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8 stunning 4K games you need to play

Sam Loveridge


Tomb Raider

Give your eyes a treat with our pick of the top 4K games

PlayStation 4 and Xbox One struggle to always hit the coveted 1080p Full HD at 60fps. As a result, PC gaming is sneaking ahead with 4K UHD.

Playing games at a stunning 4K 3,840 x 2,160p resolution on a 16:9 panel is the stuff of dreams, but you'll need to open up the wallet if you're serious about going 4K with your rig. Once you've made the investment, though, there are plenty of games available to make the most of it.

Related: What is 4K TV and UHD?

Nvidia Titan X

What do you need to go 4K?

A 4K monitor or TV

The market for 4K monitors and TVs has come a long way in the past year. On the monitor front, there are plenty of options available from the likes of Dell, Asus and AOC. For 4K TVs, you're spoilt for choice – even if they can cost a pretty penny.

Head to our roundup of the best 4K UHD TVs for some top tips on picking a panel, or our roundup of the best monitors for some great 4K gaming.

A top-notch GPU or two

If you want to achieve a buttery smooth 60fps at a 4K resolution, you’ll have to opt for an SLI or CrossFire setup.

The two best single-card solutions for 4K gaming at 60fps at the moment are the Nvidia Titan X, retailing for a whopping £920, or the Nvidia GTX 980 Ti, which costs around £600.

A two-card SLI setup is better. Here we'd recommend a pair of Nvidia GTX 980s, which you’ll be able to pick up for around £800.

Games, games and more games

Of course, you can't have a 4K PC rig without some games to play on it. Here's our pick of the eight games you need to experience in 4K Ultra HD.

Related: Best Games 2015


1. Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V landed on PC back in April, and it’s one of the best games to experience in the full 4K resolution.

It offers a huge range of customisation options, including configurable settings for texture quality, shaders, tessellation and more. But all of that falls into the dust when you play at 4K.

Even at Full HD at 1080p/60fps on our gaming rig at home, GTA V on PC wipes the floor with the Xbox One and PS4 versions. Ramp that up to 4K, and everything becomes extra special.

Everyone should have the opportunity to step off the cable car on a 4K Mount Chiliad, or bask in the serene views below of Blaine County and Los Santos.

Buy Now: GTA V at Amazon.com from $59.99

Related: Best GTA V Mods

Elder Scrolls Skyrim

2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Okay, so Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim might be a little old, but that doesn’t stop it supporting – and looking fantastic – in 4K.

Everyone who’s played Skyrim will know that it’s a great-looking game, regardless of platform. The varying landscape across the nine holds and its epic realism make for a visually impressive title.

We’d recommend the Skyrim Ultra HD texture pack as a mod, or you could try Skyrim HD – 2K Textures, which has a number of 4K textures, despite its name.

Buy Now: Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at Amazon.com from $20

Related: Best PC Games 2015

Advanced Warfare

3. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Although Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is going to have the edge on last year’s CoD, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is certainly a graphically intense game – even on the Xbox One and PS4.

Dial up the graphics to 4K, however, and you’ll see what the game is really capable of.

You’ll never have seen Kevin Spacey look so realistic – except for in real life, that is.

Buy Now: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at Amazon.com from $14.99

Related: Best 4K TVs 2015

Shadow of Mordor 4K

4. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The PC version of Shadow of Mordor features an optional, Ultra HD texture pack that requires a whopping 6GB of memory for optimal performance. But by golly is it worth it.

Locating the file is a bit of a mission, but there’s now a Steam URL for easy access.

The attention to detail in the Ultra texture mode is stunning, especially when you get up close and personal with buildings and foliage. It’s one of our favourite games to play in 4K.

Buy Now: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.com from $17

Related: Best Monitors 2015

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5. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Possibly the best game to arrive in 2015, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt looks amazing, no matter what platform you’re playing it on. We dread to think how many photos we’ve taken of Geralt and Roach staring off into the sunset.

But in 4K it's another beast altogether. We’ve never seen the waters of Novigrad sparkle so, or the Skellige islands look so imposing. The mist drifts across the hills in the dawn light – we could wax lyrical about 4K Witcher 3 for hours.

It would be better if you just tried it for yourself.

Buy Now: The Witcher 3 at Amazon.com from $25

Related: Witcher 3 tips and tricks

tomb raider

6. Tomb Raider

Ahead of the launch of Rise of the Tomb Raider, we suggest you revisit the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot in 4K – just to get yourself excited.

We're always distracted by the way the rain runs down Lara’s face in 4K, and how her ponytail flicks in the wind.

It’s a great game made even better in 4K. We challenge you to find a better-looking Tomb Raider.

Related: PS4 vs Xbox One

Project Cars

7. Project Cars

4K isn't only about sprawling landscapes and skin textures. There’s nothing better than seeing the sun glint off the back of a supercar, or watching the rain droplets run down the windscreen as you pelt round the track at 100mph.

And our favourite racer in which to experience 4K? It has to be Project Cars.

This is the way that Project Cars is meant to be played – it’s just drop-dead gorgeous. It puts all other racers in the dust when it comes to graphics – even the stunning Forza Horizon 2.

Buy Now: Project Cars at Amazon.com from $44.99

Related: Metal Gear Solid 5 tips and tricks


8. Metal Gear Solid V

With this the last game made by Hideo Kojima, you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t play Metal Gear Solid V. And, you'll kick yourself if you don't experience it in 4K either.

What could be better than seeing fresh blood glisten on Snake’s face, watching an ultra-realistic goat being yanked into the sky via Fulton, or experiencing a 4K sandstorm.

It’s one of the best games of all time, and 4K serves as the best reminder of that.

Buy Now: Metal Gear Solid V at Amazon.com from $29.99

What games do you think are a must play in 4K let us know in the comments below.

Kulti Vator

October 14, 2015, 8:22 pm

With 2016 looking to be the big year for VR, early adopters of 4k gaming will have a hard time adjusting back to the conventional-resolution displays in next year's VR headsets!

VR hardware is also looking to be rather more wallet-friendly when compared to £800 for just the graphics cards in a 4K-capable SLI rig!

4K will have its day, but in my house, it'll be after VR has been enjoyed for a while. It could even be that the first 4K display many of us will own will be housed within a successor to the Oculus Rift (displays close to your eyes benefit from the tiniest pixels possible).


October 15, 2015, 9:16 am

290x could play tomb raider @ 4K


December 27, 2015, 12:05 pm

BF4 with Mantle, GTA V and even Fallout 4 on a stable 30 fps, 800£ is for Ultra Sets with AA and bunch of other stuff with no big difference


January 30, 2016, 7:35 am

Just recently got a Samsung 4K tv (55Js9000), GTX980Ti, and have been enjoying it way too much. I see a lot of people say you can't play newer games in 4K 60fps with just one 980 Ti but that's just not true. I've been playing NBA 2K16, and Rocket League, completely maxed out at 4K 60fps solid. No dips at all, and they both look AMAZING!!! (Especially NBA 2k16!)


April 1, 2016, 11:20 am

My best 20 games in 4K + OSD


April 1, 2016, 1:02 pm

Just got a new gaming rig for 4k gaming and eventually VR. GTX 980 Ti with factory overclock. Objects up close look more or less the same as 1080p but the major difference is anything in the distance coming in super clear.

If you have an emulator and the game, Metroid Prime looks wicked in 4k with the internal resolution bumped up to 6x making all distant objects come in crystal clear. You can make out the texture details on the wall on the opposite side of a large room.

mark johnson

July 21, 2016, 8:55 pm

Killer Instinct on xbox one ,pc Gears Of War Ultimate Edition,and forza 5 look good in 4k

Grim CW

July 27, 2016, 6:07 am

XBox one doesn't support 4k games.... And Forza 5 isn't 4K at all either..
Now GoW U and Forza 6 on PC.. those are amazing on 4K and IIRC they even added 4K textures to GoWU on the PC version.


February 9, 2017, 6:49 pm

The PC is "Sneaking" ahead in 4K gaming? LOL...it was miles ahead and doing that loudly and openly, while consoles had to generate entirely new hardware iterations of themselves to even try to push that level of graphical fidelity.

Get a clue. SMH


February 9, 2017, 6:51 pm

Um, this is one of the more idiotic posts I've read about gaming and hardware. VR is badly over-priced and by no means is it any kind of financial "deal." SMH LOL

VR is already proving to be a gimmick here in 2017 and is dying down rather quickly. It's an interesting niche area of hardware and may stick around albeit on life support for a few years but just like the whole 3D monitors fad that died, this is one more niche hardware that the industry has duped the gaming public with.

Kulti Vator

February 9, 2017, 10:25 pm

Idiotic? You do realise this post is 1 year old? A lot has changed in that time.

Kulti Vator

February 10, 2017, 2:03 pm

I stand by my comment that once you've been spoilt by a good quality 4k display it's really hard to go back to working or gaming on poorer displays.

If you own a Samsung S6/S7 then VR can be as cheap as the price of a GearVR unit (£44 on Amazon right now), whereas a graphics card to drive a 4K display at a decent framerate is a huge investment beyond the price of the required PC and monitor.

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