7 Best Low-spec Survival/FPS Games for PC

best low spec fps games for pc

FPS and survival gaming is something that most kids, teens, youngsters, and adults love – it has no age barrier. However, besides your passion for gaming, most of today’s latest FPS and survival games require a high-end graphics card, CPU, and a lot of RAM to make them run smoothly. We know not everyone owns a GTX 1080 Ti, AMD R9 290X, Core i7, water cooling, and all that gaming PC requirements that will cost you at least +1400$. Most of the people who’re reading this, we’re pretty sure you either own a decent Notebook Laptop or a low-end PC that cannot run today’s latest video games. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy gaming on your PC. There’re tons of video games that can run on almost every type of PC smoothly. Instead of trying them yourself, we’ve made your life easier. In this article, we’ve hand-picked and shortlisted the 7 best low-spec survival/FPS games for PC.

1. GTA Vice City

GTA VC requires no introduction. If you’re a kid or teen gamer from the era of the 2000s, you may know about this awesome nostalgic video game. GTA VC is an open-world game that revolves around the story of Tommy Vercetti, who is released from prison after serving 15 years sentence for the charge of murder.

Tommy meets Lance Vance, who claims that he’ll help him to reach out to his family. Tommy performs all the missions for Lance. In the end, Lance kills the family of Tommy, and as revenge, in the last mission, Tommy kills Lance with a chainsaw. It sounds like a movie, right?

This game is packed full of action, blood, and extreme violence. There are no restrictions in the game, and you can drive to any location you want. Moreover, the game is extremely light and was released in 2002. At that time, of course, there were no Core i7 and high-end graphic cards. Therefore, the game is highly optimized to run in today’s low-spec PCs smoothly without any lag!

To sum up, GTA VC is the best game for a low-spec PC if you love blood and gore, extreme violence, intense action, open world, etc.

ESRB Ratings: Mature 17+ (Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Violence)

2. Counter-Strike 1.6

Counter-Strike 1.6 is among the world’s first-ever commercial video games, introducing the concept of FPS or 1st person perspective in the video game. The video game is based on the military bases battling against a group of terrorists in an abandoned field.

The best thing we like about CS 1.6 is that you can play from both sides. You can play as a defender (military) or play as an offender (terrorist). On the offender side, your mission is to implant bombs, set strategies to make the defender lose the battle, use hostages to protect yourself from defenders, etc. On the defender side, you’ll do its opposite.

The video game was released in 2004 and is the best low spec FPS game. The video game’s recommended requirements are Core 2 Duo, 8 GB of disk space, and 3 GB RAM. To sum up, the game is highly recommended for those who want to experience the real taste of actual FPS and love battle & action video games on their low-spec PC.

ESRB Ratings: Mature 17+ (Blood, Intense Violence)

3. GTA San Andreas

Again, if you had been a gamer of the 2000s, then you might already know about GTA San Andreas. GTA VC and GTA SA, which are the two legendary games of their time. Still, after 19 years of its launch, only a few games can beat the popularity level of GTA SA.

GTA SA is famous for its vast and intense map. It comes with four different cities. Moreover, GTA SA maps are closer to the real world, such as using national highways to travel to other cities, downtown, express roads, junctions, etc.

Talking about its story mode, still, in 2021, no other game can beat the story mode of GTA SA. The story revolves around Carl Johson, who’s also the avatar of a video game. His mother was killed by a murderer who’s living in Los Santos. So he shifts to Los Santos to take revenge for the murder of his mother and to kill him; the story continues.

The game is filled with intense action, blood and gore, drugs, and of course, extreme action! Talking about its requirements, you can easily play it without any dedicated graphics card, and it is runnable on a 2GB RAM PC! Overall, besides its low-spec requirements, this nostalgic game is the best of the best!

ESRB Ratings: Adults Only 18+ (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs)

4. Project IGI

If talking about FPS video games, how can we forget IGI? IGI was among those newly launched games which were based entirely on the first-person perspective. It was released on December 15, 2000. According to some reports, the company sold more than 2.1 million copies of Project IGI in 1 year of its launch. It had the most realistic graphics and brilliant AI plates, which made the video game challenging and attractive.

The central avatar of the video game is Jones, an IGI (Institute for Geotactical Intelligence) officer. He goes inside the camp of the terrorist, kills them like a Rambo, and releases the occupied space by terrorists.

The video game is not as easy as you think. It involves different challenges such as brute force attacks, advanced aiming skills, and multi-tasking combats. For example, if you accidentally open fire on flammable objects such as petrol tanks and grenades, you’ll lose your mission.

The game doesn’t require any dedicated graphics card, and you can run it smoothly on Pentium IV and 1.5 GB RAM.

ESRB Ratings: Mature 17+ (Animated Blood, Animated Violence)

5. Minecraft

If talking about the lightest video game in this article, probably, Minecraft is the winner. This video game is so light that even a Pentium II or III can run it easily. The video game only requires about 750 MB of RAM and 3 GB of disk space.

Minecraft falls in the category of survival and open-world games. However, unlike other open-world games which focus on action, story, and graphics, Minecraft has nothing to do with them. Instead, this game ranks among the worst graphics video games ever designed. Still, Minecraft is the most sold video game globally from its launch to today in 2021. The thing that makes it so popular is its concept. Minecraft is all about creativity and your perspective against the open world.

The game allows you to build anything that you can imagine. Yes, anything means anything that appears in your mind! It provides endless building blocks, bricks, walls, sheets, and anything you can imagine. To be precise, it’s the place where you can turn your imagination into the virtual world.

ESRB Ratings: Everyone 10+ (Fantasy Violence)

6. 7 Days to Die

Where are the zombie lovers? This video game is highly recommended for zombie lovers who love zombie apocalypse-like stuff. Of course, the zombie apocalypse is only a fictional theory. However, it still gives me chills to play a video game based on zombies.

In 7 Days to Die, your primary mission is to shoot down all the zombies attacking you and survive till the apocalypse ends. While staying, of course, you need food and water. But sourcing them isn’t that easy. You’ll need to face and protect yourself from getting bitten by the zombies when you go outside to collect the food. This is how its levels work, and they will increase as you continue playing the game.

ESRB Ratings: Mature 17+ (Blood and Gore, Strong Language, Violence)

7. Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare

You’re probably not into the FPS action and shooting niche for those who don’t know about the COD game series. The video game series is highly popular among FPS action lovers.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is among one COD series. Again, just like other series of COD, Modern Warfare is also packed with intense action, blood and gore, and excessive use of weapons. The story of this game is also fascinating but generic. In the game, a US Marine Corps officer will be your avatar. You and your team members are sent on different missions to fight against the terrorists and clear the occupied space by those terrorists.

COD: MW requires very few resources. It is runnable on Core 2 Duo, 512 MB graphics card and 3 GB RAM is enough for it! Overall, Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare is one of the best low specs FPS games if you’re on a potato PC.

ESRB Ratings: Mature 17+ (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs)


We know, not everyone owns a high-end PC to run today’s latest heavy resources consuming video games. Instead, 70% of the people own a decent office notebook or low-spec PC, which isn’t intended for gaming in any way. Unfortunately, you can’t run a high-end futuristic video game on an office notebook or laptop. Therefore, in this article, we’ve brought you the 7 best survival/FPS video games for a low-end PC.