Almost every year a game is released that gets any PC to its knees and forces ambitioned gamers to upgrade their system. PCGH introduces the games that match this description.
1990: Wing Commander (Sometimes it even paid off to upgrade the EMS memory for Wing Commander.) [Source: view picture gallery]
2000: Ultima IX: Ascension (You could only “lag” through the nice 3D environment and the wide landscape. The Glide version was running much faster than the D3D version.) [Source: view picture gallery]
Everyone knows a situation like this: You think your PC will be able to handle all the games for some months or even years. But right then a game is released that you have been anxiously waiting for - and it brings your system to its knees. If overclocking or individual upgrades cannot help, you need a new PC.
In the history of PC games there have been several extraordinary titles, because of which people upgraded their system to be able to play them. PCGH tries to list those games that earned the title "hardware devourer”. It doesn't matter if the game was poorly programmed or just way ahead of its time.
Have fun with the 26 games we put into this gallery.