Following our Top 10 Worst Optimized and Top 10 Most Optimized PC games of 2019, today we are presenting you the top 10 best PC games graphics of 2019. In this article, we are focusing purely on the most visually impressive PC games of 2019.
Do note that we are not focusing on a game’s art style or its overall optimization. In other words, the following games looked absolutely gorgeous on the PC, mainly due to the tech powering them. Moreover, some of them pushed the graphical boundaries of what PC games can look like in 2019.
So, without further ado, here are the top 10 best PC games graphics of 2019.
A Plague Tale: Innocence is one of the most beautiful games out there. Asobo Studio has used photogrammetry and as a result of that, the in-game textures look really detailed. The game uses an in-house engine and its lighting system is really great. Most characters are also highly detailed, though the lip-syncing is a bit average-ish and sometimes the transition between various animations is not that smoothly. Still, and despite its flaws, A Plague Tale: Innocence looks really impressive.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; Ghost Recon Breakpoint is a huge disappointment. However, the tech powering it is incredible, and the game pushes some truly amazing environments. Ghost Recon Breakpoint looks and runs better than Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, The Division 2 and Watch_Dogs 2. The game also features some cool weather/wind effects and the grass bends as you walk through it. Ubisoft has used photogrammetry and all of the textures look incredible. The only downside here are the character models that are not as mind-blowing as what COD or Battlefield currently offer. Still, Ghost Recon Breakpoint is one of the best looking games of 2019.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare looks amazing on the PC, even without its Ray Tracing effects. The character models are among the best we’ve seen in a first-person shooter, and the animations are really smooth. The environments also look incredible and Infinity Ward has used Photogrammetry. There are a lot of cool environmental and particles effects, and the levels are full of small details. The game would have been higher in the list if it didn’t suffer from some really ridiculous pop-in issues.
Gears 5 looks stunning on the PC. The character models look great, and the lip-syncing is very good. However, they cannot come close to what Resident Evil 2 Remake or Detroit: Become Human have achieved. Similarly, its environments look amazing and there are some cool environmental destruction set-pieces. However, there are also some limitations here that really surprised us. For instance, the gameplay environmental physics/destruction are toned down. Furthermore, the lighting is nowhere close to what Metro: Exodus and Control achieved. While Gears 5 looks and runs incredibly well, it does not showcase what future games can look in Unreal Engine 4; it feels more like a “refinement” of what modern-day games can look like.
Resident Evil 2 Remake looks absolutely stunning. The character models look incredible (you can also dismember them) and a lot of light sources cast shadows. Seriously, and mainly thanks to its incredibly detailed character models, the game can sometimes feel like a next-gen title. The environments and the lighting are top notch, though overall interactivity is quite limited. There are also some minor “noise” issues with the game’s reflections but these are nitpicks. Resident Evil 2 Remake 2 is undoubtedly one of the best looking PC games of 2019.
Detroit: Become Human is not well optimized on the PC. After all, we’ve included this title in our Top 10 Worst Optimized PC Games of 2019. However, Quantic Dream’s game packs some truly impressive visuals. Its character models are the best we’ve seen in 2019. Seriously, just look at the following screenshots. The lip-syncing is also incredible. Detroit: Become Human also packs some amazing, though small, environments.
Red Dead Redemption 2 looks absolutely gorgeous. Yes, this is a really demanding title, however, we feel that the game does justify its high GPU requirements. The draw distance is great, the character models are amazing and the environmental/weather effects are stunning. The light sources can even affect the snowflakes, and there are some beautiful snow deformation effects. Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently the most beautiful open-world game on the PC.
Metro: Exodus is one of the most beautiful games to date, mainly due to its Ray Tracing effects. 4A Games has used RTX for the game’s Global Illumination, Ambient Occlusion and Indirect Lighting. The end result is stunning and significantly improves the game’s visuals. Alongside CONTROL, Metro Exodus showcases the great benefits of real-time ray tracing. In some cases, the ray traced version feels like a next-gen game, and that says a lot about the tech powering it. Not only that, but the game also supports some cool PhysX and Hairworks effects.
If it wasn’t for the next RTX game, CONTROL would have been the best looking PC game of 2019. Remedy has excelled itself and the game’s real-time ray tracing effects are among the best we’ve seen. Remedy has used RTX for the game’s reflections, contact shadows, diffuse global illumination and transparent reflections. The end result is a sight to behold and CONTROL is a game that showcases what PC games can truly look like, without having any console limitations.
Contrary to all the other games featured in this list, Quake 2 RTX is a truly next-gen experience. This is a game that will simply leave you speechless the moment you run it. Yes, this is a really old game. However, this is also a full ray traced game, running in real-time and with 60fps on the PC. Not only that, but NVIDIA has recently released a new patch that further improves the game’s RTX effects. Quake 2 RTX is the perfect showcase of real-time Ray Tracing, and it’s something you really need to experience. Here is hoping that NVIDIA will release more RTX versions of classic PC games in 2020 and beyond.