Neat graphics are enough for me

In a recent column I explained my opinion on the question of whether it is worth buying a particularly expensive graphics card. Since I've been playing on PCs as a platform – before I was on the C64 and an Amiga 2000 and 4000 – I've been upgrading my PC regularly so that the new games that interest me can run smoothly on my computer operator.

In the past, it was important to me that the games not only work smoothly, but at least shortly after upgrading, they work best with at least 60 FPS (frames per second) at maximum levels of detail.

Hitman is almost eight years old, but still graphically modern: Absolution

Hitman is almost eight years old, but still graphically modern: Absolution

Source: PC games hardware

In the meantime, I also live very well with medium or even low levels of detail, which was also the reason why I got along with an AMD Radeon R9 290, which I bought in early 2015, despite a WQHD monitor (2560 by 1440 pixels) and which is known not to be a high-end racing car. At that time I only paid 250 euros. In some games, however, the AMD Radeon R9 290 already suffered a drop in low details last year, which spoiled the fun, so I bought an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super in January this year. I really do not need more, because I am no longer a "graphic freak" who wants to play the latest blockbusters at maximum detail levels in WQHD at 100 FPS. Sure: if it is possible, I choose the highest level of detail. And if certain celebrities from film, radio and politics paid me one euro for each of their stupid tweets, I would put together a high-end hell machine and enjoy the latest games in 100 FPS on two 8K OLED TVs.

eFootball PES 2020

eFootball PES 2020

Source: PC Games

But this is not extremely important to me, and a game that I like to play does not necessarily have to offer absolute top graphics. I play games like Call of Cthulhu or No Man's Sky "only" on my Xbox One S, and you can't speak of an incredible graphic splendor. Somewhat older games like Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) or Hitman: Absolution (2012) offer a still acceptable graphics as PC version even by today's standards. I still love to play all these games. My current favorite shooter, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019), in which my multiplayer playing time has long been in the three-digit hour range, is also not known as a graphic burner. The same applies to sports games such as eFootball PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) 2020 or Madden NFL 20, where the graphics come close to a real TV broadcast, but unlike other genres, they do not offer breathtaking effects and the like. In summary: a neat, but up-to-date graphic is sufficient for me, and if more is offered, I like to use it, but I will not spend huge sums on it. But I can't get anything out of one thing: "Retro" graphics – more on the next page.



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