10 Best CPU Intensive Games to Push Your PC To The LIMIT
Let’s talk about CPU intensive games with crazy good graphics. You know like the ones that seem to come up in conversation the most when talking about flexing specs or trying to get your machine to run something.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is without a doubt the biggest most insanely massive Assassin’s Creed game. It looks damn good on PC too especially if you get it running ultra-wide. Origins really kicked things off with Assassin’s Creed game and it just look out of this world.
Odyssey definitely pushes things to the limit but also down to a granular level with tons of details. Your character in particular looks incredibly detailed with of course a bunch of different modeling’s for different armor types because it’s an RPG.
Dust gets kicked up when you fight, characters get bloody, all of its convincing combined with a really good lighting engine and insane amount of variety. Tons of beautiful looking water, more tropical islands, tall mountains, fallen trees with tons of foliage, and even some snow. This game really has everything and all of it looks really really good.
Tom Clancy’s The Division 2
Another one that you wouldn’t think of at first but the Division 2 can really push some PCs to the limit and for good reason. Most notably the newest expansion Warlords of New York looks incredible, which takes things back to New York City. Lower Manhattan just really pushes things in terms of the size and scale.
The map is big plus there’s a lot of impressive verticality to it. The buildings truly look soaring and you get that sense of scale because the game can convincingly render those distances. Not only that the streets of New York and Washington DC in the base game are littered with tons and tons of details like moving paper trash in the streets, wildlife, tons of foliage, weather effects, day and night effects, really great lighting.
Even if you don’t like the Division or games as a service game, well we talk about the worlds at massive builds all the time. They look incredibly good and are worth experiencing just on that alone. Especially if you can really crank this thing up to ultra then it is damn impressive.
As we’re talking about games with incredibly impressive details, Metro Exodus is one hell of a good looking game and also the best-looking Metro game by far. It brings things outdoors into much larger environments and despite things opening up and embracing some kind of open level design the game doesn’t lose its identity and its detail in making everything around you feel really convincing like a ravaged wasteland.
The desert levels look pretty good with some cool sandstorm effects. There’s also end of winter like melting kind of muddy snowy areas. Then there’s more wooded areas which are first for the series and of course the destroyed city landscapes covered in snow.
When you’re down in those tunnels doing those spooky things, a lighting system is really working overtime to make it look convincing and also spook you a little bit. This game is richly detailed to the point where there’s so much going on and the fact that all can run beautifully on a great PC makes it that much better.
Forza Horizon 4
Of course we had to include a car game. Forza Horizon 4 is pretty much the most modern best-looking racing game right now. There’s a lot of competition but we just personally like the way this looks for the variety, the detail, the color and also it’s just straight-up good.
Forza Horizon 4 also looks really great because it recreates an open-world English countryside for you to just drive around and explore through. There’s incredible draw distances and tons of detailed little villages that all can go by at super high speeds.
It all looks amazing when the game and your machine can keep up with the details being rendered. It’s super impressive down to the reflection on the cars themselves because of course they’re the star of the show.
The way dirt and mud gets flung up and the general variety of different vehicle types and environment types like snow and foliage and the change in time of day and the seasons. There’s so much working overtime here to really impress your eyeballs. It looks great on consoles and is definitely a showcase but on PC it looks way better.
Control, a game that we still think is underrated. It was our favorite game of last year and for good reason. This third-person shooter is filled with tons of cool detail, artistic lighting and great effects. This was an early showcase for RTX and when it is switched on the subtleties that it brings, the reflections in the floor, the way glass work and everything turned up to eleven.
Even if you don’t have an RTX capable machine, this game is just mind-blowing. The amount of effects and things that moves around as Jesse blasts through the environment, papers fly up in the air, debris smashes everywhere, things shatter and the ground cracks.
All of that happening and running in real time above 60 frames per second is something that you truly need to experience. Then if you zoom in with photo mode down to a highly detailed level, you can see the detail of Jessie, her face, her clothing, the weapon she uses, even like reflections in her eyes.
We figured we should talked about the most recent Battlefield game because they’ve always been great showcases for graphical masterpiece. Starting from Battlefield 3 every single one has really turned it up a notch and Battlefield 5 continues it with some really dense and rich looking environments.
The more urban environments of collapse buildings, smoldering remains, sparks, and cloudy skies look damn good. It does not only needs a good PC but a good monitor too. The added level of destruction that Battlefield 5 actually brings back to the series is amazing. When an explosion shakes the snow off of a roof and seeing it realistically slide down, seeing wood splinter and shatter immerses your gaming experience.
Even if you wasn’t the biggest fan of Battlefield 5 you can’t help but point out that all these graphics working overtime with the destruction is really impressive.
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt
We’re talking about a game that pushes your machine to a next level. The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is still a great example and people love showing off this game in all of its glory. The HUD turned off, settings cranked the hell up, maybe even a couple mods here and there.
I also want to point out that The Witcher 3 on PC running well still has one of the greatest video game sunsets I’ve ever seen and now the game is a couple years old and the fact that it hasn’t been topped, says a lot about it.
The environments are always filled with movement, deep vegetation, lush stuff going on, people going by, and wildlife. To have all of that going on at once and having the detail cranked up is really nice to see.
Call of Duty – Modern Warfare
Now we have the most recent Call of Duty game, Modern Warfare. This game looks absolutely incredible, specifically the single-player. The darker nighttime levels look amazing if you’re playing on a high-end monitor or OLED with some good deep black support. This game absolutely shows its prowess on a good monitor.
The lighting is just so convincing and unlike anything I’ve seen in a lot of other games. The developers use tons of photogrammetry which is essentially the technology of scanning real-world items and placing them in a game. Not slapping them in copy and paste like an old texture but legit putting it in the game.
The developers went it so far as to go to places like where the California wildfires affected and scanned burned out cars and then put them in battlefields in the game. It goes a long way for making all the environments wherever you are in the game from the streets of London to a war-torn area of the Middle East.
All of it looks really astounding and I think it’s a combination of the lighting with the photogrammetry technology that really seals the deal plus characters also look incredibly realistic. Captain Price seems like a real man and not like a cartoon mustache. He looks like a real dude that will be out there somewhere and he is portrayed by an actor.
This game looks incredible especially because it’s got that regular Call of Duty refinement where it just runs as smooth as butter. If you got a machine and you can crank this thing up it screams for real.
Doom Eternal definitely more on the cartoonish side of graphics but still you get tons of effects. From the weapon itself to the environments, lasers, sparks, tons of great looking fire, explosions, enemy types that are all getting deteriorated in real time by your bullets, core blood and of course sprawling looking levels with some pretty impressive draw distances all happening at once and all happening at high frame rates and high resolutions.
Everything going on at once and you (the character) are cruising through at a thousand miles per hour killing everything. So, it’s really important that the game doesn’t collapse under the weight of its own graphics and your high-speed moving. Running smoothly makes it impressive especially considering they aren’t going for photorealism here but still such a good graphical showcase down to the model of the doom Slayer himself who looks absolutely insanely detailed.
Doom Eternal just a game you have to play on PC not just for the mouse and keyboard but for the graphics.
Red Dead Redemption
I think the wait for this game to come to PC was absolutely worth it. Especially since it’s been once again updated recently with even better textures. Red Dead Redemption looks incredible from the characters details, the way their clothing moves as they move, the way it gets dirty, the way it gets wet.
Not only you but your horse and of course the environment around you riddled with details. NPCs going about their day, carriages moving through the mud or maybe even some busy streets looks incredibly ambitious and impressively designed city that just looks so realistic especially if you catch it at night with a little fog to it.
When you see those street lights and those lamps through the fog, you can see that this game is really operating on a totally different wavelength. The game world is so big and the fact that it has all this detail is so impressive.
You can go out into the desert, into the woods riddled with tons of lush foliage and Wildlife. See your character get hot, see him get sweaty, see him almost freeze to death and see the horses balls which has definitely been talking point for a while now.
This game looked absolutely insane on consoles but now that it’s finally on PC and you can really crank everything up and get a little extra detail and get a higher resolution and just get more detailed textures; it’s just wild.
It is absolutely the thing you should experience right now especially when the kinks are finally getting worked out. Red Dead Redemption is made for a kick-ass PC and it’s worth experiencing.
Now of course I should mention some bonus games. Minecraft with ray-tracing enabled is not the most insane thing in the world but it looks damn good and it’s a great way to kind of flex your RTX capable card if you have one.
We also love to shine up the mod community and Grand Theft Auto 5 has some realistic graphics mods is still a sight to behold. These are some of the best CPU intensive games with great graphics that we wanted to mention.