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Borderlands 3, one of the biggest launches of the year, has arrived today, although it's been far from plain sailing. There have been reports of performance struggles, DirectX 12 woes, and all sorts of issues on top of that pesky Epic Games Store exclusivity which will put a few off.
It's time to locust-hunting, chums. Gears 5 is now out on PC, available through both the Windows Store and, amazingly, Steam! The PC version of Gears 5 is the place to be if you want the best performance around, paired with proper keyboard and mouse support.
Fresh from shifting a mighty impressive 15 million copies of Wildlands, Ubisoft's Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series is back. The Ghost Recon Breakpoint closed beta test is running this weekend, open to those who pre-order the game as well a select few who've been sent invites. It's our best opportunity yet to get hands on with GR: Breakpoint and see how both the game and its performance are shaking up in the run-up to its October 4th launch.
Remedy's Control has arrived today, arguably setting a new benchmark for PC graphics tech. It's the sort eyeball massaging we haven't seen since the Crysis days. But, such graphical fidelity doesn't come without a prohibitive performance cost. Control is a very demanding PC game and will require high-end graphics hardware in order to run smoothly. In particular, you will need a top-end GPU to play Control at high resolutions.
It's not often we get a new graphical behemoth these days, but Remedy's Control ticks all the boxes we hope for from a graphical powerhouse. Control comes packing extensive real-time ray-tracing support, truly flexing the muscles of the Nvidia GeForce RTX video cards.
With Remedy wildly altering Control's PC system requirements shortly before launch, it's been difficult to grasp whether we'd be getting ourselves a new graphical benchmark by which all other games are compared or, well, Alan Wake. Having spent some significant time with Control already, the answer is certainly nearer the former. Remedy has rallied together all of its craft and technical know-how to deliver a third-person shooter which massages your eyeballs as much as it itches your trigger-finger.
Buckle up buddies, it's time to go and rescue papa Blazkowicz. Wolfenstein Youngblood introduces the Terror Twins, B.J.'s angry daughters who are intent on tearing apart Nazi-ruled 80's Paris in a bid to find their missing dad. It's Wolfenstein as you know and love it, this time with co-op action.
Another year, another opportunity for Codemasters to deliver a finely tuned simulation racer. F1 2019 marks the 10th anniversary since Codemasters took over the franchise and made it into the giant that is today. This time around there's a greater emphasis on graphical fidelity than ever before, as well as revamped night races, improved weather effects, and even deeper levels of realism on offer.
In week or so since it came out, Total War: Three Kingdoms has enjoyed the best launch yet for a Total War game. Creative Assembly has said it's already smashed through 1 million sales on Steam. It's well deserved, as you can find out in our TW: Three Kingdoms review. Three Kingdoms: Total War can be a very demanding game though, especially when it comes to the CPU. Your processor is tasked with handling large troop numbers, strategic battles, and AI turns.
The grandaddy of strategy is back. After forays into the world of Warhammer, the Total War series returns to its historic roots for the mainline series. Total War: Three Kingdoms lets players become a ruling warlord in Ancient China, plotting, scheming, and engaging in all-out war.
Nvidia was rather clandestine with last week’s GeForce GTX 1650 launch, choosing to withhold third-party benchmarks and performance reviews until after the budget graphics cards hit store shelves.

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