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The Talos Principle Performance – A Sleeper Hit

Here's a game that just might have snuck in under your radar if you don't closely follow the PC gaming sector: The Talos Principle. The game was created by Croteam, the guys behind the silly but fun Serious Sam series, with writing by some excellent talent from indie gaming talent behind FTL, The Swapper, and The Sea Will Claim Everything. The game has also been compared quite favorably with Portal and Portal 2, and having played the game a bit I can say that it's not simply hubris creating such comparisons. Still not sure if this is your type of game? There's a free demo of the game that should help answer that question, or you can look at the reviews and see the 87% overall rating at Metacritic; in other words, this game is certainly worth a look.
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Tomb Raider Performance

If Skyrim is a poor choice for a graphics benchmark, Tomb Raider is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Part of that almost certainly stems from Tomb Raider's next-gen console roots, as the CPU core in both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is relatively slow compared to a modern PC core -- they both use AMD's Jaguar core, which is found in AMD Kabini APUs -- but Tomb Raider is also very good at utilizing GPU resources. The result is that you get excellent scaling with faster GPUs in Tomb Raider, much more than what you see in other games.
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