Which games are badly optimized for todays PC hardware?

This complete list of badly optimized PC games helps PC gamers answer the question “Which games are badly optimized for todays PC hardware”.

Not all games are released in a reliably playable state and this optimization list, curated by gamers, will help us see any games struggling to reach the level of playability we have come to expect from our gaming releases.

With millions of combinations of PC hardware, sometimes games just have an unfortunate release and this list puts the worst games into one place to help us see if a game has been patched back to a playable standard or not. So at a glance we will help you know which games you may need to be wary of.

Its always worth checking our system requirements tools on each of the game pages here on GD to see if you can actually play the game.

Click on any of the thumbs to have your say about how well you feel a game runs on your PC, whether you feel a game is badly optimized and worthy of a position on this Worst Optimized PC game list or not. Ultimately we can all keep switching our thoughts to easily to better display how well a game is playing right now and our algorithms help display this as well. So we can all avoid performance disasters such as Batman: Arkham Knight, Mafia 3 and Assassin’s Creed Unity, at least until they patched and playable.

Game optimization scores will continually evolve according to real world feedback and as developers patch their games and PC gaming hardware improves.

Popular PC Games Optimization Chart
Optimisation Score
6.65
2.3
Call of Duty Warzone is terribly optimized
according to (762) user reviews
6.29
2.5
Mafia III is terribly optimized
according to (606) user reviews
7.52
2.7
ARK: Survival Evolved is terribly optimized
according to (775) user reviews
7.21
2.7
Borderlands 3 is terribly optimized
according to (763) user reviews
6.41
2.8
Fortnite: Chapter 2 is terribly optimized
according to (363) user reviews
7.37
2.8
Control is terribly optimized
according to (402) user reviews
6.31
2.8
Hell Let Loose is terribly optimized
according to (58) user reviews
7.5
3
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds is poorly optimized
according to (1003) user reviews
8.56
3.1
Detroit: Become Human is poorly optimized
according to (195) user reviews
8.11
3.1
F1 2020 is poorly optimized
according to (13) user reviews
7.25
3.2
Ghost Recon Breakpoint is poorly optimized
according to (276) user reviews
6.41
3.2
DayZ is poorly optimized
according to (148) user reviews
7.51
3.3
No Mans Sky is poorly optimized
according to (448) user reviews
8.32
3.4
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is poorly optimized
according to (402) user reviews
7.93
3.5
Assassins Creed: Odyssey is poorly optimized
according to (596) user reviews
7.68
3.6
Planet Zoo is poorly optimized
according to (198) user reviews
6.48
4
Escape from Tarkov is poorly optimized
according to (189) user reviews
6.75
4
Project CARS 3 is poorly optimized
according to (5) user reviews
8.19
4
Dishonored II is poorly optimized
according to (296) user reviews
5.38
4.1
NBA 2K20 is poorly optimized
according to (99) user reviews
6.34
4.1
Just Cause 3 is poorly optimized
according to (334) user reviews
7.73
4.2
Metro: Exodus is poorly optimized
according to (470) user reviews
8.44
4.3
Red Dead Redemption 2 is poorly optimized
according to (2057) user reviews
6.38
4.3
Squad is poorly optimized
according to (82) user reviews
7.07
4.6
Grounded is poorly optimized
according to (13) user reviews
7.71
4.6
Forza Horizon 3 is poorly optimized
according to (486) user reviews
6.41
4.6
Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands is poorly optimized
according to (401) user reviews
6.62
4.7
Watch Dogs 2 is poorly optimized
according to (617) user reviews
7.7
4.8
Apex Legends is poorly optimized
according to (423) user reviews
6.26
4.8
SnowRunner is poorly optimized
according to (69) user reviews
6.42
4.9
Just Cause 4 is poorly optimized
according to (167) user reviews
8.03
4.9
Final Fantasy XV is poorly optimized
according to (188) user reviews
6.33
5
Dead by Daylight is poorly optimized
according to (139) user reviews
6.29
5
Minecraft RTX is poorly optimized
according to (72) user reviews
8.34
5.1
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order is poorly optimized
according to (376) user reviews
6.41
5.2
FIFA 19 is poorly optimized
according to (217) user reviews
6.41
5.2
X-Plane 11 is poorly optimized
according to (104) user reviews
7.59
5.2
The Forest is poorly optimized
according to (183) user reviews
6.26
5.2
WWE 2K20 is poorly optimized
according to (63) user reviews
7.8
5.3
Marvel's Avengers is poorly optimized
according to (112) user reviews
7.87
5.5
Assassins Creed: Origins is poorly optimized
according to (639) user reviews
7.9
5.5
Persona 4 Golden is poorly optimized
according to (20) user reviews
6.41
5.5
Far Cry: New Dawn is poorly optimized
according to (142) user reviews
7.49
5.6
Assassins Creed: Syndicate is poorly optimized
according to (443) user reviews
6.33
5.7
Black Desert Online is poorly optimized
according to (183) user reviews
8.27
5.9
Far Cry 6 is poorly optimized
according to (73) user reviews
8.27
5.9
Subnautica is poorly optimized
according to (189) user reviews
7.1
6
Farming Simulator 19 is well optimized
according to (130) user reviews
7.85
6.1
Fallout 4 is well optimized
according to (627) user reviews
6.42
6.1
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 is well optimized
according to (122) user reviews
8.01
6.1
The Division 2 is well optimized
according to (242) user reviews
8.12
6.2
Valorant is well optimized
according to (228) user reviews
7.6
6.2
Need For Speed Heat is well optimized
according to (195) user reviews
8
6.2
Monster Hunter World is well optimized
according to (181) user reviews
6.73
6.2
F1 2019 is well optimized
according to (63) user reviews
7.55
6.3
FIFA 20 is well optimized
according to (214) user reviews
7.01
6.3
PC Building Simulator is well optimized
according to (79) user reviews
8
6.3
Iron Harvest is well optimized
according to (8) user reviews
8.19
6.4
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is well optimized
according to (859) user reviews
6.44
6.4
World War Z is well optimized
according to (126) user reviews
8.21
6.5
Mafia: Definitive Edition is well optimized
according to (34) user reviews
8
6.5
Half-Life: Alyx is well optimized
according to (174) user reviews
6.65
6.7
Fortnite is well optimized
according to (707) user reviews
7.12
6.7
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is well optimized
according to (217) user reviews
7.87
6.8
Death Stranding is well optimized
according to (158) user reviews
6.41
6.8
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is well optimized
according to (352) user reviews
7.42
6.9
Battlefield V is well optimized
according to (435) user reviews
6.44
6.9
Naruto Shippudden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 is well optimized
according to (134) user reviews
6.48
7
Need For Speed Payback is well optimized
according to (252) user reviews
8.75
7.1
Assassins Creed: Valhalla is well optimized
according to (278) user reviews
8.77
7.2
Crusader Kings III is well optimized
according to (18) user reviews
8.11
7.3
Call of Duty: WWII is well optimized
according to (408) user reviews
6.4
7.3
FIFA 16 is well optimized
according to (135) user reviews
6.71
7.3
Total War Saga: Troy is well optimized
according to (15) user reviews
6.4
7.4
Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 is well optimized
according to (252) user reviews
7.98
7.4
Sea of Thieves is well optimized
according to (131) user reviews
6.38
7.4
Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 is well optimized
according to (214) user reviews
6.41
7.4
The Crew 2 is well optimized
according to (100) user reviews
8.5
7.5
Horizon: Zero Dawn is well optimized
according to (68) user reviews
6.57
7.5
PUBG Lite is well optimized
according to (174) user reviews
6.48
7.5
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Special Edition is well optimized
according to (311) user reviews
6.4
7.5
Hitman is well optimized
according to (244) user reviews
6.35
7.5
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 is well optimized
according to (128) user reviews
6.31
7.6
FIFA 18 is well optimized
according to (278) user reviews
8.19
7.8
Far Cry 5 is well optimized
according to (517) user reviews
6.37
7.8
FIFA 17 is well optimized
according to (327) user reviews
7.17
7.8
Hitman 2 (2018) is well optimized
according to (216) user reviews
8.07
7.8
Total War: Three Kingdoms is well optimized
according to (107) user reviews
5.71
7.8
Phantasy Star Online 2 is well optimized
according to (18) user reviews
7.58
7.9
Destroy All Humans! Remake is well optimized
according to (14) user reviews
8.2
7.9
Mortal Kombat 11 is well optimized
according to (140) user reviews
8.57
8
Microsoft Flight Simulator is excellently optimized
according to (259) user reviews
8.33
8
Watch Dogs Legion is excellently optimized
according to (111) user reviews
8.49
8
Dark Souls 3 is excellently optimized
according to (346) user reviews
7.54
8
Star Wars: Battlefront 2 is excellently optimized
according to (238) user reviews
6.4
8
Far Cry: Primal is excellently optimized
according to (345) user reviews
8.92
8.1
Cyberpunk 2077 is excellently optimized
according to (1081) user reviews
8.25
8.1
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is excellently optimized
according to (291) user reviews
8.17
8.1
Tekken 7 is excellently optimized
according to (207) user reviews
8.12
8.2
eFootball PES 2020 is excellently optimized
according to (216) user reviews