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(Pocket-lint) We’ve been enjoying the delights of ray tracing on the PC for a few years now. Thanks to DirectX and Nvidia’s ray tracing efforts with the RTX 20 and 30 series graphics cards, we can now experience realistic lighting like never before.
Ray tracing makes games more visually appealing through atmospheric lighting, reflections on surfaces, and even diffuse lighting affecting the environment. This can help create more immersive shadows, but more importantly, make games more realistic.
But what games that use ray tracing are worth playing? We present our favorites below.
Cyberpunk 2077 may have had a rocky launch, but things have improved a lot since then, and the game still looks undeniably good on PC. Thanks in part to ray tracing, Night City’s futuristic streets shine.
It must be said that Cyberpunk 2077 is quite picky on your gaming machine, so it’s worth using DLSS if you can, especially if you’ve noticed framerate drops.
Dying Light 2
Dying Light 2 just got even more spooky and immersive with ray-traced lighting. After all, if something is lurking in realistic shadows, does your pulse quicken?
In fact, you’ll barely notice the lighting as you’re often too busy running or parking in the city, but the experience wouldn’t be as good without it.
Metro Exodus was one of the first games we played with ray tracing. This is already a well-crafted game, with great graphics, a rich storyline and a special atmosphere. Ray tracing is just the icing on the cake, giving it that extra personality.
The environmental lighting was particularly attractive in this game and helped add depth to the game world and your surroundings.
Fortnite has seen a bit of a resurgence in popularity lately, and we’re not going to say it’s thanks to ray tracing, but if it makes an already great game even better, it’s worth including.
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Red Dead Redemption 2
RDR2 is already an absolutely amazing game, but there seems to be room to make it even more beautiful.
Control is a fantastic game for many reasons. Remedy Entertainment is the masterful studio behind Alan Wake, Max Payne and Quantum Break. Control continues the series of intriguing games that they have lovingly created. It offers a rich story and incredible graphics that are made even more appealing by the ray tracing used in the levels you explore.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Shadow of the Tomb Raider was the biggest and best game in the reboot of the series, and a beautiful game to boot. If you haven’t played the latest Tomb Raider games, you are definitely missing out. Yes, there are ordinary adventures, but there are much more details and intrigues for the eye and brain. Tomb raids are much more exciting with more realistic shadows.
Sure, there might be a newer Battlefield game, but we were particularly blown away by the stunning views of WWII battlefields in Battlefield V. The horrors of war and the thrill are only enhanced by the addition of ray tracing, and this is an exceptional game for PC.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is just around the corner, but we still have a soft spot for playing Call of Duty 2019. The Clean House mission in particular is one of the most exciting, thanks in part to the eerily accurate lighting and shadows provided by tracing technology rays. Another great PC game worth buying if you haven’t already.
Minecraft with RTX
There are a few crazy additions from games on this list that don’t seem to benefit from ray tracing or don’t matter. Fortnite is one thing, Minecraft is another. And yet, when you see the difference that ray tracing brings to Minecraft, you understand why it’s so much better with it than without it.
God of War (with mods)
God of War is another game that has technically climbed the list with the help of a few mods. God of War’s debut on PC saw the addition of 21:9 widescreen support and graphics options for 8K games, but no ray tracing as standard. However, this is a very beautiful game on PC, and with some changes it has become even better.
Written by Adrian Willings.