Five Games Releasing In May To Play On Integrated Graphics

Written by Katie Allen on Sat, May 10, 2014 5:00 PM
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Last week, we looked at 5 great recent games that will run on Intel HD 3000. Dozens of you wrote letting us know your own experiences with integrated graphics, and the settings you were getting on big games from the last few years.

Whilst it’s great to look at past games, we also need to look ahead. For those who want to know what kind of games they can play (and which settings are achievable) with Intel HD 4000 graphics, check out GD member reapr56’s excellent post on the subject, which has dozens of great titles you can run on Intel’s integrated graphics. For now, though, I will be looking at 5 games releasing this month that will run on Integrated graphics...

May has a good number of exciting titles coming up, and whilst Watch Dogs and Wolfenstein: The New Order might be out the window for those of us with less powerful systems, there are still plenty of tasty looking, pretty games that don't need dedicated GPUs. Most of these titles specify Intel HD 4000 as a minimum requirement, although some will run on less powerful Intel integrated GPUs with a little tweaking of settings. Of course, whilst these may be the official recommendations, there’s no guarantee of optimisation for games before we’ve actually had a chance to play them, so let us know your experiences of these titles!

Daylight

Thanks to the procedurally generated nature of Daylight, this recent horror title is extremely RAM intensive, and will need a good 4GB to prevent lagging even on low settings. In terms of graphics, however, it’s a different story. It might be the first game released to be created in Unreal Engine 4, but Daylight isn’t too taxing on the graphics. It specifies desktop Intel HD 4000 as minimum, but should run reasonably on the mobile version of these graphics with some minor tweaks and resolution sacrifices.

Have you played Daylight with any integrated graphics GFX solutions? How is it running for you? Let us know in the comments!

The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing II

If you love a bit of good, old fashioned, monster-clicking ARPG fun, chances are you may have played the first outing of The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing when it launched last May. Now round two is about to hit PC, and like its predecessor, it fully supports integrated graphics. It specifies Intel HD 4000 as minimum, but if the game is as well optimised as its predecessor (which ran on Intel HD 3000 smoothly on low settings) those with lower-end rigs should find this game more than playable. Check out my beta preview impressions for more information on The Incredible Adventures Of Van Helsing.

Tropico 5

El Presidente is back for a fifth instalment of island-sim Tropico, and the Kalypso Media title is easy on the graphics. Tropico 5 - which allows players to travel through time and watch your island develop from the 19th century to the near future - has Intel HD 4000 listed as minimum requirements, so this or anything more powerful should run. Depending on Tropico 5's optimisation, it should be able to run pretty decently on laptop versions of this GFX with lower settings, too.

Transistor

Supergiant’s 2011 Bastion is arguably one of the greatest indie ARPGs ever made, combining beautiful visuals and mindblowing soundtrack with brilliantly fun gameplay. The California-based studio is just about to release its second title - Transistor - and the great news is that the game should happily run on integrated graphics. It specifies Intel HD 3000 as minimum, so anyone with this solution or better should be able to dive in to the enchanting world of Red and her time-bending sword come May 21st.

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends Complete Edition packs a vast amount of new content in for its release this May, and the latest iteration of the long-running action series is easy on the system, too. Although - unlike the other titles on this list - it doesn't specify Intel graphics requirements, the minimum settings ask for a GeForce 8600 GT, over which Intel HD 4000 graphics should have a slight edge assuming the rest of your rig is up to task.

Of course, there's always a whole host of indie games around that will run on lower settings. My personal indie hype for the month is Always Sometimes Monsters, a little 8-bit open world that I've had my eye on for a while.

Which games are you most hyped for this month? What will you be playing on integrated graphics in May?

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04:35 May-13-2014

All these rigs in the comments make me feel self-conscious about my laptop...

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04:52 May-13-2014

dont worry, you're not alone. but i am (and you probably should)saving up to build a gaming desktop.

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03:28 May-12-2014

Jedi Knight II also, if anyone remembers it. It being an old game will run on almost anything.

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06:43 May-13-2014

Almost every Star Wars game before and including Battlefront 2 will run on almost any PC

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18:17 May-11-2014

Great list. Already pre-ordered Transistor, but I'll keep an eye on VHII too.

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16:11 May-11-2014

dont forget: Grid Autosport

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19:40 May-10-2014

Guess I better upgrade!

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23:00 May-10-2014

Wat

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00:19 May-11-2014

You're cpu will bottleneck an Intel HD 4000, Better get a p4 or a dual core.

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21:01 May-11-2014

you cant just GET Intel HD 4000....it is integrated into certain CPU's...

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02:20 May-11-2014

dude! you seriously lacking out of ram! you need 32 gb to run those game with an integrated graphics

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19:02 May-10-2014

But wait,one game is missing,Watch Dogs.
Just Kidding of course xD

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09:56 May-11-2014

pffft nah dude Watch Dogs could be run on a toaster, no worries. ;p

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14:34 May-11-2014

Pity...My toaster won't even install Windows...When I insert the Disk and turn it on the only thing that happens is after a few minutes the Disk ejects...Don't know why oO. :D

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17:49 May-10-2014

Hard to believe I get all Gold ticks with Transistor. Certainly will look into it but on the PS4 due to pricing.

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17:17 May-10-2014

i'm a bit sceptic about van helsing. Don't get me wrong, the first van helsing had good characters, but the stutter was the one that prevented me from playing. Even if it has a good optimization, if the second one sequel has the same problem, i won't buy it.

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