And now it is time to celebrate the darker side of gaming. Not all games come out fully formed, capitalising on all the latest bells and whistles in your new $2000 system. Optimisation is a thorny issue, and an area in which even the largest publishers, with the biggest budgets, can still slip up.
They're the sort of games which can't reliably give you a solid frame rate, or they crash randomly, or can't reliably use your GPU or CPU at their full capicty. Here we've got the 10 worst optimized PC games of 2017, compiled using our Optimization Score found on each and every game page.
|1||ARK: Survival Evolved||2.4|
|4||Agents of Mayhem||4.4|
|5||The Evil Within 2||4.8|
|6||Car Mechanic Simulator 2018||5.0|
|7||Ghost Recon Wildlands||5.1|
|9||Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3||5.5|
Give yourselves a pat on the back because, on the basis of these results, the Optimization Score is most definitely working. You've voted ARK, PUBG and Conan Exiles as the worst offenders of 2017. Anyone who's played any of these three games would find it difficult to disagree.
PUBG and Conan Exiles have been in Early Access, of course, so we can sort of let them off the hook, but ARK: Survival Evolved entered 1.0 and it's still a buggy monstrosity with a horrendous frame rate.
Of these 10 games, three of them currently use Denuvo (Conan, Ghost Recon and Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3) while a further two have had Denuvo removed this year (Rime and Agents of Mayhem).
I can't really comment on Car Mechanic Simulator as I've never actually played it but I can attest that Ghost Recon Wildlands doesn't run fantastically. Its excuse is that its open world is just ridiculously gorgeous, meaning you need a very decent gaming PC to run it anyway.
Aside from this, I'd say the only real surprise is Lawbreakers. Having put some time into the beta test, I found it ran almost perfectly. I can't really see why it would have such a low score at all unless something has changed between now and then.
What do you think of this list? Are these genuinely the worst optimized games of 2017, or do you think something else has got away with it? Get voting for your worst and let us know what you think below!