The 10 Best Optimized PC Games Of 2019

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Dec 28, 2019 4:21 PM
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It feels we have entered some sort of golden era for PC gaming. It used to be there was a high-profile failure every month, whether that was Batman: Arkham Knight, Assassin's Creed Unity, or Mafia 3. These days though, it's pretty damn solid, and 2019 has seen some fantastically well-optimized games make their way to PC.

Finding out whether game is well-optimized is easy - head to its game page here on GD and you'll see itsĀ GD Optimization Score, as voted for by you. We've also got a dedicated page for all the scores in the link above, and if you ever head to a gameĀ page on your travels do remember to vote and add your opinion as it helps immensely. The more votes there are, the more accurate scores. As such, to aid accuracy, we have ruled out any games which have received fewer than 25 votes.

Everyone visiting GD has been letting us know over the last year whether they think the biggest AAA games are well optimized, or, alternatively, calling out the games which run like a sloth through quicksand. So here are the 10 most well-optimized PC games of 2019.

Rank Game Optimization Score
1 Yakuza Kiwami 9.7
2 Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown 9.3
3 Resident Evil 2 Remake 8.9
4 Gears 5 8.8
5 Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice 8.7
6 Devil May Cry 5 8.4
7 eFootball PES 2020 8.4
8 Total War: Three Kingdoms 8.1
9 Jump Force 8.0
10 A Plague Tale: Innocence 8.0

When you've got enough gamers expressing their opinions, these things usually have a habit of working themselves out. This is pretty ably demonstrated by this list of games which, by and large, is made up of a number of notably well optimised games which looks great and run fantastically.

That's not to say that this is a list without a few oddities though. I've never played Yakuza Kiwami on PC but it's a surprise to see it up on the top spot. I heard Yakuza Zero didn't run too well but perhaps Sega and the Yakuza studio had time to iron things out for the follow-up. I had no idea that it was particularly well optimised but a score of 9.7 is nothing to be sniffed at.

Of the games I am familiar with, the likes of Sekiro, Resident Evil 2 Remake, Gears 5, Total War: Three Kingdoms, and PES 2020 absolutely do run really well on PC. They're stellar versions of these respective games. I'd like to give a particular shout out to TW: Three Kingdoms though. The Total War series can often be a performance hog and we've encountered some strange issues. Three Kingdoms, though, is a slick, incredibly well made PC exclusive with an exhaustive range of graphics options that ensure it scale to just about level of PC gaming system.

What do you think of this list? Are these some of the best-optimized games of 2019, or do you think others were worthy of a spot?

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03:36 Dec-30-2019

Definatley RE2, Plague tale was well optimized too

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08:25 Dec-29-2019

Isn't it kinda obvious the most popular game will win these kind of polls?

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14:40 Dec-29-2019

Yeah pretty much, considering most people probably have NOT played all the games above.

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03:51 Dec-29-2019

Don't know about Gears 5 though. For me it ran worse than Control, Metro Exodus, Even Blair Witch. It's actually worst running game this year. Plenty of stuttering like Star Wars, but even worse cause of texture pop-in. Really bad texture pop-in breaking the game. Optimized like dogbeep I would even say, but it's okay. Game is not worth playing anyway compared to others.

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04:02 Dec-29-2019

What makes it worse is fact that I pass it's recomended specs (barely, but still). Such lies these are.

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08:25 Dec-29-2019

Idk I was under the recommended and was running it on high 60fps 1080p

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02:00 Dec-29-2019

The new RE engine has a very strong showing on the pc. With most mid range gpus can get 1080p 60fps but the base consoles are running unlocked fps with about 45fps. So there is room to improve but the games look and run great.

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01:49 Dec-29-2019

Red Dead Redemption 2 has left the chat...

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17:19 Dec-28-2019

Resi 2 ran beautifully

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17:13 Dec-28-2019

most of them are UE4 based, interesting

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17:58 Dec-28-2019

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown, Gears 5 and Jump Force are on UE4, but what other engines are based off of UE4?

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18:45 Dec-28-2019

Ok on second thought idk why I wrote "most of them" when it is only 3

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20:04 Dec-28-2019

Ah, okay, just making sure I didn't miss something But it does show that Gearbox doesn't know how to optimize Borderlands at all then and that the RE engine (RE2 Remake, DMC5) is pretty good performance wise.

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20:25 Dec-28-2019

btw where is the star wars game that came out this year? it also runs on UE4 and is well optimalised?

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20:53 Dec-28-2019

That only received an optimization score of 5.1/10 (269 votes) on Game-Debate. The list mentioned here are only games with the highest scores.

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21:10 Dec-28-2019

interesting, the reviews said that a 1060 is enough for 1080p epic setting 60+ fps, I consider that good optimalisation for 2019

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01:54 Dec-29-2019

Oh, no, all of the Borderlands games have pretty bad performance issues. Even my 1070 can't consistently get 60FPS on them and drops to 30FPS at times while playing at 1080p and with PhysX on low. That's excluding Borderlands 3, but a lot of people have reported that the performance in that is atrocious too.

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16:55 Dec-28-2019

Kiwami was just well ported if anything the real winner here should be RE2 a GTX 970 runs it 1440p high 60+ fps

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