This one's come a bit out of the blue, having originally launched on PlayStation 3 a few years ago. I'm talking about Blade & Soul, a martial arts inspired fantasy MMORPG which arrives on PC today. As you'd expect it's been souped up a little visually, so provided you've got the horsepower this is the best-looking version out there.
This wasn't even a blip on my radar until I saw the launch trailer and caught wind of some impending hype, but NCSoft's MMO is actually looking pretty awesome and unique. Most of the PvP seems to revolve around 1 v 1 duals, and the speed and variety of abilities lends itself more to fighting game mechanics than the usual cooldown monitoring clickfests. Anyway, it's free-to-play so there's nothing to stop anyone hopping in and giving it a go right now. Before you start that 22GB download though, you'd best make sure your rig's up to the task...
Blade And Soul Minimum System Requirements
- OS: Windows XP 32-bit
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 4600+ 2.4 GHz
- RAM: 2 GB System Memory (3GB with Windows Vista and up)
- GPU: GeForce 8600 GT or Radeon HD 4650
- HDD: 22GB Available Space
- DX: DirectX 9
Blade And Soul Recommended System Requirements
- OS: Windows 7 64-bit
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6400 2.13GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 8805 2.5GHz
- RAM: 4 GB System Memory
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or AMD Radeon HD 4850
If you're still rocking the ancient GeForce 8800 GT, which remains one of the most well regarded graphics cards of all time, then here's a game perfectly tailored towards it. Blade and Soul began life as a PS3 MMO, which means its system requirements really are nice and low. What it does offer though is potential for hundreds of hours of gameplay, making it a great choice for playing with your current system while saving up cash for an upgrade. It's also free-to-play, so you could potentially spend nothing - depending on how the dreaded in-game store works.
Despite its age, Blade and Soul is still pretty good looking for an MMORPG, and its Eastern martial arts focus helps is stand out from the crowd. There's nothing here to worry all but the oldest of gaming rigs though, with the minimum specs being just about as low as you can go these days. Once you migrate to the end game with 24-man raids though, expect the minimum CPUs to struggle a little.
Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the Blade & Soul System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the Blade & Soul benchmark chart.