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Worst PC Ports

5: 'Dark Souls'

The PC port of FromSoftware’s hit title arrived 10 months after its initial launch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but fans were disappointed. Just like Deadly Premonition, the game was locked at the 720p resolution, and once again, the modder Durante released a mod, titled “DSfix,” to fix the issue. In addition to allowing users to change the game’s resolution, the mod also improved other visual features such as SSAO, anti-aliasing, and unlocked framerates. In the wake of Durante’s work, other modders created their own solutions to other problems within Dark Souls such as support for keyboard and mouse and a faster connection to multiplayer gameplay. Before you play, be sure to take a look at the many guides available on the Steam Community page so that you can explore the terrifying world without encountering any game-breaking issues.


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4: 'Enslaved: Odyssey to the West'

Like other games on this list, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West suffered from the lack of visual options. In fact, the Display Options menu showed selections only for the overall resolution and gamma. If you wanted to make more graphical changes to the game, you had to find its .ini file. In there, you could adjust multiple aspects of the game’s visuals, such as motion blur, detail, anisotropic filtering, and multisampling. The fact that these weren’t available within the in-game settings is a shame. Some players don’t even know where to find the specific .ini file, but at least members of the Steam community created a helpful guide for newcomers.


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3: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

The game was hit hard with criticism due to, you guessed it, resolution issues as well as audio problems and a control scheme that didn’t translate well to the keyboard and mouse. However, the most glaring problem was that the game was locked at 30 fps. You could download a mod that allowed you set the framerate limit, but a higher cap increased the chances of a crash during gameplay. All of these issues are signs of a sub-optimal port, and it seems that development was rushed in an attempt to keep the game’s popularity at an all time high, at any cost.


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2: 'Watch Dogs'

On the of launch day of Watch Dogs, Ubisoft mentioned that it had some issues with its authentication services. This meant that players had to wait a bit longer before they could play the open-world hacking title. However, others couldn’t even log in to Uplay, the game’s distribution platform on PC, or they encountered issues during the download process. We reported that the gameplay revealed some missing textures throughout the world. Most notably, Aiden’s face was completely black, as if he was wearing a mask. The game also had other issues such as corrupt save files, bugs that made specific missions unplayable, and video glitches on Low and Medium settings. It would be months before a patch would arrive and remedy the problems, but by the time of its release, most fans had moved on to other games.


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1: 'Batman: Arkham Knight'

In collaboration with the Iron Galaxy development team, Rocksteady Games’ Batman: Arkham Knight is at the top of this list because of the fiasco surrounding the PC port at launch and the subsequent patches that did little to alleviate the many performance and graphical shortcomings. On launch day, Rocksteady changed the minimum hardware specs and noted that some AMD cards would have some performance issues. Players then found out that the game had a default framerate cap of 30 fps, but the limit was increased by tinkering with the .ini file. Others also noted that the game suffered from stuttering and overall mediocre performance on high-end GPUs.

The studios released interim patches in an effort to quickly fix these problems, but our own testing showed that these did little to solve performance issues at higher resolutions. Due to the ongoing backlash from fans, WB Games eventually allowed players to ask for refunds, and it also admitted that there were some issues that it couldn’t resolve.


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  • nukemaster
    If Skyrim was a port it could be top of the list.
    I know the games popularity may cause backlash over such a comment, but it does not change the facts.

    So many mission breaking bugs(no 2 plays are the same because the bugs are different every time). Sure you can use console commands to "complete" these quests, but no patches from the developer have been released to fix these. Only community patches fix most of them.
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  • Cryio
    1) Battlefied 1 wasn't "bad" even on launch day. And it's absolutely perfect today.
    2) Dead Space 3 wasn't "dramatically prettier" than consoles is your excuse? The game has higher rez textures, shadows and bokeh depth of field on PC, slightly better AO while having unlocked FPS and can be run at a higher resolution. Dead Space 3 on PC is superb.
    3) Arguably Batman Arkham Knight doesn't deserve to be on "horrible PC ports", given it's absolutely superb today. It's either flawless or almost flawless.

    So ... like usual, horrible list.
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  • Cryio
    Also, I don't get these lists. Forza Horizon 3 is superb on PC. Same I think for MK X.

    Enslaved was pretty, ran fine and while there weren't graphical settings, the game ran fine on anything. So it's a good port.

    Also, you highlight NFS MW 2012, yet you mention NOTHING about the fact the game has input lag, the defacto reason the game is so hated on PC. The game reacts 1-2 seconds after you press a button. And that makes it horrible and incredibly difficult on PC for no reason. It has no such problem on consoles.
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  • coolitic
    You forgot Halo: Combat Evolved.
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  • Gil_7_
    RAGE! was my worst experience of a ported game. They forced you to use a keyboard to steer thru a very winding race course. Something I just couldn't manage! One tap on the key would move you slightly , but the next would flip you sideways! IMPOSSIBLE!
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  • Blair_1
    I can concur that Assassin's Creed Unity still sucks even after all these years. Still has frame rate drops even on the lowest settings.
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  • therealduckofdeath
    I guess they could only find 12-13 games for the 15 list...?
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  • Martell1977
    I must have missed the time when Forza horizon 3 was having problems as I have not had any issues running the game. The visuals are impressive and I'm looking forward FH4.
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  • Verrin
    I can confirm that with the release of Death of the Outsider, Arkane still hasn't fixed the frame pacing issues that plagues even Dishonored 2 to this day. The microstutters are the most brutal I've seen in any game, although the frame rate is much improved (although that was never my biggest complaint).

    Still, the only fix is to lock the game to 30, 60 or 120FPS with a frame rate cap, such as the one included in the in-game options, and have a powerful enough card to maintain that frame rate. FreeSync and G-Sync don't seem to help, nor does setting the refresh rate of your monitor to other refresh rates other than 30/60/120Hz. The game just doesn't like any frame rate besides those (as far as my tests have seen). This issue seems to be fundamental to the way the engine works.
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  • redgarl
    Cmon, Street Fighter 5 with no keyboard and Direct-X controller support was easily one of the worst game. Anything by Warner Studios like Mortal Kombat X and the last Batman was an abomination.

    IMO, Deus Ex Mankind Divided is so poorly optimized, that you cannot run the game at all even with a 1080 GTX.
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