Gaming on the PC has its share of problems and there’s no skirting around that fact. However if you’re willing to bear with a few hardships, PC gaming is undoubtedly the way to go since most PC ports offer superior visuals, better control schemes and most importantly, third party mod support.
If you do find yourself building a monster of a rig today (or in the near future), here are 11 games that will push it to the limit.
RAGE against your machine
Famed developer id Software’s comeback vehicle, RAGE may not have played out like we or they would have liked but there’s no doubt that the game was very easy on the eyes. Indoor low resolution textures aside, the harsh post-apocalyptic wasteland in RAGE was probably the most gorgeous one we’ve seen till date. And like promised, the action did hold up at a solid 60 frames per second.
Grand Theft Auto IV
I know GTA IV is a four year old game but the game still looks tight till date. And that’s just the vanilla version I’m talking about. Apply some of the ENB or iCEnhancer visuals tweaks and you’ll experience an open world game that looks better than anything on the market right now. Just make sure you don’t melt your card in the process.
The Witcher 2
Geralt doing his thing
The Witcher 2 was not as open ended as Skyrim but developer CD Projekt’s latest action RPG was a complete visual beast capable of intimidating and dominating the most powerful of gaming rigs. Spend some time tweaking the settings and you’d be amazed at the visual fidelity of their in-house RED engine.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Now with less gold
Like Skyrim, Deus Ex: Human Revolution was a fine looking game in its vanilla avatar boasting of some pretty spiffy visual effects but apply the ENB visual tweak and suddenly you have a game that looks a lot more atmospheric. And a lot less golden thankfully.
The Cyrisis series has always been considered a benchmark for breathtaking visuals and Crysis 2 is no different. Granted the game didn’t pack the same punch as its predecessor partly due to a more confined setting as well as the lack of DirectX support but the latest updates from Crytek remedied the second issue with DirectX11 support as well as a high-res texture pack.
Batman: Arkham City
Looking over Arkham City
I’ll be the first to admit that the PC port of Arkham City was extremely flawed at launch but after the second patch released by Rocksteady games, DirectX 11 as well as PhysX performance was significantly improved allowing players to fully immerse themselves in the desolate yet gorgeous world of Arkham City.
Destruction 2.0 in da house
With Battlefield 3, DICE introduced players to a new engine – Frostbite 2.0 – that was meant for PC gaming. From insanely realistic lighting to high res texture work to environmental destruction, this engine is best experienced on a rather powerful PC. It is without a doubt one of the most technically superior games in the market today.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Experience Skyrim like never before
There’s no doubt that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim looked the best on (a relatively high end) PC but we highly recommend the PC version for the tremendous amount of mod support it’s received over time. Apply some of the gorgeous user made mods that bump up texture work, improve lighting or add in a plethora of easy to implement visual tweaks guaranteeing an eyegasmic Skyrim experience.
Just Cause 2
There are open world games like GTA IV that concentrate on giving players a very real and authentic experience while Just Cause 2 on the other hand, goes in the opposite direction whipping up a wicked blend of fast-paced action and over-the-top shenanigans. Sweetening the deal even further is the gorgeous art design and attention to environmental detail that really shines on a powerful PC.
No one expected a relatively unknown studio from Russia to create a powerhouse of a PC game but they did. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that this game was worked on by ex-S.T.A.L.K.E.R. staff who brought their penchant for gorgeous textures and highly atmospheric visuals to the table, thoroughly immersing players in a post-apocalyptic underground metro.
Saints Row 3
Open world games rarely look this good
The Saints Row series hasn’t really been a benchmark for PC ports as the first game never made it to PCs while the second was a terrible port. However all that changed with Saints Row 3 that was developed in-house by Volition themselves. The game looked absolutely mind blowing in Direct X 11 boasting of some truly next-gen visuals not seen in most open world games.
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