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Top Five Games to Put Your Gaming Rig Through Its Paces

So you think your gaming rig has some serious teeth, huh? And now you’re excited to show off how powerful your new build is, right? If you really want to demonstrate your system’s gaming mettle, here are five of the most graphically-intensive games out there today. Play these and see just what your gaming rig's got!

1. Crysis 3

Is anyone surprised this is on the list? Since its inception, the Crysis series has been the benchmark for PC gamers around the world. Don’t even think about cranking this game to 11 unless you have a minimum of 8GB of RAM, the latest quad-core CPU, and a top-of-the-line DirectX 11 capable graphics card with at least 2GB of RAM. If your gaming rig is capable of maxing out Crysis 3, rejoice – you possess a monster that can tackle anything else out there. Just make sure you’re not admiring the beauty of the world so much that your oh-so-important K/D ratio suffers.

2. Far Cry 3

The Far Cry series has long been known for high system requirements, and the third entry to the popular open-world FPS franchise continues that trend. The minimum system requirements on this beast blow the recommended specs off of most games out there today. The third installment of the series returns to the lush, tropical environments reminiscent of the original Far Cry in the series, and on a high-end rig, look absolutely gorgeous. With the right build, you’ll feel as if you’re actually on vacation – until the bullets start flying. If your PC has the muscle to run this on its ultra settings, this is a visual experience you do not want to miss.  

3. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

Released in 2011, The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings is an absolutely stunning visual experience that will take a serious powerhouse to run. Seriously, if you want to experience this beauty the way it was meant to be, you’re going to need a top-of-the-line gaming rig. The game features a graphical option called “ubersampling,” a rendering process that renders scenes multiple times to offer the best possible textures, details, and anti-aliasing. Be warned though – ubersampling will suck up every last bit of your computer’s resources when turned on, but oh, is it ever worth it! This medieval/gothic-style world looks absolutely mind-blowing on a top-end system, and will remind you why you’ve poured so much money into all those upgrades.

4. Metro: Last Light

Metro 2033 was a graphically intense post-apocalyptic FPS that helped set the bar for gaming rigs in 2010. Not to be outdone by its predecessor, Metro: Last Light delivers an intense atmospheric adventure that is best experienced on a top-end PC. You’d never expect to find a wasteland like the one featured in Metro: Last Light visually appealing, but the desolate landscape feels like a sick, twisted, yet somehow beautiful painting come to life. The creatures you’ll encounter may be hideously terrifying abominations, but you may feel compelled to stop and admire their grotesque beauty before you blow them away.

5. Battlefield 3

War is an ugly, horrible thing - but the third entry in EA’s popular FPS series makes combat look like poetry in motion. Seriously, set all of the graphical settings up to the maximum, hop in a jet or a helicopter, fly over the map of Operation Firestorm and try to keep your jaw from dropping as you gaze at the towering oil fires burning in the distance. Or take a leap off of Damavand Peak and stare in awe as the world around you flies by during your plummet to the ground at blistering speed.  Just be sure that while you’re marveling at the scenery during your trip to the bottom you pull the cord on your parachute in time.

A game that just barely missed the list (but is worth noting) was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The only reason it didn’t quite make the list is because it requires the use of some mods to truly unlock its graphical potential.

These games are all top-tier, graphically intensive beasts that require the most powerful PCs to truly showcase their beauty. If your rig can run any – or even better, all – of the games on this list, you can start looking forward to a few more highly-anticipated system intensive games coming out later this year, most notably Battlefield 4 and Total War: Rome II.

Do you have any other suggestions for games that show test your gaming computer’s power? Let us know in the comments below!

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