When it comes to PC gaming, most players are in pursuit of one thing: the prettiest experience possible. After all, why settle for console standards when you can have 4K resolutions, volumetric fog, cloth physics and Nvidia HairWorks?

However, said graphics come at a great price — a hardware price, to be specific. To get the most out of the shiniest new releases, you’ll need a pretty hefty rig. Whether you’re looking for games to convince you to make the jump or you already have a crazy gaming laptop that’s just itching to experience the best in gaming’s graphical fidelity department, the games on this list will make your GPU melt and your eyes water.

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So with that being said, let us start the list of most demanding PC games of year 2019.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed has a lengthy history of being one of the prettiest series in modern gaming, and Odyssey is no different. Ubisoft has taken its flagship franchise to new heights with this Grecian AC installment. The lighting is vibrant, the textures are crisp, the draw distances lay out all of Ancient Greece in front of you—there’s a visual extravagance to Odyssey that few, if any, of Ubisoft’s other games can rival. Though AC Unity still holds the crown for special achievements in crowd density and world depth, Odyssey takes most other visual aspects of current gaming technology as far as they can reasonably go.

Recommended specs: CPU: 4.0GHz AMD FX-8350, 3.5GHz Intel Core i7-3770 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 47GB | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, AMD Radeon R9 290 | OS: Windows 7, 8.1, 10

Battlefield V

Battlefield V

As with the Battlefield titles before it, Battlefield V isn’t a very demanding game. However, even while running on minimum specs, it still looks exceptionally pretty. This is doubly true for the game at max settings, wherein it looks absolutely gorgeous. Its scenic WW2 environments are all fully realized, packed with detail, and more destructible than ever, all thanks to the current iteration of EA DICE’s Frostbite engine. Plus, the game supports real-time raytracing with RTX-capable cards, in case you own one of Nvidia’s latest and greatest.

Recommended specs: CPU: Intel Core i7 4790, AMD Ryzen 3 1300X | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 50GB | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB | OS: Windows 10

Far Cry 5 

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 is run on the latest and greatest version of the Ubisoft-modded version of CryEngine–Dunia Engine. What makes the game a graphically intensive title is the fact that players can explore a very wide open-world area in any direction. This means the engine has to continuously render great areas in great detail.

The recreation of Montana in the game is just stunning. Everything in the game–from the water physics in rivers, the mountain peaks, the details of the man-made cabins, the flowers around the crop field, the low-hanging morning fogs, and even facial hairs– is very detailed and on point, you’d almost mistake it as a real thing.

On top of having to render a wide area in great detail, players can also do other things such as blowing up a good area of the exotic America land and preventing the occurrence of enemies in waves. All of these are incorporated and handled at the same time while displaying quality lighting and stunning effects as cars blow up and fires go made.

Crank up those graphics settings to max and your GPU will surely have a hard time keeping things together.

Recommended specs: CPU: Intel Core i7 4790, AMD Ryzen 3 1300X | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 50GB | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB | OS: Windows 10

Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

Though it’s not leaps and bounds greater than Forza Motorsport 7 from a technical perspective, Forza Horizon 4 does amp up the Forza franchise’s general beauty. By taking its cars off the racing circuit and onto the roads and open fields of the United Kingdom, Forza is endowed with a whole new dimension of environmental splendor. All the graphical effects of Motorsport 7 are here, with the added benefit of colorful plains, lush woods, snowy mountain tops, and so many other biomes that all add an earthy richness to the franchise’s already top-tier weather effects and visuals. Just be sure your PC has quality specs so that you can get the most out of Horizon 4.

Recommended specs: CPU: 3.6-3.8GHz Intel Core i7-3820 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 70GB | GPU: Nvidia GTX 970, AMD R9 290X | OS: Windows 10

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Your Graphics Card will Go Wild

The Witcher 3

Well this game is not 2019 but yet this game will push your graphics card to its limits.

It utilizes the REDengine 3 tech and it lets you see a more advanced level of ambient occlusion(HBAO+) and depth of field that will surely suck all the life out of your card in 4K resolution at max settings.

Moreover, turning the Nvidia HairWorks on lets you see the premium feature of Geralt’s hair responding accordingly with the environment and dynamics. This also affects the fur and hair of beasts in the game. If you don’t have a strong rig, then you might want to keep this off because your graphics card will surely go loud and wild–unless you have it watercooled, but still…

Also, just like Far Cry 5, this is an open-world game that will continuously render great areas in great detail – not to mention the very obvious lighting effects that you will surely appreciate as you travel the open-world.

Recommended specs: CPU: 3.6-3.8GHz Intel Core i7-3820 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 70GB | GPU: Nvidia GTX 970, AMD R9 290X | OS: Windows 10

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

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If you want a game that has every graphical gimmick imaginable running under the hood, try out Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Its incredible textures are just the tip of the iceberg. This game has volumetric fog and particle effect tricks that distort light, enhanced water reflections, advanced anti-aliasing techniques, environmentally reactive foliage, and so many other high-end graphical tricks that it’d be hard not to call Shadow of the Tomb Raider one of the most visually impressive games in existence. And if you can afford an Nvidia graphics card that goes the extra mile, this game is built with RTX-exclusive real-time raytracing in mind, for those who want the bleeding edge of technological innovation.

Recommended specs: CPU: 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 4770K, 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen 5 1600 | RAM:16GB | Storage: 40GB | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB, AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB | OS:Windows 10

Final Words:

And there you have it!

There are new RTX graphics cards released by Nvidia just recently on top of AMD’s 2nd gen Ryzen processors. With the new hardware, it’s likely that you’ll be able to run these games smoothly at 4K resolution–even on max settings.

But there is one thing you need to keep in mind, you have to pair a right monitor for these games because what is the point of playing all these games if you do not have an idea what monitor will go best with your current PC hardware. Subscribe to PGR’s newsletter to keep posted and Happy Gaming!

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