March 29, 2023
Worst Optimized PC Games 2022

And it is that point of the yr. Earlier than we publish our article on the Prime 10 PC Video games of 2022, we determined to share the worst ones. The video games beneath have actually dissatisfied us (by way of expertise) and we predict these are the worst optimized video games to return out on PC in 2022.

In our opinion, a recreation that is not optimized for PC is one that does not scale properly on a number of CPU cores and “console-like‘ unintended effects (like actually low FOV, controller-only show indicators, horrible Okay&M controls, and mouse acceleration/smoothing points). We’re additionally making an allowance for the stuttering points affecting many PC video games in 2022. Furthermore, a recreation that doesn’t meet the GPU necessities can also be a recreation that enters this checklist.

Additionally, remember that we’re evaluating the newest variations of video games, not launch variations. And sure, we reinstalled and replayed all the video games beneath. Lastly, this checklist is in random order. So, with out additional ado, let’s check out them.

Witcher 3 Next Generation

The Witcher 3 Next Generation Update

Many people have been wanting ahead to the Subsequent Technology model of The Witcher 3. Nevertheless, as we reported earlier, the TW3NG is in a very tousled state proper now. The sport has main CPU optimization points. Attributable to these points, even high-end CPUs can drop beneath 60fps when enabling Ray Tracing results. After which we’ve the visible/graphic glitches that may occur with RT shadows/reflections. And let’s be trustworthy right here. The one factor that stands out listed below are these Ray Tracing results. In any other case, PC players (which additionally run considerably quicker) can persist with the older model and modify it to look higher than the DX11 model of The Witcher 3 Subsequent-Gen. CDPR has dropped the ball on this one, and there is no excuse for that.

Callisto Protocol Ray Tracing

Callisto Protocol feature 2

Callisto Protocol is one other recreation that dissatisfied us. On the time of launch, the sport was having HUGE optimization points on PC. Thankfully, Strike Distance Studios has managed to enhance issues and the sport is enjoyable with out the Ray Tracing results. Nevertheless, Ray Tracing results introduce optimization points that the sport nonetheless suffers from. Just like The Witcher 3 Subsequent-Gen, the Callisto Protocol can’t make the most of a number of CPU cores/threads. This is the reason the sport typically drops beneath 60fps even on excessive finish CPUs/GPUs. The sport additionally would not assist DLSS 3, which means there are at present no PC techniques that may run it with RT at a gentle 60fps. And once more, that is primarily resulting from low CPU utilization.

Gotham Knights

Gotham Knights Key Art 16x9-3628316131226995cff0.41809317

Ridiculous at this level, however one other triple-A recreation that may’t make the most of a number of CPU cores/threads. At launch, Gotham Knights had main stuttering and CPU optimization points. Warner Bros not too long ago launched a patch that minimizes stuttering within the recreation, nevertheless it nonetheless has framerate drops and framerate points. Nonetheless, this newest model is not less than higher than the stutter-fest launch model. Nevertheless, issues go downhill if you allow Ray Tracing results. As with The Witcher 3 Subsequent-Gen and The Callisto Protocol, these RT results impose a further CPU load and introduce the sport’s CPU optimization points. And let me be clear right here. We do not care when a recreation is CPU-heavy and makes use of 80% of all accessible CPU cores/threads. Nevertheless, we solely care about this when a recreation makes use of solely 3-4 CPU cores/threads on trendy CPUs geared up with greater than 12 CPU cores. The yr is 2022 and builders needs to be providing correct multi-core CPU assist. Now we have criticized up to now. corner 10 and Creative Montage for this, and to their very own credit score, they’ve launched efficiency patches for Forza Horizon 3 and Halo Wars 2, each of which considerably enhance CPU efficiency and scaling throughout a number of cores/threads. There isn’t a excuse for CD Projekt RED, Strike Distance Studios and Warner Bros. Montreal/QLOC if these builders did.


Dynasty Warriors 9 Empires feature

We have all seen this occur. In spite of everything, it is KOEI Tecmo we’re speaking about. DYNASTY WARRIORS 9 Empires has horrible mouse digital camera controls and is unreasonably demanding at 1440p and 4K resolutions.

Syberia: Previous World

Syberia The World Before new screenshots-6

When Syberia: The World Earlier than got here out in March 2020, NVIDIA {hardware} had main efficiency points. However after reinstalling the sport we had precisely the identical optimization points. Beneath is a screenshot exhibiting the RTX4090 being pushed to its limits at 1440p/Max Settings. Take a very shut take a look at GPU utilization and framerate. This recreation works and appears worse than different open world video games utilizing Ray Tracing. The truth that each NVIDIA and Microids left the sport on this state says loads about its horrible post-launch assist.

Syberia RTX4090 terrible performance

Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin


Stranger of Paradise Last Fantasy Origin nonetheless suffers from main efficiency and optimization points on PC. The sport has large framerate drops throughout fight, particularly when utilizing ending strikes. There are additionally numerous framerate points. Sure, Crew Ninja added assist for DLSS 2, nevertheless it did not repair any of the aforementioned points.

Order of Saints

Saints Row logo

Saints Row is in common situation proper now. The sport suffers from some non-optimized scenes and the mouse controls really feel actually awkward. And whereas the sport would not require a high-end CPU, its visuals do not justify the excessive GPU necessities. There are additionally main shadow pop-in points (which Volition has but to deal with).

steel rising

Steelrising feature 2

Steelrising has important optimization points. Whereas the sport would not require a high-end CPU, it definitely does require a strong GPU, even for gaming at 1080p. Not solely that, it requires greater than 13GB of VRAM for Extremely Textures at 1080p. And to be trustworthy, these Extremely Textures are much like what we have seen in different video games that use loads much less VRAM, even at 4K. Not solely that, there’s nothing on the display screen to justify the excessive GPU necessities. Sure, Spiders are a small group, so we won’t count on miracles from him. Nevertheless, if the group can’t correctly optimize Silk Engine, they need to merely depart it.


ELEX II feature

Whereas the ELEX II would not require a high-end CPU, it definitely would not justify its large GPU necessities. And in contrast to different video games, ELEX II would not even assist DLSS 2 to not less than considerably enhance its general efficiency.

Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reworked

Destroy All Humans!  2 - Recurring feature

Destroy All People! 2 – Reprobed makes use of Unreal Engine 4 and has main stuttering points. Not solely that, the sport would not take full benefit of a number of CPU cores/threads. Sure, that is the Gotham Knights and the Callisto Protocol from begin to end. To its credit score, Black Forest Video games has added assist for DLSS 3, which considerably improves CPU efficiency on RTX40 collection GPUs. Nevertheless, builders should not depend on NVIDIA’s DLSS 3 expertise in the future. As an alternative, they need to optimize their recreation for everybody in a plain and easy method.

John Papadopoulos

John is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of DSOGaming. He’s a fan of PC gaming and significantly helps modding and indie communities. Earlier than creating DSOGaming, John labored on quite a few gaming web sites. Whereas he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots could be discovered on consoles. John cherished and nonetheless loves 16-bit consoles and considers the SNES to be the most effective consoles. Nonetheless, the PC platform gained it in opposition to consoles. This was primarily resulting from 3DFX and the long-lasting devoted 3D accelerator graphics card Voodoo 2. John has additionally written a better order thesis on “The Evolution of PC graphics playing cards”.
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