Update: A new graphically-demanding game is crowned. See which one it is!
At Maximum PC we love pushing our PCs to their limits by testing high-end games at maximum settings. To reach these limits, you'll need to fire up the most über-demanding games. What are themost graphically-demanding games you ask? We’ve thrown together a list of the gnarliest PC games that will give your precious gaming PC a kick-ass workout.
We attempt to build the best PC for Crysis 3 without suffering a financial crisis
The Mission When the original Crysis dropped six years ago, it quickly became the gold standard for visual splendor—and enthusiast agony. Gamers the world over fired up the demo, only to find their previously potent GPU coughing and sputtering. Thus began The Great Upgrade Rush of 2007, as we all upgraded just to play Crysis, and the game became the benchmark for PC gaming for years to come. Whenever a new GPU arrived, the first question on everyone’s mind was, "Will it run Crysis?" When Crysis 2 came along it was a console port, and somewhat scaled-back technologically. The environments were small by PC standards, and developer Crytek didn't expose advanced settings for us to mess with. With Crysis 3, though, Crytek has claimed it would make your PC its bitch, and we must say after benchmarking it that we agree; bitches will be made.
Note: This article was originally featured in the May 2013 issue of the magazine.
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PC gaming is where you go for high-octane visuals, and the original Crysis was no exception when it dropped in 2007. The highly anticipated sequel in 2011, however, proved a less ambitious affair. We traded a vast, free-roam jungle for the relatively restricted avenues of a war-torn New York City. There was usually more than one route to take, but this more linear experience arrived with some seams showing: Its advanced graphical options were inaccessible, the AI did not impress, and it did not even use DirectX 11 (at first). Crysis 3 fares better in some ways, but not in others.
With six beta releases under its belt, certified Catalyst 13.2 drivers can't be far behind.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this week released its Catalyst 13.2 Beta 6 driver for Radeon graphics cards. The latest build resolves minor anti-aliasing corruption seen in Crysis 3, improves Hitmat Absolution Crossfire scaling, and fixes graphical corruption on objects and textures in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. It also includes all the fixes and enhancements found in the previous beta releases.
Nvidia's latest drivers boost performance by up to 65 percent, the GPU maker claims.
Today's a monumental day for gamers, You have the release of Nvidia's GeForce Titan graphics card, Crysis 3 is finally here, and related to them both, Nvidia has made available new WHQL drivers optimized for the aforementioned game, along with Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 3, and other popular titles. If you're planning to pick up Crysis 3, Nvidia says its new GeForce 314.07 drivers will improve single-GPU and multi-GPU performance by up to 4.7 percent and 65 percent, respectively.
Do you remember the "good old days" when console gamers would say, "PC gaming is dead?" Well, they're "dead" wrong and here are just 13 PC games in 2013 alone that are ample proof the platform is thriving.
So flip through the gallery below and click on the game titles to see trailers for each game.
What do you think of our list? Would your top 13 look any different? Let us know in the comments!
The third installment in the Crysis series is about to revive a long-running joke in PC gaming, the one that always ends in, "but can it run Crysis?" Going foward, the question is whether or not yours or any other system can run Crysis 3, and to help you answer that, Crytek today posted the minimum, recommended, and high performance requirements for PC gamers. Brace yourself, this might hurt.
The original Crysis was one of the most ambitious shooters to ever hit the PC, however its crushing system requirements limited the audience to a small subset of enthusiasts. To make matters worse, even they couldn’t max it out. The hardware requirements improved substantially with the stand alone expansion Warhead, and requirements were even further clawed back in the full out sequel. Some hardcore PC gamers never forgave the company for crippling the sequel so it was compatible with consoles, but hey, you can’t please everyone. If you count yourself among those offended by Crysis 2 then you’re in luck. Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli promises to melt your PC hardware with their next installment of the series.
With all the launch-day DLC, upgradeable options, premium packs and "microtransactions" permeating games these days, sometimes it feels like the $60 you plunk down for a new game is just the down payment. Do microtransactions hurt less if the game is free to play to being with? Crytek's betting on just that; the company plans to go the Tribes: Ascend route and focus solely on F2P titles sometime in the future, after its current slate of big box games -- like Crysis 3 -- are finished and shipped.