Control is the new Crysis
There, I've said it. Article over.
It really should be that easy, because it seriously is the new Crysis. Remedy Entertainment must have sold their soul to the devil, or at least have disappeared into the Hiss, with Control. It is an absolute beauty to play through, especially with RTX turned up all the way.
Crysis blew our minds back in 2006 and quickly became a running joke of building a new gaming PC with the whole "can it run Crysis" thing, it has lasted for 13 years now, and I think it is time to retire it. The new thing should be "can it run Control" and secondly, "can it run Control with RTX turned on".
But that's never enough for me, it never has been. I'm a speed freak when it comes to PCs and always love pushing the boundaries of what is possible when gaming, always wanting to hit the highest refresh rate and resolution. I wasn't into cars or partying when I was young (and even now) my entire obsession is with technology and gaming.
Outside of that, I find the world of conspiracy theories utterly fascinating -- another chord that strikes perfectly with me with Control. It is parts Lost, Fringe, 9/11 conspiracies, aliens, the Illuminati, and everything else rolled into the best-looking game of the last decade.
I'm a gigantic fan of Max Payne as well, playing tens of hours of the original and even more so with Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne, and its awesome physics thanks to the introduction of Havok physics engine. Remedy has been on my radar since, so when the world's of the best-looking game with the best implementation of RTX, blended with the intriguring conspiracy-laden world of Control? Count me in.
Sitting in front of me on multiple desks here in my labs are 27-inch 4K 144Hz NVIDIA G-Sync HDR monitor, an UltraWide 21:9 display at 3440x1440 and huge 200Hz refresh rate (my review on the ASUS PG35VQ here) as well as the Dell UP3218K, which is an actual native 8K 60Hz display.
I have played through Control on all three, and after putting the 8K on the desk and rendering it at 8K... I quickly found that the RTX 2080 SUPER that I had in the system at the time simply wasn't powerful enough to handle 8K.
Out came the RTX 2080 SUPER and in went the NVIDIA TITAN RTX... the peak Turing GPU with an insane 24GB of GDDR6. Comparing this against the RTX 2080 SUPER with 8GB of GDDR6, and the RTX 2080 Ti with 11GB of GDDR6, the TITAN RTX was the only one capable of running Control at 8K. The other cards simply didn't have enough VRAM and performance fell off a cliff. Unplayable without the TITAN RTX.