Optimization is a notoriously flaky term. Some complain they're not getting a buttery smooth 144 FPS, while others may be happy squeezing out 30 frames per second on Low. Get enough people weighing in on the matter and you soon get a good idea however, which is the thinking behind GD's Optimization Score. All of you have been letting us know throughout the last 12 months whether you think the biggest AAA games are well optimized, or pulling no punches and letting us know if they run like garbage. So here are the 10 most well optimized PC games of 2016.
|1||World of Warcraft: Legion||9.8|
|2||Farming Simulator 17||9.5|
|5||American Truck Simulator||9.1|
|10||Rise of the Tomb Raider||8.4|
I have to say that seems like a pretty solid list, although there are one or two surprises. Overwatch, Battlefield 1, DOOM and Titanfall 2 are all widely regarded as well optimized games. World of Warcraft: Legion is an expansion to a very old game so we'd expect that to run fantastically, but it appears as if plenty of you were pleased with it. I should add it did touch the visuals up with an improved draw distance and other visual flourishes.
One of the more surprising ones for me was WWE 2K16. Last year's outing ran terribly in our benchmarks, so presumably Visual Concepts and 2K managed it turn it around this year. Rise of the Tomb Raider is another game which don't blow me away in turns of performance, particularly during the hydrothermal valley part which tanks the frame rate. Still, it is absolutely beautiful so performance drops are practically inevitable.
What do you think of this list? Are these some of the best optimized games of 2016, or do you think others were worthy of a spot? How would you like to see a list of the worst optimized games?