As promised in our article on Windows 7 Update on Gaming, I am posting the PC games or video games for PC that have been found compatible with Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade (full edition can also now be purchased on Amazon, FYI). For PC games or video games afficionados, this could be viewed as a good news. For one, some games that run under Windows XP and Vista can still be played normally under Win7 without worries (for now). We’re not just sure if bugs or errors while playing these games will be discovered in the future. It’s too early to tell considering the short period of time Windows 7 has been released.
My Customized Computer Setup
I used my low-end custom-built computer system in testing the games with the following specs:
- Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93Ghz
- Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT (1Gb)
- Asus P5QPL Pro Motherboard
- 2GB DDR2 (Kingston PC 6400 memory)
- 500 Gigabyte Seagate hard drive
- LG BD-ROM / HD DVD ROM / DVD burner optical drive
- Viewsonic 19 inch LCD display (1920×1200 native resolution)
- Windows 7 Beta Build 7000 (32-bit version)
The games were installed the usual way. Patches were only applied to games with available patches or if the games requires it to work. Generally, the games were run without much modification. Some of the older games required wide screen support.
Here is a list of the compatible games in Windows 7 tested to work with minimal or no modifications at all:
- Freespace 2. This game is from Good Old Games, the games that can be bought for $5.99. Resolution is only at 640×480 or 1024×768 but audio works fine and USB joysticks are recognized.
- Mechwarrior: Mercenaries. This is the last title from FASA Studios, once a part of Microsoft. It is limited to a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024. It comes with USB game controller support and one striking thing about this 3D titles is its customizable graphics and detail setting. Everything can be maxed out without a noticeable graphic performance issue.
- Age of Wonders. This is s turn based strategy game which is pretty addictive. This game runs perfectly on Windows 7 box without glitches.
- Civilization III. The user interface come clunky with this old game. But despite its noticeable age, the game runs smoothly on Windows 7.
- Civilization IV. It runs smoothly without any issues, at the full 1920×1200 resolution of the display.
- Mount and Blade. This game runs smoothly on a Windows 7 box, this game sports an excellent melee combat system.
- Red Alert 3. This is the latest of the Red Alert series and it works great on Windows 7, no problems met whatsoever.
- GRID. This game runs perfectly without problems.
- Sins of a Solar Empire.. The game ran without a hitch.
- Company of Heroes. This is World War II inspired real time strategy game optimized for DX9 and DX10. The game came clean without any glitches on Windows 7.
- Neverwinter Nights 2. The original and the Mask of the Betrayer expansion were installed and the game ran fine.
- Ghost Recon 2. Ubisoft’s tactical shooter seems to have no problems in Windows 7.
- Titan Quest. Titan Quest, plus the Immortal Throne expansion, runs with no problems on Windows 7.
- Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. This game runs perfectly on Windows 7 and a we were lucky to find an online server and were able to connect and play.
Although all the games tested seem compatible with Windows 7, the games having networking capabilities were not tested due to the lack of test machines. I hope to provide more info on networked games compatibility under Windows 7 in the future so stay tuned for more video gaming news on this site.