For GD’ers of a certain age, the name Master of Orion may bring up a certain twinkly-eyed nostalgia. The 4X sci-fi strategy game from Simtex followed in the footsteps of Civilization, this time delivering an epic space-faring TBS in which ten races battle for supremacy throughout a vast galaxy.
Now, it’s back, being developed by NGD Studios with the help of World of Tanks publisher Wargaming.net. A reimagining of a strategy classic, players must explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate their foes over a huge 100 star system map, utilising diplomacy, advanced technology, and conquest to win them over. Before you start buying your rocket fuel and flying off into space, check to see whether your PC can hit warp speed 7 with the official Master of Orion 2015 system requirements.
Master of Orion Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows Vista 32-bit
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4400+ 2.3 GHz
- RAM: 2 GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 256MB Video Memory
- GPU: GeForce 7300 GS or Radeon X1300
- HDD: 8GB Available Space
- DX: DirectX 9
- Audio: DirectX 9 compatible sound card
Master of Orion Recommended System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core i5-650 3.2GHz or AMD FX-4200 3.3GHz
- RAM: 4 GB System Memory
- GPU RAM: 1024MB Video Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 or AMD Radeon HD 4860
You can probably play the originally Master of Orion with a couple of potatoes and some dodgy wiring, but the reboot has obviously been giving a fresh lick of paint. Fully 3D models and vast amounts of space are recreated in this strategy game, but it luckily isn't too demanding. The minimum system requirements for Master of Orion are just about the lowest you'll see for a game release this year, which makes it perfect laptop fodder. The graphics cards and processors are several generations old, so Masters of Orion will run without a hitch on just about any modern system out there, and will even be a great fit for integrated graphics.
The recommended requirements for Master of Orion are comparatively greater, but there's nothing here that's going to cause much worry. Most PC gamers will easily have a PC surpassing these recommended requirements, and if you don't quite meet them then it shouldn't matter too much - Master of Orion is a turn-based strategy game, so reaction speeds and skill don't matter. You can crank the visuals up and drop the frame rate without disrupting gameplay.
Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Master of Orion System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Master of Orion benchmark chart.
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Still play original MoO through DOSBox.
Do you think it's worth it to pick it up on GoG for someone who's never played it before? I always here good things about Master of Orion, but I never pick it up since it seems like the sort of game that would be really hard to learn. What do you think as someone who's played it?
Hard to say
You need to like 4x games and MoO is one of the best out there, its not that hard to learn but hard to master
Sounds good to me. Thanks :)
You could also try Stardrive 2, it's pretty good and reminds me of MoO. But just does seems capture what MoO II did.
I would say if you want to try MoO pick up number II.
Well GoG sells both MoO games in a bundle for $6, so I'll get both of them when I get them.
What...? No way...! We've been seeing a lot of inflated system requirements these days but these seem deflated... Reminds me of Hitman Absolution whose recommended requirements were a tad too low and you needed a vastly more powerful rig...
Yeah, the game would need to either be super well optimized or look pretty underwhelming. Of course, it could be like civ 5, where there's a tactical view that's much, much less demanding but is still an effective way to play the game.
I had no idea about this game, I love original MoO