What are the best optimized PC games?

zaza

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And when I say optimized I mean not just framerate and bugs, I mean those little stutters/freezes/whatever you call them that happen in game. If those are totally absent then the game is perfectly optimized.

These 3 games I know of are perfectly optimized:
Hard Reset
Need for Speed Most Wanted (2012)
Skyrim (without mods)

Someone give me more optimized games to play, please!
 

cmdrdredd

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Skyrim is terribly optimized. It stutters all the time, had big memory leaks that took a long time to fix, and I remember it crashing often for no reason.
 

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Most of those stutters are from your system not being capable of running a constant frame rate all the time. For any given game at a given resolution, once you have "enough" horsepower everything should run perfectly, glitch-free.

So if you take a high end gaming PC by today's standards and play most any 10 year old game it should run completely smooth with zero hitches.
 

Face2Face

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I would say Star Wars BattleFront, as the BETA ran very well, even on older hardware.
 

zaza

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Most of those stutters are from your system not being capable of running a constant frame rate all the time. For any given game at a given resolution, once you have "enough" horsepower everything should run perfectly, glitch-free.

So if you take a high end gaming PC by today's standards and play most any 10 year old game it should run completely smooth with zero hitches.

That is 100% false.
 

zaza

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I would say Star Wars BattleFront, as the BETA ran very well, even on older hardware.

Yes. But I'm sick of online shooters. I've got all my time invested in Heroes and Generals already.
Any single player games u can think of?
 

zaza

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Skyrim is terribly optimized. It stutters all the time, had big memory leaks that took a long time to fix, and I remember it crashing often for no reason.
Not me. Skyrim is the only open world game where I never got those area loading stutters. It was exceptionally well optimized for the PC (except for the blocky shadows)
 

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Battlefront ran great, I was getting constantly over 60fps maxed out at 2560x1080 with the AA set to TAA. As for other games I can't think of too many, I've always found the source games to be pretty well optimized but there aren't many recent examples of that.

I have to agree with above too, there are plenty of older games I've played on my newer system that I get way over 60fps yet have weird stutter or lag in places. The first Witcher game comes to mind for that, as much as I enjoy the Witcher games and think they look great I don't think they're the best optimized.

To add I've been playing this game called planetbase since last week, it's not that demanding but it runs great, no hitches or stuttering or glitches that I've seen so far. It's a colony building game where you build a colony on Mars, pretty fun and addicting I'd say, lost track of a lot of time playing it this weekend.
 
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Hinda65

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i was impressed with Metro last light...All that detail, with everything maxed out and my VRAM usage never went above 2 gigs...I don't know if that means it's well optimized but it sure played smooth with all that eye candy
 
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Mad Max is pretty damn fluid even on weaker hardware, big open world game too.

I was impressed with Battlefront's graphics fidelity vs performance, so it would be the current "best optimized game" by far.
 

bystander36

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A well optimized game, at least in my opinion, and many others, is a game which gets the most visuals and performance from your system.

This is definitely a difficult thing to measure and art seems to affect many peoples opinion on this.

Crysis, as an example, is often considered exceptionally optimized at its time, dispite not running all that well on many systems, because it was far better looking than anything in its day. Even if it required a high end system to get the highest levels of IQ. At the same time, many people considered it horribly optimized, because to play at the highest IQ settings, required a monster system, even though it still looked better than anything else at lower settings.
 

zaza

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Battlefront ran great, I was getting constantly over 60fps maxed out at 2560x1080 with the AA set to TAA. As for other games I can't think of too many, I've always found the source games to be pretty well optimized but there aren't many recent examples of that.

I have to agree with above too, there are plenty of older games I've played on my newer system that I get way over 60fps yet have weird stutter or lag in places. The first Witcher game comes to mind for that, as much as I enjoy the Witcher games and think they look great I don't think they're the best optimized.

To add I've been playing this game called planetbase since last week, it's not that demanding but it runs great, no hitches or stuttering or glitches that I've seen so far. It's a colony building game where you build a colony on Mars, pretty fun and addicting I'd say, lost track of a lot of time playing it this weekend.

You're the only one here who understand me

Can you give me a list of all the PC games you played that are perfectly optimized? There's just nowhere on the internet you can find this stuff. Like for example if you google "best optimized PC games" the first list you get includes Bioshock Infinite... can you believe that? Bioshock Infinite was the biggest turd of a port to exist this century with random stutters and pauses every 5 seconds and with thousands of threads of people complaining about it and the fact it was never fixed. This is what "gaming journalism" is, some clueless moron was told to write an article about best optimized PC games, so to get paid he just mentions the first random 10 PC games that come to his head and throws together a BS article in 5 minutes the likes of which clutter all your google searches!
 
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cmdrdredd

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The best recent example I can think of is metal gear solid 5. Runs fantastically but has 60fps cap.
 

SlitheryDee

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You might as well remove skyrim and every other bethesda game from consideration.

Among other games I thought resident evil 5 ran very well for how it looked.
 

BlitzPuppet

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You're using the phrase "optimized" strangely. Are you just asking what current/recent games run well on a mid-range PC, or are you asking for games that have no form of consolitis on it what so ever?

....or are you asking about old games that scaled with newer architecture/hardware and have greatly improved since they released?
 

Red Hawk

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Skyrim is terribly optimized. It stutters all the time, had big memory leaks that took a long time to fix, and I remember it crashing often for no reason.

Definitely at release, but since then Skyrim had a lot of optimizations, both within the game itself and with drivers. So it's pretty well optimized now.

Most of those stutters are from your system not being capable of running a constant frame rate all the time. For any given game at a given resolution, once you have "enough" horsepower everything should run perfectly, glitch-free.

So if you take a high end gaming PC by today's standards and play most any 10 year old game it should run completely smooth with zero hitches.

Not necessarily. There can be micro stuttering and hitching issues from badly coded games or drivers that aren't solved by simply having a faster system. Skyrim was a key example of this, actually.