This complete list of badly optimized PC games helps PC gamers answer the question “Which games are badly optimized for todays PC hardware”.

Not all games are released in a reliably playable state and this optimization list, curated by gamers, will help us see any games struggling to reach the level of playability we have come to expect from our gaming releases.

With millions of combinations of PC hardware, sometimes games just have an unfortunate release and this list puts the worst games into one place to help us see if a game has been patched back to a playable standard or not. So at a glance we will help you know which games you may need to be wary of.

Its always worth checking our system requirements tools on each of the game pages here on GD to see if you can actually play the game.

Click on any of the thumbs to have your say about how well you feel a game runs on your PC, whether you feel a game is badly optimized and worthy of a position on this Worst Optimized PC game list or not. Ultimately we can all keep switching our thoughts to easily to better display how well a game is playing right now and our algorithms help display this as well. So we can all avoid performance disasters such as Batman: Arkham Knight, Mafia 3 and Assassin’s Creed Unity, at least until they patched and playable.

Game optimization scores will continually evolve according to real world feedback and as developers patch their games and PC gaming hardware improves.

Popular PC Games Optimization Chart
Optimisation Score
6.04
1.8
The Ascent is terribly optimized
according to (34) user reviews
5.88
2.3
Call of Duty Warzone is terribly optimized
according to (1354) user reviews
7.34
2.6
ARK: Survival Evolved is terribly optimized
according to (891) user reviews
7.1
2.7
Borderlands 3 is terribly optimized
according to (815) user reviews
7.34
2.9
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds is terribly optimized
according to (1077) user reviews
6.04
2.9
Fortnite: Chapter 2 is terribly optimized
according to (525) user reviews
7.27
3.1
Control is poorly optimized
according to (481) user reviews
6.61
3.3
DayZ is poorly optimized
according to (191) user reviews
6.16
3.4
New World is poorly optimized
according to (82) user reviews
4.69
3.6
Battlefield 2042 is poorly optimized
according to (281) user reviews
7.8
3.6
Assassins Creed: Odyssey is poorly optimized
according to (722) user reviews
8.21
3.6
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is poorly optimized
according to (463) user reviews
7.92
3.7
Horizon: Zero Dawn is poorly optimized
according to (342) user reviews
7.74
3.8
Phasmophobia is poorly optimized
according to (65) user reviews
8.15
4
Dishonored II is poorly optimized
according to (324) user reviews
8.42
4.4
Red Dead Redemption 2 is poorly optimized
according to (2424) user reviews
7.74
4.4
Metro: Exodus is poorly optimized
according to (565) user reviews
6.4
4.4
Watch Dogs 2 is poorly optimized
according to (702) user reviews
6.36
4.5
Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands is poorly optimized
according to (442) user reviews
7.59
4.8
Apex Legends is poorly optimized
according to (534) user reviews
7.92
4.9
Final Fantasy XV is poorly optimized
according to (216) user reviews
4.5
5
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy is poorly optimized
according to (6) user reviews
7.9
5
Genshin Impact is poorly optimized
according to (228) user reviews
7.5
5
Kena: Bridge of Spirits is poorly optimized
according to (18) user reviews
6.95
5
F1 2021 is poorly optimized
according to (12) user reviews
6
5
NBA 2K21 is poorly optimized
according to (50) user reviews
7.52
5.1
Mafia: Definitive Edition is poorly optimized
according to (174) user reviews
6.41
5.1
FIFA 19 is poorly optimized
according to (243) user reviews
7.18
5.2
Back 4 Blood is poorly optimized
according to (50) user reviews
7.39
5.2
Need For Speed Heat is poorly optimized
according to (260) user reviews
8.04
5.2
Watch Dogs Legion is poorly optimized
according to (347) user reviews
7.53
5.2
The Forest is poorly optimized
according to (215) user reviews
7.73
5.3
Assassins Creed: Origins is poorly optimized
according to (725) user reviews
7.43
5.3
Mass Effect Andromeda is poorly optimized
according to (316) user reviews
8.58
5.5
NieR: Automata is poorly optimized
according to (288) user reviews
7.44
5.8
FIFA 20 is poorly optimized
according to (252) user reviews
6.5
5.8
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 is poorly optimized
according to (139) user reviews
6.69
5.9
Diablo 2 Resurrected is poorly optimized
according to (27) user reviews
8.18
5.9
Microsoft Flight Simulator is poorly optimized
according to (564) user reviews
7.16
5.9
Farming Simulator 19 is poorly optimized
according to (159) user reviews
8.18
6
Cyberpunk 2077 is well optimized
according to (2411) user reviews
7.8
6
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is well optimized
according to (245) user reviews
6.93
6.1
FIFA 21 is well optimized
according to (109) user reviews
7.01
6.1
PC Building Simulator is well optimized
according to (121) user reviews
7.73
6.2
Valorant is well optimized
according to (414) user reviews
8.16
6.2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is well optimized
according to (955) user reviews
8.67
6.2
Assassins Creed: Valhalla is well optimized
according to (795) user reviews
7.89
6.2
Monster Hunter World is well optimized
according to (203) user reviews
7.51
6.3
FIFA 22 is well optimized
according to (19) user reviews
6.45
6.3
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is well optimized
according to (325) user reviews
6.65
6.4
Fortnite is well optimized
according to (817) user reviews
7.39
6.8
Battlefield V is well optimized
according to (499) user reviews
6.39
6.8
Need For Speed Payback is well optimized
according to (280) user reviews
7.95
7.1
Call of Duty: WWII is well optimized
according to (455) user reviews
6.6
7.1
PUBG Lite is well optimized
according to (212) user reviews
6.44
7.2
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is well optimized
according to (236) user reviews
8.73
7.4
Far Cry 6 is well optimized
according to (349) user reviews
8.54
7.5
Age of Empires IV is well optimized
according to (53) user reviews
6.32
7.5
FIFA 18 is well optimized
according to (299) user reviews
8.05
7.8
Far Cry 5 is well optimized
according to (616) user reviews
7.49
7.8
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is well optimized
according to (305) user reviews
8.12
7.8
Mortal Kombat 11 is well optimized
according to (181) user reviews
8.5
7.9
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is well optimized
according to (286) user reviews
8
8
eFootball PES 2020 is excellently optimized
according to (245) user reviews
8.14
8
Tekken 7 is excellently optimized
according to (236) user reviews
8.25
8
Hitman 3 is excellently optimized
according to (108) user reviews
8.25
8.1
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is excellently optimized
according to (361) user reviews
8.54
8.3
Doom Eternal is excellently optimized
according to (536) user reviews
6.83
8.3
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is excellently optimized
according to (136) user reviews
8.32
8.4
eFootball PES 2021 is excellently optimized
according to (92) user reviews
6.57
8.4
For Honor is excellently optimized
according to (224) user reviews
8.36
8.5
Resident Evil 7 is excellently optimized
according to (421) user reviews
7.98
8.5
Destiny 2 is excellently optimized
according to (444) user reviews
8.75
8.6
Riders Republic is excellently optimized
according to (14) user reviews
8.56
8.8
Resident Evil 2 Remake is excellently optimized
according to (466) user reviews
8.56
8.9
Forza Horizon 4 is excellently optimized
according to (568) user reviews
8.7
8.9
Resident Evil 8 is excellently optimized
according to (297) user reviews
8.8
9
Days Gone is excellently optimized
according to (216) user reviews