Open-world games are fairly graphically demanding and require a lot of resources to run, especially newer ones. However, if you don't have a good enough PC to run them, there are still other classic titles that low ends players can enjoy. In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase the top 5 best open-world RPGs for low-end PC without graphics cards.

1. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is the sequel to the critically acclaimed The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. In classic Elder Scrolls fashion, the main quest isn’t even the largest part of the game. The entire Imperial province of Cyrodiil is open to you for exploration. There are many guilds to join, whether or not you want to be a mercenary, a mage, a thief, an assassin, or a holy crusader.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

There is an abundance of miscellaneous side and freeform quests for you to do. I recommend the purchase of a strategy guide, not so that you’ll have a walkthrough, but because you’ll need some way to keep track of where everything is! There are many quests and areas that you will miss if you don’t scour the world for them. You can easily spend around 350 hours if you finish all of the main, side, and faction quests as well as the DLC. Many people just wander across the world, not even touching the main story.


Oblivion’s modding scene is unparalleled by Morrowind or Skyrim. There are enormous overhaul mods, plenty of lore-friendly stories, and enthralling and immersive stories and factions. You can even reach an added five or six hundred more hours if you play through some quality mods. Morroblivion, one of the best mods, brings the entire landmass of the previous game, Morrowind, as well as all of its quests, items, NPCs, creatures, etc.

2. Fallout 3

Probably one of my favorite games of all time. Stepping out of the vault into the harsh sun-drenched wasteland is a moment in my gaming history that I will never quite forget. The thrill of seeing this open world stretching off to the horizon, knowing that adventure awaited me, left me almost awe-struck.

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Fallout 3

Imagine yourself in a world that consists of daily routine and hard work. A small room for your house and pricks for your neighbors. You don't know what lies beyond the safety of… The Vault. Fallout 3 takes you on a never-seen-before adventure in a video game that still shocks and awes people today. With one of the largest maps in a videogame and 5 DLCs, fallout 3 brings the post-apocalyptic future, from books and movies to life where you are the main character. with 100’s of quests and people, Fallout 3 is an amazingly fun game to explore.

It takes place in the post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. which has hundreds of streets and even more metro tunnels. With everything from compounds to abandon buildings, you will come across everything from raiders to town dwellers to the enclave and more!

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Washington D.C.

The game itself is a totally open game where you can choose your own path in a Post Apocalyptic hell hole. Will you be a heroic savior of mankind or a vicious survivor who does what is needed to survive? It is completely up to you. On your way you will meet a mix of people, some evil, some less so, and others .. well let's just say the wasteland produces a lot of strange characters.

3. Dragon Age: Origins

Words cannot describe how much I love this game, so allow me to describe it in words. Crafted by the same studio that has made some of my favorite RPGs of all time, Dragon Age answers the question of whether or not Bioware can create a compelling medieval fantasy RPG that isn't D&D based. The answer is a resounding yes. While containing many of the trappings of past RPGs like Neverwinter Nights and Baldur's Gate, Dragon Age works its own magic by offering three classes that can be customized by an almost infinite amount, six different origin stories for the player character, and doing away with the traditional good/evil morality mechanic in favor of one based on individual party approval or disapproval of your actions.

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Dragon Age: Origins

Each character in your party is believable and compelling, likable for different reasons, and some can be romanced or change their outlook depending on how the story progresses. Every major questline can have different outcomes depending on player choices and it's this feeling of agency in the world that keeps the replay value in this game. Dragon Age has often been called a dark RPG and rightly so, as the story is much less straight forward than a typical RPG. Often you will find yourself having to deal with choices where there is no clear-cut "good" or "evil" outcome which is part of why player choice feels so meaningful.

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And on top of all that, the game is a lot of fun. I remember the first time playing this game and saying "this is the game that Neverwinter Nights 2 should have been!" It still holds up, probably even more so against its sequel which in some ways is unfortunate. If you love western RPGs and loved the past work of Bioware, you will love this game.

4. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Like its predecessor, San Andreas puts you in the shoes of a central character about to embark on a life of crime. However, CJ or Carl Johnson as you like it is no career mobster like Tommy Vercetti from Vice City. In fact, he's been away from “the hood for five years” to try and escape the gang violence that’s been plagued in his home city of Los Santos. He's brought back by his mother's untimely death. Hooking up with his brother Sweet and old friends, CJ is inevitably drawn back into the world he had left behind a world of guns, drugs, territory, casual violence and respect.

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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Rockstar Games took the satirical drama to the next level. The scope and size of the game are incredible. It will literally take you hours to explore the entire map on foot (which is pointless because of the large array of vehicles available). The story, mood, and setting are heavily influenced by the hip-hop culture of the 90s, and many rap artists are prominently featured on the soundtrack.

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Taking down a plane

Rockstar really pushed the bar for video game standards with a rich detailed open world with three expansive areas that feel very distinct from one another. When people say Rockstar Games is the “king” of open-world games it’s because of this reason right here! It has got everything you would want in an open-world game! The graphics, the music, the voice acting, the mini-games, open world activities. When everything is put together it is phenomenal if you think all of this was possible on PS2!

5. Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Dragon's Dogma's gameplay is pretty solid. Character building and leveling are slightly handicapped by the character growth system. Characters are class-based, and classes can be changed almost at any time (by visiting one of two characters), but statistics grow based on what class the character is in when they go up a level.

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Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

Often this can leave the player with a sense that they're eventually going to end up with abilities too low to finish the game, though this never really ends up being the case. Equipment is a much greater component than leveling, and even the hardest end-of-game enemies can be defeated by a sub-optimal character.

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Climb on a monster

The story seems pretty standard for the first half of the game or so; a great dragon steals the player character's heart, and he or she must take up arms, grow in strength, and eventually challenge and slay the dragon. It does a good job of luring the player into a false sense of familiarity before twisting around during the final third of the game. If I offer any more details than that, it will absolutely ruin the best parts of the story, but it really is more complex than it looks on the surface.

Dragon's Dogma has a few special, almost unique features that deserve mention. The first is the grab button, which allows the player to bodily pickup and carry or throw around humanoid-sized and smaller creatures. When used on larger, giant monster-type enemies, the grab button allows the characters to freestyle climb around to reach hard to get weak points. It is occasionally used for puzzle solving, such as adding weight to trigger switches faster by picking up a teammate or weighing down flying enemies by dog-piling all over it.

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