I just built a new computer. I'm not normally a fan of FPS games but I buy one each time I buy a new gfx card because the FPS genre tends to be what pushes computer gfx the most and so I want to have a game that really shows what my new card is capable of. Typically there is a lot of hype around these games so I know which one to get, for example back in the day Crysis was the one pushing hardware but I have no idea what is now.
Let me be clear, I don't care how "fun" the game is I'm just looking for a gfx demo essentially. I want the prettiest game even if it's short, has a stupid story, etc. I would like it to have single player and I don't care if it has multiplayer or not. I would prefer if it didn't require a service to run (Steam, Origin, etc.) but Steam is acceptable if there is a clear winner that happens to be steam only.
Right now the FPS game that seems to be getting the most hype is Titanfall but it seems to be exactly the opposite of what I'm looking for. It's a Source engine game so it's not exactly bleeding edge (I know it's been significantly updated but ideally I'd get a game that's been designed from the ground up for high end systems.) It has no single player at all. It requires Origin (which I don't have at all). Eurogamer had these things to say about it:
"Certainly, most alpha effects from missiles look plain in isolation..."
"Much of Fracture, for example, is built to a very strict and rigid wireframe, with no evidence of next-gen technologies such as tessellation to round off the more egregious corners. Shading is also largely missing, outside of baked-in shadows and ambient occlusion that fades in we near objects."
"These are issues that aren't solved by the PC route, even on maxed settings. Right down to the geometry LOD pop-in, many of the Xbox One version's foibles are still present on relatively unbounded hardware."
Now this isn't a criticism of Titanfall as a game. Everything I've read says it's an extremely fun FPS and you don't really notice the gfx failings because of the high intensity and frantic pace of the combat. (the quotes above even have similar disclaimers around them when read in context) So I'm sure it's a GREAT game but I'm looking for more of an interactive gfx demo and it doesn't appear to be that.
It'd rather have something with spectacular alpha effects, heavy tessellation use, dynamic lighting, destructible terrain, etc. even if it has a really bad story, really short campaign, etc. So any tips on what the best GFX demo style game for PC's is today... what is today's Crysis? Is there one about to be released?