016 to critical acclaim. Reviewers as well as gamers praised the game’s carefully crafted art style, soothing soundtracks, and memorable characters.

D-Pad Studio game draws inspiration from several hits of the time such as Super Mario Bros. 3 from nintendo, Kid Icarus and, first of all, from The Legend of Zelda … IN Owlboy You’ll take on the role of a cute little owl known as Otus, whose village has been raided by a band of pirates. Otus suffers from low self-esteem due to the harsh environment in which he was born and the constant attacks of his master. However, amidst all the chaos, he realizes that the only way to prove his worth to the village is to save it from the clutches of the evil that has befallen it. During his journey, Otus will meet several friends who will be of great help to him.

Splinter Cell Tom Clancy

Release date : November 17, 2002
developer : Ubisoft
Publisher : Ubisoft
A type : Espionage, Action, Shooter
Platforms : Steam, GOG, Uplay

If you ever wanted to play something similar to Metal Gear Solid from Konami, then this is what you are looking for. Here Clancy’s Splinter Cell is Ubisoft’s answer to all the popular spy games. But I feel like Splinter Cell’s mainly competed with metalgearsolid, seeing that these two have the same experience.

Since this is a spy title, don’t expect the game to be any easier. Unlike the stealth games we get these days with idiotic AI enemies, Splinter Cell guards are some of the smartest enemies you’ll come across in your game. In the sequels (such as Chaos Theory ) has been improved the AI ​​of the guard so that the experience is real and challenging. You will die many times, and you will be noticed all the time. But as you continue to play, you learn, adapt and improvise.

A fan of spy video games should not sleep on the legendary franchise Here Clancy’s Splinter Cell . And if you’re looking for a challenge, the specific title won’t disappoint you.

Prince of Persia: Warrior Within

Release date : December 2, 2004
developer : Ubisoft
Publisher : Ubisoft
A type : Parkour, Action, Adventure
Platforms : Steam, GOG, Uplay

In the first game, the Prince is stuck with the creatures of the sands, but in the second game, an entire island filled with creatures is stuck with him. Warrior Within is the second part of the original trilogy, which debuted back in 2003. The sequel brings a host of improvements, from an updated combat system to improved visuals, an epic soundtrack, and more.

You take on the role of a prince as he travels to the Island of Time to change his fate. After releasing the sands in the first game, he is now being haunted by a dark being known as the Dahaka. The prince is powerless against this and the only way to survive is to run. It won’t be easy to change the prince’s fate. Secret after secret will be revealed and things will get worse until he finds what he is looking for and escapes the island.

The Prince of Persia trilogy is a classic not to be missed, and it also runs on a potato computer.

Guacamelee

Release date : August 8, 2013
developer : DrinkBox Studios
Publisher : DrinkBox Studios
A type : Side Scrolling, Action, Adventure, Metroidvania, Beat ’em Up
Platforms : Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

The day my eyes saw the release Guacamelee I immediately started notice similarity. Guacamelee is a mixture of Metroidvania and scandal, drawing inspiration mainly from traditional Mexican culture and folklore.

For a Metroidvania game Guacamelee won’t take you hours to complete, but it certainly won’t end quickly. You take control of Juan, who is mysteriously endowed with the power of the Luchador mask, which granted him mystical powers. El Presidente’s daughter has been kidnapped by the evil Charro and it’s up to you to rescue her.

Guacamelee is a great game and will run smoothly with integrated graphics. 

Prototype

Release date : June 9, 2009
developer : Radical Entertainment
Publisher : Activision
A type : Open World, Action, Super Power
Platforms :Steam

After the acquisition of Radical Entertainment by Activision in 2008, the team decided to start over with a new IP address, specifically with Prototype . The game puts you in the role of Alex Mercer after being infected by an unknown virus that granted him super powers. For example, running through buildings, throwing cars, turning into deadly weapons, jumping higher than the Hulk could imagine, and devouring people.

At the time, Prototype was an innovative game that no one expected. But fans of open world games have been waiting for an open world game where they can destroy things and feel powerful. There is a continuation Prototype but unfortunately the story is not over yet and it may never be since Activision shut down Radical Entertainment for good. However, we can only hope that we can try out a third game in the near future.

Beyond Good & Evil

Release date : November 19, 2003
developer : Ubisoft
Publisher : Ubisoft
A type : Open World, Adventure, Exploration
platform : Steam, GOG, Uplay, Epic Games

Brought to you by the legendary French developer Michel Ancel who is known for his other works such as Rayman and video game Peter Jackson King Kong . Beyond Good & Evil can make you feel like you’re playing another XNUMXD platform game where you collect things, save the world, and voila, the game is over. But it’s not. Michel Ancel’s philosophy regarding video games is completely different. His games aim to give the player the freedom to explore whatever they can achieve. Most importantly, his games focus mainly on aesthetics and sound design to give the player a unique experience that they would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

Beyond Good & Evil is a cult hit in which you play the role of Jade, who uncovers the mystery of Doomz and the Alpha Section. This brave journalist is well armed with a powerful stick, a camera and comrades to support her. The best thing about the game is taking pictures. Of course, taking photos doesn’t come without a reward, the game rewards you for your efforts by giving you blue orbs that you can use to purchase items.

The game will definitely run on your low end PC without any problems. This is your chance to discover this timeless gem. Do not miss.

Rayman 3 Hoodlum Havoc

Release date : March 18, 2003
developer : Ubi Pictures
Publisher : Ubi Soft
A type : Open World, Adventure, Platformer
Platforms : Steam, GOG, Uplay

Another great old game from Michel Ancel and Ubisoft that will certainly run smoothly on integrated graphics. Hoodlum Havoc is a fully XNUMXD Rayman game where you take on the role of our little hero on his quest to stop Andre from taking over the world with his minions from the sack-like army of “hoodlums”. Unlike past games, the third game includes voice acting, implementing sarcastic dialogue here and there while maintaining what made Rayman a great game. Rayman is given new abilities that help him defeat enemies, discover new locations, solve platforming sequences, and more.

Whether you grew up with old XNUMXD platform games or not, Rayman 3 is a game you can’t miss. Keep in mind that you need a mod called “Better Rayman 3” to fix most of your problems. You can also try Rayman 2 and Rayman Forever, because they work on just about everything these days.

Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare

Release date : June 22, 2001
developer : Darkworks
Publisher : infograms
A type : Action, Survival-Horror
Platforms : Steam, GOG

Franchise Alone in the Dark – the true godfather of the survival horror genre before Resident Evil by Capcom. It’s a pity that this franchise is now in a coma, waiting for the day when it miraculously rises from the grave and returns again. However, Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare is an introduction worthy of an experience for those who love survival horror video games.

Embark on a nightmarish journey for Edward Carnby and Aline Cedric as they land on Shadow Island, a mysterious location just off the coast of Massachusetts. You can only choose one character to play through the game, but the ending is basically the same for both. Edward and his partner must explore the island, uncover secrets and confront abnormal creatures.

GUN

Release date : November 9, 2005
developer : Neversoft
Publisher : Activision
A type : Open world, TPP, Western
platform : Steam, GOG

Before it appeared Red Dead Redemption , people played GUN , a Western third-person shooter from the now-defunct Neversoft. Of course, the latter doesn’t come close to Rockstar titles, but since we’re talking about games that can be played on integrated graphics, GUN – good game.

В GUN you venture into the dangerous Wild West as Colton White as he seeks revenge on Thomas McGruder for killing the boy who raised him when he was a kid. There is a lot to do in the game. Instead of just sticking with the main objectives, the player can complete side quests that reward them with tools, money to upgrade, and the purchase of valuable items. The only thing that worries me about gun, it’s that once you’re done with the game, there’s next to nothing you can do.

Mark of the Ninja

Release date : October 16, 2012
developer : Clay Entertainment
Publisher : Microsoft Studios
A type : Stealth, Side-Scroller, Platformer
Platforms : Steam, GOG

There are plenty of indie games that can run on your low-end PC, and Mark of the Ninja – one of them. The latter is a 2D side-scrolling stealth video game. You take control of a nameless ninja as he infiltrates bases, kills guards, and completes his ninja missions. Best in Mark of the Ninja – It’s the art style and eye-catching cutscenes that set it apart from other 2D side scrollers. Certainly, Mark of the Ninja is not the only game with this art style. Previously, Klei Entertainment developed games such as Shank , Do not Starve и Eets, with roughly the same aesthetics, but Mark of the Ninja as would improve it.

Mark of the Ninja – an excellent stealth game. You can also try Klei Entertainment’s previous games as they don’t require much to run at full speed.

Broforce

Release date : October 15, 2015
developer : Free Lives
Publisher : Devolver Digital
type : Run & Gun
Platforms : Steam, GOG

A game created by bros for bros. Seriously, the first time I came across this stone, I didn’t think much of it. On the one hand, the pixelated graphics may not immediately attract players, but damn, the gameplay is something that will definitely do so. Broforce is fun, giving you complete freedom to destroy everything that comes your way. You also have the option to choose from famous names such as Chuck Norris, Terminator, Rambo, John McClane, Kill Bill and more.

If you are a fan of run and gun games, be sure to play Broforce . You can also call a friend and party together.

Portal

Release date : October 10, 2007
developer : valves
Publisher : valves
A type : Puzzles
Platforms :Steam

I don’t need to say much about the Valve franchise Portal, as it is quite popular these days and is recommended to anyone who wants to relax and solve puzzles. The game mainly consists of a series of puzzles that the player must solve in order to progress. The process of solving them is quite unique in Portal, as the player must teleport themselves or objects using a tool known as the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device.

This particular device is capable of creating dimensional portals between two flat planes, which it can use to teleport inanimate objects or even teleport itself. Portal completely dedicated to the gameplay and even if I try to describe it, it will not do justice to such a game. You have to experience the game to understand.

Terraria

Release date : May 16, 2011
developer : Re-Logic
Publisher : 505
A type Games : Sandbox, Adventure, Survival
Platforms : Steam, GOG

Terraria is a sandbox adventure game where you can explore the world, build and collect things, and relax with friends online. The game sold over 35 million copies and received generally positive reviews from gamers and critics alike.

Despite all these years Terraria by- still good both technically and visually. If you are a fan of other sandbox adventure games like Minecraft then Terraria – This is what you need. Just keep in mind that the game is addictive and sooner or later you will find yourself immersed in the game hour after hour.

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in HARM’s Way

Release date : October 1, 2002
developer : Monolith Productions
Publisher : Sierra Entertainment
A type : FPP, Stealth
Platforms : Abandonware

В No One Lives Forever the franchise is forever lost in the author’s battlefield, never being released on platforms like GOG or Steam. The game is brought to you by Monolith Productions, which is known for such excellent games as Blood, FEAR , Condemned: Criminal Origins и Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor . NOFL2 is also a big forgotten game these days. If fans hadn’t made it available, many would have slept on this gem.

Gameplay NOFL2 very similar to GoldenEye Rare and you take on the role of spy Kate Archer. In her story, you confront the international criminal organization HARM. This time, she must interfere with the plans of a top-secret Soviet project. If it succeeds, it could lead to a third world war. Since the game is no longer sold in official stores, you can always download the game from the fan website, which includes everything related to NOLF.

Psychonauts

Release date : April 19, 2005
developer : Double Fine Productions
Publisher : Majesco Entertainment
A type : platformer, 3D
platform : Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

After we talked about Rayman above, it’s time to talk about Double Fine’s game Psychonauts . Like Rayman 3 , Psychonauts is a XNUMXD platformer in which you imagine yourself as a boy named Razputin, gifted with psychic abilities. Razputin reaches deep into people’s minds, helping them overcome anxiety and fear throughout the game. In the minds of these people, Razputin encounters unusual creatures and landscapes that many ordinary people cannot cope with. By helping others overcome their fears, Razputin receives their help to move forward in the story.

Whether you hate platformers or love them, Psychonauts actually recommended to anyone who wants to play something interesting. Its evocative atmosphere, memorable characters and carefully crafted environments are things that will linger in your memories until the day you die.

Freedom Fighters

Release date : September 26, 2003
developer IO Interactive
Publisher : IO Interactive (reissue)
A type : TPP, Tactical
platform : Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

Created by the same people who created the franchise Hitman , Freedom Fighters was a revolutionary game for its time. Unlike other third-person shooters of the era, Freedom Fighters took a different approach. The latter combines shooting with a tactical command system similar to Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30, where you order the soldiers to advance, defend, follow them or make a full blow.

The story takes place in an alternate timeline where the Soviet Union won World War II and took over New York. Americans have resisted such domination and are ruthlessly fighting for their freedom. Take up arms, unite and fight the invaders together.

FlatOut 2

Release date : August 1, 2008
developer : Bugbear Entertainment
Publisher : Empire Interactive
A type : Racing, Rampage
Platforms : Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

Earlier I talked about Burnout Paradise and destruction physics along with attractive graphics. FlatOut 2 also has a similar vibe and you’re sure to love it. Flatout 2 was released in 2008 and developed by Bugbear Entertainment. The latter has developed several titles such as Wreckfest, Rally Trophy, Ridge Racer Unbounded and others. Have you noticed that the company specializes only in creating racing games? This may have been the reason why THQ Nordic acquired the company. And who knows, we may soon see a resurgence of the franchise.

In FlatOut 2 your mission is to drive and destroy everyone who approaches you. You earn points for every wrecked car you destroy, and as you progress, you get to choose from a variety of cars. This is a fun game that will run on a potato PC without a GPU.

SWAT 4

Release date : April 5, 2005
developer : Irrational Games
Publisher : Vivendi Games
A type Games : Tactical Shooter, FPP
Platforms : Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

SWAT 4 is a tactical first-person shooter game developed by the developers of the Bioshock franchise and the famous System Shock 2. The above-mentioned game, although it may seem similar to Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Siege, is a unique game for its time. Unlike typical first-person shooters where the player blindly rushes into the scene, in SWAT 4 you have to think twice before stepping into a building. Criminals know how to make you think they are innocent. They know how to ambush you as soon as you open the door. They all know it.

You must train yourself to be patient, command your troops in teams to catch criminals or terrorists. What’s interesting about SWAT 4 is the lack of regenerated health. This means that taking cover and avoiding gunfire is critical to completing the mission. If you’re looking for a challenging game, SWAT 4 is recommended. It doesn’t hurt to try out previous games, but I think 4 is the best.

hunt down

Release date : May 12, 2020
developer : Easy Trigger Games
Publisher : Coffee Stain Studios
A type : run & gun,
Platforms with side scrolling : Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

Another non-stop Run & Gun video game that will definitely run on anything these days. In Huntdown, you take on the role of a hunter who must hunt his target and fulfill his duties. The game is quite simple at first, but as you progress, some bosses have the ability to wipe the floor with you. The solution to overcoming them is to become better.

The action in Huntdown is top notch. The music is fantastic and captivating. The jump in difficulty is also quite noticeable, but in my book the game feels bland without any problems. Oh, and the best thing about Huntdown is the sarcastic quotes as you cut through the waves of gangsters.

Cyber ​​Shadow

Release date : May 12, 2020
developer : Mechanical Head Studios
Publisher : Yacht Club
A type Games : Side-Scroller
Platforms : Steam, GOG, Humble Bundle

Have you ever wanted to play the classic Ninja Gaiden trilogy on the NES but couldn’t? Well, Cyber ​​Shadow has you covered. It’s close in every way, including ridiculous late-game difficulty spikes. It can drive you crazy if you are used to simple games. If so, then maybe you should stay away from it.

The story puts you in the shoes of a cyborg ninja as he wakes up from his sleep to find the world in ruins. Your duty is to find out who is behind the chaos and defeat him.

Duke Nukem 3D

Release date : January 22, 1996
developer : 3D Realms
Publisher :FromGen
A type : FPP
Platforms : Steam, GOG

Have you ever wanted to play the new DOOM games but couldn’t because your potato computer was holding you back? Well, there are a few alternatives until you can upgrade to a full PC. One of them is the Duke Nukem franchise. The latter has been sort of forgotten as of late, but not completely, as fans are still yearning for a proper revival befitting an IP like Duke Nukem.

In the Duke Nukem franchise, you take on the role of our humorous bespectacled blonde who fights her way through waves of enemies to make a living. The gameplay is identical to other games in 3D worlds such as Ion Fury, Wolfenstein 3D, Rise of the Triad and others. While the gameplay is smooth and easy to learn, the story is not meant to be taken seriously. To fully experience Duke Nukem 32D, I recommend purchasing the eDuck1080 mod, which will allow you to play at XNUMXp resolution, improved controls, and more. The mod is free and made by Duke Nukem fans.

In case you have already played this one and love it, you can give these games mentioned above a hit. And if that’s not enough, try the Serious Sam franchise.

Bully: Scholarship Edition

Release date : October 21, 2008
developer : Rockstar Vancouver
Publisher : Rockstar Games
A type : Open world, TPP
Platforms :Steam

Rockstar has been neglecting this great game for almost a decade now, and despite fans asking for a remaster, sequel, or remake, Rockstar seems to be on the other side of the spectrum. Bully is set in the fictional town of Bullworth, where you play the role of a reckless student named James Hopkins. He was unwittingly enrolled at Bullworth Academy for a year. He must climb the school’s ranking system, meet allies to stop the bullying.

The gameplay of Bully is not like GTA, as many claim. Instead of just being a criminal shooting people or running them over with a van, in Bully you become a student. You join subjects like English, chemistry, art or even sports. In addition, you can complete several side quests and the rewards will be quite interesting.

We can only hope that one day Rockstar will bring Bully back from the dead. A game like this and Manhunt is definitely worth your time.

Grand Theft Auto III

Release date : May 21, 2002
developer : Rockstar North Limited
Publisher : Rockstar Games
A type : Open world, TPP
Platforms :Steam

The reason I chose Grand Theft Auto III over GTA: San Andreas or Vice City is because the aforementioned is responsible for paving the way for open world gaming. And a title that has caused stagnation in several genres such as platforming. No one can deny the fact that GTA 3 was revolutionary when it came out. Not only that, but also that it made the industry want more open world games. That’s why we’ve seen games like Jak II, True Crime, Mercenaries and more emerge.

The story follows Claude as he seeks revenge on his girlfriend for betraying him. His desire for revenge leads him into a world full of crime, drugs and corruption. In GTA 3, you could move freely, use many weapons, drive a car, and much more. Now it may not seem so interesting, but then the game shocked the whole world.

The PC port of Grand Theft Auto 3 suffers from several game-breaking bugs and issues. That’s why mods and patches are recommended these days. Unless Rockstar updates the entire trilogy. You can also try GTA: SA and GTA: VC if GTA3 isn’t enough for you.

Minecraft (Vanilla)

Release date : November 18, 2011
developer : Mojang Studios
Publisher : Microsoft Studios
A type : Open world, TPP, TPP, Sandbox,
Platforms Survival : Steam, Microsoft Store

We end this list with something that is known these days. Minecraft is a sandbox survival video game that debuted on PC back in 2011 and was eventually released for other platforms such as consoles, handhelds, and mobile phones. The vanilla version of Minecraft will definitely run on your PC, but if your goal is to run it with mods, don’t worry. Graphics mods will eat up the power of your CPU as well as your GPU. So it’s better to just stick with the vanilla version since we’re talking about iGPU games.

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