Which games are badly optimized for todays PC hardware?

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
1.3
Dauntless is terribly optimized
according to (16) user reviews
6.36
2.6
ARK: Survival Evolved is terribly optimized
according to (477) user reviews
5.74
2.6
Mafia III is terribly optimized
according to (494) user reviews
3.81
2.6
Fallout 76 is terribly optimized
according to (87) user reviews
6.18
2.9
Watch Dogs is terribly optimized
according to (423) user reviews
6.47
3
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds is poorly optimized
according to (812) user reviews
7.22
3
Assassins Creed: Unity is poorly optimized
according to (430) user reviews
5.85
3.1
No Mans Sky is poorly optimized
according to (339) user reviews
6.07
3.2
WWE 2K19 is poorly optimized
according to (28) user reviews
6.98
3.4
Kingdom Come: Deliverance is poorly optimized
according to (145) user reviews
6.19
4
Anthem is poorly optimized
according to (206) user reviews
7.41
4
Batman: Arkham Knight is poorly optimized
according to (301) user reviews
6.83
4
Squad is poorly optimized
according to (20) user reviews
6.58
4.2
Hunt: Showdown is poorly optimized
according to (31) user reviews
6.22
4.4
Just Cause 3 is poorly optimized
according to (256) user reviews
7.51
4.6
Forza Horizon 3 is poorly optimized
according to (415) user reviews
7.26
4.7
Apex Legends is poorly optimized
according to (206) user reviews
6.7
4.7
Steep is poorly optimized
according to (62) user reviews
7.23
4.8
The Forest is poorly optimized
according to (120) user reviews
7.34
5
Assassins Creed: Odyssey is poorly optimized
according to (242) user reviews
7.3
5
Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands is poorly optimized
according to (315) user reviews
6.74
5.1
Ring of Elysium is poorly optimized
according to (37) user reviews
7.63
5.2
Assassins Creed 3: Remastered is poorly optimized
according to (31) user reviews
7.32
5.3
Watch Dogs 2 is poorly optimized
according to (476) user reviews
7.4
5.4
Metro: Exodus is poorly optimized
according to (236) user reviews
6.85
5.4
Far Cry: New Dawn is poorly optimized
according to (87) user reviews
7.84
5.6
NieR: Automata is poorly optimized
according to (210) user reviews
7.18
5.8
FIFA 19 is poorly optimized
according to (137) user reviews
7.48
5.8
Dirt Rally 2.0 is poorly optimized
according to (43) user reviews
7.3
5.9
Assassins Creed: Syndicate is poorly optimized
according to (357) user reviews
6.9
6
Farming Simulator 19 is well optimized
according to (57) user reviews
6.33
6
Black Desert Online is well optimized
according to (147) user reviews
8.03
6.1
Borderlands 3 is well optimized
according to (31) user reviews
7.4
6.1
Assassins Creed: Origins is well optimized
according to (469) user reviews
7.25
6.2
World of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth is well optimized
according to (26) user reviews
7.07
6.2
Total War: Warhammer 2 is well optimized
according to (55) user reviews
7
6.2
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is well optimized
according to (266) user reviews
7.6
6.2
Subnautica is well optimized
according to (114) user reviews
6.5
6.3
Final Fantasy XV is well optimized
according to (115) user reviews
7.19
6.3
A Hat In Time is well optimized
according to (24) user reviews
7.08
6.4
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 is well optimized
according to (80) user reviews
6.57
6.4
Fallout 4 is well optimized
according to (523) user reviews
7.2
6.4
Blade and Soul is well optimized
according to (69) user reviews
7.38
6.5
World War Z is well optimized
according to (40) user reviews
6.4
6.6
Monster Hunter World is well optimized
according to (111) user reviews
6.5
6.6
Just Cause 4 is well optimized
according to (70) user reviews
7.71
6.6
Naruto Shippudden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is well optimized
according to (107) user reviews
6.83
6.6
Escape from Tarkov is well optimized
according to (41) user reviews
7.25
6.7
Mordhau is well optimized
according to (6) user reviews
6.78
6.7
Wolfenstein: Youngblood is well optimized
according to (6) user reviews
6.86
6.7
The Crew is well optimized
according to (143) user reviews
6.66
6.8
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 is well optimized
according to (75) user reviews
7.01
6.9
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is well optimized
according to (160) user reviews
6.1
6.9
NBA 2K19 is well optimized
according to (29) user reviews
7.24
7
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is well optimized
according to (282) user reviews
6.56
7
FIFA 15 is well optimized
according to (167) user reviews
7.5
7.2
The Division 2 is well optimized
according to (120) user reviews
7.74
7.2
Cities: Skylines is well optimized
according to (108) user reviews
7.17
7.3
Need For Speed Payback is well optimized
according to (180) user reviews
7.59
7.3
Call of Duty: WWII is well optimized
according to (310) user reviews
6.33
7.3
FIFA 16 is well optimized
according to (112) user reviews
6.57
7.4
Fortnite is well optimized
according to (477) user reviews
7.31
7.4
Anno 1800 is well optimized
according to (42) user reviews
6.64
7.4
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 is well optimized
according to (217) user reviews
8.09
7.4
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition is well optimized
according to (226) user reviews
6.98
7.4
Planet Coaster is well optimized
according to (85) user reviews
6.8
7.5
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is well optimized
according to (167) user reviews
7.74
7.5
Hitman is well optimized
according to (199) user reviews
5.52
7.5
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 is well optimized
according to (102) user reviews
8.64
7.6
A Plague Tale: Innocence is well optimized
according to (17) user reviews
6.59
7.6
Sea of Thieves is well optimized
according to (66) user reviews
6.65
7.6
Injustice 2 is well optimized
according to (29) user reviews
6.96
7.7
Battlefield V is well optimized
according to (254) user reviews
8.41
7.8
Rage 2 is well optimized
according to (78) user reviews
7.79
7.8
Mortal Kombat 11 is well optimized
according to (77) user reviews
5.92
7.8
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is well optimized
according to (179) user reviews
7.03
7.8
FIFA 18 is well optimized
according to (242) user reviews
6.5
7.8
Football Manager 2019 is well optimized
according to (18) user reviews
7.51
7.8
Mortal Kombat X is well optimized
according to (116) user reviews
7.67
7.8
Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition is well optimized
according to (9) user reviews
7.04
7.9
Need For Speed is well optimized
according to (184) user reviews
7.67
7.9
Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is well optimized
according to (136) user reviews
6.32
8
FIFA 17 is excellently optimized
according to (282) user reviews
7.51
8
Sniper Elite 4 is excellently optimized
according to (123) user reviews
8.5
8
Total War: Warhammer Fantasy is excellently optimized
according to (80) user reviews
7.32
8
The Crew 2 is excellently optimized
according to (71) user reviews
7
8.1
Far Cry 4 is excellently optimized
according to (415) user reviews
7
8.1
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is excellently optimized
according to (183) user reviews
7.27
8.1
Tekken 7 is excellently optimized
according to (155) user reviews
7.74
8.1
Dark Souls 3 is excellently optimized
according to (277) user reviews
8.08
8.1
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is excellently optimized
according to (177) user reviews
7.09
8.2
The Sims 4 is excellently optimized
according to (202) user reviews
8.36
8.2
Devil May Cry 5 (2019) is excellently optimized
according to (131) user reviews
7.35
8.2
Far Cry: Primal is excellently optimized
according to (278) user reviews
7.17
8.3
Total War: Three Kingdoms is excellently optimized
according to (41) user reviews
7.47
8.3
Far Cry 5 is excellently optimized
according to (375) user reviews
8.06
8.4
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is excellently optimized
according to (158) user reviews
8
8.4
F1 2018 is excellently optimized
according to (19) user reviews
7
8.4
Project CARS 2 is excellently optimized
according to (75) user reviews
7.14
8.4
Middle-earth: Shadow of War is excellently optimized
according to (205) user reviews

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