The humble first-person shooter genre has developed a lot over the years. Nowadays, the graphics of an average shooter look better than ever. Some titles offer really impressive photo-realistic graphics.
After the fan-favorite shooter Halo 3 finally hit the PC (after 13 years of waiting), we thought we’d celebrate the upcoming release by looking at some of the top shooters we’ve played in the meantime and that really drive you GPU to the limit.
Modern games, especially fast-paced shooters, put pressure on the GPU, so it’s important to have one that is up to the task. Here are five of our top tips for GPU-demanding games that look awesome.
Battlefield V is an ultra-realistic shooter title set in the conflict of World War II. This 2018 shooter title gives you the opportunity to explore a variety of vehicles, weapons, and battlefield missions. You’ll play through untold war stories in Battlefield’s most haunting game yet. For multiplayer fans, there is a 64-player multiplayer mode and Firestorm – a Battle Royale mode that is set on the largest Battlefield map to date.
The reason why Battlefield V makes it onto this list is the simple reason that it looks stunning. That means you want to make sure you can run the game at high settings to fully appreciate the graphics and fully experience the immersion.
The recommended system requirements suggest either an AMD Ryzen 3 1300X or an Intel Core i7-4790. For graphics cards you need either an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB or an AMD Radeon RX 580 8 GB. Massive 12 GB RAM is also recommended. However, if you can, it is always best to exceed the recommended requirements whenever possible. This gives you more flexibility if you want to play other games with high system requirements.
For more information on Battlefield V hardware, see our Battlefield V system requirements article.
Take a break from realistic fighting games for a moment. With Doom Eternal, you can instead kill armies of demons and monsters. Doom Eternal takes place in a world where the armies of hell have invaded the earth, and it is up to you as a hunter to conquer the demons across dimensions and save humanity. It is the latest release in the popular Doom series and contains many fan-preferred weapons and new features to be immersed in. You will see the return of the BFG 9000 as well as rocket launchers, plasma rifles and combat shotguns.
This is a fast paced shooter title with impressive graphics. So you need a graphics card and a processor that meet the requirements.
The recommended requirements for Doom Eternal recommend either an AMD Ryzen 7 1800X or an Intel Core i7-6700K for your processor. The proposed GPU is either the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or the GTX 1080. A Radeon RX Vega 56 is recommended for AMD graphics cards.
Interestingly enough, this game also has a number of requirements called “Ultra Nightmare” to get the most out of this fantastic game. To fully experience the game, either an Intel Core i9-9900K or an AMD Ryzen 7 3700X is recommended. The proposed GPUs are either an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti or an AMD Radeon VII.
CPUs – Ultra Nightmare
GPUs – Ultra Nightmare
These “Ultra Nightmare” requirements definitely require a little more investment in building your gaming PC. But it will definitely be worth seeing Doom Eternal in all its glory.
For a complete list of system requirements and hardware recommendations for this game, see our article Doom Eternal System Requirements.
Arma 3 is a huge military sandbox that lets you experience real fighting game. In the near future of the 2030s, you can explore the Stratis and Altis twin islands in the Aegean.
You can either play a single player campaign or team up with friends to play three campaign episodes: survive, match and win. Arma 3 gameplay allows you to play around with 40 weapons and 20 vehicles, and there are numerous training sessions and target practice that you can use to improve your combat skills.
For this game, the recommended system requirements recommend an Intel Core i5-4460 or an AMD FX 4300 for the CPU. A NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7800 series with 2 GB is recommended for the graphics card. However, these requirements do not usually lead to the best results in terms of frame rates. Since this game is a fast-paced shooter with some impressive train distances, you definitely want to strive for better components than those listed in the requirements. If this is not possible, you may have to reject some of your settings.
For more information on Arma 3 requirements and hardware suggestions, read our post on Arma 3 system requirements.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the greatest games of the past few years and is still a fantastic shooter title. The decline of the Wild West takes place in America in 1899 and is really going on. The story is about Arthur Morgan, an outlaw who has to flee after a robbery goes wrong. Arthur has to choose between his own ideals and his loyalty to the Van der Linde gang that raised him.
One of the most important things you notice about this game is the fantastic graphics. The setting is simply stunning and the graphics don’t let it down. For this reason, you should take special care that you have a PC that meets the high system requirements.
An Intel Core i7-4770K or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X is recommended for the processor. The recommended graphics cards are either the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB or the AMD Radeon RX 480 4 GB. Even with these specifications, you will likely have to mess around with the graphics settings to ensure a consistent frame rate. If you can, it’s always worth going beyond the recommended requirements and getting more powerful components. This way you can immerse yourself in the world of Arthur Morgan.
For a complete list of system requirements and our hardware suggestions to make the most of it, see our review of Red Dead Redemption 2 system requirements.
Metro Exodus is in the ruins of the Moscow subway and is a coarse-grained FPS title. You embark on an epic journey through the post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness. You will take a group of Spartan Rangers on a journey to find new life in the East. It’s a fantastic, story-driven FPS that combines combat, stealth, survival horror, and exploration.
The key to this game is the atmosphere and immersion in the world. You can spot hundreds of tiny details like frost on your gas mask or a tiny flickering candle in the distance. All of this adds to the excitement and horror you will experience with this game.
To dive into this great game, you need PC specs that live up to it. The Intel Core i7-4770K or an equivalent product is recommended for the CPU. An NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 or RTX 2060 is required for the GPU. Alternatively, an AMD RX Vega 56 is recommended. Of these, we recommend the RTX 2060 if you want to push your PC to its limits and want to play with ultra settings.
To get a complete overview of the requirements and to get hardware suggestions for this game, we have published a post on the system requirements of Metro Exodus.
Build for the future
With the development of technology, games also develop. This means that games with high system requirements with high graphics, RAM and memory requirements are used more often than ever before.
To build a gaming PC for the future, you should mainly focus on CPU, GPU and RAM. If you want to play graphically demanding games, you should even look at GPUs that support ray tracing and have additional amounts of VRAM.
We’re particularly excited about some games, including Cyberpunk 2077 and Star Wars: Squadrons. These two titles definitely require a decent GPU to get the most out of them.
There is a lot of hype about this game and from the images and footage we saw it looks pretty justified. This game looks absolutely gorgeous, especially the raytrace effects, and we can’t wait to play it.
However, this means that you need a PC to run on, and the recommended requirements are quite high. An Intel Core i5-10400 at 2.9 GHz or an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 are recommended, so this may be the perfect time to test on one of the new 10th generation Intel CPUs.
The recommended graphics cards are either the NVIDIA RTX 2060 Super or the AMD Radeon RX 5700XT 8 GB. Since NVIDIA offers ray tracing support for this game, this is what you want the most, but of course the price is quite high.
For more information about Cyberpunk 2077 and what you need to prepare for it, see our system requirements and hardware article.
Star Wars: Seasons
Another much-touted game that is coming out this year is Star Wars: Squadrons. With this game you can fly to the sky and control some of your favorite fighters in Star Wars. With an extensive single player campaign and multiplayer mode, this is a game that many people will watch out for later this year.
The system requirements for this game are between medium and high and it can also be played in VR. So you should make sure that your PC can handle it. The recommended requirements for non-VR games include an AMD Ryzen 7 2700X or an Intel Core i7-7700 for the processor. An AMD Radeon RX 480 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 is required for the GPU.
If you want to push the boat out and grab your VR headset, you may need a better graphics card. The requirements recommended by the GPU are listed as AMD Radeon RX 570 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070.
To play this title, you need to invest in a medium-range PC. To learn more about the ideal hardware for this game, read our post on system requirements.
If you’re looking for a new game to test your GPU, each of these games is a good choice. They are all fantastic games that are highly rated and look awesome (with the right kit to run them). Without the right hardware, you have the depressing task of reducing all the graphics settings of your favorite games.
If you want to play any of the games mentioned above and your PC is a few years old, it may be time for an important upgrade. Whether you’re building a completely new gaming PC or simply swapping a CPU, motherboard, or graphics card, you’ll definitely see the benefits of upgrading.