Wasteland 2 PC Technical Review

Company: inXile Entertainment
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Sean Ridgeley
Date: October 9th, 2014

Introduction, setup, requirements

The original Wasteland released in 1988. By today's standards, it's crude and inaccessible, but nevertheless, it was a remarkable game for its time; its original mix of RPG mechanics and a post-apocalyptic setting paved the way for the now very well-known Fallout series.

Wasteland 2, released quite recently, pays homage to its roots, while giving heavy nods to the Fallout series and also fully embracing the best parts of modern game design. While I didn't play the original Wasteland, I have played Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout New Vegas, and I'm pleased to report Wasteland 2 feels very much in line with those. In many ways, it's like playing Fallout and Fallout 2, but without the outdated design.

If you're curious on how the games fares in terms of PC features and performance, read on for a light technical analysis.

Test Setup

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM / OCZ Agility 3 6Gb/s (Cache)
  • Video Card: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 4GB (Stock)
  • Driver: Catalyst 14.9
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 (32 or 64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Storage: 30GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 or Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB VRAM)
  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows 7/8/8.1 (64 bit)
    • Processor: Intel i5 series or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Storage: 30GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 or Radeon HD 5770 (1 GB VRAM)