10 most demanding games on PC

he rapid obsolescence and high cost of iron intended for games are the curse of avid gamers. Perhaps in the future this problem will be solved as streaming services develop, but so far the love of modern games with good graphics still implies a considerable expense item in the family budget for the purchase and upgrade of a PC. Consider ten resource-intensive games for 2020, which you won’t be able to comfortably play “on a bucket” even with minimal settings.

The rating is based on tests of games in 2020 with two video cards – the top-end GEFORCE RTX 2080 Ti 11 GB and the budget GEFORCE GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB. The test system also included an Intel Core i9 9900K processor, Transcend JetRam JM2666HLE-32G RAM, and a Transcend MTE220S 512GB SSD. The maximum settings were used at a resolution of 1920×1080.

Hideo Kojima’s original open-world Action/RPG adventure game, also known as the “courier simulator”. After the apocalypse, the United States ceased to exist, only the United Cities of America remained, between which a few daredevils ply.

One of these couriers, the main character Sam Bridges, will have to overcome the North American mainland along the way, restoring a special chiral network to unite disparate settlements into a single whole. This task will not be easy, because you will have to go through a significant part of the path on your own two feet, and aggressive marauders and monstrous creatures are sometimes found in the wastelands.

A remake of the popular 2002 crime thriller with modern graphics, gameplay improvements and partial story changes. The story takes place in a fictional American city of the 30s, where an ordinary taxi driver Thomas Angelo becomes a member of one of the mafia groups by the will of fate.

The game offers a twisted plot, dynamic shootouts and car rides. Unlike the original, motorcycles appeared in the remake. In addition to the main story mode with tasks, there is also a “Walk” mode, which allows you to simply explore the city without any goals.

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Playful shark simulator with elements of action and RPG in the open world. In the role of a large carnivorous shark, the player will have to survive and develop in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, terrifying the locals and taking revenge for childhood insults.

The shark will have to hunt other aquatic animals for food and get materials for pumping, periodically fight other large predators and bounty hunters. The shark has several basic attacks, can also emerge briefly from the water and use the environment to gain combat advantages.

Mount & Blade II Bannerlord

Action/RPG with elements of strategy and an open world, which has just been released in early access, but has already gained considerable popularity. The events unfold in the medieval world during the decline of the fictional Calradian Empire, reminiscent of the late Roman. After the death of the emperor, bloody feuds broke out throughout the country, in which detachments of mercenaries, nomads and bandits confront each other. The player can join either side and contribute to the reunification of the state, or finally bury it.

The game provides the player with ample opportunities for relatively free self-realization. You can choose for yourself the role of a feudal lord, mercenary, bandit, merchant, and so on. An integral part of the gameplay are real-time battles with a large number of participants, during which the player will have to fight with his own hands and manage the squad.

Gears Tactics

A kind of turn-based strategy in the spirit of XCOM in the Gears of War universe. It is a prequel to the entire corresponding series, which takes place twelve years before the events of the first part. The main character, an elite COG soldier, has to go on a secret mission to eliminate the monster Ukon, who supplies the enemy army with mutants.

Gears Tactics can be described as XCOM with the Locust. In general, a similar formula is used for similar strategies. However, there are also differences. In particular, there is no economic component and base management. The emphasis is on action and customization. There is also no stealth here. Movement around locations is more free, without being tied to cells. Action points are not 2, but 3, which leads to an acceleration in the pace of the game.

Horizon Zero Dawn

Quite favorably received by the open-world Action/RPG gaming community at one time, released for the PlayStation back in 2017 and, by some lucky (for PC gamers) coincidence, finally made it to the PC this year. The action takes place in a somewhat grotesque post-apocalyptic world, where the remnants of humanity that have rolled back to primitiveness oppose animal robots.

The player, along with the main character named Aloy, is given the opportunity to explore an interesting and picturesque open world in a fairly free mode, hunt cybernetic monsters to get valuable parts for creating weapons and other useful items, and watch an interesting plot. Role-playing elements are partly manifested in the form of a pumping tree.

The 14th game in the Total War strategy series and the second part of the Total War Saga sub-series, technically based on Total War: Warhammer II. Since the story of the Trojan War, set out in the Iliad, was taken as the basis of the game, mythical moments in the form of gods, fantastic creatures and legendary heroes partially migrated from here.

At the same time, the creators did not forget about historicity, trying to make paraphernalia and battles more authentic. The player is waiting in A Total War Saga: Troy for more than 10 playable factions, new gameplay mechanics – Gods and blessings, duels of heroes and a significantly updated economy system.

In the plot continuation of the tactical shooter in the open world Ghost Recon Wildlands from Ubisoft, the hero will have to go to the Pacific island of Auroa in 2025, where secret technology was being developed for the US government. Here, the “ghosts” will have to confront not only the detachments of the “wolves”, led by Walker (Jon Bernthal), but also an entire army of high-tech drones.

The island is quite large in scale and consists of several picturesque natural areas. Among the innovations are the ability to set up a camp where you can change equipment and class, as well as joint raids with live players.

A fast-paced, third-person action-adventure game with familiar characters from the Marvel universe teaming up once again to take on the powerful AIM Corporation, reclaim captured technology, and clear their own good name.

The game is distinguished by cinematography, decent animation, good balance in battles and a large number of Easter eggs. Mission for different heroes diversify the gameplay. At the same time, flaws such as vague leveling, the same type of opponents, and annoying microtransactions did not allow the game to become a full-fledged hit.

Another part of the popular racing series from the English studio Slightly Mad, also known for Need for Speed: Shift. This time, the creators decided to make the game more digestible for the mass gamer, reducing the degree of hardcore by mixing accents from simulation to arcade.

The player will have to go from an ordinary racer to a legend, creating, customizing and upgrading suitable sports cars from hundreds of available options, as well as personalizing the character. The game is quite demanding on video resources. To see a great picture, you need to have a good video card.